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Status of the Artist Report

The Report highlights 24 recommendations, which address the improvement of the socio-economic status of professional artists in New Brunswick.

CLOSING THE GAP: Impact & Representation of Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour Live Music Workers in Canada (2022)

Everyone deserves access to safe and equitable working conditions; the inclusion and safety of artists and workers in creative careers identifying as Indigenous, Black, and as people of colour (IBPOC) is a basic human right and therefore morally imperative. While important research exists on the state of inequality in music industries writ large, very little
research has been conducted on the live music industry. The critical and urgent need for this sector specific research is demonstrated throughout our report, as the nature of working conditions in live music – festival curation guided by genre, invisible labour that is unevenly distributed, gatekeeping practices by individuals in decision-making roles – have specific repercussions for the wellbeing and safety of IBPOC workers.

Breaking Down Racial Barriers (BDRB): anti-Black racism in the Canadian music industry (2021)

Born of the collective frustration of a lifetime of conversations on the inequitable treatment of Black people in a music industry built on the blood, sweat and tears of Black music practitioners, professionals and creatives, Breaking Down Racial Barriers (BDRB) was initiated as a community roundtable series on anti-Black racism in the Canadian music industry.  BDRB set out to conduct meaningful conversations leading to actionable, measurable solutions to anti-Black racism in the Canadian music industry.

Supporting Artist Entrepreneurs in the Evolving Music Economy (2020)

The report summarizes the findings of a national research study of more than 300 artist entrepreneurs, conducted by Music Canada and CONNECT. The study shows that a lack of business and entrepreneurial training, as well as gaps in understanding of music sector structures, are key barriers to success for artists.  

Closing the Value Gap: How to Fix Safe Harbours & Save the Creative Middle Class (2019)

Music Canada is calling for the Government of Canada to rebalance the music marketplace and restore fairness to the creators of music. Closing the Value Gap definitively sets out the economic evidence surrounding the size and growth of the Value Gap and provides clear, achievable recommendations to fix it. The report draws focus to the main cause of the Value Gap in Canada: broad safe harbour laws in the Copyright Act. This report lays out the steps to fix our broken copyright framework and restore fairness to the marketplace for creators.

Stricking a New A-Chord: Recommendations for the growth & development of Canada's East Coast Music Industry (2017)

This report was commissioned by the East Coast Music Association (ECMA), Music Canada, and Music Canada Live. It has set out to study the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the music community in Atlantic Canada.

Music In Motion: An Analysis of Exporting Canadian Independent Music (2016)

This report explores how exporting is a vital but expensive proposition for Canadian companies, at a critical time in the commercial music industry. Market changes over the years have increased music companies’ reliance on export revenue, particularly from international touring. This results in missed or lost opportunities due to the limited capacity of companies to invest in their artists. Export barriers include: a lack of stable funding to offset higher-risk exporting, insufficient flexibility of funding programs (in terms of caps and artist-eligibility), timing (more multi-year funding is needed), and the complexity of the application process.

The Mastering of a Music City (2016)

The Mastering of a Music City represents a roadmap that communities of all sizes can follow to realize the full potential of their music economy. Truly global in scale, the report is the result of more than forty interviews with music community experts, government officials, and community leaders in more than twenty cities on every continent.