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Sweet Music To My Ears – Music Organization Representatives Talk All About Musicians’ Rights And Royalties

June 25, 2010

by Dave Goudie

On Saturday, June 19th, 2010 a free workshop was held by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Association, and Music NL to help musicians to better understand their rights and various different means of income. The presentation was given by a panel consisting of a representative from each organization: Katrina Rice of the NL Arts Council, Dan Rubin of the NL Musicians’ Association, and Jen Winsor of Music NL.

The workshop consisted of an introduction by Dan Rubin followed by informative presentations by each of the panel members concerning various income sources and services for musicians provided by their respective organizations. Some of these included Music NL and FACTOR recording grants, AFM pension plans, various royalties such as performing, mechanical, and neighbouring rights royalties, as well as the importance of contracts. As an audience member the amount of information was ample and a little bit daunting at times; however there were plenty of information sheets to take for later reference making it a very accessible and enriching session. Following the presentations, free coffee and delicious homemade muffins were available during a short breather giving attendees the opportunity to socialize with one another or to roll all the new information around in their heads or to do both! Upon resuming the workshop a question and answer period was held with no shortage of inquiry or enthusiasm. Within a short time a strong air of community had grown amongst the group and it felt more like a bunch of friends sitting around talking about interesting and important issues and sharing experience than an official question and answer period. A final thank you was then given by the group, ending the session.

The workshop was such a success that there is talk of further workshops on other different aspects of the music business. From the point of view of an audience member it was great to see all of this information in one place and presented in such a coherent manner. With the level of enthusiasm in the room and word inevitably spreading, it would not be a long shot to say that a further presentation would be just as if not even more electric.

For more information on the organizations involved:

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council:
http://www.nlac.nf.ca/index.htm

Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Association:
http://www.nlmusicians.com

Music NL:
http://www.musicnl.ca

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One comment

  1. Dave: Thanks for your review of the event. Yes, it was a real success, and it did feel like it helped us build community. We were very happy with the turnout and the great questions asked. We will hold another workshop at the Gower Street United Church on Sunday, August 1st from 2-5 PM, focused on booking, management, contracts and touring. We will have Shelly Chase of Garrison Hill Entertainment, three members of the Idlers, experienced musician Jerry Stamp and also Jordan Young to represent the AFM there, to talk about how to develop your career and book your gigs. Once again we will have lots of time for questions and answers. Please pass on word about this, and have people email us at nlmusicians@hotmail.com if interested.



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