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2018 Negotiations to Bring More Covered Work

The Canadian Office has several negotiations occurring simultaneously. Some of these negotiations are ongoing and others are just beginning.


Les négociations de 2018 élargiront la portée de nos ententes

Le Bureau canadien tient plusieurs négociations simultanément, certaines qui continuent et d’autres qui commencent tout juste. Nous sommes notamment en discussion depuis plus d’un an en vue d’une nouvelle entente avec l’industrie du jingle.


Who Says This Stuff?

There is no doubt that the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) has been predominantly concerned of late in seeking new employers to bargain agreements with, and specifically those involved in media.


CFM Negotiates with the Media Giants

The General Production Agreement negotiated between the CFM and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been ratified with an overwhelming majority.


Don’t Quit Your Day Job

The campaign to get musicians paid for showcasing at the BreakOut West festival in Edmonton this year spawned three weeks’ worth of radio interviews, print, and online media coverage, as well as social media jousting, and effectively polarized two viewpoints.


Musicians “Broke, Out West”

At the core of it all was the ongoing effort to get an agreement with the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), the entity that operates the BreakOut West music festival (BOW).


BreakOut West—Still No Deal Do Not Work for BOW

Since the festival continues to be listed on the AFM International Unfair List. Musicians must not provide services for BreakOut West.


While Talks with WCMA Hit a Wall, New CBC Agreement Comes to Fruition

After several unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a more than reasonable agreement, the WCMA has refused to come back to the table.


Small Spark of Hope for Ontario Status

The 420-page final report Ontario’s The Changing Workplaces Review, by C. Michael Mitchel and John C. Murray, was released in late May.


Coming Soon: A Blockchain Copyright System

According to an article in Music Business Weekly, they have announced the building of a blockchain system, which could manage the links between music recordings International Standard Recording Codes
(ISRCs) and music work International Standard Work Codes (ISWCs). Blockchain is a software platform, a protocol for managing digital assets. Their website is www.blockchain.com.








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