Help Overturn the Bullshit Fee On Foreign Musicians Touring Through Canada

If you’ve been reading these pages, you’ll know where I stand on this whole issue.  (You can catch up by reading here, herehere and here.)

The latest newsleter from the Canadian Independent Music Association arrived today.  If you can contribute in any way, this would be a great way to do it.

CIMA continues to be in talks with government officials to provide information on how the recent changes related to processing Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) will negatively affect the independent music sector within Canada. 

As background, the Government of Canada recently introduced a $275 per person fee to apply for a Labour Market Opinion, which would be applicable to bars or restaurants wishing to book a non-Canadian act to perform.  CIMA is emphasising that the new fee will have a detrimental and cascading effect through the entire industry, and at the end of the day may result in the loss of jobs and the loss of business opportunities both in Canada and internationally.

As such, we encourage any and all statements, feedback, anecdotes, or specific examples from the industry of how this new process has or will affect your business. Those who wish to provide feedback to assist in CIMA’s efforts are encouraged to contact Stuart Johnston, President of CIMA, at [email protected]

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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