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CANADIAN CAMPUS/COMMUNITY RADIO

  • !Earshot

    The national campus and community radio report.

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CANADIAN FESTIVALS

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FUNDING AGENCIES

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MANITOBA MUSIC'S SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

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MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS

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RESOURCES - MUSIC BLOGS

  • Ariel Cyber Publicity

    Ariel Hyatt is the founder of Ariel Publicity & Cyber PR a New York based digital firm that connects artists to blogs, podcasts, Internet radio stations and social media sites. Over the past 13 years her firm has represented over 1,400 musicians of all genres.

  • Bandzoogle

  • CD Baby DIY Musician Blog and Podcast

    Updated weekly, and covering topics as diverse as marketing, songwriting, social networking, recording, copyright, viral videos, and booking, you’ll want to check back often for another dose of do-it-yourself inspiration.

  • Hype Machine

    809 carefully handpicked music blogs presented with what they discuss for easy analysis, consumption and discovery. This way, your odds of stumbling into awesome music or awesome blogs are high.

  • Hypebot

    A leading music industry and technology news blog.

  • Music Think Tank

  • Onstage Success with Tom Jackson

    Tom Jackson, the #1 Live Music Producer in music today, helps artists develop their show into “unique memorable moments.”
    He has worked with nearly every genre from rock to pop to Christian Gospel. Artists that have learned from Tom have had hundreds of #1 songs, sold millions of records, and played to countless millions live. But his teaching will help anyone who performs onstage!

  • Pollstar

    Pollstar is the only trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry, supplying in-depth information to every professional concert promoter, booking agent, artist manager, facility executive and every other entity involved in the live entertainment business.

  • Smallman Records Resources

    A great collection of links from our friends at Smallman.

  • SOCAN Resources

    The SOCAN resource section provides useful information to help navigate the music business – including an extensive music creators glossary, links to music organizations and associations around the world, informative webcasts on a variety of topics and interesting articles on a number of industry related topics.

  • Thorny Bleeder

    Music marketing, branding & motivation

  • Weird Canada

    Weird Canada exists to encourage, connect, and document creative expression across Canada.

  • Worldwide Band Name Registry

    The Worldwide Registry notifies artists and labels where potential territorial name conflicts exist and registers your historical claim to 'name' usage.

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RESOURCES - MUSIC LAW

Questions about music law? Here are some resources to help you.

  • AMS Sample Contracts

  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office

    The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), a Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Industry Canada, is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada. CIPO's areas of activity include trade-marks and copyrights.

  • Copyright Board of Canada

    The Board is an economic regulatory body empowered to establish, either mandatorily or at the request of an interested party, the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works, when the administration of such copyright is entrusted to a collective-administration society. The Board also has the right to supervise agreements between users and licensing bodies and issues licences when the copyright owner cannot be located.

  • Free Legal Advice

    Free legal advice on almost every aspect of music law including royalties, intellectual property, copyright, contracts, music publishing and much more.

  • Musicians' Intellectual Law & Resources Links

    Musicians (and writers and artists) need to protect their intellectual property, i.e., their compositions, sound recordings, album cover art work, writings and band logos. Hopefully, this web page will assist musicians in this regard and provide them with resource links helpful to the promotion of their music.

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RESOURCES - SONGWRITING

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RIGHTS MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS

  • MROC (Musician's Rights Organization Canada)

    The Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) is a non-profit collective that collects and distributes royalties for performers. These royalties are payable under copyright legislation and reflect the rights of performers to be paid fairly for the broadcast and public performance of their recorded works. In Canada, these royalties cover a variety of broadcasts, including commercial radio, CBC radio, satellite radio and background music.

    These performer royalties (also referred to as neighbouring rights royalties) are a relatively recent development. Prior to an amendment to the Canadian Copyright Act in 1997, performers were not paid when the recordings on which they had played were performed in Canada. Only composers and lyricists of music (and their publishers) received performing rights royalties (through SOCAN) when their music was performed.

