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Ontario Announces 123 Recipients & $14M in Music Fund Grants

March 26th, 2015
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at Coalition Music.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at Coalition Music.

This year, 123 recipients will receive more than $14 million in grants from the Ontario Music Fund, has announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne during a press conference on March 25. Announced in 2013, the Ontario Music Fund is a three-year, $45-million grant program.

Premier Wynne announced the grants at Coalition Music in Toronto, one of the companies that received support through the Ontario Music Fund last year. The fund provides grants to music businesses — large and small — that produce, distribute, and promote Ontario-based music and artists. This support is meant to help create a business environment where Ontario’s artists from diverse musical genres and backgrounds can grow and thrive, while helping the industry become more competitive internationally.

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Panel Lineup & Programming Announced for ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo

March 25th, 2015
(l-r) Songwriters Tom Higgenson, Brandy Clark, Stacy Barthe, guest guitarist and songwriter Brett James participate in "The Writers Jam" Photo by Brian Dowling/Invision

(L-R) Songwriters Tom Higgenson, Brandy Clark, Stacy Barthe, guest guitarist and songwriter Brett James participate in “The Writers Jam”
Photo by Brian Dowling/Invision

The lineup and programming for the 2015 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, to be held April 30 through May 2 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, has been announced. Now in its 10th year, the ASCAP EXPO gives new music creators access to a gathering of music talent for three days of panels and discussions dedicated to the craft and business of songwriting, composing, and producing.

This year’s lineup includes current hitmakers like Savan Kotecha (Ariana Grande, Jessie J, One Direction, Maroon 5), Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding), Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Pink), Kevin Kadish (Meghan Trainor, Jason Mraz), Darrell Brown (LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban), Da Internz (Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Rihanna), Ashley Gorley (Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley), Sevyn Streeter(Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown), Claudia Brant (Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony) and Kirby Lauryen (Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney); indie favorites Andrew Bird, Ingrid Michaelson and Nick Thorburn (Islands, Serial); and artist/songwriters Bill Withers, Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Hanson, Goapele and many more.

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SOCAN Opens New Montréal Offices

March 25th, 2015
SOCAN members Éric Maheux (Kaïn), Alex Nevsky and his songwriting partner Gabriel Gratton, and Patrice Michaud. (Photo:: Eric Parazelli/SOCAN)

SOCAN members Éric Maheux (Kaïn),
Alex Nevsky and his songwriting partner Gabriel Gratton, and Patrice Michaud. (Photo:: Eric Parazelli/SOCAN)

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) warmly and proudly welcomed more than 200 of its creator and publisher members, journalists, and representatives from across the Canadian music industry, and members of government from all political parties to the official opening of its new Montréal offices.

After 25 years in a downtown office tower, SOCAN Montréal has moved into modern new office space in the heart of Montréal’s creative centre. Aarchitectural firm Provencher_Roy designed a space to be functional, dynamic, and bold. With a usable area of over 8,600 sq. ft., this new space is located on the 5th floor of 33 Milton Street, very close to St-Laurent Boulevard and the Quartier des spectacles.

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IMSTA FESTA Heading to LA on May 16; Toronto on Oct. 17

March 20th, 2015
Rich Kidd & WondaGurl at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2014.

Rich Kidd & WondaGurl at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2014.

On Saturday, May 16th, the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and SAE Institute Los Angeles will partner to host IMSTA FESTA Los Angeles on May16, 2015. The various IMSTA FESTA events held worldwide, including in Toronto, are described as a celebration of music technology. IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of music technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face.

The panels bring together an array of industry experts to discuss the state of the music business, technology, and more.

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New Regionalized CCMA Discovery Program for Atlantic Canada Accepting Applications

March 18th, 2015
The Lovelocks, who won the 2014 CCMA Discovery Program competition.

The Lovelocks, who won the 2014 CCMA Discovery Program competition.

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is launching a CCMA Discovery Program for Atlantic Canada, providing an opportunity for emerging artists in the region to take the next step in their country music career. The CCMA, in association with the four Atlantic Canada Music Industry Associations (MIAs): Music New Brunswick, Music Newfoundland & Labrador, Music Nova Scotia, Music Prince Edward Island and the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, developed a pilot program, an offshoot of the successful national CCMA Discovery Program.

