Music is one of the most visible and highly recognized expressions of the Canadian experience. Therefore, we believe that it is important to promote and protect the value of music and its production.
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major music companies in Canada as well as their partners, the artists. Those members include EMI Music Canada, Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada, and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada was formerly known as the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). It was founded in 1964.
Music Canada's members are engaged in all aspects of the recording industry, including the manufacture, production, promotion and distribution of music. Music Canada member companies actively develop and nurture Canadian talent throughout the world.
Music Canada also works closely with recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters and managers in the promotion and development of the music cluster.
In addition to the members listed above, we also provide certain membership benefits to some of Canada's leading independent record labels and distributors.
- Administers the gold/platinum awards program for best selling recordings in Canada;
- Gathers and shares technical, statistical and other information about Canada’s music community;
- Seeks to develop a greater understanding of Canada’s recording industry among key stakeholders and the general public;
- Represents Canada’s recording industry to government and public agencies on legislative and regulatory matters;
- Works with other industry organizations to help curtail piracy and counterfeiting, and to build a legitimate music market in Canada;
- Promotes the growth and development of legal digital music services in Canada;
- Develops and promotes high ethical standards in the creation, manufacture and marketing of sound recordings;
- Represents the Canadian recording industry to its international counterparts as a member of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI);
- Participates in charity events and educational projects on behalf of the industry;
- Participates in industry-wide initiatives to promote music; and,
- Works with organizations representing music publishers, musicians, artists, retailers of music and musical instruments, and broadcasters as well as like-minded organizations in film, television, digital gaming, book publishing and business on issues of common interest.