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Music Canada Live New Member Discounts Available

As a part of our ongoing commitment to providing member perks and benefits Music Canada Live members now can access the following discounted conference packages:
  • East Coast Music Awards:  Music Canada Live members can purchase a discounted Festival & Conference Pass at $160 for this year's East Coast Music Awards.  The 2016 Awards take place April 13-17 in Sydney Nova Scotia.
  • Canadian Music Week: Music Canada Live members receive a discount of 30% off the current Music Summit Registration.  
To redeem, members can email Lara Farcasan, Networking and Outreach Coordinator at .

To learn more about becoming a member, or to provide a discount to members for your event or activity, please contact Erin Benjamin, Executive Director at .

We would like to thank our partners the ECMA and Canadian Music Week for making these discounts available to our membership.


Music Canada Live at SXSW

Don’t miss our SXSW Panel “Small Live Music Venues - Who Needs Them Anymore?” on Saturday March 19th from 2:00PM to 3:00PM at the Austin convention centre.

Music Canada Live is delighted to participate in this important dialogue on the importance of small venues as a part of SXSW 2016! A big thank you to all who voted to ensure that this critical discussion happens at this year’s SXSW festival.

Executive Director Erin Benjamin will join fellow panelists Sybil Bell from Independent Venue Week, Jason McNeely of Hotel Vegas, and Steve Lamacq of BBC as a part of the Live Music & Touring track.

SXSW 2016 will be taking place from March 15-20, 2016 in Austin, TX. Full panel details available here.


CMW Live Music Awards Categories Announced

The Live Music Industry Awards have announced the categories that will be honoured as part of the event on Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11:00am-12:30pm. The awards and categories aim to honour outstanding individuals and achievements in the live music business sector.  

The 1st Live Music Award Categories include the following:

New Kid on the Block Award
Best Family Program at an outdoor music event
Best Small Festival - 6000 and under
Best Medium Size - 6000 to 15,000
Best Major Size - 15,000 plus
Best Not for Profit Festival
Green Operations Award

Best Venue Teamwork - Arena
Best Venue Teamwork - Theatre / Arts Centre
Best Venue Teamwork - Major Club
Best Venue Teamwork - Medium Club
Best Venue Teamwork - Small Club
Best Emerging Talent Program in Clubs

General Live Music Awards
Agent of the Year
Agent of the Year (International)
Manager of the Year
Tour Manager of the Year / Road Warrior of the Year
Production Manager (excluding venue personnel)
Top Canadian Independent Regional Promoter
A/V Production Company of the Year
Brand / Music Program of the Year
New Touring Artist of the Year

Music Cities Awards
Canadian Music City of the Year
International Music City of the Year

Created by Canadian Music Week in partnership with the International Festival Network (IFN) and Music Canada Live, the trade association for the live music sector, the Live Music Industry Awards are a highlight of CMW’s Live Music Summit.

Stay tuned for upcoming nomination and participation information.  Nominees will be posted on the “Live Music Industry Awards” website to be voted on by the general public and industry.

Breakout West Deadline for Industry Awards March 21

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Breakout West has included a revamped live music industry category to this year's awards. The Impact in Live Music Award celebrates the impact made by those working in the live music sector.  

Agents, buyers, festivals, presenters and venues will be recognized for their excellence in the industry via impactful attendance, meeting the needs of their communities, innovative programming. Consideration will be given to the promotion of western Canadian artists, the historical and cultural value of the applicant institution to the industry and the community, cooperation between the applicant and artists, and overall public participation. The nominated person or company must reside in and/or be a registered business in western Canada. Venues and festivals must be in western Canada. Submissions will be judged on activities within one year of the submission deadline.

Breakout West Breakout West has revamped WCMA categories – check them all out here.

Submissions for all award categories and to showcase for the festival are open until Monday, March 21, 2015. Industry award nominations are free for Music Canada Live members, non members pay $10 to submit.

Learn more and submit now by clicking here.


Electronic Travel Authorization effective March 15 for Foreign Touring Artists among others

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This will include, of course, foreign artists touring in Canada.

The eTA requirement will affect travelers from roughly 50 visa-exempt countries, including France, the United Kingdom, and many other European countries. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visitor visa.

The application process is fairly simple. The application fee for the eTA is $7 CAD. The processing time is normally under 10 minutes and applications are trackable via an online status portal. It is possible for a third-party to apply on behalf of foreign nationals, however it is only possible to submit applications for one traveler at a time. The list of required information is available on the website of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

The program is the product of a joint U.S.-Canada border action plan to cooperate on pre-screening of travelers to identify security threats. The Canadian eTA program is thus similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for visa-waiver nationals travelling to the United States.

Thank you to CAPACOA for providing this information.

CRA Begins Dialogue with CAPACOA on International Taxation

The Performing Arts Tax Working Group met with representatives of the Canada Revenue Agency on March 2, nearly a year after the group's initial request. The meeting laid the grounds for a constructive dialogue between all parties.

The meeting was very cordial in tone. Discussions focussed on principles, factual information and big-picture issues rather specific cases. This enabled parties to explore the whole range of issues – and potential solutions – associated with international taxation.

The de minimis rule – the idea that something presents a very low risk and is therefore insignificant – was an overarching theme for the meeting. With this principle in mind, many exclusion mechanisms were considered, in addition to the Legislative Proposals which are currently being studied by government to reduce the burden of second-level taxation for non-resident employers. Some scenarios may require changes to the Canada Income Tax Act, in which case Finance Canada will also need to be involved.

