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Music Canada Welcomes Copyright Reform

Toronto, September 29, 2011: Music Canada is pleased to see long overdue copyright reform legislation back on the Parliamentary agenda and a strong commitment to get it passed.

“As we’ve witnessed in the past, the process is important and knowing that the government is committed to ensuring this bill advances into law, unlike its three predecessors, is gratifying,” says Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada. “Like any bill, we are fully confident it will undergo changes in committee, particularly given the consensus that developed during review of Bill C-32 that slight adjustments were needed so that the legislation would meet the government’s anti-piracy objectives and support jobs in the creative industries.”

Music Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Recording Industry Association, appeared before the legislative committee reviewing Bill C-32 along with artists Loreena McKennitt and Maia Davies and representatives of the Canadian Independent Music Association and the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations.

Bill C-32, The Copyright Modernization Act, became the third copyright reform bill to die on the Order Paper when a Federal Election was called in March 2011.

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First Canadian Commercial-free mobile streaming service launches with collective licensing agreement

Toronto, August 16, 2011: A collective licensing agreement, representing more than 1500 major and independent record labels in Canada, has facilitated the launch of Galaxie Mobile by Stingray Digital, the first Canadian-owned commercial-free mobile streaming music service.

The agreement with Stingray is Canada’s first collective semi-interactive agreement and was negotiated by AVLA and SOPROQ on behalf of their members who represent the majority of recorded music in Canada, laying the groundwork for future agreements of its kind.

Music Canada, which represents Canada’s major record labels, spearheaded the negotiations, empowering AVLA to act on its behalf. Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada, points out that the major labels want to see more digital services operating in Canada as quickly as possible,

“We aggressively pursued this pioneering agreement because we understand how cumbersome our regulatory environment can be, and we want to help services better navigate it. We hope the Stingray agreement sets the stage for other online and mobile services, and signals to the marketplace that Canada is open for business.”

“For digital music services who are eager to enter the Canadian market, it is an enormous benefit to be able to negotiate with one or two organizations rather than 1500 plus rights holders,” says Victoria Shepherd, Executive Director of AVLA.
Stingray release.FINAL.pdf

You can also find Galaxie’s official release on marketwire.


Music Canada & Slaight Music Support Unison Benevolent Fund

Toronto, July 14, 2011: Music Canada and Slaight Music are pleased to announce support for the Unison Benevolent Fund, a safety net designed to provide discreet relief to music industry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis, and in the process, have issued a challenge to the music community to match their pledges.

Together they have pledged to help raise a $1,000,000.00 capital endowment fund, kick starting donations with commitments of $250,000 each from Music Canada and Slaight Music. The $250,000 pledges will be fulfilled when the million dollar goal is reached. Music Canada has also provided an $80,000.00 cash infusion for the immediate operations of the fund.
(Pictured are Catharine Saxberg and Jodie Ferneyhough, Founding Directors of Unison, Derrick Ross, President of Slaight Music and Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada)


Awards of Appreciation for M.P. Dean Del Mastro and Dan McTeague

Toronto, July 13, 2011: Music Canada is pleased to present, on behalf of the employees of the major record labels in Canada, awards of appreciation to M.P. Dean Del Mastro and former M.P. Dan McTeague, in recognition of their efforts to save jobs in the music industry.

Pictured are Charlie Millar of Warner Music Canada, Darlene Gilliland of Universal Music Canada, Dan McTeague and M.P. Dean Del Mastro(at the podium).


Statement on Music Canada

Toronto, July 7, 2011: Effective immediately, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) will be known as Music Canada.
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents Canada’s major labels. Music Canada promotes the interests of its members as well as their partners, the artists. Those members are EMI Music Canada, Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada Inc. and Warner Music Canada Co. In addition, Music Canada offers specific benefits to some of the leading independent labels and distributors in Canada.
Music Canada will support its members’ efforts to rebuild the marketplace for recorded music.
The first major effort of Music Canada is the launch of a music portal designed to become a comprehensive resource for the music industry. provides information and resources to those within the industry, as well as our partners in government, media, and business. Consumers will also find valuable information guiding them towards effective and legal ways to access and use music.
One of the most exciting resources is a 35 year archive of Gold/Platinum Awards in Canada. Our Gold/Platinum Awards Program was launched in 1975 to celebrate milestone sales of music in Canada. The online archive allows all those who love music to explore the historical timeline of popular records.
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For more information: Amy Terrill

Music Canada statement.july 2011.pdf


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