CMCC Congratulates its Juno Nominees

6 CMCC Artists combine for 14 Nominations
Montreal, February 14, 2007

The Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) is a group of nearly 200 Canadian acts who aim to voice musicians' perspectives about the laws and policies that affect our livelihoods. We would like to congratulate our member artists for their 2007 Juno nominations.

Billy Talent is nominated for:

  • Single of the Year, for "Devil in a Midnight Mass"
  • Album of the Year, for "Billy Talent II"
  • Rock Album of the Year, for "Billy Talent II"
  • Group of the Year
  • Video of the Year, for "Devil in a Midnight Mass" (with Sean Michael Turrell)

Chantal Kreviazuk is nominated for:

  • Single of the Year, for "All I Can Do"
  • Pop Album of the Year, for "Ghost Stories"

Sam Roberts is nominated for:

  • Rock Album of the Year, for "Chemical City"
  • Video of the Year, for "Bridge to Nowhere" (with Duplex, aka Dave Pawsey and Jonathan Legris)

Sarah McLachlan is nominated for:

  • Juno Fan Choice Award
  • Pop album of the Year, for "Wintersong"

Sloan is nominated for:

  • Rock Album of the Year, for "Never Hear the End of It"

Three Days Grace is nominated for:

  • Album of the Year, for "ONE-X"
  • Group of the Year

"This sort of acclaim is further proof that artists who reject the approach of suing fans and locking down music through Digital Rights Management (DRM), can and do succeed," said CMCC Co-founder Jason Collett. "The CMCC wishes all our nominated colleagues the best of luck on April 1st and congratulates all Canadian artists for fostering the wealth that is Canadian music."

For comment from the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, please contact Jason Collett via CMCC Communications (514) 867-8337.

About the Canadian Music Creators Coalition

The CMCC is a coalition of nearly 200 Canadian acts who share the common goal of having our voices heard about the laws and policies that affect our livelihoods. Our membership rolls boast dozens of household names including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Broken Social Scene, Matthew Good, Metric, Randy Bachman, Billy Talent, Sloan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41, Stars, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), The New Pornographers, Bill Henderson (Chilliwack), Ronnie King (The Stampeders), Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Billy Talent, John K. Samson (Weakerthans), Three Days Grace, Andrew Cash and Sam Roberts. We are the people who actually create Canadian music. Without us, there would be no music for copyright laws to protect.

Until recently, a group of multinational record labels has done most of the talking about what Canadian artists need out of copyright and cultural policy. The labels' legislative proposals facilitate lawsuits against fans and increase the labels' control over the enjoyment of music. These proposals have the labels' interests at heart – not artists' interests, not fans' interests, and certainly not Canada's interests.

The CMCC grew out of our common desire to speak out in Canadian copyright and cultural policy debates. The CMCC is united under three key principles:

Suing Our Fans is Destructive and Hypocritical

Artists do not want to sue music fans. The labels have been suing our fans against artists' will, and laws enabling these suits cannot be justified in artists' names

Digital Locks are Risky and Counterproductive

Artists do not support using digital locks to increase the labels' control over the distribution, use and enjoyment of music or laws that prohibit circumvention of such technological measures. Consumers should be able to transfer the music they buy to other formats under a right of fair use, without having to pay twice.

Cultural Policy Should Support Actual Canadian Artists

The vast majority of new Canadian music is not promoted by major labels, which focus mostly on foreign artists. The government should use other policy tools to support actual Canadian artists and a thriving musical and cultural scene.

More information about the CMCC (including a more detailed policy statement) is available at www.musiccreators.ca