There’s a new name that now represents an established player in the Canadian music market. The Canadian Music Publishers Association will now be known as Music Publishers Canada. The subtle difference in the updated name is done to streamline the company name and to better represent what it is the company does best. Music Publishers Canada will continue to represent songwriting, music publishing and copyright management.
In a statement from the Executive Director of Music Publishers Canada, Margaret McGuffin, “The new brand communicates our evolving identity as champions of the rights of music publishers in Canada…. These are exciting times. The creation and distribution of music in Canada is undergoing rapid and extraordinary change and the role of the music publisher has never been more integral. It has grown into overseeing the creation, promotion and protection of songs and the development of new markets. It encompasses everything from songwriter development to copyright management.”
Music Publishers Canada was founded in 1949, long enough to see tremendous change and growth in the music industry. The job of a publisher is to represent and invest in songwriters, songs, composers and performers who are featured on radio airwaves, in movies, on TV screens, in video games both domestically and abroad.
In relation to movies and TV screens, the Toronto International Film Festival and the BANFF World Media Festival have partnered with Music Publishers Canada in order to offer opportunities to build bridges with professionals who work in a different creative field, yet, are still musically inclined.
Music Publishers Canada also works specifically to connect Canadian songwriters and performers to an international market through the CREATE series. The CREATE series is songwriting seminars and networking opportunities for music publishers with contacts in markets all over the globe such as London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Austin and Calgary. From a more technological standpoint, Music Publishers Canada also hosts an annual Music Tech Summit which allows publishers to directly interact with brand new technologies. This summit is important so that publishers can have a first hand understanding of how the music they help make is created in the studio and then distributed to the masses.