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This page contains a selection of organisations and companies that can assist in starting, building and maintaining a career in the entertainment industry.

From performing upfront to working behind the scenes, it's all here.







CFM (formerly referred to as AFM Canada) is a union representing the interests of professional musicians in Canada.  It negotiates agreements for Canadian members, works to protect ownership of recorded music, secure benefits such as health care and pension, and lobbies legislators on Copyright reform and other matters of interest to professional musicians living and working in Canada.  

  • Assocation Quebecoise de l'Industrie due Disque, du Spectacle, et de la Video (ADISQ)
ADISQ is a 33-year-old national organization representing the independent French music industry in Canada.
AVLA administers licensing in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings and reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of copyright owners (usually, record companies).  

CIMA (formerly CIRPA) is the collective voice of the English language, Canadian-owned independent sector of the Canadian sound recording industry.

As a national not-for-profit trade association, the Canadian Country Music Association is committed to the promotion and recognition of our Canadian country talent, both domestically and internationally.

The Screen Composers Guild of Canada is a national association of professional music composers and producers for film, television and new media.

SAC is a community of songwriters who support each other in their creative journey. They advocate on behalf of songwriters to protect the value of their work. SAC works to nurture, develop and protect the creative, business, and legal environments of songwriters in Canada and around 

  • Canadian Council of Music Industry Association (CCMIA)
CCMIA is an alliance of 10 Provincial music industry associations:
The CCMIA was established in 2004 and through its association partners represents more than 8,000 members. All of these members are actively engaged in the music industry and include labels, publishers, artists, managers, publicists, agents, educators, promoters and other music industry entrepreneurs. The provincial MIAs work to provide extensive day-to-day advice, assistance, support, programs and services to music industry entrepreneurs (both artists and service providers) through professional development, export, development support, and member promotion.

UMAC serves as the lone music industry service provider for urban music in Canada & the work of Canadian urban artists. UMAC offers professional development services to help music industry workers succeed as cultural entrepreneurs. Through its programs and services, UMAC assists practitioners in the music industry to build sustainable, export-ready careers. 


  • Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA)

The CMRRA is a non-profit agency which licenses the reproduction and synchronization rights of copyrighted music on behalf of the vast majority of music publishers doing business in Canada.  Reproduction rights encompass reproduction on cassettes and CDs and synchronization licensing for TV, film and AV. 

Representing Canada’s music publishers, the CMPA promotes the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, and education.

MIAC is a national, not-for-profit trade association that represents retailers, manufacturers, and the distributors of music products, as well as those providing technologies and services to the event, entertainment, and communication industries across Canada, and the globe.

MROC is a national, is a non-profit collective that collects and distributes royalties for performers based on the broadcast and public performance of their recorded works.

Re:Sound is a not-for-profit music licensing company that works to ensure that their members, artists and record companies, are fairly compensated for the broadcast and public performance of their music in Canada. They do this by filing Tariffs before the Copyright Board of Canada on their member's behalf, contacting and granting licences to all Canadian broadcasters, music users and suppliers, as well as collaborating with similar organizations around the world.

  • Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

SOCAN is the Canadian copyright collective that administers the performing rights of more than 100,000 composer, author and music publisher members by licensing the use of their music in Canada. These rights include public performance of music, or broadcasting live or recorded music. 

The Canadian Private Copying Collective is the non-profit agency charged with collecting and distributing private copying royalties. Established in 1999, CPCC is an umbrella organization that represents songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies. Enforcement of the private copying tariff and advocacy, including representing copyright holders before the Copyright Board, which decides the tariff, are other important functions of CPCC.

Funding and Support

The objective of the Canada Interactive Fund is to support the creation of online Canadian cultural interactive content as well as applications developed by the Official Language Minority Community (OLMC), Aboriginal, ethnocultural and other not-for-profit cultural organizations.  

  • Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records (FACTOR)
FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. The foundation administers contributions from sponsoring radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund to support the Canadian music industry. 