Open to country music artists who are residents of Atlantic Canada and are the age of majority, submissions are now open until Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. AT.

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Multiple Wins for Arkells, Bahamas, Kiesza, Magic! & The Weeknd at 2015 JUNO Awards

March 16th, 2015

Kiesza performs during the JUNO Awards Broadcast. [Photo: CARASiPhoto]

Kiesza performs during the JUNO Awards Broadcast. [Photo: CARASiPhoto]

It was two star-studded nights of musical celebrations as Canada’s top talent took to the stage for the 2015 JUNO Awards Gala on Saturday night and the JUNO Award Broadcast on Sunday night.

Performer Kiesza was the weekend’s big winner, garnering a total of three JUNO Awards. Having already picked up two JUNO Awards on Saturday night for Dance Recording of the Year and Video of The Year for her chart-topping hit “Hideaway,” she added another statuette to her collection during the broadcast: the JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. She also graced the stage for a dynamic mash-up performance of “Sound of A Woman” and “Hideaway.”

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces Guests Artists & Special Seminars for 2015

March 13th, 2015

Guitar Workshop Plus 2014Guitar Workshop Plus has announced four sessions including the new location in Southern California for its 2015 summer schedule. Confirmed session dates are as follows:

 San Diego Session            June 21-26, 2015.

Toronto (Session 1)           July 19-24, 2015.

Toronto (Session 2)           July 26-31, 2015.

Vancouver Session           August 11-16, 2015.

2015 guest artists include: Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X, solo), guitarist and respected clinician Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, sessions, solo), bassists Stuart Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, solo) and Rhonda Smith (Jeff Beck, Prince, solo), blues player Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo), jazz player Mike Stern (solo, Miles Davis, Bill Evans) world renowned electric player Gary Hoey, fingerstyle guitarists, Muriel Anderson, shred king Dave Martone, acoustic and Celtic master Tony McManus, the rock professor Jon Finn, drummer Dave Langguth (Nelly Furtado), and more.

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MusiCounts Announces $595K going to 69 schools nationwide via Band Aid Program

March 13th, 2015

Lights with the students at Orchard Park Secondary School. [Photo: Barry Roden]

Lights with the students at Orchard Park Secondary School. [Photo: Barry Roden]

MusiCounts celebrated JUNO Week by announcing the 2014-2015 recipients of the Band Aid Program via a special presentation at Orchard Park Secondary School in Hamilton, ON. This year, the charity has distributed $595,000 in musical instruments among 69 schools nationwide in support of their individual music programs. SiriusXM Canada announced a contribution of $100,000 to MusiCounts’ Band Aid Program, which brings their total support to date up to over $1.3 million.

“Providing funding for music education is not just about creating the next generation of JUNO Award winning artists, it’s about giving students the tools that will help turn them into creative, and  critical thinkers that will achieve success later in life,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts.  “We are tremendously thankful for all of our long-term key partners who make this possible, especially SiriusXM Canada who has been supporting MusiCounts over the past seven years.”

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See the Results of Canadian Musician’s Showcasing Survey

March 12th, 2015

CM showcasing surveyAs spring and summer approach, so too do the countless annual music industry showcase events. With that in mind, Canadian Musician surveyed musicians across the country about their experiences, opinions, and future plans regarding these showcase events.

 

In which configuration do you most often perform?

Solo…… 30.49%

Duo……..12.20%

Band…….54.88%

DJ………..2.44%

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SOCAN Responds to Court Decision on Ringtones

March 10th, 2015

ringtoneSOCAN has issued the following statement regarding the recent decision that it, SOCAN, does not need refund royalties collected from the sale of ringtones between 2004 and 2012. 

SOCAN is pleased with the decision of the Federal Court Trial Division, issued March 6, 2015, concerning royalties collected for musical ringtones.

Mr. Justice O’Reilley concluded that wireless carriers, including Rogers, Telus, Bell and Vidéotron, were not entitled to a refund of ringtone royalties paid from 2004 to June 2012.

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