Resources For the Young SongwriterThis resource page is in place for students and teachers to explore the professional aspects of the entertainment industry that most laymen are not aware of. These resources are to be taken seriously regardless of the accomplished level of the student. Knowledge is king! SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 100,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. Through licences, SOCAN gives businesses that use music the freedom to use any music they want, legally and ethically. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with its peer societies. In addition, SOCAN plays a leadership role in mentoring emerging creators on various aspects of the craft and business of music. We also advocate on behalf of our members to ensure that copyright is respected and that creators are appropriately remunerated for the use of their work. Artists House Music is a website with a wealth of information right at the fingertips of any person interested in obtaining more information about all facets of the entertainment business. Videos and advice from real music industry professionals. Music Canada We are a passionate advocate for music and those who create it. Music is one of the most visible and highly recognized expressions of the Canadian experience. Therefore, we believe that it is important to promote and protect the value of music and its production. Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1964 that promotes the interests of its members as well as their partners, the artists. Music Canada’s members are engaged in all aspects of the recording industry, including the manufacture, production, promotion and distribution of music. Music Canada member companies actively develop and nurture Canadian talent throughout the world. Music Canada also works closely with recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters and managers in the promotion and development of the music cluster. Music Canada:
- administers the gold/platinum awards program for best selling recordings in Canada;
- gathers and shares technical, statistical and other information about Canada’s music community;
- seeks to develop a greater understanding of Canada’s recording industry among key stakeholders and the general public;
- represents Canada’s recording industry to government and public agencies on legislative and regulatory matters;
- works with other industry organizations to help curtail piracy and counterfeiting, and to build a legitimate music market in Canada;
- promotes the growth and development of legal digital music services in Canada;
- develops and promotes high ethical standards in the creation, manufacture and marketing of sound recordings ;
- represents the Canadian recording industry to its international counterparts as a member of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI);
- participates in charity events and educational projects on behalf of the industry;
- participates in industry-wide initiatives to promote music; and, works with organizations representing music publishers, musicians, artists, retailers of music and musical instruments, and broadcasters as well as like minded organizations in film, television, digital gaming, book publishing and business on issues of common interest.
FUNDING ORGANIZATIONSAs a private non-profit organization, FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. The foundation administers contributions from private radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund. FACTOR has been managing federal funds since the inception of the Sound Recording Development Program in 1986 (now known as the Canada Music Fund). Support is provided to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels, publishers, event producers and distributors through various programs. Whether an artist is looking to record a demo, full length sound recording, market and promote an already existing album or showcase and tour domestically and internationally, funding is available. FACTOR supports many facets of the infrastructure which must be in place in order for artists and music entrepreneurs to progress into the international arena. Canada has an abundance of talent competing nationally and internationally and FACTOR’s funding partners can be very proud that through their generous contributions they have made a difference in the careers of so many successes. Ontario Music Fund The Ontario Music Fund (OMF), administered by the Ontario Music Office (OMO), is aimed at strengthening and stimulating growth in Ontario’s music companies and supporting this growing sector. The Fund is designed to drive activity and investment and to support Ontario’s music companies and organizations in expanding their economic and cultural footprints within Canada and around the world. The OMF is structured to complement other public funding programs and aims to address investment gaps at key phases of company and industry development cycles. It provides support through four (4) program streams to music companies (record labels, music publishers, music managers, artist entrepreneurs, music promoters, music presenters, and booking agents), and music industry trade, service, event and training organizations. Research grants are also available to incorporated not-for-profit industry organizations undertaking research initiatives that support or complement the mandate of the OMDC.