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Major Labels Announce Direct Financial Support & Additional Resources for the Unison Benevolent Fund

The Canadian division of the three major record companies — Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada, and Warner Music Canada — have announced direct financial support for the Unison Benevolent Fund, Canada’s leading music community support program. Unison is a non-profit, charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services, including financial relief, to individuals working in the Canadian music community.

“This support helps Unison help the music community- and with the support of our member labels, Music Canada is proud to work even more closely with Unison to provide targeted support for the benefit of our creative industry,” said Graham Henderson, president and CEO of Music Canada, which represents the interests of the three major labels.

Additionally, Music Canada has announced that it has expanded its supporting role for the organization. In response to COVID-19, Music Canada has provided Unison financial and administrative resource support, together with government relations expertise and guidance. “As one of the founding supporters of Unison, we have seen the crucial need for their services,” continues Henderson, “and we have seen the impact of their relief on those who come to Unison for help.”

“Unison is enormously grateful for the continuous support from some of the biggest players in the Canadian music industry,” says Unison Fund Executive Director, Amanda Power. “The direct and valued efforts from Canada’s major record labels ensures that we can continue to provide discreet counselling and health services in addition to immediate financial relief for the most vulnerable in our industry at this very critical time.”

Unison is an assistance program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community. It provides discreet, dignified and meaningful relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis. Unison’s COVID-19 Relief Program is making $1,000 grants available to members of the music industry. The relief fund is allocated toward housing costs, medical expenses, groceries, and other necessities for those who are eligible.

Unison previously announced the launch of the $500,000 COVID-19 Relief Program with contributions from Slaight Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music. To donate to the fund, go HERE.

Professionals in any role within the Canadian music community are eligible and are encouraged to register with Unison at www.unisonfund.ca/index.php/register.

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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.
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