CMPA Helping Boost Songwriter Revenues Through Global Summits

Key Facts: The Canadian music publishing industry has grown to $282M with 73 percent of revenues earned from foreign sources.

Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) is currently in Los Angeles, Calif., hosting the second edition of this year’s Create initiative to strengthen the profile of Canada’s music publishing industry globally.

Returning to where it held a very successful event last year, CMPA Create LA ran Nov. 12 through today (17).  Launched in 2016, CMPA Create is a dual-purpose music publishing export initiative that connects Canadian talent with songwriters in international territories and links music publishers with key business contacts in global markets.

Participating music publishers include Ali Slaight (Slaight Music), Amy Eligh (Arts & Crafts), Carmel Scurti-Belley (Dare to Care), Chris Robinson (Red Brick Songs), Diane Pinet (Bloc Notes Music Publishing), Don DePoe (Americana Music), and Emily Haffenden (Aporia Records).

Also included: Glenn McMullen (Sound of Pop), Gord Dimitrieff (Aporia Records), Graham Stairs (Pop Guru), James Campbell (Slaight Music), Jodie Ferneyhough (CCS Rights Management), Jon Landry (Groundswell), Jordan Howard (CCS Rights Management), Patrick Zulinov (Hyvetown), Tim Jones (Pipe & Hat) and Vince Degiorgio (CYMBA Music Publishing).

CMPA Create Los Angeles participating Canadian songwriters include: Christina Rieder (Cordova Bay), Dave Sampson (Groundswell), Ferro Montanino (Pipe & Hat), Hannah Georgas (Peer Music), Nathan Ferraro (Hyvetown), Patrick Bouchard (Bloc Notes Music Publishing) and Taylor Knox (Arts & Crafts).

American writers are also contributing, including Hal Cragin, Hunnah, Jordan Kyle, Kimi Recor, Kyle Neal, Pat Linehan and Tima Dee.

The Canadian music publishing industry has grown to $282M.

According to the org, export has been a driver of growth in the industry with a recent study showing that 73 percent of these revenues coming from foreign sources. The number represents a complete reversal of the ratio found in a 2005 industry study, in which 28 percent of income came from international sources.

“CMPA Create is helping to showcase Canada’s talented songwriters and successful music publishers to global audiences and allowing participants to make strategic international business connections that can result in Canadian songs and culture being exported abroad. It is an invaluable initiative to grow the Canadian music publishing industry and strengthen creators’ access to international markets, which we will look to expand in the future,” says Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association.

This year’s first edition of CMPA Create took place in September when CMPA, along with Canadian songwriters and music publishers, ventured to Berlin and Hamburg for CMPA Create Germany.

CMPA Create has the support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund, the Consulate General of Canada in LA, the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and the Guild of Music Supervisors for their support of CMPA Create LA.

For more information:

Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director, Canadian Music Publishers Association

Email:  | Phone: 416.926.1966 ext. 282


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