Hard-hitting speeches, effective advocacy, a significant legal victory and an increase in certifications are just some of the 2016-2017 highlights announced by Music Canada's executive vice-president Amy Terrill at the organization's annual general meeting held in Toronto yesterday.
Here is a partial account of some of the achievements that Music Canada accomplished over the last calendar year:
- Music Canada president & CEO Graham Henderson's November 1, 2016, speech at the Economic Club of Canada, arguing that "the well-intentioned regulations governing the Internet created two decades ago have failed music creators" and demanding a call to action from governments around the world to rectify the situation.
- The coalition of artists from numerous fields that launched the Focus on Creators campaign, urging the Federal government to place creators at the heart of Canadian cultural policy and the upcoming review of the Canadian Copyright Act via a letter containing 3500 signatures delivered to Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.
- The organization's rallying cry for the government to overhaul the Copyright Board of Canada, agreeing with a 2016 report issued by the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce that labelled the Board "dated, dysfunctional and in dire need of reform."
- The action of Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, to launch a consultation process to reform the Board with the goal of "enabling creators to get paid properly and on time."
- The integral role Music Canada played in the landmark "Equustek vs Google" Supreme Court of Canada ruling that upheld an earlier court decision to disallows Google from connecting users to sites that sell illegal copyright-infringing intellectual property.
- Promoting artist advocacy, including a Miranda Mulholland speech to the Economic Club of Canada detailing how governments, artists, fans and others can help artists succeed in the digital marketplace.
- Issuing, in partnership with the East Coast Music Association, the Striking a New Accord report.
- The work towards securing a renewal of the B.C. Music Fund.
- The Music City Summit that attracted 200 guest delegates and 5000 live-streamers.
- The 40% increase in album certifications over 2016 and a 70% increase in Canadian artist certifications.
- The just-issued report The Value Gap.
Music Canada also handed out a couple of awards at the AGM which featured a few songs by Sony Music Canada's Tyler Shaw. Miranda Mulholland received the inaugural Music Canada Artist Advocate Award, while the 2017 President's Award was given to London Music Development Officer Cory Crossman and Culture & Entertainment Tourism Director Chris Campbell for their efforts in turning the Forest City into a Music City.
The annual report is available on the Music Canada website.