File picture of CMPA Create Germany delegates at work in 2017
File picture of CMPA Create Germany delegates at work in 2017

CMPA Launching Two European Initiatives This Month

The Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) has announced new editions of the export expansion program in Germany and Denmark later this month. The initiatives take Canadian songwriters and representatives from Canadian music publishers to Berlin and Hamburg from the 17th through 21st and Copenhagen Sept. 24 through 27.

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.

The Create European initiatives this month will be taking 15 Canadian songwriters to Germany and Denmark where they'll get to co-write with German and Nordic songwriters. Each group of writers will also be accompanied by Canadian music publishers who will be attending various events to meet publishing and sync contacts.

The Canadian songwriters will be writing together daily, building creative partnerships with German and Nordic artists, as well as networking with national music publishers, labels, managers, tv and film companies and key industry execs from Germany, Norway and Sweden.

Create Germany 2018 participating Canadian songwriters include: Lyle Bell (Six Shooter) from Edmonton, Alberta; Erik Alcock (Universal Music Publishing Group) and Gavin Brown (CCS Rights Management) from Toronto, Ontario; Etienne Dupuis-Cloutier (Bloc Notes Music Publishing) and Maia Davies (CCS Rights Management) from Montreal, Quebec; and Reeny Smith (Cymba Music Publishing) from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Participating Music Publishers include: Gord Dimitrieff (Aporia Records), Jodie Ferneyhough & Jordan Howard (CCS Rights Management), Vince Degiorgio (Cymba Music), Jon Landry & Shannon Landry (Groundswell), and Kim Temple (Six Shooter Records).

Create Denmark participating Canadian songwriters include: Kate Morgan/Aria Hennessy (UMPG) originally from Kamloops, British Columbia but now based in Los Angeles, California; Jahmal Wellington/Frank Kadillac of Neon Dreams (Hyvetown) and Nathan Ferraro/Nate J (Hyvetown) from Vancouver, British Columbia; Maurice Moore (Warner/Chappell) from Ottawa, Ontario; and Thomas D’Arcy (Arts & Crafts), Alexandra Soumalias/Ally Sou (ole), Melissa McClelland of Juno Award-winning duo Whitehorse (peermusic Canada), Tom Probizanski/Zanski (Red Brick Songs), and Kayla Diamond (Slaight), all from Toronto, Ontario.

Participating Music Publishers include Gord Dimitrieff (Aporia Records), Jodie Ferneyhough (CCS Rights Management), Patrick Zulinov (Hyvetown) Kim Temple (Six Shooter Records) and Ali Slaight & James Campbell (Slaight Music).

“This is one trip that could lead to many different collaborations, in six months, in a year, in two years, in five years,” says CMPA ED Margaret McGuffin. More than 50 songwriters from more than 40 different music publishers in Canada, Germany and the United States have participated in the Create export initiative to date.

“We’re building relationships—on a business level as well as a creative level,” McGuffin continues. "The value of export to music publishers very clear. In interviews conducted with Canadian music publishers for the export study, on-the-ground, face-to-face contact was cited as irreplaceable in cultivating strong business relations, even with their use of and access to technologies like email and video calls. The interviewed publishers commonly mentioned Denmark as a priority market, among other European countries.

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