In 2015, the CCMIA helped spearhead the Canadian Music Policy Coalition, a 13-member group led by the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) that also includes the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF), the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), and l’Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ). This coalition has come together to advocate for the continued development of the domestic, Canadian-owned segment of the music industry. Some of our recent activities include the following.
The coalition was invited to present to elected members of Parliament on a variety of issues facing the Canadian music industries. In May 2015, coalition representatives, in partnership with Global Public Affairs, met with various Members of Parliament, Ministers, and Party Leaders and Critics to discuss music export issues, revamping the Copyright Board, reviewing the Copyright Modernization Act, ideas for the Wireless Spectrum Auction, and issues around streaming services.
In August 2015, the coalition submitted an intervention to the CRTC around Bell Media’s request to convert Much and M3 into Specialty Category B services. To see a summary of key points, see the related CIMA release here. The complete submission can be found here.
Also in August 2015, the coalition submitted an intervention to the CRTC on Corus Entertainment’s proposed changes to their Country Music Television licence. CIMA has provided a summary of key points here, and the full submission is available here.
In 2014, CCMIA President Bob D’Eith provided testimony before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in its review of the Canadian music industry. This testimony included an assessment of how digital dissemination technologies have led to a paradigm shift in the global distribution of recorded music.