Thank you to our members, board directors, funding and program partners. It’s been a fulfilling year seeing travel resume, festivals and live venues back to full capacity and introducing new and improved programs to support the evolving needs of our sector here in BC and beyond. We can’t wait to share what we have in store next year!
Please note, our office will be closed from December 23rd, 2022 – January 2nd, 2023. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!
-Lindsay, Emily & Kentya
JUMPSTART FOUNDATIONS – JAY BAGASBAS & KY TABERNERO
Jay & Ky will give a better understanding with key points on how to communicate with your Live Sound technician. What are the do’s and don’ts as an artist who performs live? These two instructors will go through input lists, microphone techniques, stage plots, what to bring to shows and more. Artists will see hands on information that will help make their future shows be more successful and have artists ready to take on the big stage.
Discover the new module on Live Sound Masterclass for Artists and other free and on-demand video modules at foundations.musicbc.org
Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for helping make this series possible.
Applications for Let’s Hear It! Live – Music BC’s regional concert series and emerging artist showcase – are now open for 2023! The series will offer a unique chance for emerging artists from British Columbia to connect with fans and members of the music industry.
Applications from all genders, ages, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and other measures of diversity are highly encouraged, with artists being selected by a jury of local industry representatives. Application deadline is January 20th @ 5pm (PDT).
Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their ongoing support in this initiative.
Music BC Artist and Business Travel applications are once again open for submission. The deadline for this intake will be January 27th, 2023 at 5:00PM (PDT). For each deadline always make sure to review the Guidelines and Eligibility as we do make adjustments throughout the year based on feedback from our applicants and members.
JUNOfest 2023 JUNOfest submissions are now open! For three jam-packed nights, JUNOfest presented by CBC Music will showcase artists, of all genres, from across the country. Featuring over 50 artists in more than 10 venues performing for fans, media and the music industry. All applications must be received by December 22nd, 2022 at 8 pm PST.REGISTER NOW
BCIT Music Business Program registration open for 2023 Register now for the 2023 Music Business Program at BCIT. This program provides entrepreneurial skills to help you manage every aspect of your career. Classes start January 11th, with three levels running the full year. These courses are open to artists, managers, producers, promoters, DJs, videographers, and music journalists. REGISTER NOW
Updated Commercial Radio Policy A Plus For Emerging Acts In compiling the latest policy blueprint, the Commission held extensive consultations that included 218 interventions, 158 of which were submitted by individuals and 60 by various companies, organizations and interest groups. In the preface to the policy doc that was last updated in 2014, the regulator stated that at the time of the issuance of this regulatory policy, “new legislation with substantial changes to the Broadcasting Act (the Act) is awaiting approval by Parliament. The revised Act would provide new tools to address some of the structural issues affecting conventional radio stations, especially as they compete directly for listeners with streaming services. Accordingly, the elements of this regulatory policy are meant to work both under the current Act and in the environment of a new Act, and future proceedings that are being announced as part of this regulatory policy are meant to work seamlessly in either legislative environment.” – READ MORE
CRB Announces 2023 Cost of Living Adjustment For Webcaster Royalty Rates — Songwriters Demand Similar Provision For Streaming Royalties The three-judge Copyright Royalty Board just recently released its final order detailing the 2023 cost-of-living adjustment for webcasters, having unveiled the initially mentioned heightened rates for 2021-2025 in June of last year. Under the latter, commercial webcasters will until 2025’s end pay a baseline $0.0026 per performance for subscription services and $0.0021 per performance for non-subscription services. Meanwhile, non-commercial webcasters will cough up “$1000 per year for each channel or station and $0.0021 per Performance for all digital audio transmissions in excess of 159,140 ATH [aggregate tuning hours] in a month on a channel or station,” the CRB relayed in the summer of 2021. But the judges also made clear that the rate would be subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment. – READ MORE
New cabinet ready to take action on cost of living, health care, housing, climate Premier David Eby has announced a new cabinet made of experience and new energy that will focus on tackling the problems people are facing, and working to make life better for British Columbians. “British Columbia is a wonderful place to live, but people are looking for action on the issues facing them and their families,” Premier Eby said. “If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that we can’t solve these problems alone. We need to solve them together. My team of determined colleagues will use a wealth and variety of experiences to continue the good work we’ve started and go further to deliver results people can see and feel in their communities.” The new cabinet members are tasked with helping regular British Columbians with the cost of living, strengthening the health-care system, tackling the housing crisis so people can find affordable, attainable homes, making communities safer, advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, fighting the impacts of climate change and building a sustainable, clean-energy economy that works for everyone. – READ MORE
