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New Music Books Plus Mobile App Now Available The brand new Music Books Plus Mobile app is available for iOS and Android. It’s free to download, simple to use, and offers the same selection of titles and service as www.musicbooksplus.com. App customers can browse, order, and ship anywhere easily and conveniently, no matter what type of device they shop from. The free app can be found by searching “Music Books Plus Mobile” in the Apple App and Google Play stores. For more information, go to www.musicbooksplus.com/app. follow the MONEY... Public Consultations Begin on Copyright Board Reform The federal government has launched a public consultation process to reform the Copyright Board of Canada. Both Music Canada and SOCAN have released statements voicing their support for the process and repeating their belief that sig- nificant reforms are needed to make the board more efficient and creator-focused. The Copyright Board of Canada’s purpose is to establish royalty rates for the use of copyrighted material in a broad range of areas, including music streaming, the public performance of music, educa- tional copying, and the re-transmissi on of television signals. The public consultations come at the behest of the Senate Com- mittee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, which released a report in November 2016 that concluded that the Copyright Board is “outdated, dysfunctional, and in dire need of reform.” “The Government of Canada rec- ognizes the invaluable contribution of Canadian creators to our economy and society and is committed to ensuring fair remuneration for artists,” says Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly. “Through these consultations, we seek concrete im- provements to the Copyright Board that enable creators to efficiently access new, diverse, and stable streams of revenue.” … The National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary has released a report summarizing the first year of op- erations for Studio Bell, which houses the National Music Centre. Since opening in July 2016, it has wel- comed over 100,000 visitors and 680 special events. Since ground breaking, the NMC has delivered 380 jobs to the province of Alberta and contributed $22 million to the overall GDP; however, the province’s ongoing economic downturn meant there was a dis- crepancy in the number of actual visitors over the first year versus the projected number and there are ongoing debt-servicing commitments. For more information, go to www.nmc.ca. W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 13