Other reports & Studies

Other reports & Studies

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.

SoundCheck: An Economic Impact Analysis of Manitoba’s Music Industry (2016)

Manitoba has a long history of a thriving music sector known for producing outstanding music. A new report reveals the numbers behind Manitoba’s music industry, confirming that it creates jobs, generates revenue, and contributes to the provincial economy. Released by Manitoba Music, the analysis of the music industry’s economic impact proves that music matters in Manitoba. 

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.

Nielsen Music 360 Canada Report | 2016 Highlights

Music listening in Canada remains as popular as it ever has been, driven by new music services and great new music by home-grown superstar artists (Drake, Bieber, The Weeknd to name a few). What continues to change, however, is how fans are accessing and engaging with music. 

Over the Border and into the Clubs – Canada’s Music Industry and the US Market (2016)

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has released a report that illustrates the opportunities and challenges that exist for Canadian musicians seeking to play shows and do business in the United States. The report calls for fairness and reciprocity when it comes to US immigration and tax policies as they relate to Canadian artists.

Live Music Measures Up: An Economic Impact Analysis of Live Music in Ontario (2015)

Music Canada releases the first comprehensive study of the live music industry in Ontario. Live Music Measures Up: An Economic Impact Analysis of Live Music in Ontario provides critical data and information that will help guide decision-making within the sector, in government and other allied stakeholders.

Provincial and Territorial Culture Satellite Account (2015)

This paper outlines the Provincial and Territorial Canadian Culture Satellite Account (PTCSA) developed by Statistics Canada. The PTCSA provides measures of the economic importance of culture (inclusive of the arts and heritage) and sport across Canada in terms of output, gross domestic product and employment, for reference year 2010. 

Creative Futures: A Renewed Cultural Policy for New Brunswick (2014)

The document highlights new investments in cultural and heritage programs supported by the province. The renewal of the cultural policy was a government commitment made in 2010 and involved public consultations, input from a variety of cultural stakeholders and a cultural policy working group who guided the process.

Sound Analysis - An examination of the Canadian Independent Music Industry (2013)

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has commissioned this study by Nordicity to fully determine the breadth and scope of the Canadian-owned, independent music industry as a whole, and to measure its importance to both national and provincial economies. While the scope of this study is national in nature, its focus is primarily on the English-language independent music industry in Canada. As such, French-language companies and artists are likely underrepresented in this study. 

A Global Strategy for the Integration of Arts and Culture into Acadian Society in New Brunswick (2009)

Developed to be effective and consistent, the Strategy set out here is based on principles that promote cooperation and cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary collaboration, conditions which are essential for ensuring that art and culture remain at the heart of the evolution of Acadian society in New Brunswick. 

Training Gaps Analysisfor Music Production (2008)

This study of the training needs of recorded music producers in the music sector, commissioned by the CHRC, aims to answer the following three questions: 

  • What perception do recorded music producers have of their degree of mastery of the skills identified in the Chart of Competencies for recorded music production prepared by the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC)? 
  • Which teaching and training institutions, and which professional organizations offer the necessary training in recorded music production? 
  • To what extent does the training meet the training needs identified by the recorded music producers in the music sector for this study?

The Business of Music: A National Training Strategy for Business Skills in Canada (2007)

The purpose of this document is to develop a National Training Strategy for Business Skills in the Canadian Music Industry (NTS) that identifies gaps and recommends solutions. The Business Skills are those required in the five targeted areas of activity identified through consultations, namely:

  • Development, Marketing, and Distribution
  • Music Artist Management
  • Music Publishing
  • Live Music Production
  • Recorded Music Production. 

 Canadian Music Industry Economic Profile (2006)

This document presents an overview of the evolution of the music industry. It provides a reference point to compare the Canadian music market with the global music industry, and identifies the principal trends affecting the industry’s scope and activities. 

How Artists Build Careers Across Commercial, Nonprofit and Community Work (2006)

In this study, we report how artists in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay metros develop their work and careers across the commercial, nonprofit and community arenas, how each sector affects their artistic development, and what barri- ers could be eliminated to facilitate greater crossover. 

A Statistical Profile of the Canadian Music Publishing Industry (2005)

This report was prepared for the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and the Professional Music Publishers Association (PMPA)/l’Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM). It provides a statistical profile of the Canadian music publishing industry.  

The Culture Sector in Atlantic Canada - Its economic Impact and Export Potential (2004)

In the absence of a pan-Atlantic study of the economic contribution of the culture sector, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), with the financial participation of Canadian Heritage, engaged the Canadian Institute for Research on Regional Develop- ment (CIRRD) to do a study of the economic impact and export potential of culture sec- tor activities in the four Atlantic provinces. 

Profile of the Sound Recording Industry in Canada (2004)

The Canadian, and indeed the global, sound recording industry faces a paradox: while the demand for music remains strong, industry viability is threatened by systemic weaknesses in the traditional business model.

Music is an integral part of almost all cultures, and this is reflected throughout the entertainment industries such as live theatre, film, radio, television and, most recently, electronic games. Demand for sound recording product continues to expand, especially in the younger demographics, but rampant piracy is on the rise as well. Players will have to find new ways to capture and lever this demand in order to ensure the long-term viability of the industry and of individual sound recording labels.