Canadian Music Creators Coalition

Artists revolt against CRIA policies

This Globe and Mail article by Jack Kapica includes:

"Record companies and music publishers are not our enemies," the coalition said in a statement released this morning, "but let's be clear: Lobbyists for major labels are looking out for their shareholders, and seldom speak for Canadian artists."

The new group's membership includes the Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41, Stars, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Billy Talent, John K. Samson (Weakerthans), Broken Social Scene, Sloan, Andrew Cash and Bob Wiseman (co-founder of Blue Rodeo).

Canadian Music Creators Speak Out Against File Sharing Lawsuits

A TechNewsWorld article by Jon Newton discusses the launch of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition.

See also: A New Voice by Michael Geist, Canadian musicians vs Big Music on p2pnet and Fans Who Share Music Aren't Thieves on MP3newswire.

Media Advisory – Launch of A New Voice: The Canadian Music Creators Coalition

Canadian musicians, songwriters and producers unite to provide a new voice in Canadian copyright and cultural policy. Canada's leading artists to speak for themselves.

Montreal, April 26

In recognition of World Intellectual Property Day, Canada's leading musicians, songwriters, and producers are today announcing the creation of A New Voice: The Canadian Music Creators Coalition. The CMCC will ensure that lobbyists for major record labels and music publishers are not the only voices heard in debates about Canada's copyright laws and other key cultural policy issues.

Together, coalition members have won dozens of Juno and Grammy awards, and have sold tens of millions of albums worldwide. The CMCC includes some of the most recognizable names in Canadian music, such as Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41, Stars, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Billy Talent, John K. Samson (Weakerthans), Broken Social Scene, Sloan, Andrew Cash and Bob Wiseman (Co-founder Blue Rodeo).

Need for a "music in Canada" debate not shut down by "theft is theft" extremist rhetoric

A posting by Michael Geist focuses on the news from Nettwerk, but also included:

We need a real discussion of music in Canada that goes beyond file sharing to include private copying, fair use, the limits on the use of DRM, the transparency of collectives, canadian content requirements in the Internet era, and support for the artists. It is a debate that must include the independent labels who are responsible for 90 percent of new Canadian music, the artists from all perspectives, and user interests. It is a debate that is about much more than file sharing.

Music Creators Coalition: reminder about Survey

Keith Serry of the Music Creators Coalition sent:

Hey folks,

Just a quick note to remind you that the music creator's survey (below) would be very much appreciated in my hands by January 28th (that's next Sunday).

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks again for your help

Keith Serry

Be Heard – Music Creators Coalition Newsletter #3 (Survey)

January 4, 2005

Be Heard – Music Creators Coalition Newsletter #3

Hello and Happy New Year from the Music Creators Coalition team!

Several weeks in the making, I'm happy to report that there is a Music Creators Coalition Survey (Send message to Keith Serry to get PDF,DOC or WordPerfect versions of the survey). The results of this survey will go a long way towards making sure that we understand as much as possible about the issues that affect you and other artists.

I hope that you can fill out the survey and forward it back to me by January 28 via e-mail or, if need be, snail mail:

Music Coalition Survey
c/o Keith Serry Communications
4586 Rue Chambord
Montreal, QC
H2J 3M7

Music Creators Coalition Newsletters #1 and #2

Keith Serry, has been working to launch a Music Creators Coalition. The following are the first two newsletters. Please contact e-mail keith.serry [at] gmail [dot] com. to get onto his email list! Coalition covered on p2pnet.

October 20, 2005

First of all, hello!

My name is Keith Serry. I’m a Montreal-based music lover, public relations consultant and amateur technology watcher.

For a while now, I’ve been trying to answer a simple question: If the Internet is going to keep changing the way we make, buy, share and experience music, why is it that the major labels — the same people who have been mistreating artists for decades — are the loudest voices in the heritage policy and copyright law debate? Don’t these guys have a pretty lousy track record of sticking up for artists’ well being? To put it another way, I wondered why the artists didn’t speak for themselves.

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