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Recommended Reading

Below you’ll find links to articles and reports of interest to music creators, creators’ rights advocates, and those who believe in the power of music. Click the following terms to jump to The Value Gap, Music Can Help or Music Cities.

The Value Gap

More music is being consumed than ever before, but the value created by that record consumption is not finding its way to music creators. Below you’ll find information on this “Value Gap,” what can be done to restore balance for music creators, and steps being taken around the world.

Redefining Success in a Digital Marketplace: A conversation with Miranda Mulholland | Source: Canadian Musician | Author: Michael Raine | Published: August 21, 2017
Support for creators: pirate streaming and the value gap, my op-ed in the Globe | Author: Barry Sookman | Published: January 19, 2018
How Music Fans Can Help Working Musicians | Source: No Depression | Author: Donald Cohen | Published: December 4, 2017
Five Stubborn Truths About YouTube and The Value Gap | Source: RIAA | Author: Cary Sherman | Published: August 18, 2017
YouTube: Friend or Foe of the Music Industry? | Source: Canadian Musician | Author: Michael Raine | Published: May 9, 2017
The value gap – the missing beat at the heart of our industry | Source: IFPI | Author: Frances Moore | Published: May 5, 2016
‘Value Gap’ growing, according to new UK figures | Source: Recording Industry Association of America | Published: May 5, 2016
Fix the value gap – a reply to Michael Geist | Source: Barry Sookman | Published: January 9, 2017
The Broken Promise of a Golden Age – a speech by Graham Henderson at the Economic Club of Canada | Source: Music Canada | Author: Graham Henderson | Published: November 2, 2016
Must Read: T Bone Burnett’s keynote address at AmericanaFest | Source: The Trichordist | Author: T Bone Burnett | Published: September 25, 2017
YouTube’s Value Gap | Source: Berklee College of Music’s Music Business Journal | Author: Luiz Agusto Buff | Published: September 2016
Make the Internet Fair for Creators | Source: – a website and petition coordinated by the European grouping of societies of authors and composers (GESAC) | Published: September 2016
Our letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly | Source: The Focus On Creators Coalition | Published: November 29, 2016
Move Fast and Break Things by Jonathan Taplin review – the damage done by Silicon Valley | Source: The Guardian | Author: David Runciman | Published: April 26, 2017
Nelly Furtado: ‘YouTube pays more than nothing. That doesn’t make it fair’ | Source: The Guardian | Author: Nelly Furtado | Published: May 2, 2016


Music Can Help

Music can unite, empower and inspire people and communities. Below is a collection of articles that explore the power of music.

War Divides, Music Connects: Using Rock for Reconciliation – CMW Global Forum Keynote by Laura Hassler, Founder and Director, Musicians without Borders | Source:Music Canada | Author: Laura Hassler | Published: May 9, 2016
The benefits of music education: an overview of current neuroscience research | Source: The Royal Conservatory | Published: April, 2014
The Power of Music Part 1: How music brought life back to Eve | Source: National Music Centre | Author: Sara Pun | Published: March 25, 2017
Mike Stevens and ArtsCan Circle: Helping Aboriginal youth through music | Source: Huffington Post | Published August 14, 2012
All-female orchestra from Afghanistan is a force for change | Source: NPR | Published: January 31, 2017
What do jazz and democracy have in common? | Source: CBS | Published Feb 2, 2016
From Atlanta, Georgia to Iqaluit, Nunavut: How local music scenes thrive in the face of globalization | Source: National Post | Author: Mike Doherty | Published: February 3, 2017


Arts Education

STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training | Source: The Conversation | Author: Richard Lachman | Published: Jan 17, 2018
New report raises concerns about equity in arts education | Source: People for Education | Published: April, 2018


Music Cities

Music cities are communities of any size with a vibrant, actively promoted music economy. Cities around the world are looking at steps they can take to become more music and musician friendly to realize the full potential of their music economy.

Reykjavík Music City: Protecting The Local Music Scene | Source: Reykjavik Grapevine | Author: Charley Ward | Published: November 20, 2017
The Mastering of a Music City | Source: Music Canada and IFPI | Published: June, 2015
It Starts With a Heartbeat: crafting a model for live music support in Southern Africa | Source: Concerts SA | Published: November 2016
Does Toronto need a Night Mayor? | Source: Huffington Post | Author: Amy Terrill | Published: June 6, 2016
Dreaming of Music City | Source: NOW Toronto | Published: October 12, 2016
UNESCO Creative Cities Network | Source: UNESCO

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