Royalty collection agency Re:Sound (now celebrating its 20th anniversary) has presented the Unison Benevolent Fund with a cheque for $32,000 raised at its fifth annual party at Revival Bar in Toronto.
This is the largest third-party donation received by the charitable organization that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.
The event included a Re:Sound house band performing two sets of 90s classics and one-hit wonders, with help from SOCAN, CMRRA, and Sony Music Canada, who all brought their staff on stage to help us raise the money. In all, 40 singers, musicians, and DJs kept the boisterous crowd entertained at the party.
Sponsors including Music Canada, Slaight Music, Osler Law, and Epicor helped run a successful raffle and silent auction to top up the cheque amount.
The event has grown exponentially from one band and $1500 raised in 2013.
L-R: James Harding (Re:Sound), Jennifer Hardy (Music Canada / Unison Board), Derrick Ross (Unison Board Chair), Ian MacKay (Re:Sound president), Amanda Power (Unison), Eunice Kim (Re:Sound) and Adam Monzon (Re:Sound)
And here are a few quotes from the bash:
Ian MacKay, President of Re:Sound - “Re:Sound employees work hard to champion the rights of music creators, and ensure businesses are licensed and royalties distributed efficiently and accurately. Their passion is evident. Almost half of Re:Sound employees are also talented musicians. Re:Wind is driven entirely by a very talented and dedicated group. Through their hard work, almost $70,000 has been raised for music charities through an annual event that also brings together our friends and colleagues from partner organizations in the Canadian music industry.”
Andy Maize, Vice-Chair of Unison Board of Directors - "We are tremendously honoured that the employees of Re:Sound made Unison their charity partner again this year. The evening rang out with the joyous sounds of all the music lovers in attendance. With Re:Sound’s dedication to a healthy and sustainable Canadian music industry economy, it’s not surprising they have also been such amazing fundraisers and supporters of Unison’s work keeping our music makers physically and mentally healthy as well.”