Proposal to Create a Canadian Musicians’ Support Fund from a Streaming Levy 

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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 CMC proposes that a self-sustaining, estimated two-billion-dollar fund be created from collecting a monthly 5% Canadian Musicians’ Support Fund Levy (CMSFL) on all internet and mobile data plans.

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 music consumers to pay this monthly 5% user-pay levy, equivalent to 3-5 $1 songs per month, in exchange for unlimited access to streamed music.

Unlike other short-term bailout campaigns, the CMSFL will build its self-perpetuating annual funding directly from a music consumer levy that will sustainably support the creation and performance of music that people enjoy daily.

This monthly 5% user-pay levy will generate the estimated 2-billion-dollar funding required to rebuild our music economy in the following ways:

  1. Vetted professional musicians and music creatives will receive through the CRA, based on income tax returns, an annual CMSFL 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 creation of new Canadian content. 

  4. Provide additional public music education funding essential for developing future artists and Canadian music culture growth.

  5. Similar to some EU tax laws, specifically in Ireland and Germany, all music/artist related income will 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.

This 5%/month levy on an average $80/month internet subscription that provides unlimited access to millions of songs through many free music streaming platforms such as YouTube, Vevo, and free Spotify subscriptions, just to name a few, is more than reasonable. Since this levy encompasses all streaming platforms, the increase to the cost of music streaming is actually only a fraction of a percent per streaming platform, but will create a $2 billion dollar annual support fund to sustainably rebuild our national music economy, so that all Canadian music consumers can continue to enjoy new high quality recorded and live performances.

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 CMSFL is necessary to ensure the financial support required to sustain our professional music community.

Pending the successful completion of a Member of Parliament sponsored petition, we are asking our local Member of Parliament to please bring our Canadian Musicians’ Support Fund Levy proposal to the House of Commons and advocate for these necessary reforms to 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 submitted in January 2020. The implementation plan for these recommendations is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2020.