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“The Canadian Copyright Act has ensured that I maintain ownership of my work and receive payment when others utilize that work connected to revenue gaining activities. In the digital age, writers are seeing wider distribution without compensation.  It is harder to earn a living, which truly makes it harder to keep creating.  I sincerely hope that the Canadian government recognizes the substantial contribution of creative artists to the cultural tapestry of Canada and ensures that through fair compensation, we can keep Canadian culture strong and vibrant.”

Scott White, Playwright/Composer/Librettist

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Photo Credit: Robert Wozny

“We strongly support the endeavors of Manitoba Music, the Canadian Independent Music Association, Music Canada and other artistic stakeholders in their call to put creators at the forefront of the Government of Canada’s upcoming cultural policy reforms. Supporting our musicians is now more important than ever, especially considering the US Citizen and Immigration Services’ recent punitive announcement that it will be substantially increasing our I-129 visa filing fees to tour south of the border. We encourage our government to seek new ways and strategies to provide economic opportunities in Canada’s cultural and creative sectors, as this is our livelihood and the way that we support our families.”

Lisa Saunders, Professional Musician, Ashes and Dreams

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