Canadian Musician - July/August 2017 - Page 17

Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young & Stéphane Venne to Be Inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame On Sept. 23, 2017, after a five year hiatus, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) induction cere- mony returns to Toronto’s Massey Hall with four inductees: Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, and Stéphane Venne. The bilingual ceremony will feature tributes and performances from Canadian artists including Arkells, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Damien Robitaille, Daniel Lavoie, Élage Diouf, k.d. lang, Randy Bachman, Whitehorse, and more. For more information on the ceremony, inductees, and to purchase tickets, go to NEIL YOUNG BRUCE COCKBURN Digital speaking out Marketplace Survey In light of Miranda Mulholland’s speech to the Economic Club of Canada (see Indie Insider on pg. 10), Canadian Musician sur- veyed musicians across the country to find out their opinions and expectations on some of these issues facing independent artists in the digital marketplace. 34% Only of respondents current- ly collect royalties from the use of their music on streaming services A majority feel it’s either somewhat harder (28%) or much harder (39%) to make a living from music now compared to the pre-digital era… 22% feel it’s somewhat easier 64% feel the industry is trending in the wrong direc- tion in terms of fair compensation & opportunities for musicians to build a sustainable career 75% feel streaming services don’t fairly compensate music rights holders W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M BEAU DOMMAGE STÉPHANE VENNE First, what do you think is the most exciting c urrent trend in the music industry that favours creators from a career-build- ing perspective? And conversely, what do you think is the biggest hindrance to creators building a sustainable career? “It is easier to get your music to the marketplace but very hard to go further from that point and make any income. When I found out how hard it is to get on mainstream radio in North America, unless you have $10 K to spend, my dad said “Payola is alive and well in 2017. My songs are being played on mainstream radio in many countries all over the world but not in Canada.” “Royalties were always sketchy in terms of accuracy with the old radio logging methods. Now, in the digital age, they should be very accurate, but instead the royalties are trending toward less. And large companies like Spotify and Pandora pay far less than they should. Would anyone listen if there was no music? Not on your life! The government is years behind in its copyright laws. Decades! Will it change? Hopefully, but I have little faith in parliament.” “In moving away from media being the goal and bringing live performance back to the fore, creators are better able to be in touch with their audiences, and make it a more personal expe- rience. Unfortunately, that makes the mass distribution of the creative act more difficult, as you physically have to get out and engage, rather than allowing the media to do it for you.” C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 17