The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, Ltd. (CMRRA) has announced the launch of a new Industry Relations team under the leadership of Veronica Syrtash, CMRRA SVP, Business Affairs & Corporate Development.
“CMRRA is a world leader in rights administration,” said Syrtash, “and this Industry Relations team has been created to support the critical role CMRRA is already playing to ensure that music publishers and songwriters get properly paid for their work.” This development follows CMRRA’s recent launch of the new Unclaimed Works Portal, providing unprecedented visibility into download and streaming usage logs of all digital services in Canada.
CMRRA today announced the appointment of Rebecca Webster as Director, Industry Relations and Communications, effective immediately. Webster comes to CMRRA after running highly-respected music public relations company Webster Media Consulting Inc. for the last ten years in Toronto. Known for her roster of award-winning artists, she helmed the Canadian publicity campaigns for Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, French-Canadian rock band Karkwa, Netflix docu-series Hip Hop Evolution host Shad, Children's music entertainers Splash'N Boots as well as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Third Man Records' Margo Price, among others.
Before launching Webster, she built and ran the Toronto media office for Montreal's Distribution Fusion III. She is an honours graduate of Ryerson University's esteemed Radio & Television Arts and Public Relations programs. She informs FYI that "as of June, with the end of four David Gray dates, Webster is closing."
Syrtash notes that “Strong relationships are the key to success, and I’m thrilled that Rebecca will be leading the charge for us on that front.”
In related news, Marianne Anderson has been promoted to Publisher Relations Manager, further enhancing the strength of the music publisher client team at CMRRA. The move reinforces CMRRA's ongoing and proactive commitment to client service excellence. Anderson joined CMRRA in 1996 and is a graduate of Fanshawe College's Music Industry Arts and Office Administration program.