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.
What is @UnisonFund? What resources are available to Canadian artists and members of the music community affected by COVID-19 right now? Find out on Ep. 1 of the Industry Insider Video Series as host @DomaniqueGrant speaks w/ Exec. Director @AmandaLPower.
Music industry across Canada continues to feel the pressure without the option of live shows | http://Globalnews.ca https://globalnews.ca/news/7352137/music-industry-canada-durham-region-live-shows/ . Patrick Rogers, interim co-CEO of Music Canada shares further info from research conducted throughout the pandemic here:
Congratulations to @TheHoneyJam on 25 years of fostering the growth, education and promotion of women in all aspects of the music industry!
Tune into the #HoneyJam25 concert, streaming live from the @theelmocambo on Thurs. Oct. 1st at 8pm: https://nugs.tv/free/?showID=408
In Ep. 1 of @Music_Canada & @CONNECTml's Industry Insider Video Series, our Exec. Director Amanda Power & host @DomaniqueGrant discuss critical information about the support programs available to the Canadian music community through Unison. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NR-arQv8oc
Tomorrow, Music Canada & @CONNECTml will premiere the first episode of our Industry Insider Video Series, hosted by Toronto-based artist @DomaniqueGrant! In Episode 1, Domanique speaks with Amanda Power, Executive Director of @UnisonFund, to provide artists and members of...
Today at @WIPO #digicontent2020, artist & label owner @MiraMulholland spoke about the need for policy changes to ensure creators are compensated when their work is commercialized. We are fortunate to have such a passionate advocate for creators as Chair of our Advisory Council.
Today at 6pm EST, episode 7 of #BDRB, presented by @CIMAmusic75 & @advancemusicca, looks at Representation in the Corporate & Organizational Entertainment Industry: Record Labels, Streaming Companies & Industry Associations.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cima-presents-breaking-down-racial-barriers-tickets-115210058386
Thank you Minister @s_guilbeault for today’s Music Sector Town Hall and your thoughtful and genuine engagement with the sector. Your leadership in helping ensure the music sector’s economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is valued throughout the industry.
Today at 6pm EST, tune into this important series as
@cimamusic75 & @advancemusicca present the 6th episode of Breaking Down Racial Barriers: Challenges faced by Black Artists: Systemic & Systematic Barriers - Independent to Major Label
Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cima-presents-breaking-down-racial-barriers-tickets-115210058386 #BDRB
.@CIMAmusic75 is facilitating a series of roundtable discussions on anti-Black racism in the Canadian music entertainment industry. The important series is presented in partnership with @advancemusicca, Canada’s new Black Music Business Collective.