    Until recently, only songwriters have received royalties when their songs have been broadcast. Organizations like SOCAN are responsible for distributing these royalties to songwriters. Now, because of legislation that recognizes the contribution of performers in the creation of sound recordings, royalties are also available for performers. MROC is responsible for distributing these royalties to performers.

    How it works — if you are a musician or vocalist that has performed as a featured or background performer on a sound recording, MROC may have royalties for you.

    We at MROC are also committed to providing you with information and key links to music-related organizations and events that will assist in the development of your career. Check out our resources page for more details.

  • ACTRA-RACS (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, Performers' Rights Society)

    This division of ACTRA is responsible for distributing neighbouring rights royalties. Musicians can assign their neighbouring rights to ACTRA-PRS regardless of whether or not they are members of the AFM union.

  • ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

    ASCAP is a non-profit performance rights organization that protects its members' musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance, and compensating them accordingly. ASCAP collects licensing fees from users of music created by ASCAP members, then distributes them back to its members as royalties.

  • BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.)

    BMI is a US performing rights organization. It collects license fees on behalf of its songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.

  • CMRRA (Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency)

    The CMRRA is a licensing agency that represents music publishers in Canada. CMRRA licenses the reproduction of music on CD's and cassettes (mechanical licensing) and in films, television programs and other audio-visual productions (synchronization licensing). They collect royalties and distribute them to publishers, who in turn distribute the songwriter's portion to the songwriter.

  • CONNECT Music Licensing

    CONNECT Music Licensing administers licences in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings, and the reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of the copyright owners (usually the record companies).  A licence from CONNECT music licensing ensures that owners receive compensation for the use of their sound recordings and/or music videos.

  • CPCC (Canadian Private Copying Collective)

    The CPCC is the non-profit agency charged with collecting and distributing private copying royalties, generated by levies on recordable media. An umbrella organization that represents songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies, the CPCC collects royalties and distributes them to all of the organizations mentioned above, for distribution to their members.

  • CSI (CMRRA/SODRAC Inc.)

    CSI is a joint venture of two copyright collectives that represent the reproduction rights of songwriters and music publishers for the purposes of collecting Broadcast mechanical income and online income directly from the user. The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), based in Toronto, and the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC) Inc., based in Montreal, together represent almost all musical works from around the world.

  • Harry Fox Agency

    HFA licenses the largest percentage of the mechanical and digital uses of music in the United States on CDs, digital services, records, tapes and imported phonorecords.

  • Re:Sound

    Re:Sound is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights. On behalf of its members, representing thousands of artists and record companies, Re:Sound licenses recorded music for public performance, broadcast and new media.

    Re:Sound is also a member of the Canadian Private Copying Collective, created to receive private copying levies from the manufacturers and importers of blank audio recording media.

  • SESAC

    SESAC, originally the Society of European Stage Authors & Composers, is the smallest of the three performance rights organizations in the United States and prides itself on developing individual relationships with both songwriters and publishers. Whereas ASCAP and BMI operate on a not-for-profit basis, SESAC retains some income as profit. SESAC is also unique among the US performing rights organisations in that it does not offer open membership – one must be approved to join.

  • SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)

    SOCAN is a Performing Rights Organization that represents songwriters and publishers. SOCAN licenses the public performance of its repertoire for broadcast, background music, and live performance, collects the associated tariffs, and distributes that money directly to the copyright holders.

  • SODRAC

    SODRAC is a collective management society within the meaning of the Copyright Act. It grants licences for all reproductions of musical and artworks. SODRAC represents authors, composers, music publishers and creators and co-creators of artistic works. Our society also represents heirs of rights, titles and interests in a work following an author’s death.

  • SOPROQ (The Quebec Collective Society for the Rights of Makers of Sound and Video Recordings)

    The Quebec Collective Society for the Rights of Makers of Sound and Video Recordings (SOPROQ) was created to ensure that makers of sound and video recordings benefit fully from the rights that they are entitled to under the Canadian Copyright Act.

