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Why a petition?

The Canadian Musicians’ Coalition has been created to strongly advocate for long overdue reform of how professional musicians are financially supported for their creative works and performances.

Most professional musicians can no longer earn a sustainable living wage from music creation and performances. This is because of diminished royalties caused by music streaming, and declining performance opportunities due to music venues’ economic struggles.

Now, the COVID-19 crisis has caused sudden insurmountable hardship to an already struggling music community. As a result, professional musicians have lost their tours and local gigs for at least a year; many live music venue owners are on the verge of bankruptcy; and the future looks daunting for young musicians who have aspirations for a career in music.

The Canadian Musicians’ Coalition (CMC) is committed to advocating that our government implement a Canadian Musician Support Fund Levy (CMSFL) to create a sustainable living wage for Canadian professional musicians from the music that they create and perform. This fund will also provide incentives for venues to present music performances that pay musicians fairly. The CMSFL will also raise much needed funds for public music education in Canada.

In order to bring live music back to local stages, and for new high-quality music to be recorded, we need your support by signing this petition please. We need to bring this urgent crisis to the attention of our Federal Government and say enough is enough! It is time to stop exploiting musician’s creative content and performances. It is time to pay them fairly for using their music.

With a sustainable living wage, Canadian musicians will be able to create music with a high standard of excellence that will enhance our national arts culture. This will provide Canadian citizens with the music recordings and performances that they enjoy and need in their daily lives for a balanced healthy lifestyle.

For more information regarding the CMFSL Proposal, please visit:

We thank you in advance for signing the Keep Music Alive in Canada petition!

Sincerely, Steve Sainas 
Executive Director, Canadian Musicians’ Coalition 

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