Music Canada applauds Apple Music’s decision to reconsider its earlier plans to not pay artists during its three-month free trial period, and we commend Taylor Swift for standing up for artists. In an open letter to Apple that she released on June 22, she writes that she wanted to speak up not for herself, but for “the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field… but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.”
The decision comes after major backlash over the deal both in Canada and abroad, with many independent labels and advocacy groups speaking against Apple.
Yesterday, Music Canada President Graham Henderson appeared on BNN, the Sandie Ronaldo show and CTV’s national news to discuss how this decision will impact Canadian consumers, artists, and the digital music industry as a whole.
Apple’s ‘Swift’ action a step towards bringing back middle class musicians
BNN, June 22 2015
Earlier this month, Sony Music Canada presented a 13-year-old girl from London, ON with a special Platinum award plaque at the launch party for her recording of Avril Lavigne’s song “Keep Holding On”. Autumn’s dream to be a pop star came true thanks to Make-A-Wish Canada and Sony Canada. Autumn, who was diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder, signed on as a Sony artist to record her cover and get the full pop star treatment. “Her jaw was dropped for most of the party,” said Make-A-Wish grand coordinator Misha Medeiros. “She was so appreciative, and so grateful for everyone being there.”
Music Managers Forum Canada officially announced their new President Meg Symsyk today. With over a decade of experience as a marketing executive at Universal Music Canada, Symsyk will take over as President of MMF Canada from Rhyna Thomson who is stepping down for professional and personal reasons. Meg Symsyk has been involved wide range of many key artist campaigns including Canadian artists Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado and Rufus Wainwright and international acts Queens of the Stone Age, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Sting, No Doubt and Gwen Stefani. For the last six years, she has been an integral part of SRO-ANTHEM, a full service management, label & publishing company, working with Rush and Brody Dalle. Meg has also spent the last three years on the MMF Board of Directors.
On June 26, in front of a sold out audience at the @economicclubca, Music Canada President & CEO Graham Henderson delivered a keynote address to launch our latest report Closing the Value Gap: How to Fix Safe Harbours & Save the Creative Middle Class. https://t.co/uqqWC5BzUM
"In Hell I'll Be In Good Company," the breakthrough single from Regina, Saskatchewan's @TheDeadSouth4, is officially their first #GoldinCanada certification! The song can be found on their 2014 debut studio album Good Company.
Congratulations to all of the 2019 @PolarisPrize #ShortList artists! The winning album will be determined at the Polaris Music Prize Gala on September 16 at The Carlu in Toronto, and will be live-streamed on @CBCMusic. https://t.co/6cbRs3hMq2 #Polaris2019
“The reality is the framework is broken and we need to fix it.” - @MiraMulholland shares her perspective as an artist living in the Value Gap in today’s @TorontoStar: https://t.co/2hVjx2n3gl We are very fortunate to have her as Chair of the Music Canada Advisory Council.
Music Canada’s @GFHenderson appeared on The Lawyer Life Podcast this week, where he discussed practicing with a revolutionary spirit with hosts Mike Anderson & Darlene Tonelli (a valued member of our Advisory Council) - listen in at https://t.co/hurZ4lCpp7
The @Canadian_Live Music Association, @cityofhamilton, @cityoftoronto and Nordicity are studying the benefits & financial health of music venues. Do you host live music in either of these cities? The survey isopen until July 19: https://t.co/OQQBDMuyld #livemusic