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42 Music Groups Commit to the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct

In a joint effort to combat harassment, bullying, and violence in the music industry and at live music venues, 42 music companies and organizations signed the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct. The announced was made during JUNO Week in London, ON.

On Saturday, March 16 at the Allies in Action event hosted by CARAS, it was announced that 42 music community groups had signed on to the Code, acknowledging their responsibility to build safe, respectful workplaces, and committing to improving and implementing policies to keep the music community safe.

It was also announced that Unison Benevolent Fund has committed to hosting education and training resources on its website at no cost. The resources are intended to enable community members to identify, confront, and prevent harassment, bullying and violence in any workplace.

Erin Benjamin, president and CEO of the Canadian Live Music Association, says, “Canada’s live music industry is doing its part to ensure that every live music space is a safe place through our recently launched Raising the Bar program. Raising the Bar addresses safer spaces, harm reduction and event safety at live music events – be they indoors or out, and will work to complement both the ethos and practical implications of the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct. We are all in this together, and we are vigorously working to supplant systemic issues with positive change.”

The 42 organizations that signed the code are:

Across the Board 50/50 by 2020
ACTRA RACS (Recording Artists’ Collecting Society)
AFM Local 1000 (American Federation of Musicians)
Calgary Musicians Association
Canadian Conference of Musicians
Canadian Country Music Association
Canadian Federation of Musicians
Canadian Live Music Association
Canadian Music Publishers Association
Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA)
Canadian Private Copying Collective
CCMC Music Gallery
CONNECT Music Licensing
Creative BC
Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION)
Edmonton Musicians Association, AFM Local 390
Film & Entertainment Industries, City of Toronto
Folk Music Ontario
Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec
Gypsy Soul Entertainment
Island Musicians Association (IMA)
Manitoba Music
Music BC Industry Association
Music Canada
Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL)
Music Prince Edward Island (PEI)
Music·Musique NB
Musicians Association Local 276 CFM (Canadian Federation of Musicians)
Musicians’ Association of Ottawa-Gatineau
Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC)
Re:Sound
Regina Musicians Association
SaskMusic
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.)
Sonic Unyon
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Toronto Musicians’ Association, AFM Local 149
Unison Benevolent Fund
Vancouver Musicians Association, Local 145 of AFM
WCMA (Western Canadian Music Alliance)
Women in Music Canada

For more information and to read the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct, go to www.readthecode.ca.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.