  • SoundExchange

    SoundExchange collects and distributes royalties resulting from performance rights for musicians and sound recording copyright owners for the performance of music on digital cable, satellite television or radio, and non-interactive webcasts. SoundExchange does not represent publishers and songwriters, and does not cover digital downloads. Because there is currently no reciprocity agreement between SoundExchange and any Canadian collection agency, Canadian artists and master copyright holders can assign their rights for collection of these royalties in the United States to SoundExchange.

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SHOWCASE & CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES

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TRAINING - AUDIO PRODUCTION

  • Coalition Music

    Coalition Music has and will always operate on the belief that artists come first, sharing experiences as practical business lessons that will help you make the best possible professional choices for yourself.

  • Harris Institute for the Arts

  • Metalworks Institute

    Metalworks Institute's unique educational concept is all about uniting faculty and students in the acquisition and application of technical, artistic and business knowledge in a real world professional environment.

  • Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts

    Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts is a registered private vocational institution located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They have been providing practical, intensive training in audio production for ten years. Instructors at Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts have extensive experience in presenting both theoretical and practical aspects of audio production.

  • Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology

    OIART's concise and ever-evolving curriculum will deliver everything you need to know for a career in the audio industry in just 11 short months. You’ll have tons of time to work on projects in any one of their 8 state-of-the-art environments, enjoy an unprecedented 5:1 student teacher ratio, and unrivaled career support and counseling for the rest of your life once you graduate.

  • Pacific Audio Visual Institute

    Pacific Audio Visual Institute is an accredited post-secondary school in Vancouver, BC Canada. Learn sound engineering, music recording and production, filmmaking, film and music business, game design and 3D animation.

  • Precursor Productions

    Precursor Productions is a cutting-edge teaching studio training musicians and hobbyists to professionally record, arrange, engineer and master their own music using powerful yet inexpensive software digital recording tools.

  • Studio 11

    Audio production and pro-tools training.

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TRAINING - MUSIC

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TRAINING - MUSIC INDUSTRY

Check out these links to places where you can get training in various aspects of the music industry.

  • Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba

    ACI is Manitoba’s sector council for culture. ACI is an umbrella organization created to serve all arts and cultural workers in Manitoba, wherever they live in the province, whatever their background and whatever kind of creative work they do.

  • Berklee Music Online

    Learn the inner workings of the record and music publishing business and discover ground-breaking approaches to the development of the future of the music industry.

  • Music Industry Training Gaps Analyses

  • University of Winnipeg Division of Continuing Education

    The Arts and Cultural Management Certificate Program has been developed to provide individuals who are already working in or entering into the cultural sector, with the business and leadership skills training necessary to build resilient and up-to-date arts and cultural organizations. In addition, this program provides business skills for the self-employed cultural sector worker.

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YOUTH RESOURCES

  • ACI Youth Mentorship Program in the Arts

    The Careers in the Arts Mentorship Program provides opportunities for youth to be mentored by a representative of an arts-related career through individual meetings with the mentor, volunteer work experience and participation in career development workshops.

  • The Edge Artist Village & Gallery

    Looking for a place for your own cultural expression? Consider the Edge! We offer affordable live/work spaces, pottery studio memberships, gallery event rentals, community workshop facilities.

  • West End Cultural Centre Kids' Programming

    Each year the WECC welcomes over 700 children and youth from local schools after-school programs into the centre as part of our free Concert and Workshop Series. The Concert Series provides an opportunity for youth to experience a live show in a real theatre, while the Workshop series provides a hands-on experience with professional instructors in such areas as dance, drums, musical theatre, and much more.

    The TUNE IN program provides free after-school music instruction to youth between the ages of 12 and 19 years. Professional instructors work with small groups of youth teaching rock n’ roll style guitar, bass-guitar, and drums. All equipment is provided free of charge to ensure that anyone who is interested can participate in the lessons.

  • Winnipeg Folk Festival Young Performers Program

    The Winnipeg Folk Festival presents the popular Young Performers Program each year at the festival. Open to emerging musicians age 14-24, this training and performance program offers a day of workshops and mentoring with professional musicians performing at this year’s festival and a chance to perform on-stage at the Festival.

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