We are pleased to announce that more than 2,000 creators have now added their names to our joint letter urging Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly to put creators at the heart of future policy. Support for our letter has been very strong since launch last week and continues to build.
The names of 1,077 Canadian creators appeared on the letter delivered to Minister Joly on November 29, 2016. Since then, an incredible 943 more authors, musicians, actors, composers, filmmakers, playwrights, poets, visual artists and other creators have added their names, bringing the total to 2,022, and support is still growing!
On December 7, we were proud to welcome the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) as a new supporting partner. The CCMIA represents around 8,000 artists, managers, labels and other industry professionals through its provincial and territorial member associations. Keep an eye out for new supporting organizations coming aboard in the future.
Let’s keep the momentum going so that policymakers in Ottawa hear the message loud and clear. Focus On Creators is a call to action by Canadian creators. Canadians are consuming more digital content than ever before, and creators have led the shift – they have digitized their work, mastered the Internet, and become their own social media directors. Yet the laws and regulations that allow creators to exploit their works to make a living are now out of date. Without urgent attention from government, thousands of Canadian creators will not be able to tell their uniquely Canadian stories.
If you’re a Canadian creator and you haven’t yet signed the letter, have a look and add your name here.