Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC President & Chief Executive Officer, speaks at the AGM
Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC President & Chief Executive Officer, speaks at the AGM

Canadian Music Publishers Announce New Board

The Canadian Music Publishers Association has announced its newly elected Board of Directors who started their two year terms on Wednesday (April 27). The announcement was made at the CMPA’s Annual General Meeting, held at Toronto’s Second City Theatre on Tuesday afternoon.

In a release accompanying the announcement, the org stated that "These new Board members reflect the diversity of the various music publishers that the CMPA represents and will continue the great work undertaken by the previous Board to navigate and create business opportunities for CMPA members in the new online, global music business ecosystem."

The members of the 2016-2018 CMPA Board are:

The CMPA thanked the following outgoing members of the Board of Directors for their support and involvement:  Aideen O’Brien (Entertainment One Group), Patrick Curley (Third Side Music) and Shawn Marino (Universal Music Publishing).

David Kokakis and Marcello Favia are new to the Board this year. CMPA spokesperson Kate Horodnyk   explains to FYI that “The CMPA bylaws allow its Board to be between 3 and up to 13 directors and as such the 2016-2018 Board is composed of 12 directors, including 10 directors renewing their terms.”

The AGM featured a review on progress made in 2015/16, presented by Executive Director Robert Hutton. Horodnyk explains that “2015 brought increased awareness around CMPA and our mission. CMPA has been much more active, and pro-active, in regards to advocacy and building the voice of publishers, both locally and internationally and leading within the broader music industry.”

Looking forward in 2016, the CMPA is hosting a Songwriter event on Friday night (May 6) at CMW and organizing a tech symposium for mid June for publishers and CMPA members. It will also hold the annual Canadian Music Cafe during TIFF this coming September.

A prominent guest speaker at the AGM was OMDC's President and CEO Karen Thorne-Stone. Longtime Board member Jodie Ferneyhough tells us that Thorne-Stone “came and spoke on the relevance of the fund, their partnership with the government and about the different people and publishers that had been granted money. She spoke about their pride in being able to administer the fund and that they were thrilled to further state that the government is committed to continue to fund the music community.”

Horodnyk adds that “she reaffirmed OMDC'S commitment to music publishers and the importance of the activities OMDC partners with CMPA on, most particularly the economic profile on the industry and the profiling of songwriters themselves that CMPA has undertaken. Those that are eligible for the program were encouraged to submit proposal for the next round of funding.”

About the Canadian Music Publishers Association

CMPA is the oldest music industry association in Canada (founded in 1949) and was federally incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 2005. We are committed to educating and acting as a mentor body for the next generation of music publishers and young songwriters. Our vision is to make Canada the best environment globally for music publishers and their songwriting partners.





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