CANADIAN MUSICIAN BLOG
Michael Geist, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, recently wrote the below article for his website www.michaelgeist.ca and also for the Toronto Star.
By Michael Geist
Earlier this month, the British Columbia government unveiled a new $15 million music fund to support the local music industry. The fund matches a similar Ontario initiative that has doled out nearly $30 million over the past two years with a commitment from Premier Kathleen Wynne to make the Ontario Music Fund a permanent program to support the industry.
– Monster Truck T-shirt
– Latest Album, Sittin’ Heavy
– Monster Truck Hockey Puck
– Don’t Tell Me How to Live Download Card
– Jan/Feb edition of Canadian Musician magazine featuring Monster Truck
For all current and future Canadian Musician Sweepstakes, go to www.canadianmusician.com/sweepstakes. Currently running in the Canadian Music Week Sweepstakes, which is offering the winner at CMW 2016 package of two complete Delegate passes for the CMW Music Conference (May 5-7, 2016) and two seven-day festival wristbands (May 2-8, 2016).
The Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) is now accepting submissions for Contact East 2016, which takes place from Sept. 22 – 25 Saint John, NB. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 31, 2016.
APA is accepting applications through the I Want to Showcase (IWTS) platform; a multi-conference registration site allowing artists to apply to several Contact events across North America.
Since 1975, Contact East, performing arts booking conference for Atlantic Canada, has brought together performing arts presenters and in-demand, tour ready artists to showcase popular and classical music, dance, theatre, and youth-oriented programming. Past showcasing artists include Matt Andersen, Barney Bentall, Dufflebag Theatre, Maria Osende Flamenco, and David Myles.
With Kanye West showing up in the media for one reason or another on a seemingly hourly basis lately, it appears Canadian super-producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, etc.) has had enough. He wrote an open letter to Bob Lefsetz’s e-newsletter, “The Lefsetz Letter,” to vent his frustration. It reads:
Kanye in the NYT? WTF???
There are 12 submission-based spots are available as part of the three sessions of the CCMA Songwriters’ Series listed below:
The following is from Ari Herstand at Digital Music News. All information is based on U.S. figures:
A 2015 Berklee College of Music report found that anywhere from 20-50% of music payments do not make it to their rightful owners. The indie publishing powerhouse Kobalt calculated that there are “over 900,000 distinct royalty payments for artists and songwriters.” What are these royalties? Where do they come from? And most importantly, how do you get them?
I’m not gonna lie, it’s complicated, but I’m going to attempt to lay all of this out as simply as possible. In plain English. I’m here for you. We’ll get through this together. Bookmark this page and take a deep breath.
CBCMusic.ca’s annual Searchlight contest is back, and this year it’s even bigger. Beginning Monday, Feb. 29, musicians of all types – including solo artists, duos, and groups from all genres – are encouraged to enter via www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlight. All applicants must submit a video of themselves performing one original song, as well as one high-quality MP3, before Wednesday, March 23.
Jim Norris, who has over four decades’ experience in the music, entertainment, and marketing industries, will be offering a free ‘Be Impossible To Ignore – Self Promotion 101’ webinar on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. To register, just go to www.nwcwebinars.com/promo.
This free webinar will show you how to promote your band, your business, or your career. Learn insider, no B.S. tips that you can put into practice right away.
Alan Cross points us to this article from FactMag stating the SoundCloud, one of the most popular online services for music creators, may be in a lot of financial trouble:
A report casts “significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”
SoundCloud struck a landmark deal with Universal Music Group last month, but its latest financial filings suggest the company is in dire financial straits.