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Canadian Independent Music Association Congratulates Newly Elected Federal Government

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and its national membership extend heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on Monday night's election victory.

"CIMA extends a sincere congratulations to Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau, as well as to all of the newly elected and re-elected Members of Parliament across Canada," says CIMA President Stuart Johnston. "We look forward to working with the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and the broader federal government on the issues that matter most to Canada's domestic-owned music sector, with the goal of strengthening the industry, supporting our artists and helping to grow our economy."

CIMA and its members are keen to engage the new Government as it implements its arts & culture platform in the months ahead. The platform includes a committment to new and much-needed annual funding for CBC/Radio Canada, investment into the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board and new investments into cultural infrastructure. You can read more about the specifics of the platform by clicking here.

In addition, CIMA is excited about the new Liberal Government's policies that directly support the Canadian music industry's strategic goals of promoting and exporting our artists and their music, both domestically and around the world. CIMA and its members are looking forward to the restoration of the "Promart" and "Trade Route International" cultural promotion programs in particular. This new Liberal government investment of $25 million annually will serve to "reinstate culture as part of our foreign diplomacy", ensuring that Canadian artists can be heard around the globe.

Furthermore, the Liberal Government has committed to a review of both the Broadcasting Act and the Copyright Act, and has noted the importance of reviewing the Copyright Board to ensure that decisions are made in a timely manner - all of which are CIMA priorities.

ABOUT CIMA:

Celebrating its 40th year in 2015, CIMA is the not-for-profit national trade association representing the English-language, Canadian-owned sector of the music industry, and is the first organization of its kind in the world. CIMA represents a diverse membership consisting of Canadian-owned companies and their ambassadors, all of whom are involved in every aspect of the music, sound recording and music-related industries. They are exclusively small businesses which include: record producers, record labels, recording studios, managers, agents, licensors, music video producers and directors, creative content owners, artists and others professionally involved in the sound recording industry. CIMA's mandate is to develop and advocate policies and services that serve to support a strong and economically stable Canadian independent music and sound recording industry, ensuring the long-term development of the sector and to raise the profile of Canadian independent music both in Canada and around the world.

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CONTACT: Lisa Fiorilli Research & Communications Coordinator Canadian Independent Music Association lisa@cimamusic.ca // 416-485-3152, extension 223

Source:Canadian Independent Music Association