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Canadian Music Industry Resources

This page contains Canadian Music Resources for Canadian artists, producers, record labels and the like. Canada has hundreds of resources, both federally and provincially run. Bear with us as we attempt to add each of these resources to the page. We will post an email requesting your support on this once we’ve had a chance to go through and add the resources we are already aware of.

Associations (National) | Associations (Provincial / Territorial) |
Grants & Funding Support | Publishing & Royalties | Unions


Associations (National)

For the past forty years, CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association) has dedicated itself to strengthening the Canadian independent music industry. Through transparency, trust and integrity, CIMA will be an advocacy leader, representing the national interests of the Canadian owned independent music industry, while providing targeted services for the economic benefit of its membership.

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Since 1949, CMPA (Canadian Music Publishers Association) has ensured the views of music publishers working in Canada and its members are heard. They aim to promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, and education.

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Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF Canada) is committed to ensuring that artists receive their fare share of remuneration from every possible income source. As the management sector’s voice in the industry, MMF Canada acts as a lobbying force to various levels of the government on behalf of its members on key issues that affect managers and their artists. MMF Canada also helps members develop management skills and music industry knowledge through educational initiatives such as panels and workshops.

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Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1964 that promotes the interests of its members as well as their partners, the artists. Members include Sony Music Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada.

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The S.A.C. (Songwriters Association of Canada) exists to nurture, develop and protect the creative, business, and legal interests of music creators in Canada and around the world. An association led by active professional and amateur songwriters, the S.A.C. is committed to the development and recognition of Canadian composers, lyricists and songwriters.

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Associations (Provincial / Territorial)

The Quebec Association of the music industry, entertainment and video (ADISQ) is a professional non-profit that defends the interests of its members and promotes the development of the music industry in Quebec.

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The Alberta Music Industry Association is a non-profit, service-based association dedicated to helping professionals in the music industry to succeed in their careers. The organization frequently runs information sessions and workshops, provides financial tour support, assistance in attending festival/conferences and produces showcase opportunities for artists at events like Canadian Music Week (Toronto).

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Music BC is a non-profit society serving the British Columbia music industry through providing essential information, education, funding, advocacy, showcasing, and networking opportunities.

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Manitoba Music is the hub of Manitoba’s vibrant music community. Members have access to a wealth of information and resources pertaining to all aspects of the music industry locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Music/Musique NB (MNB) is a provincial music industry association that provides a support network for musicians, managers, and businesses that are involved in the creation of music within the province of New Brunswick. MNB is a non-profit association with ties on regional, provincial, and national levels with government agencies and departments who enable them to lobby and promote artists whenever possible.

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Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Membership is mainly made up of Nova Scotians but some join from other regions of the East Coast as well as across Canada.

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MusicOntario is a non-profit, membership-based division of the Canadian Independent Music Association, also known as CIMA. Its mission is to provide professional development, education, information and support to the music industry of Ontario. The association delivers programs, services, events and initiatives that assist in nurturing, developing, promoting, and sustaining growth within the provincial music sector. MusicOntario supports and develops both the emerging and established independent industry in all markets province-wide.

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Music NL’s mandate is to address key issues affecting the Newfoundland & Labrador music industry in order to implement positive change by presenting a strong voice to government, business and the community at large.

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Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Membership is mainly made up of Nova Scotians but some join from other regions of the East Coast as well as across Canada.

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Music PEI, founded in 2001 as the Prince Edward Island Music Awards Association, is a non-profit member services organization devoted to advancing careers of Island musicians. Music PEI is actively seeking ways to promote, foster and develop artists and the music industry on PEI. View the website for more information.

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SaskMusic stimulates the growth and development of the Saskatchewan music industry through leadership, promotion, training, advocacy and partnership. It is a member-based, non-profit corporation representing the four components of the music and sound recording industries and community of Saskatchewan.

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Music Yukon is at the heart of Yukon’s emergence as a national leader in the creation, production, presentation, sale and distribution of music by Yukon artists.

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Grants & Funding Support

FACTOR is dedicated to providing financial assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. The foundation administers contributions from Canadian Heritage and other sources.

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MuchFACT considers applications requesting co-financing for music videos and music related content six times a year. Applications are judged by a committee, and successful applicants receive non-recoupable awards.

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The Alberta Foundation for the Arts provides grant funding to artists and art organizations to encourage the growth and development of the arts sector. It also promotes the arts and manages an extensive art collection.

