In release issued today, ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) and ACTRA RACS (Recording Artists’ Collecting Society) announced they have formally joined the Focus On Creators coalition as supporting partners to call for action from the federal government to better support the livelihoods of their members.

“ACTRA is proud to join other members of Canada’s creative class to ensure the government hears the voice of creators when it comes to federal policy,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “Whether they sing, write, compose or act, creative artists are facing real challenges in a digital age, and we need government to step up.”

ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 professional performer members across the country working in English-language recorded media. ACTRA RACS is the division of ACTRA dedicated to distributing royalties to recording artists for the use of their work.

“Too many artists are living in poverty, while giant tech companies are producing devices that exploit their work without compensation.” said ACTRA National Executive Director Stephen Waddell. “Consumers are viewing more content online than ever before on multiple digital devices and screens. Yet artists are not being paid for use and reuse of their work on those devices.”

If you’re a Canadian actor, recording artist, or any type of creator, and you haven’t yet joined the nearly 3,000 creators who have signed the Focus On Creators letter urging Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to put creators at the heart of cultural policy, please read the letter and sign if you agree.