SOCAN is proud to join our allies in the Canadian music community in signing the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct. On March 16, 2019, at the Allies in Action event during JUNO Week, it was announced that 42 music community groups had signed on to the Code, acknowledging their responsibility to build safe, respectful workplaces, committing to improving and implementing policies to keep the music community safe.
As a first step, members of the coalition have formed an Education, Training and Safe Support Committee, which is working 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 Benevolent Fund has volunteered to host a suite of educational and training resources through its website, at no cost. These resources will be made available to the music community at a later date.
Today’s announcement was made at Allies in Action, an event focused on initiatives undertaken or underway to create safer spaces as the Canadian music community gathers in London, Ontario for the 2019 JUNO Awards.
For many years, SOCAN has already maintained stringent policies against harassment, discrimination, violence, and bullying, so it was a clear decision for our organization to commit to the Code.
“The Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct is a wonderful initiative that provides a uniform set of standards to ensure the safety and success of our colleagues throughout the Industry,” said Samantha Slattery, Founder, Women in Music Canada
“It’s important that we’ve all signed on to the Code as a community, but now it’s even more important that we look at ways to proactively change the way we do business,” said Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director, Canadian Music Publishers Association.
You can read the full Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct at www.ReadTheCode.ca
Additional organizations that would like to sign on to the Code can register online. Once the form has been completed, new signatories should e-mail a high-resolution company logo to firstname.lastname@example.org with your organization’s name and “Becoming Code signatory” in the subject line.
Music industry groups that have signed on to the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct are:
Across the Board 50/50 by 2020
ACTRA RACS (Recording Artists’ Collecting Society)
AFM Local 1000 (American Federation of Musicians)
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
Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION)
Edmonton Musicians Association, AFM Local 390
Film & Entertainment Industries, City of Toronto
Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec
Island Musicians Association (IMA)
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)
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
Vancouver Musicians Association, Local 145 of AFM
WCMA (Western Canadian Music Alliance)