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Matt Epp & Faouzia Ouihya Named First Ever Canadian Winners of the International Songwriting Competition

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Matt Epp & Faouzia Ouihya

Matt Epp & Faouzia Ouihya

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is has announced its 2016 winners and for the first time in the history of the competition, the Grand Prize is awarded to Canadian songwriters. Now in its 16th year, the ISC is the world’s largest international songwriting competition, receiving more than 16,000 entries from 137 countries throughout the world. More than $150,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.

This year, the ISC has given its highest honor to Winnipeg troubador Matt Epp and Morocco-born Manitoba-raised 16-year old phenom Faouzia for their co-written song “The Sound Ft. Faouzia.” The Grand Prize winners take home $25,000 in cash (USD) and over $45,000 in additional prizes.

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Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young & Stéphane Venne to be Inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, after a five year hiatus, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) Induction ceremony returns with four inductees — Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, and Stéphane Venne — at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall. The bilingual ceremony presented by Richardson GMP, will feature tributes and performances from sought after Canadian artists including, Arkells, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Damien Robitaille, Daniel Lavoie, Don Ross, Élage Diouf, France D’amour, Florence K, Julie Payette, k.d. lang, Randy Bachman, William Prince, and Whitehorse with special surprise artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

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SoundExchange Acquires CMRRA

Monday, May 15th, 2017
CMRRA President Caroline Rioux

CMRRA President Caroline Rioux

SoundExchange today announced that it has acquired the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), the music licensing collective that represents the majority of songs recorded, sold, and broadcast in Canada on behalf of music publishers. The move is a dramatic development for the Canadian music industry and represents SoundExchange’s first expansion into the collective management of music publishing rights.

This transaction will allow the expanded organization to service an enormous cross section of Anglo-American sound recordings and music publishing repertoire. SoundExchange says the acquisition will provide it with a unique opportunity to offer a broad and comprehensive range of services to rights holders in both sound recordings and music publishing and music users alike across North America.

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Google-Commissioned Report Claims YouTube Adds Value to the Music Industry; Music Industry Disagrees

Friday, May 12th, 2017

[Photo: Rego Korosi/Flickr]

[Photo: Rego Korosi/Flickr]

RBB Economics has released a report commissioned by Google that defends YouTube from many music industry criticisms. The report, however, was met with a swift negative reaction by the music industry.

The report, which was released on May 11, 2017, is the first of three papers that RBB Economics will release for Google (which owns YouTube) that examines the video service’s data and information gleamed from a survey of 1,500 YouTube users in Germany, Italy, France, and the U.K.

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ECMA Announces Significant Changes to Membership Structure; Existing Association Members to Receive Free ECMA Memberships

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

ECMA logoBeginning on July 1, 2017, the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) will offer free memberships to existing members of all five music industry associations (MIAs) in the Atlantic region.

Members of the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative, Musique/Music NB, Music NL, Music Nova Scotia, and Music PEI will be eligible for ECMA memberships at no cost so long as they are in good standing with their respective regional MIA.

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Unison Benevolent Fund Elects Three New Members to its Board

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

UNI_logoUnison Benevolent Fund, the Canadian music community non-profit that provides counselling and emergency relief to the Canadian music professionals in times of crisis, has announced the election of three new members and key leadership positions to the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.

Derrick Ross, president of Slaight Music, was elected to serve as chair of the board and Andy Maize, songwriter and co-founder of the band Skydiggers and label MapleMusic, will serve as vice-chair. Jim Norris, president of Norris-Whitney Communications Inc. and publisher of Canadian Musician magazine, will continue to serve as Secretary Treasurer.

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CIMA Announces Recipients & Nominees for Third Annual Celebration & Awards Gala

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Winner-Announce-Graphic-2017-GalaThe Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has announced the recipients of and nominees for the third annual CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala, taking place on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Toronto’s Glass Factory. This year’s recipients will be recognized for their incredible contributions to independent music. Performers for the 2017 CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are thrilled to return for our third year to celebrate those who create, support and strengthen Canadian independent music,” said Stuart Johnston, President, CIMA. “We are pleased to recognize this year’s recipients for their impressive contributions to the Canadian music industry.”

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Miranda Mulholland to Address the Economic Club of Canada on ‘Redefining Success in a Digital Marketplace’

Friday, May 5th, 2017

unnamed (7)This announcement is from Music Canada:

On Wednesday, May 24, singer, songwriter, violinist, label owner and music festival organizer Miranda Mulholland will address the Economic Club of Canada on the reality for music entrepreneurs in the digital age.

Below is the event description:

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Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference Starts Next Week in PEI

Friday, May 5th, 2017

unnamed (6)The 2017 Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference will be kicking on Wednesday, May 10th and running until the 13th in Charlottetown, PEI. The registration is open and is free for Music PEI members.

The Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference focuses on both the art and the commerce of songs and music. Industry leaders will discuss and advise on where those revenue streams are and how to access, develop and manage them to their maximum potential including licensing for film, TV, video games, commercials, royalties and more. In addition, discussions will focus on the songwriting process from concept to recording and the roles that various professionals take from co-writers to producers and recording engineers as well as emerging and masterclass songwriting sessions.

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Music BC Launches Phoenix Training & Professional Development Program

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

music bcMusic BC has announce the launch of the Phoenix Training & Professional Development Program as part of Music BC’s How-To Series, with support from Creative BC, FACTOR, Ryan Beedie and Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University.

The Phoenix program was developed to help B.C. music industry professionals navigate the ever-changing music industry landscape with its evolving business models, income streams and priorities.  The program is designed for time-poor, mid-career music professionals, who want to optimize their business models for growth, offering participants the opportunity to work with experienced mentors and advisors. A board of industry experts will review and select the small group of Phoenix 2017 participants. See below for information on how to apply.

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