Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations Joins “Focus On Creators” Coalition

The Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) has formally joined the Focus On Creators coalition to support Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, poets, music producers, visual artists and other members of the creative industries in urging the Canadian Government to put creators at the centre of our cultural policy surrounding Canadian content in the digital realm.

Focus On Creators is a call to action by Canadian creators. Canadians are consuming more digital content than ever before, and creators have led the shift – they have digitized their work, mastered the Internet, and become their own social media directors. Yet the laws and regulations that allow creators to exploit their works to make a living are now out of date. Without urgent attention from government, thousands of Canadian creators will not be able to tell their uniquely Canadian stories.

The work of Canadian creators is increasingly used to monetize technology without adequately remunerating its creators. Income and profit from digital use of our work flow away from the creative class to a concentrated technology industry. Allowing this trend to continue will result in dramatically fewer Canadians being able to afford to “tell Canadian stories,” much less earn a reasonable living from doing so. The Focus On Creators campaign has prepared a joint letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly. Canadian creators are encouraged to add their names to the letter on the initiative’s website,, to help send this important message to policymakers in Ottawa.

The Focus On Creators coalition was formed to bring focus to the artists’ perspective in light of some major federal cultural policy activities, including the Canadian Heritage Canadian Content in the Digital World review, and the upcoming Copyright Act review in 2017. These activities present a timely opportunity to re-establish a fair working environment for creators.     

Focus On Creators has widespread support from Canada’s creative industries. The initiative’s supporting partners are:

● Music Canada
● The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)
● The Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA)
● The Canadian Music Publishers Association
● The Canadian Country Music Association
● The Writers’ Union of Canada
● The League of Canadian Poets
● The Playwrights Guild of Canada
● Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC)

The Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) is composed of 12 provincial and territorial music industry associations. The members of the CCMIA include Music Newfoundland and Labrador, Music Nova Scotia, Music Prince Edward Island, Music New Brunswick, Music and Film in Motion (Northern Ontario), Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Alberta Music, Music BC, Music Yukon and Music NWT. The CCMIA represents nearly 8,000 music industry professionals across Canada. Our members include artists, managers, publicists, agents, educators, promoters and other music industry entrepreneurs.


For media inquiries please contact:

Scott Long
Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations

Back Home: A Music Nova Scotia Podcast - Episode 12

On this episode of Back Home: A Music Nova Scotia Podcast, we’re pulling out all the stops with a live performance and interview with Like A Motorcycle as well Dana recaps #NSMW2016 with John Mullane of In-Flight Safety and rapper Mitchell Bailey. We also feature songs from Gabrielle Papillon, Floodland, and The Barrowdowns.


We’re always looking to feature new and old NOVA SCOTIAN music and musicians. If you want to submit your own music to the podcast you CAN at this link: attach a song file to the bottom of the form!

Make sure you’re following us on twitter, Facebook and Instagram @BackHomeMNS


Shows coming up:

Dec 7 - David Myles with Jenn Grant: It's Christmas! at The Banff Centre

Dec 9 - Three Sheet @ the carleton

Dec 9 -Jessie Brown, Jacob Strang and Hello Delaware @ the Seahorse

Dec 10 -Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song fundraiser, house concert Erin Costelo, Kim Harris and Norma MacDonald

Dec 14 - The Stanfields @ The Marigold

Dec 15 -Gordie Sampson - Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle at Casino Nova Scotia Schooner Room

Dec 21 Dave Gunning at deCoste Entertainment Centre in pictou

Announcing The 2016 Music Nova Scotia Award Winners

 (November 6, 2016, Truro, Nova Scotia) Forty-eight Music Nova Scotia Awards were handed out on Sunday, November 6 at the Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre Truro.

Ria Mae won five awards, including Recording of the year, Music video of the Year, Digital Artist of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, and Pop Recording of the Year. Classified won three awards, including Producer of the Year, Hip Hop Recording of the Year, and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year. Ben Caplan also walked away with two awards, The Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year. On the industry side Sonic Entertainment group won two awards, Company of the Year and Promoter of the Year.


Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year: Ben Caplan

Solo Recording of the Year (presented by Elegant Steps): Erin Costelo - “Down Below, The Status Quo”

Group Recording of the Year (presented by Frank & Gino's): The Town Heroes - “Please, Everyone”

Music Video of the Year (presented by Vintage Mouldings): Ria Mae - “Gold” - Director: Alon Isocianu

New Artist Recording of the Year (presented by O'Healthy Market): Shannon Quinn - “If All The Young Ladies”

Recording of the Year (presented by My Home Apparel): Ria Mae - “Ria Mae”

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN): Ria Mae - “Gold” - Ria Mae, Luke Boyd, John Fortis, Emre Ramazanoglu

Aboriginal Artist of the Year (presented by Millbrook First Nation): City Natives

Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year (presented by Grant Thornton): Maxim Cormier

African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year (presented by Town of Truro Equity and Diversity Committee): Reeny Smith

Alternative Recording of the Year (presented by NovelTea Bookstore Cafe): Quiet Parade - “Quiet Parade”

Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year: Old Man Luedecke - “Domestic Eccentric”

Blues Recording of the Year (presented by BellyUp BBQ & Grill): Kim Dunn - “Inspiration”

Classical Recording of the Year: Halifax Camerata Singers - “A Time For All Things”

Country Recording of the Year (presented by Best Western Glengarry Plus Hotel): Tj King - “Feels Right”

Digital Artist of the Year (Presented by Hub Grub): Ria Mae

DJ of the Year (presented by Upham's CARSTAR): DJ IV

Electronic Artist of the Year (presented by Canadian Music Week): Neon Dreams

Folk Recording of the Year (presented by The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse): Ben Caplan - “Birds With Broken Wings”

Hip Hop Recording of the Year (presented by Andy's Tires): Classified - “Greatful”

Inspirational Recording of the Year: Keonté Beals - “Keonté Beals”

Jazz Recording of the Year (presented by Sea Shell Design): Donald MacLennan - “Belleville”

Loud Recording of the Year (presented by Noyes Records): Black Moor - “Brave To The Grave”

Musician of the Year (presented by Patterson Law): Keith Mullins

Pop Recording of the Year (presented by Beck & Boosh Jewelry and Styles): Ria Mae - “Ria Mae”

Rock Recording of the Year (presented by Aggregate Equipment): Adam Baldwin - “No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five)

Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (presented by Warner Music Canada): Shannon Quinn - “If All The Young Ladies”


Booking Agent of the Year (presented by CBDC NOBL): Jason MacIsaac

Community Presenter of the Year (presented by MacQuarries Pharmasave): The Pavilion

Company of the Year: Sonic Entertainment Group

Corporate Sponsor of the Year (presented by Hampton Inn & Suites): Casino Nova Scotia

Educator of the Year (presented by Dalhousie Agricultural Campus): Craig Mercer

Event of the Year (presented by Langille & Colburne - More than Events): Halifax jazz Festival

Industry Professional of the Year (presented by Casey Concrete Ltd.): Stephanie Purcell

Live Technician of the Year: Stephen “Snickers” Smith

Manager of the Year (presented by Music Managers Forum): Melanie Stone

Media Professional of the Year: Stephen Cooke

Producer of the Year (presented by Truro Toyota): Classified (Luke Boyd)

Production Company of the Year: groundSOUND

Promoter of the Year (presented by SRF2 Truro Mall Inc.): Sonic Entertainment Group

Publicist of the Year: Trevor Murphy

Radio Program of the Year: Halifax Is Burning (CKDU-FM)

Radio Station of the Year (presented by Theriault Financial): CKDU-FM

Recording Studio of the Year: The Sonic Temple

Studio Engineer of the Year (presented by NSCC Truro): Scott Ferguson

Venue of the Year (presented by Music Canada Live): The Carleton Music Bar & Grill

Visual Artist of the Year: Abracazebra Productions (Megan Green)

Volunteer of the Year (presented by Local Love Truro): Sarah Atkinson

Music Nova Scotia’s board and staff wish to thank all of the individuals that helped make this event a success, including but not limited to performers, delegates, sponsors, committees, fans, family, and the entire Truro community.



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