Canadian Music Fund Set To Expire

Published: 2004-11-26
The three year Canadian Music Fund deal, which was worth $95 million to Canadian musicians, is set to expire this year. The government funding system is the only means by which many Canadian artists can pursue music on a full time basis. Many Canadian musicians have used this funding to start their careers, along with FACTOR (the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records).

On Wednesday, big name artists like Jim Cuddy and Tom Cochrane gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to lend their support to less established artists who would be the hardest hit if the fund were to fall by the wayside. Graham Henderson, President of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, says Canadian musicians are asking for two things: a renewal of the CMF, and the ratification of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) treaties to protect recording artists from piracy. The current Copyright Act is extremely antiquated, having been drafted in 1908, and does not deal with issues pertinent to the 21st century, such as downloading.

The CMF provides funding for creative, entrepreneurial, musical heritage preservation and music education endeavours. In 2003-2004 the Canadian Independent Record Production Association received $197, 317. Those who wish to apply for funding while the current fund is in place can pick up an application at:

Writer: Joe Henley



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