The Canadian Music Marketplace
To foster a healthy and independent Canadian music scene, CIMA continues to create and sustain opportunities in an ever-changing marketplace.
Marketing OpportunitiesCIMA participates in national and regional industry events such as Toronto International Film Festival, the POLARIS Music Prize, Canadian Music Week, the Digital Music Summit and Pop Montreal. These events, which will showcase Canadian acts and reach out to international and national buyers, will be important parts of the domestic marketing calendar.
CIMA is always on the lookout for new ways for our members to improve their business prospects and practices. We organize educational information sessions with experienced professionals from different fields. These are "not to missed sessions" for any of our members and their staff.
Copyright and RevenuesCopyright, licensing and royalty issues continue to be important as we move into the next wave of digital licensing both in Canada and abroad. The establishment of the IDLA in Canada and Merlin in the UK were important steps in creating independent licensing bodies for digital and other product. CIMA has been involved as a facilitator in both projects.
Our foremost issue is the private copying levy with respect to DAR devices. While we agree that the levy cannot be used as a “shelter” for unauthorized P2P downloading, we do not agree with our friends at CRIA that it should be done away with as a result.
The financial stakes may be small for the major labels, but are substantial in the case of the independents. We will continue to work with CRIA to arrive at a compromise which may see them back off their position, but barring that, will maintain that the CPCC has the right to include DAR’s as part of the levy.
Cultural Industry PartnershipsCIMA will also work diligently to maintain and develop strong relationships with our colleagues in other agencies and associations.
We’ve formed a working group of the CEO’s and ED’s of the MMF, CMPA, CIMA and CRIA to discuss issues of mutual interest – and come to agreements on what we can accomplish together. We have planned meetings with SOCAN in the near future, and have had several discussions with the SAC concerning potential copyright payments at the ISP level, and other potential global methods of compensating creators for their works.
As our major funding agency, FACTOR continues to be a strong partner in achieving our goals. With increasing funds for the next few years, based on the CHUM and Standard transactions, there should be opportunities for “fundable” programs in which CIMA members can participate.