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October 16, 2012

Country From The Hart by Bill Hart

Hello Fall! Seems a little strange to say this out loud, but I really believe I like this season better than Summer. I don’t know, maybe it’s the colours, maybe it’s the sports on TV, maybe it’s just knowing that the population will be sweating less in the cool crisp air! I also enjoy the fact that all concerts will now be held INDOORS! Not that I don’t enjoy a good old fashioned, beer drinking, stranger high-fiving, outdoor sing along… it’s just that you learn to appreciate assigned seating after watching somebody get hit in the head with a bottle – ah, good times! Ontario is once again proving to be a hotbed for live performances from heavyweights like Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood as […]
October 16, 2012

Behind the Board- Randy Stark

Randy Stark came from the label side of the business. He was with Warner Music Canada for many years and worked his way up to Vice President of Marketing and Promotion – a position he did very well, as he was the person chiefly responsible for discovering and establishing talents like Patricia Conroy, Paul Brandt and the Johner Brothers. While still with Warner, he sat on the CCMA board of directors and eventually was elected President of that organization, which he held for 3 years. He was later elected to the board of directors of the CMA in Nashville. (This man is definitely connected).   Leaving the majors in 2003, Randy started Stark Ravings (Radio), an independent radio tracking company. Using his experience in marketing/promoting […]
October 16, 2012

Legal Implications Of Being In A Band

Do you perform or record as a band?  Here are some legal considerations  to think about: 1.              In the absence of a written arrangement among you, the law deems you a partnership.  This means that each of you is responsible for all the debts and other liabilities that any of you incur on behalf of the band. 2.              It also means that any property or income you bring into the band belongs to the band and that it is shared equally among the members. 3.              Although many bands don’t do it, it is really important to have a Partnership Agreement among the band members, if only to override the “default” structures that the law imposes. 4.              At $60 for on-line registration, registering your band as a business under the Business Names Act in Ontario is […]
October 16, 2012

Demorama is Coming to Ottawa

 Next month, the CMAO presents the 3rd seminar in our ongoing 2012 series of seminars/Demo-Ramas, this time in the Ottawa area. This is a unique opportunity to meet and greet some heavy players in the country music field. Artists, managers, publicists, presenters, trackers, music directors, agents, publishers, songwriters and media have all taken part in our lively discussions. And there’s always a question period and a lunch break where you can connect, network and shmooze with these industry professionals. Plus, there’s an opportunity to get your latest recording in front of some of these pros to see how your material stacks up at our Demo-Rama. Just bring your CD and 3 copies of the lyric (typed) and we promise to get through as many entries […]
September 21, 2012

2012 in Review

The Year In Review Heather Ostertag, President of the CMAO offered up the following report to the membership at the recent September 13th Annual General Meeting. It is with great pleasure I report to you what has transpired at the Country Music Association of Ontario over the past year. Your Board of Directors has been working very hard to serve you the membership. Some highlights that I would like to share with you include: We have hosted three seminars/DemoRamas.  Specifically they have been held in Tillsonburg, Windsor and London and another one will take place this weekend in Toronto. The Board of Directors voluntarily set a day aside to participate in a visioning session.  This session proved to be invaluable in terms of setting a […]
September 21, 2012

CMAO New Board of Directors

The CMAO Board announces results of  its AGM held on September 13th.  They are  pleased to announce the following representatives will be serving on the Board for the upcoming year: The Executive consists of: Sam Arraj – President Brian Allen – 1st Vice-President Bruce Good – 2nd Vice-President Craig Parks – Secretary, Treasurer   The other members of the Board are: Cathy Faint Wendell Ferguson Cadence Grace Peter Linseman Sylvia Mason Randy Stark Anya Wilson In retiring from the Board, past President Heather Ostertag commented on what “a strong team is in place to ensure that the CMAO continues to move forward”.
September 21, 2012

CMA Ontario September Newsletter legal article

What the Recent Supreme Court Copyright Decisions Mean for You In December 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada heard an unprecedented FIVE appeals involving copyright collectives.  In July of this year, the Court handed down its decisions. To avoid being overly academic, I will not cite the specific cases but rather focus just on the direct impact that the decisions have on CMA Ontario members. 1.         Any income you receive from iTunes downloads and similar services could be lower.  On any given track, there is a song and a sound recording.  Each song and each sound recording has its own copyright; and each copyright comprises a performing right (technically a communication right) and a reproduction right. –           The Supreme Court made it clear that SOCAN […]
September 21, 2012

The 2012 CCMA's

Anyone who has an interest in the country music industry and has not yet attended Country Music Week should seriously consider for next year.  It continues to be a hotbed of both established and undiscovered talent and a goldmine of information and connections.  The seminars on all subjects country are informative and the panelists are approachable. The parties and showcases are not only fun and inspiring but again a hub to meet new contacts.  It’s also a place where you are bound to see your favourite artist perform at one of the functions. This year the CMA Ontario would like to congratulate all winners connected to Ontario. Awarded at the CCMA televised Awards Show. Fan’s Choice:   Johnny Reid, CMT Video of the Year:   The Stellas for […]
September 21, 2012

Being Human

The following is an excerpt from Marlo Morgan’s book on aboriginal wisdom, lessons and values to being human. It is called “Messages From Down Under.” The following message applies to all souls everywhere. It has been appropriate for every period of time from the caveman to the present. The task is not worldly success, it is spiritually orientated. Lesson 1 “You should express your individual creativity. Each individual sees things through his own set of circumstances and so has a unique expression to offer the world. Creativity includes the arts, but is not limited to that, nor is painting, composing or writing in any way more significant that the creative measures taken to comfort someone in distress, to bring order to conflict or chaos or […]