Canadian Indies Bolt From CRIA Over CanCon DIspute
April 14, 2006 at 6:48 AM (PT)
Six of CANADA's largest independent labels have split from the CANADIAN RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION because of the CRIA's positions on the Canadian content rules for radio.
NETTWERK, TRUE NORTH, ANTHEM, AQUARIUS, LINUS ENTERTAINMENT, and THE CHILDREN'S GROUP served a letter on CRIA President GRAHAM HENDERSON alleging that "CRIA's position on several important music industry issues are not aligned with our best interests as independent recording companies... We do not feel that we can remain members given CRIA's decision to advocate solely on behalf of the four major foreign multi-national labels."
The CRIA has been lobbying the CRTC to change CanCon rules to allow more collaborations with foreign artists to be considered local and to give extra credit for playing Canadian artists in "prime time," moves that indie labels feel favor the majors.
The six dissenters are reportedly aligning with the CANADIAN INDEPENDENT RECORD PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION for the future.