Proposal to Create a Canadian Musicians’ Support Fund

Please send a support letter to Keep Music Alive in Canada

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Music is essential to our cultural identity and enriches Canadian lives. 

It is scientifically proven that music improves mental health and physical well-being. Because music significantly enhances life, Canadians value and enjoy music daily.

The general devaluation of music due to unlimited music streaming has negatively impacted almost every music income stream. Because everybody listens daily to streamed music in some form or another for little or no cost, it is necessary and appropriate to require artists be remunerated fairly, in exchange for unlimited access to streamed music that people enjoy daily.

Funding could assist in rebuilding our music economy in some of the following proposed ways:

  1. Vetted professional musicians and music creatives will receive through the CRA, based on income tax returns, an annual CMSF income top-up to a living wage of $30,000.
  2. Provide live music venue subsidies to incentivize professional pay scale music performances. 
  3. Provide additional creative funding to incentivize the creation of new Canadian content. 
  4. Provide additional public music education funding essential for developing future artists and Canadian music culture growth.
  5. While currently amending the Broadcasting Act, consider which regulatory tools would be most suitable to address fair and transparent remuneration for music artists.
  6. Similar to some EU tax laws, specifically in Ireland and Germany, all music/artist-related income could be tax-exempt as further financial compensation for our government’s unsuccessful best efforts to protect musicians’ creative content from streaming exploitation that has caused music’s devastating devaluation

The specific details of our extensive proposal backed with researched references is found on our Detailed Proposal Page.

Esteemed rock music historian and journalist, Alan Cross wrote this Global News Commentary: Canadian Musicians’ Coalition’s Proposal on wages is modest and makes sense.

With the shutdown of live performances for an unforeseeable period of time, musicians and music industry workers have no viable income streams. It is predicted that 90% of all live music venues will not survive these necessary restrictions. Therefore, the CMSF is necessary to ensure the financial support required to sustain our professional music community.

Upon completion of the Member of Parliament sponsored petition, we are asking our local Member of Parliament to please bring our Canadian Musicians’ Support Fund proposal to the House of Commons and advocate for the necessary reforms by elected officials and responsible government departments who will be considering action proposals for the implementation of the Broadcasting & Telecommunications Legislation Act Review Panel’s recommendations.

We are pleased to announce that Member of Parliament, Mr. Ron McKinnon tabled Petition e-2995 in the House of Commons on February 26th, 2021. The Canadian Musicians’ Coalition is now awaiting the Canadian Government’s official response to our petition that must be delivered within 45 days of the petition being tabled in the House of Commons.

Much appreciation to everyone who signed and shared our petition!

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