On Saturday (March 16), it was announced that 42 Canadian music industry groups, many of them associations, have signed the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct. The news broke during the Allies In Action event held at Museum London during Juno Week in London, Ontario.
Any music business, organization or association, big or small, can become a signatory at www.readthecode.ca, though the code is not legally enforceable.
“On November 23, 2017, a coalition of Canadian creative industry stakeholders released a statement committing to zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence and established working groups to explore the development of a Code of Conduct, safer reporting measures and industry-wide education and training,” it states on the website.
“This Code of Conduct is only the first step in achieving these goals. Working together, we have attempted to be broad in application, inclusive and specific in addressing concerns raised by the brave people who came forward with their experiences of harassment of all kinds.”
Unison Benevolent Fund, which offers free emergency financial and counseling services to qualifying individuals from the Canadian music industry, also announced training and education resources for the Code of Condust signatories, as established by the Education, Training, and Safe Support Committee.
The ETSS Committee — created by some members of the coalition — aims to “provide each member of the Canadian music community with the appropriate resources and training to identify, confront and prevent harassment, bullying and violence in any workplace.” Unison will host these resources through its website at no cost.
Other organizations, and even one-person operations, interested in signing the Code can register online. Once the form has been completed, new signatories should email a high resolution company logo to firstname.lastname@example.org with the organization’s name and “Becoming Code signatory” in the subject line.
The following music industry groups have signed on to the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct:
Across the Board 50/50 by 2020
ACTRA RACS (Recording Artists’ Collecting Society)
AFM Local 1000 (American Federation of Musicians)
Calgary Musicians Association
Canadian Conference of Musicians
Canadian Country Music Association
Canadian Federation of Musicians
Canadian Live Music Association
Canadian Music Publishers Association
Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA)
Canadian Private Copying Collective
CCMC Music Gallery
CONNECT Music Licensing
Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION)
Edmonton Musicians Association, AFM Local 390
Film & Entertainment Industries, City of Toronto
Folk Music Ontario
Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec?
Gypsy Soul Entertainment
Island Musicians Association (IMA)
Music BC Industry Association
Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL)
Music Prince Edward Island (PEI)
Musicians Association Local 276 CFM (Canadian Federation of Musicians)
Musicians’ Association of Ottawa-Gatineau?
Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC)
Regina Musicians Association
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.)
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Toronto Musicians’ Association, AFM Local 149
Unison Benevolent Fund
Vancouver Musicians Association, Local 145 of AFM
WCMA (Western Canadian Music Alliance)
Women in Music Canada