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.
"With touring on hold as we knew it, how have artists pivoted and in what areas could they use more support? This survey will help Music Canada present the artists’ story."
Tamar Ilana @tamarilana
The pandemic is causing serious and likely irreparable harm to artists in Canada.
If you're a Canadian artist, please help shape our message to government & industry partners with our new survey here: https://musiccanada.com/artist-survey-2021/
As an artist, I know the pandemic is causing serious and very likely irreparable harm to artists.
Canadian musicians, please take a moment to fill out this survey to help shape our message to government and industry partners.
We’ve launched a new artist focused survey as we approach a year of restrictions preventing normal activities of artists. It is the voices of artists that shape our message as we support the music community’s recovery.
More here: https://musiccanada.com/news/music-canada-launches-new-artist-focused-survey/
We are proud to help announce @cityoftoronto's #CityHallLiveSpotlight - a weekly series of streamed live concerts by Toronto musicians in shuttered Toronto venues, in support of Unison. Tune in Jan 14th @ 7:30pm to catch the first performance by none other than @LidoPimienta! 💙
Job Posting - President & CEO of the Canadian Independent Music Association. Submit your application by emailing your cover letter & resumé no later than January 20th, 2021:
Register with Unison to access counselling services, crisis support, or health and wellness resources for free. We will connect you with counsellors who will work with you to meet your needs and provide free, confidential support. You can register here: https://unisonfund.ca/register 💙