Re:Sound Calls for Fairness for Music Creators in 2024 Federal Budget

Music creators are pressing the Government of Canada to update the Copyright Act now to:

Why now?

Why these solutions?

Ask the Minister of Finance to include Re:Sound’s FFMC proposals in the 2024 Federal Budget.

Your letter will be sent to The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

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The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada

90 Elgin Street Ottawa, Ontario. K1A 0G5
Email: chrystia.freeland@fin.gc.ca

Dear  Minister Freeland,

I am writing to you today as a Canadian music creator who is concerned about the cost of living in Canada and its impact on music creators.  I am requesting your support for our Fairness for Music Creators (FFMC) campaign.

The FFMC campaign urges the Government of Canada to update the Copyright Act now to ensure that creators can make a living in the Canadian music industry and that our industry continues to thrive.  To help level the playing field for music creators, Re:Sound and its member organizations are  calling for three specific amendments to the Copyright Act: 

  1. Amend the definition of “sound recording” in the Copyright Act to address its unfair exclusion of performers and record labels/makers from performance royalties from television, film, video streaming platforms and other audio-visual content.

  2. Eliminate the “temporary” $1.25 Million exemption for commercial radio stations instituted in 1997 – a subsidy for commercial radio at the direct expense of music rights holders.

  3. Update the private copying regime to make it technologically neutral.

You can learn more about the FFMC campaign by visiting: https://www.resound.ca/ffmc/ 

These market-based solutions will greatly improve the economic well-being of music creators across Canada and require only minor legislative amendments to become a reality and no additional funding from government.

As such, I respectfully request that you, as Minister of Finance, show your support for music creators by including in Budget 2024 Re:Sound’s FFMC campaign’s modest proposals.

Thank you in advance for your support for the FFMC campaign, and music creators in your riding and across Canada.

Sincerely,

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