Canadian Musician - July/August 2017 - Page 12

CHANGES SoundExchange Acquires the CMRRA U.S.-based SoundExchange has acquired the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), the music licensing collective that represents the majority of songs recorded, sold, and broadcast in Canada on behalf of music publishers. The move is a major development for the Canadian music industry and represents SoundExchange’s first expansion into the collective management of music publishing rights. The CMRRA will continue to operate out of its Toronto headquarters. SoundExchange and the CMRRA say they will continue to work independently and serve their current customers while also exploring collaborative opportunities such as sharing core services. CMRRA President Caroline Rioux and her senior management team will remain with the operation, reporting to the board of directors of SXWorks, a new subsidiary of CMRRA PRES. CAROLINE RIOUX SoundExchange. “The board initiated its search for a strategic partner for CMRRA nearly a year ago,” says Gary Furniss, chair of the current CMRRA board of directors and president of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada. “The board was committed to finding a firm with the right mix of music industry know-how and a culture of digital entrepreneurship. SoundExchange fit the bill. Additionally, the opportunity for data collaboration will inevitably increase the speed, efficiency, and accuracy of royalty payments for everyone.” Details of the transaction have not been disclosed. For more information, contact the CMRRA: 416-926-1966, www.cmrra.ca. EDDIE KRAMER WITH FANS AT COSMOFEST Thousands Descend on CosmoFEST 2017 Around 12,000 people, from music profes- sionals to families, descended on Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill, ON for the third annu- al CosmoFEST concert and expo. The event, held June 3 rd , featured a free concert head- lined by Mother Mother with support from Honeymoon Suite, The Beaches, Meghan Patrick, and more. The 14,000-sq.-ft. gear exhibit tent hosted over 200 product experts representing over 120 brands while the nearby Community Zone featured family activities, opportunities for children to test out new instruments, exhibits from emerging services for music consumers and musicians, and more. The lineup of renowned musicians lead- ing Cosmopolitan Music Hall Performance Clinics included drummer Chris Coleman, gui- tarist Nili Brosh, bassist Alain Caron, drummer Dennis Chambers, and guitarist Nita Strauss. There was also a meet and greet with legend- ary producer and engineer Eddie Kramer. For more information, contact Cosmo Music: 905-770-5222, support@cosmomusic. ca, www.cosmomusic.ca. 12 • C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N RCM Forms New Canadian Global Music Orchestra for Canada 150 A major initiative by the Royal Conservatory of Music, which celebrates the cultural diversity and pluralism of Canada as it turns 150, is the formation of the New Cana- dian Global Music Orchestra. This project, conceived by Mervon Mehta, executive director of performing arts, is led by Artistic Director David Buchbinder, the JUNO Award-winning trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and cultural inventor. More than 100 Canadians hailing from 47 countries applied to be in the orchestra, out of which 12 members have been chosen after three rounds of auditions. The orchestra’s debut concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto was June 2, 2017 and they have more shows planned through the year and into 2018. For more information and concert listings, go to performance.rcmusic.ca. … According to Nielsen's Music 360 Canada Report, music consumption in Canada continues to rise. Ninety-three percent of Canadians listen to music, up from 89 per cent a year ago. This rise is likely explained by the continuing move toward mobile consumption with over half of the Canadian population now listening to music via smartphone in a typical week. Canadians are also spending more time listening to music, with the average hours per week rising to 32, up from 24. Those who stream music tend to listen for 44 hours a week.