Over the last few years, CIMA has engaged in dozens of trade missions and showcase events in countries worldwide through our Canadian Blast export initiative.
Previous Canadian Music Missions to Japan, the second largest music market in the world, generated a total of $3.5 million in new business and 208 deals for Canadian music companies. This year’s Mission aims to duplicate its past success for the new delegation of 12 Canadian music companies representing hundreds of Canadian artists and sound recordings.
This marks CIMA’s fourth-ever trade mission to Japan, and is an initiative to assist its members to develop trade relations and new business opportunities in Japan for the export of Canadian music products. Potential revenue is anticipated to be from licensing masters, sub-publishing, neighbouring rights, touring opportunities and through new sources of revenue from digital and mobile content.
Japan is the second largest music market in the world, ranking first in the world for physical sales, third in digital sales, fourth in performance rights and third in synchronization rights revenues. The market offers an array of opportunities for Canadian music companies. There is a clear and demonstrated appetite for foreign music in Japan, which creates a path of opportunity for Canadian independents to travel.
The four-day program commencing on November 16 will include seminars, showcases, and networking opportunities with executives from the Japanese music and related industries. The program is enriched with guest speakers and important presentations about the Japanese music market.
This year’s Mission will include eight Canadian artists performing at two important showcase opportunities – a public concert and showcase at duo MUSIC EXCHANGE in Tokyo, and another at the prestigious Oscar Peterson Theatre at the Canadian Embassy.
On November 17, Music Export Canada presents an invitation-only show at the Oscar Peterson Theatre in the Embassy of Canada to Japan. Artists are Brandi Disterheft (Justin Time Records/Wild West Artist Management), Declan O’Donovan (O’Donovan Music Productions), Myriad3 (Alma Records) and The Jessica Stuart Few (Creators’ Lounge Inc.)
Performing for the music industry and public at the duo MUSIC EXCHANGE, on November 19, and promoted by one of Japan’s largest promoters, Creativeman Productions, are Lyric Dubee, The Lytics, Sc Mira, and The Wooden Sky.
“CIMA is excited to be producing this trade mission to Japan on behalf of our vibrant Canadian independent music businesses and their groundbreaking artists,” said Stuart Johnston, President of CIMA. “Returning to Japan will allow our delegates to build on our previous successes, re-establish business relationships and develop new working relationships.”
The following companies are participating in the Mission:
Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)
Creators’ Lounge Inc.
Hopeful Tragedy Records
Justin Time Records/Wild West Artist Management
O’Donovan Music Productions
Paper Bag Records
Pipe & Hat
For the CIMA Music Mission to Japan, CIMA acknowledges our ongoing partnership with the Embassy of Canada to Japan (Tokyo).
CIMA also gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our Canadian partners and sponsors: Government of Canada (Canadian Heritage/Canada Music Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development/GOA); Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC); Harvard Broadcasting; Radio Starmaker Fund; Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR); Corus Entertainment; Music Managers Forum of Canada and Canadian Music Week.