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There are dozens of Canadian Music Associations – some national and some regional – advocating for music creators, and focusing on strengthening, developing the Canadian music industry, as well as serving other roles within the community.

Associations are usually membership-based that come with an annual fee. However, the resources and networks that these associations provide make it usually worth the cost of admission.

We’ll do our best to provide the most complete and up to date listing of Canadian Music Associations below.

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Associations (National)

CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)

CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) was formed in 1975 as an umbrella not-for-profit organization for The JUNO Awards – Canada’s Music Awards, MusiCounts, Canada’s music education program associated with CARAS and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

CARAS’ mandate is to promote and celebrate Canadian music and artists.

The JUNO Awards is Canada’s premier awards show, which encompass a week-long celebration of Canadian music, culminating in The JUNO Awards Broadcast where Canadian artists are recognized for excellence of achievement in recorded music.

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS, is dedicated to ensuring that young Canadians regardless of socio-economic circumstances and cultural background have the opportunity to experience the joy of music, explore their talent, build self-esteem, and above all dream big.

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CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association)

CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association)

The Canadian Arts Presenting Association/l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA) serves the performing arts touring and presenting community through its commitment to integrate the performing arts into the lives of all Canadians. CAPACOA takes initiative in providing leadership, knowledge, communications, skills development and advocacy on behalf of its members and within the arts presenting community.

Since its founding in 1985, CAPACOA has fostered and developed a pan-Canadian network for presenters, presenting networks, artist managers/agents and performing arts administrators.

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CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association)

CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association)

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters.

Since 1976, the CCMA has been committed to ensuring the growth and development of the Canadian country music industry. Through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition, the CCMA offers members these advantages in an increasingly competitive environment. Core to these efforts is Country Music Week. It is the focal point for the organization and its members, providing professional development opportunities, showcasing slots, and an opportunity to heighten awareness and increase exposure for Canada’s country music artists.

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Canadian Music Associations - Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM)

Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM)

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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Canadian Music Associations - CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association)

CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association)

CIMA is one of the longest standing Canadian Music Associations. 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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Canadian Music Associations - CMPA (Canadian Music Publishers Association)

CMPA (Canadian Music Publishers Association)

The Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) is a membership-based organization, founded in 1949, that ensures the views of music publishers working in Canada are heard. It is their mission to create business opportunities for their members and to promote their interests and those of their song writing partners through advocacy, communication, and education.

CMPA ensures that the value and contribution of music publishers, music publishing, and copyright management is understood by artists, the music industry, users of copyrights, governments, and the general public.

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Canadian Music Associations - Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF Canada)

Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF Canada)

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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Canadian Music Associations - Music Canada

Music Canada

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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SCGC (Screen Composers Guild of Canada)

SCGC (Screen Composers Guild of Canada)

The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) (Guilde des Compositeurs Canadiens de Musique à l’Image) is a national association of professional music composers and producers for film, television and media in Canada. The SCGC has certification under the Federal Status of the Artist Act to represent the interests of all composers in Canada working on English-language productions.

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Canadian Music Associations - S.A.C. (Songwriters Association of Canada)

S.A.C. (Songwriters Association of Canada)

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 (Regional)

Canadian Music Associations - Quebec Association of the music industry, entertainment and video (ADISQ)

Quebec Association of the music industry, entertainment and video (ADISQ)

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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Canadian Music Associations - Alberta Music Industry Association (AMIA)

Alberta Music Industry Association (AMIA)

The Alberta Music Industry Association (AMIA) 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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Canadian Music Associations - Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ)

Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ)

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.

CMPA ensures that the value and contribution of music publishers, music publishing, and copyright management is understood by artists, the music industry, users of copyrights, governments, and the general public.

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ECMA (East Coast Music Association)

ECMA (East Coast Music Association)

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry of Atlantic Canada. We are a registered non-profit association dedicated to the music of Atlantic Canada. Membership is open to all individuals working in any sector of the music industry or those who support the music industry. Membership includes musicians, artists, agents, managers, record companies, studios, media, related corporation and retailers. The ECMA currently has over 1,000 members.

Over the past 30 years, the association has been witness to the successes and struggles of hundreds of East Coast artists. ECMA has been a catalyst, bringing music industry representatives from all over the world here to the East Coast to discover and cultivate one of our greatest exportable resources – our music. By doing so, we have also helped build a regional and professional music industry in our corner of the world, one that supports and develops the careers of both the artists and the industry.