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One of the four goals of the BC Arts Council is to foster artistic excellence by investing in the artist. Toward that end, the Council provides awards to individual B.C. artists to develop skills, to broaden experience and to realize creative projects. Programs exist for visual artists, film and video makers, and writers, while awards are also available in all disciplines for professional development.

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The Ontario Arts Council was established in 1963 to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians. OAC’s grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Aboriginal arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Franco-Ontarian arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.

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The Ontario Media Development Corporation is the central catalyst for Ontario’s cultural media cluster. It promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs, and original content creation in the province’s print publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries.

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Publishing & Royalties

Artisti is a collective management society created by the Union of Artists in 1997, which represents more than 2,500 artists. ‘s mission is to manage and distribute royalties to performers under the Law on Copyright and arising from the following rights: equitable remuneration (audio broadcast), private copying (copies of music made ​​for the personal use of the copier) and right of reproduction (some copies only).

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Since 1949, CMPA (Canadian Music Publishers Association) has ensured the views of music publishers working in Canada and its members are heard. They aim to promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, and education.

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CMRRA (Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd) is a music licensing collective representing music rightsholders who range in size from large multinational music publishers to individual songwriters. Together, they own or administer the vast majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada.

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Connect Music Licensing (formerly AVLA) administers licensing in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings and reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of copyright owners (usually, record companies). Connect Music Licensing’s licences ensure that owners receive compensation for use of their sound recordings and music videos.

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Twenty leading independent labels organized IDLA — The Independent Digital Licensing Agency to provide independent labels and artists more efficient and economic digital asset delivery to digital music services, royalty collection and administration through an organization whose financial interests are directly aligned with its independent artists and label members.

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The Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) is a Canadian federally incorporated not-for-profit organization whose primary objective is to collect and distribute royalties to musicians and vocalists. MROC distributes the performer’s share of neighbouring rights and private copying royalties. These royalties primarily flow from the broadcast and public performance of sound recordings and are based on tariffs approved by the Copyright Board of Canada. MROC represents more than 6500 musicians.

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SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers.

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SODRAC negotiates collective and individual agreements with users of their works, collects royalties and redistributes them to the rights holders it represents. It therefore controls all reproduction of its members’ works on any type of audio, audiovisual, visual or digital media, as well as the use of recordings on these media.

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SOPROQ collective management of rights of producers of phonograms and video recordings of Quebec allows producers of sound recordings and music videos to enjoy fully the benefits of the rights granted to them under Canadian law on copyright.

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SoundExchange is a non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio (such as SIRIUS XM), Internet radio (like Pandora), cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings.

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The Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (RACS) is a division of ACTRA that collects and distributes equitable remuneration (neighbouring rights and private copying) to eligible recording artists. For many years, Canadian songwriters have received royalties from the broadcast or public performance of their songs. These royalties are collected by SOCAN. In 1997, the Copyright Act of Canada was amended to acknowledge the essential contribution of recording artists and record companies in the creation of recorded music and to add a right to equitable remuneration which is in line with similar rights in the rest of the world. RACS focuses on putting the money into the hands of recording artists.

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Re:Sound is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights. They advocate for music creators, educate music users, license businesses and distribute royalties to creators.

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Unions

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is the leading professional organization of its kind available to Canadian musicians. The CFM negotiates fair agreements for Canadian members, works diligently to protect ownership of recorded music, secures benefits such as health care and pension for its membership, and actively lobbies legislators on Copyright reform and other matters of interest to professional musicians living and working in Canada. The Canadian Federation of Musicians helps thousands of musicians who need assistance with any number of issues related to the recording and performing of their craft. With specialized services ranging from immigration, media recordings, symphonic and theatrical matters, touring, freelance musicians and membership services, contract negotiations and administration, royalty streams, and more, CFM helps its membership take best advantage of all career opportunities and optimize the level of their professional working environment.

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The Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ) has a mission to promote the value of music as well as the vital contribution of professional musicians to society by representing and defending their artistic, social and financial interests. Notably, the GMMQ sets minimum working conditions for musicians and acts collectively on behalf of its members when it considers that their interest is affected. To this end, the GMMQ works with organizations whose objectives are similar. It is also actively lobbying to promote music and musicians to local, national, and international government bodies and communities.

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