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Arthur Fogel Announced as 2017 Inductee to Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

September 28th, 2016

Arthur FogelCanadian Music Wee (CMW) has announced the legendary tour promoter Arthur Fogel will be a 2017 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.

Fogel is known as The Man behind some the biggest rockstars – producing some of the most successful tours in history. As part of Live Nation, the largest concert promotion company in the world, he reunited The Police, saved Lady Gaga from bankruptcy, and has managed four of the top five highest-grossing tours in history.

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Music Industry Taking Legal Action Against YouTube-ripping Website

September 27th, 2016

youtube-mp3.orgThe BBC has reported that the three major labels – Universal, Sony, and Warner — along with other labels have launched a legal in an Los Angeles federal court against the Germany-based operator of YouTube-mp3.org. The website being sued allows users to enter a URL from a YouTube video and receive back an MP3 of the video’s audio that can be downloaded for free.

The labels are seeking $150,000 for every alleged instance of piracy. In the legal papers, the labels claim that “tens, or even hundreds, of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream-ripping services each month” and that YouTube-mp3.org has more than 60 million users each month.

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Music Canada unveils Music Cities Toolkit at Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM

September 26th, 2016

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Graham Henderson [Photo: Music Canada]

The following is from Amy Terrill at Music Canada:

150 representatives from chambers of commerce across the country took part in a Music Cities workshop conducted by Graham Henderson on Sept. 19 at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Annual General Meeting in Regina.

Henderson unveiled a Music Cities toolkit that Music Canada custom-built for the CCC’s network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, in all regions of the country.

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Watch the First Episode of Red Bull Sound Academy’s New Animation Series Featuring Peaches & Chilly Gonzales

September 22nd, 2016

Touching down in Montreal from September 24 to October 28, the Red Bull Music Academy pays tribute to this rich cultural history and the current explosion of talented young artists in Montreal with The Junction, a new animated series that sees Canada-based artists tell the funny and often unexpected stories of how they met and the music they created together. The first episode of this series featuring Peaches and Chilly Gonzales has debuted on YouTube today, which you can watch here:

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Nominees Revealed for Second Annual Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize

September 20th, 2016

Slaight Heritage PrizeOn top of all the performances and speeches during the gala for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize on Monday, including the awarding of the ultimate prize to Kaytranada’s album 99.9%, there was also the reveal of the nominees for the second annual Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize.  Read the rest of this entry »

Kaytranada’s ‘99.9%’ Wins the 2016 Polaris Music Prize

September 20th, 2016

Kaytranada accepting the 2016 Polaris Music Prize [Photo by Danny Williams]

Kaytranada accepting the 2016 Polaris Music Prize [Photo by Danny Williams]

Kaytranada’s album 99.9% has won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize. Last year’s winner, Buffy Sainte-Marie, made the announcement of the $50,000 prize last night at the annual gala at the Carlu in Toronto.

“For me, it’s crazy to get this award,” said Kaytranada. “It’s really, truly, a big honour. It’s amazing. Ceci est pour Montréal, tous mes Montréalais. Shout outs to all of y’all.  I want to thank the judges and everybody for voting for me. It’s an honour man, I don’t know what to say.”

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U.S. Federal Judge Sides with BMI over Department of Justice Regarding 100% Licensing Dispute

September 19th, 2016

A U.S. federal judge has rejected the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) decision regarding consent decrees and 100 per cent licensing.

In June 2016, following a two-year review, the DoJ upheld, without any changes, decades old consent decrees that require American performing rights organizations (PROs) ASCAP and BMI to license songs at a fixed rate; furthermore, in a move that the music publishing industry called “punitive,” the DoJ also called for 100 per cent licensing. That means where there is a song that has two or more co-songwriters – with one songwriter represented by BMI and the other with ASCAP – a media company that wants to license that song, under a 100 per cent licensing scheme, only needs to obtain a license from either ASCAP or BMI, not both, even though neither PRO represents all the rights holders of that song. Under the existing system, the company licensing a song would need a license from all PROs whose members have a songwriting credit on the song.

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Registration Now Open for the 2017 CMW Music Summit

September 19th, 2016

CMW2 smallRegistration is now open for the 2017 edition of Canadian Music Week’s Music Summit. The CMW Music Summit is a three-day conference, to be held in April 2017 in Toronto, that brings together influential representatives from all areas of the Canadian and international music business to discuss and educate attendees on all areas of the industry.

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IFPI Report: Canada Lagging Behind other Countries in Music Consumption

September 16th, 2016

IFPI Consumer reportThe following is from Amy Terrill at Music Canada:

IFPI has released new consumer research from Ipsos that provides insights into music consumption trends around the world.  Ipsos studied thirteen markets, including Canada.  Internet users aged 13 to 64 were asked to comment on how they engage with music.

According to this research, Canada stands out as lagging behind other major markets in the consumption of music and adoption of paid services. However, 2015 sales stats released by Music Canada in April show explosive growth in premium subscription services, largely as a result of new entrants into the Canadian market.

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The First Annual Canadian Songwriting Competition has Launched

September 16th, 2016

Canadian Songwriting Competition logoThe innaugral Canadian Songwriting Competition has now launched. The competition is open to all artists who reside in and/or are a citizen of Canada.

The grand prize winner will get $5,000 cash, a round trip flight anywhere in Canada, consultation with global publishing company Peer Music, a Noize Faktory Recording Prize Pack, a Canadian Musician magazine business builder prize package, This is the Deal Inc: Entertainment accounting and Consulting services, a professional music photo shoot with Ryan Nolan Photography, and an artistic gig poster design by Garcia Design.

 

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