How Web3 Is Ushering In A New Artist-Centric Era Back in 1999, music’s OG disruptor Napster burst onto the scene illegally with its gray interface showing millions of songs and people file sharing. I was working in old-school radio at the time, and I knew immediately that all music and all entertainment had just changed as a result of this technology. I recognized it would not be an easy path, but I was so enthralled by the possibilities of digitally distributed music – not just a local record store’s inventory but ALL music – that I knew this was what I wanted to do. I went to work at one of the first legally licensed digital music companies, Musicnet, a joint venture between RealNetworks and three of the major labels at the time. My initial belief was that everyone was going to make a lot more money as a result of digitalization of music. While that didn’t seem remotely possible in the early years, I never stopped believing it. Now, 22 years later, as I look at Web3 decentralized technologies and their accompanying experiences, I feel the same level of excitement and unbounded opportunity for how music can benefit from this next iteration of the internet.– READ MORE
House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill Requiring Radio Stations to Pay Royalties to Performers In a markup session, the House Judiciary Committee has given its approval to a bill that implement a sound recording performance royalty on over-the-air broadcasting, the American Music Fairness Act. If the bipartisan bill were to go through, artists, performers, producers and musicians involved in creating songs would receive royalties when their music plays on U.S. terrestrial radio stations, just as songwriters already do. The U.S. is the only major country in the world where terrestrial radio is not required by law to pay royalties to performers or recorded-music copyright owners of the songs played on-air. Streaming services and SiriusXM satellite radio already do pay such performance royalties. – READ MORE
Music Leaders Network women’s leadership scheme opens 2023 applications Music Leaders Network is one of the programs designed to support women leaders within the music industry. Based in the UK, it offers coaching, training and networking for women and people who identify as non-binary or trans, and has been going since 2020. Applications are now open for the 2023 program, with music industry companies able to invest in putting staff with between five and 25 years’ experience in for it. PPL, Polydor, Blue Raincoat Group / Chrysalis Records, Merlin, Brownswood Recordings, PRS Foundation and the Musicians’ Union are among those who did so last year, although bursaries are also available for self-employed applicants. – READ MORE
TuneCore reaches a new milestone: $3bn of DIY-artist earnings Believe has announced that its distribution subsidiary TuneCore has now reached the milestone of $3bn of artist earnings, having hit the $2.5bn mark in April this year. That’s $500m in just under seven and a half months, suggesting that TuneCore artists are generating around $66.7m a month. Believe also said that more than 8,000 TuneCore artists have earned more than $10k; “thousands” earning between $50k and $100k; and “many” taking home over $1m. The company also said that it has so far moved more than 400 TuneCore artists up to Believe’s Label and Artist Solutions (LAS) or Artist Services (AS) tiers. CEO Andreea Gleeson is certainly feeling confident about the potential for further success stories ahead. “Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, and Chance the Rapper all started their careers on TuneCore – in fact, the next Ed Sheeran, the next Lizzo and the next Chance could all very well be on our roster right now,” she said. – READ MORE
Artificial Intelligence Has Big Implications For Ownership In The Music Industry In the not-too-distance future, when a new recording artist seizes the spotlight with hit songs, a huge social media following and sold-out venues, it won’t be a human being. It’ll be a performer whose lyrics, melodies and voice are solely created by artificial intelligence (AI). We’re already seeing hints of this with virtual artists such as metaverse avatars, hybrid performers that rely on a combination of AI and human talent. Beyond music, there’s also been the emergence of AI products that create realistic digital images based on a natural language sentence provided by the user. Technology is not new to music. From Bob Dylan going electric to autotune to Pro Tools, technology has played a fundamental role in shaping how music is played, how songs are recorded and what listeners ultimately hear. But AI-generated performers and music have the potential to completely remove human input. – READ MORE
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Vancouver artist, Kate Yahn, combines the glamour and strength of rock n roll with sophisticated storytelling. Kate’s first EP, a trio of carefully curated covers as her introduction to the Vancouver music industry. This year will bring in another trio — this time of original music with lyrics that feel like home and rhythms that are effortless to dance to. Her heart can be felt through the walls of a recording booth, and seen on her sleeve when she’s on stage.
FACTOR:Live Performance, Industry Events, Collective Initiatives – Showcase Production for Artists from Official Language Minority, Collective Initiatives – Showcase Production for Export-Ready Artists, Comprehensive Artist, Comprehensive Music Company, Business Travel, Marketing & Promo for Non-FACTOR Funded Sound Recordings, Songwriter Development, Sponsorship, Video
SOCAN:Travel Assistance, Professional Development Assistance, SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund
Canada Council:Travel, Residencies, Professional Development for Artists, Research and Creation
This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.
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