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Industry Insider Video Series

Presented by Music Canada and CONNECT Music Licensing

Hosted by Domanique Grant


Episode 1 - Artist Support Programs, with Amanda Power (Unison)

Unison is a critical safety-net for members of the Canadian music community to support them during times of crisis. In this first episode of the Industry Insider Video Series presented by Music Canada and CONNECT Music Licensing, host and Toronto-based artist Domanique Grant speaks with Amanda Power, Executive Director of the Unison Benevolent Fund, to provide artists and members of the Canadian music community with critical information about the  support programs available to them through Unison, including their free counselling services and COVID-19 financial relief program.

Visit to register today, and for immediate assistance call toll free 1-855-9UNISON.


Episode 2 - Catherine Jones (CONNECT Music Licensing)

Catherine Jones, Executive Director of CONNECT, provides viewers with key information on the licensing landscape in Canada including copyright, distribution, ISRC codes, and registering with the correct CMOs. Visit the resources and infographics on this page that Catherine references for more helpful information.


Episode 3 - Allan Reid (CARAS, The JUNO Awards, Musicounts)

Domanique speaks with Allan Reid - President and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the not-for-profit umbrella organization for The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts, and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Allan discusses how artist entrepreneurs can build the foundations for success in the Canadian music business, and shares critical advice from his 30 year career.


Episode 4 - Shad (Artist, Host of Netflix's Hip-Hop Evolution)

In this final episode of the Industry Insider Video Series, JUNO Award-winning rap artist Shad sits down for an in-depth discussion about an artist's balance of sustaining a living in music while staying true to their artistic visions. Domanique and Shad share their beliefs on how artists can use their personal compass to navigate their career growth without compromising their creative output and social responsibility.


CONNECT Music Licensing has created a visual resource to help artist-entrepreneurs, labels, songwriters, and performers better understand the complex world of collective royalty management.

With a simple flowchart format, the Collective Management Organizations in Canada: Music Royalties Explained graphic helps creators understand the royalties that they are entitled to when their music is streamed online, played on the radio or broadcast in a restaurant, club, bar, fitness club, live event venue, and more.

By following the flowchart and registering with the applicable collective management organizations (CMOs), artists and rightsholders can ensure they are collecting all the royalty streams they are entitled to.

CMO Infographic - Sound Recording CMO Infographic - Musical Work


Digital Distributors in Canada

CONNECT's Digital Distributors infographic helps creators understand the roles of a digital distributor in a streaming world. Distribution is key to reaching audiences through music streaming services. This infographic provides helpful information on what distributors are out there, what they do, and key questions to ask before deciding on a distributor.

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Resource Links

In response to the changes our members are facing during the COVID-19 lockdown, CONNECT has compiled a list of useful resources for its members.  We will continue to update as more resources become available.

Industry Resources

Music Canada COVID-19 Resource Page A resource page to support artists and other industry members in obtaining credible information about government programs and other music-specific resources.
JUNO Awards COVID-19 Music Industry Resources A compiled list of resources for the music community from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Canadian Live Music Association COVID-19 Resources for Live Music Industry The CLMA is attempting to colate all relevant information for the live music industry.
IFPI Global Music Industry COVID-19 Reponse Tracker A map providing detailed information about music industry-related measures and initiatives in place across the world to combat the impact of COVID-19.


Financial Assistance

Unison Benevolent Fund COVID-19 Relief Fund Unison's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund provides short-term financial relief to help music industry professionals in times of crisis. The relief fund is allocated toward housing costs, medical expenses, groceries, and other necessities for those who are eligible.


Media Resources

Canadian Musician Pushing Through The Pandemic Highlighting key sources of financial relief and resources for creators, as well as exclusive career-building tips to keep you productive.


Performance Opportunities

MusicTogether Ontario Live Music Together MusicTogether supports working Ontario musicians during the COVID-19 crisis with direct funding, new opportunities for fan discovery, and eCommerce tools. $300,000 has been committed thanks to the generosity of the music community funders listed below and matching funds from OntarioLive.


COVID-19 Resources

Deloitte Predicting the post-pandemic rebound A live look at Canada's economy to prepare business for recovery.


Digital Pivot

Digital Main Street ShopHERE ShopHERE provides independent small businesses and artists in Toronto with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away.



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