The music industry has never been a static one, and ECMA has evolved with the industry over the past 30 years. We have facilitated national and international record deals, and huge tours around the world. In the 2000’s, as music became more readily available in digital format, ECMA recognized that this change would cause a surge in do-it-yourself independent artists, and chose to embrace them and include these artists in their mandate. Now, as the industry continues to change drastically worldwide, ECMA strives to keep on top of these changes by presenting relevant and helpful workshops and seminars during the East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference.

The East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference is now a five-day, non-stop musical celebration showcasing and recognizing the best of East Coast artists and music. The ultimate goal of this internationally recognized event is to position and promote it as the premiere music event for the public and the music industry in Canada and the conference of choice for artists and industry professionals.

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Music and Film in Motion (MFM) / CION

Music and Film in Motion (MFM) / CION

Music and Film in Motion (MFM), a division of the not-for-profit organization Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION), is dedicated to fostering and promoting the music and film industries in Northern Ontario, as well as providing educational programming to cultivate the advancement of Northern Ontario’s emerging talent. MFM works within the boundaries of Northern Ontario, which includes a population of approximately 780,000 people.

MFM strives to connect music and film artists and practitioners with opportunities and resources to advance their projects and their careers. MFM’s ongoing advocacy for Northern Ontario music and film production output is carried out with the primary objective of contributing to the further development of Northern Ontario’s thriving cultural industries.

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Canadian Music Associations - Music BC Industry Association

Music BC Industry Association

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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Canadian Music Associations - Manitoba Music

Manitoba Music

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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Canadian Music Associations - Music/Musique NB (MNB)

Music/Musique NB (MNB)

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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Canadian Music Associations - MusicNL

MusicNL

MusicNL exists 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.

To increase awareness locally, nationally and internationally of provincially produced music as an art form and as a viable industry with significant impact on the economy.

To create and encourage opportunities which will stimulate growth of the industry.

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Canadian Music Associations - Music NWT

Music NWT

Music NWT is the hub of Northwest Territories vibrant music community.

They are a member-based, not-for-profit industry association representing their members in all facets of the music industry, including artists and bands, studios, agents, managers, songwriters, venues, promoters, producers, and beyond. Music NWT serves all genres, from rock to roots, hip-hop to hardcore, country to classical, and everything in between.

Through their programs and services, they provide information, education, communication, advocacy, industry development, and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the growth and sustainability of the NWT music industry.

Music NWT has a website with personal profiles, news, resources, a comprehensive series of industry-related workshops, and a far-reaching market development program.

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Canadian Music Associations - Music Nova Scotia

Music Nova Scotia

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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Canadian Music Associations - Music Ontario

Music Ontario

Music Ontario 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. Music Ontario supports and develops both the emerging and established independent industry in all markets province-wide.

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Canadian Music Associations - Music PEI

Music PEI

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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Canadian Music Associations - SaskMusic

SaskMusic

SaskMusic (The Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association) is a member-based, non-profit corporation representing the four components of the music and sound recording industries and community of Saskatchewan. Creation: songwriters, lyricists, composers, and writers/directors. Interpretation: musicians, vocalists, arrangers, conductors, and producers. Technical: sound engineers, stage hands, tour support staff, studios, and computer technologists. Administration and Delivery: managers, promoters, lawyers, marketing directors, record labels, music publishers, accountants, retail, media, venues, multi-media, agents, film and video producers, media duplicators, graphic artists, publicists, photographers, and distributors.

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Canadian Music Associations - MusicYukon

MusicYukon

MusicYukon 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. MusicYukon exists to:

Help artists achieve their artistic, career and business goals including musicianship, professionalism, business success, economic self-sufficiency and cultural expression.

Develop and improve the market for Yukon musicians and northern music industry.

Enhance the presence of music and Yukon’s music sector in the community and the nation as a source of entertainment, cultural identity, economic opportunity and community quality of life.

Represent the interests of the Yukon’s music sector locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West

Western Canadian Music Alliance (BreakOut West)

BreakOut West, the Western Canadian Music Awards, and the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards are the primary events hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance – an organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory – to promote and celebrate western Canadian music.

Each year the event is held in a different western Canadian region on a rotational basis. Their 15th Anniversary was held in Edmonton, AB from September 13-17, 2017. This four-day event is comprised of a 4-day music conference, a 3-night multi-genre music festival, the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch and the Western Canadian Music Awards Reception.

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