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New Federal Budget Earmarks Hundreds of Millions for Music & Live Arts
On April 19 th , Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland revealed the federal government ’ s latest budget and it ’ s getting a positive reception from Canada ’ s music industry .
In a public email to its members , the Canadian Live Music Association ( CLMA ) says it “ expresses its sincere thanks to the Government of Canada , Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland , and Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault for today ’ s federal budget announcement , which acknowledges our hardest hit sector by announcing
$ 70M to the Canada Music Fund , with $ 50M earmarked specifically for live music and live music venues . Additional highlights from the budget include : $ 300 million over two years for Canadian Heritage to establish a recovery fund for the heritage , arts , culture , and sports sectors ; $ 70 million over three years for the Canada Music Fund , which includes up to $ 50 million in 2021-22 to help the live music sector weather the pandemic ; $ 200 million through the regional development agencies to support major festivals ; an additional $ 200 million through Canadian Heritage to support local festivals and other events ; $ 49.6 million over three years to Canadian Heritage for the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program ($ 14 million ), the Canada Arts Presentation Fund ($ 16 million ), and the Celebration and Commemoration Program ($ 19.6 million ); establishing the Canada Recovery Hiring Program , which will run from June to November and provide $ 595 million to make it easier for businesses to hire back laid-off workers or hire new ones ; and extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy ( CEWS ) and Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance ( CECRA ) programs until September 2021 .
“ It is with great relief that we welcome Budget 2021 , which clearly recognizes the integral role the Canadian live music industry plays in our quality of life — as well as its significant economic , social , and cultural benefits ,” says Erin Benjamin , CLMA president and CEO . “ This support will help safeguard our nation ’ s critical cultural infrastructure and the incredible people , artists , and community whose passion and livelihood is live music . We look forward to working with the government to ensure it reaches each and every company and organization who needs it .”
“ Federal investments like this are crucial for the sector in order for it to bounce back and play an active and dynamic role in Canada ’ s post-COVID economic recovery ,” says CIMA ’ s new president and CEO , Andrew Cash . “ The extension of COVID relief programs to at least September are also huge for arts and culture workers , including those in the indie music and live sectors .”
With the support of the NDP , the budget passed on April 26th and the Liberals ' minority government avoided an election . Conservative , Bloc Quebecois , and Green MPs voted against the budget .
For more information on the budget , go to www . budget . gc . ca .
SOCAN Expands Online Concert Royalties for Music Creators & Publishers
SOCAN has announced an expanded program to enable its members to earn more money from online performances .
SOCAN ’ s music creator and publisher members can now receive royalties from both free and ticketed online concerts on more digital platforms . Both performance and reproduction rights royalties will be paid for one-time live digital broadcasts and copies of music . The permanent changes replace SOCAN ’ s Encore initiative that was launched in May 2020 in which royalties were paid for live performances on Facebook and Instagram .
For qualifying free online concerts , including those on Facebook Live , Instagram Live , YouTube , and Twitch , $ 75 will be distributed . This applies to all setlists provided and to a maximum of 30 concerts per quarter , per performer . The funds will be distributed to the music creator and publisher rightsholders of the music performed . More digital platforms will be added as they become licensed with SOCAN .
For paid / ticketed online concerts on any digital platform , performance royalties will be distributed to rights holders as they would be for in-person concerts . Reproduction royalties will begin to be distributed later in 2021 . The new online concert distribution rules will remain in effect post-pandemic .
For more information , contact SOCAN : 416-445-8700 , members @ socan . com , www . socan . com .