The CRA expressed a willingness to collaborate with the Working Group, and is supportive of the Working Group’s streamlining efforts. The CRA also provided useful clarification on the waiver application process. This information was added to CAPACOA’s International Taxation pages.

The Working Group prepared and presented a document of statistical information on the Canadian Performing Arts Sector and Non-Resident Artists. More information sharing will take place over the next weeks and up until our next meeting, in May.

Thank you to CAPACOA for providing this information.

Ontario Music Fund 2016-17: Key Dates

The Ontario Music Fund (OMF), administered by the Ontario Music Office, 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.

Timelines/deadlines for OMF 2016-17 are as outlined here.

Please note that the OMF has four separate streams. Key dates for each stream vary.
All dates may be subject to change.

BC Premier Christy Clark Announces $15M Music Fund

Music Canada Live salutes Premier Christy Clark and her BC Government today as they announced plans for a one-time $15 million dollar investment towards the creation of a BC Music Fund today during the launch of Music Canada’s BC’s Music Sector: From Adversity to Opportunity report. “With thanks to Music Canada, and Music Canada Live BC members, the Government of British Columbia is acknowledging the power of its music economy and taking the decisive, necessary action to deepen the capacity and potential of its music industry,” said Music Canada Live board chair Jesse Kumagai, “this infusion into the industry will help to create jobs, position the province as a leading destination for live music and music tourism and place British Columbia more squarely on the global map than ever before as a place that understands the economic, social and cultural value of its music assets. BC has always been a musical powerhouse, and its competitive edge, both globally and at home in Canada, is now well-sharpened thanks to the leadership of the Government of British Columbia.”

Music Canada Live worked with Music Canada to bring the live music voice to the research that ultimately lead to today’s announcement. “Live music, from the Pemberton Music Festival to MRG Concerts to Vancouver’s Music on Main, is a fundamental cornerstone of the music industry in BC” said Erin Benjamin, Executive Director of Music Canada Live, “It’s remarkable to see a government that understands what needs to be done and goes ahead and does it. This is extraordinary news for live music in the province – and therefore artists and fans, from BC, across Canada and around the world. We applaud the significant efforts of Music Canada and thank Premier Clark on behalf of our members in the province and throughout Canada’s live music sector and we look forward to supporting Creative BC as the agency who will deliver the fund.”

For more information on the fund click here.

Music Canada Report on BC Music Sector

Music Canada recently launched “BC’s Music Sector – From Adversity to Opportunity,” a new report that highlights British Columbia’s wealth of talented artists and music assets—sources of economic diversity and job creation in communities throughout every region of the province—and the factors that have put these assets at risk.

The findings are based on in-depth interviews and consultations with more than 100 individuals in BC’s music sector, the broader business community, the BC Chamber of Commerce, municipal governments, the provincial government, provincial agencies, and community leaders.
Key Findings

The report was prepared by Music Canada after being specifically asked to help the local music community identify ways in which to boost the music sector.

The recommendations based on this input are tailored to the specific needs of BC and are designed to position the province to compete in an increasingly global marketplace while also creating more opportunities for emerging BC artists to succeed and earn a living from their music.

To read Music Canada’s BC’s Music Sector: From Adversity to Opportunity click here.

Showcasing open for Contact East Atlantic Presenters Association

Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) is pleased to announce that submissions are NOW OPEN for Contact East 2016 which takes place from September 22 - 25 Saint John, New Brunswick. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 31, 2016.

The APA is now accepting applications through the I Want to Showcase (IWTS) platform;

Full details on Contact East including how to submit can be found here.

For any questions on apply to showcase at Contact East, please contact Kate at
In the Community
Welcome New Members!

A warm welcome to our newest members:

Atomique Productions
Blueprint Events
Connect & Go
Harrison Festival Society
The Broadway Theatre

We thank all of our members, both new and founding, for their continued participation and support!

Music Canada Live Job Board

Check out our improved Music Canada Live Job Board! Now with direct links to postings, filtering by job type and more!

Ticketmaster – Marketing Services Summer Intern (Internship)
Ticketmaster – Product Designer (Toronto) (Part Time, Contract, Full Time)
Live Nation Canada – Summer Student Legal Department (Toronto) (Internship)
The Drake Hotel – Music Programmer (Toronto) (Full Time)
Live Nation Canada – Marketing Manager (Western Canada) (Full Time)
Ticketmaster – Full Stack Developer (Toronto) (Part Time, Contract, Full Time)
Ticketmaster – QA Engineer (Toronto) (Part Time, Contract, Full Time)
NAC – Box Office Assistant (Ottawa – bilingue) (Full Time)
NAC – Manager, Production Services (Ottawa) (Contract, Full Time)

Live Nation Canada – Project Manager, Digital Marketing (Vancouver) (Full Time)
Street Team Volunteers — Indie Montréal (Volunteer)

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Business Development

State of the Situation: Immigration

Information for Those Working With Canadian Artists Crossing the US Border
Courtesy of Matthew Covey, Tamizdat
For those working with Canadian Artists crossing the US border here are some tips of what you, your clients (and their tour manager) should know to be updated on the latest processing and crossing considerations:

• The Vermont Service Center is currently taking roughly four months to regular process P1, P2, P3 and O1 visas. The California Service Center is processing more around a month. Premium  Processing at both centers remains around 15 days


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