The OMDC, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries. They offer programs such as: The OMDC Fund, The OMDC Export Fund, and The Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund. The also offer The Ontario Sound Recording Tax Credit (OSRTC) for eligible sound recording companies.

The Radio Starmaker Fund was created in the fall of 2000 on the initiative of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and approved by the CRTC. The Fund supports emerging artists with star potential from every region of Canada. The aim is to spread funding so it will directly impact artists and support marketing and touring initiatives, which are key to developing the star status of Canadian artists, both in Canada and abroad.

The Unison Fund is a creation of the music industry, for the music industry and will provide emergency financial assistance and crisis management to those working in the industry. Over time, the fund will provide counselling services and insurance coverage at group benefit rates.


The JUNO Awards are held annually to celebrate the achievements of those who make and produce music in Canada.  The awards are hosted by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).  Music Canada is proud to sponsor the Album of the Year Award.  In 2010 the JUNO awards celebrated its 40th anniversary with a week-long celebration in Toronto.  

The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Polaris recognizes and markets albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history. There is no submission process for artists or their representatives. An independent panel of over 200 jurors from the fields of music journalism, blogging and broadcasting from across Canada will submit a list of what they consider to be the five best Canadian recordings in any genre. These picks are then vetted for eligibility and tabulated to form a Long List of 40 albums which are typically announced in June. This same jury will then vote on a Short List of 10 titles. A second panel of 11 jurors convenes at the Polaris Music Prize Gala in September each year to select the winner of the Polaris Music Prize.   

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was established in 1978 by CARAS to honour individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution toward the greater international recognition of Canadian artists and music. This honour is usually given to one artist each year and presented at the JUNO awards.

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is a national, bilingual, apolitical, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Canada’s rich songwriting heritage. They work hard to honour, celebrate and educate Canadians about the outstanding accomplishments of Canadian popular music songwriters and those who have contributed significantly to their legacy. 

Industry Events 

Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. It brings together individuals involved in sound recording, new media and broadcast for one spectacular week of events through informative and intensive conferences, a cutting edge trade exhibition, award shows, a film festival and Canada’s biggest New Music Festival.  Music Canada actively supports the Global Forum which takes place during CMW and brings together about 250 top music professionals from around the world to discuss key issues facing the industry.  

North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference has become the Canadian festival destination for new and emerging talent—unsigned bands, indie favourites, and major-label headlining artists alike. Seen as the most anticipated summer music event in Canada, NXNE Music, NXNE Film, and NXNE Interactive are an essential gathering for artists, industry, and fans. 


The Coalition for Music Education was founded in 1992 by representatives of more than 20 music education organizations. They came together to share ideas on how to improve the state of music education in Canada. Today the coalition works with parents and other concerned citizens to address concerns about music in schools.

MNet is a Canadian non-profit organization that has been pioneering the development of media literacy and digital literacy programs since its incorporation in 1996. They promote media and digital literacy by producing education and awareness programs and resources, working in partnership with Canadian and international organizations, and speaking to audiences across Canada and around the world.

Pro-music is a coalition of people and organisations working across the music sector. The international alliances of musicians, performers, managers, artists, major and independent record companies and retailers across the music industry have joined forces to promote the myriad of different ways in which people can enjoy music safely and legitimately online.

SASS Canada is not one single school, but rather a network of co-curricular song writing clubs offered to children in grades 6-12, which has been thriving in 30-50 Ontario schools since 2003. SASS Canada's goals are to make young people's lives happier, more balanced and well-rounded through musical creativity explored in a safe and protective environment.

MUSIC is a collective expression of a broad movement of people and institutions involved in the recording industry—including songwriters, recording artists, record companies, musicians and the Recording Industry Association of America. They provide information about digital downloading and work to show that there are legal ways to obtain digital music. 

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS, is helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances and cultural background, have access to a comprehensive music program through their school. MusiCounts includes Band Aid musical instrument grants, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships, and other music education initiatives. 

International Associations

IFPI represents the recording industry worldwide with some 1400 members in 66 countries and affiliated industry associations in 45 countries. 



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