Canadian Music Bullish On Asian Market
For Immediate Release: October 23, 2008
Canadian MUSIC BULLISH ON ASIAN MARKET
On the eve of their second trip to Tokyo, Canadian music companies continue to show leadership in developing new export markets, despite the numerous challenges facing the industry. In November, 24 Canadian music executives will set up shop in the Canadian Embassy for a week to host Japanese and Asian delegates from seven countries across the region. The Japanese music market was valued at $5 billion in 2007, with Canadian artist Avril Lavigne being the most sold import.
“We look forward to generating new business opportunities for Canadian artists and companies in many Asian countries. Not Just China, but the whole region is open for trade,” says Duncan McKie, President and CEO of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA).
In this second annual music trade mission to Japan, 18 Canadian music companies, representing hundreds of Canadian artists and sound recordings, will be undertaking an initiative led by CIRPA, in order to develop trade relations and new business opportunities with the Japanese and Pan-Asian music industry from November 10th – 14th. The initiative is sponsored by the Program for Export Market Development (PEMD) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in partnership with the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Heritage Canada, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Radio Starmaker Fund and in association with Canadian Music Week and Music Managers Forum.
November 10th, tour of Tokyo, cultural and business highlights including music retail.
November 11th, Japanese market orientation, featuring speakers from different sectors of the Japanese music industry.
November 12th, performance for the music industry and public at one of Tokyo’s premier music clubs, the 750 seat Duo Music Exchange, promoted by one of Japan’s largest promoters, Creative Man:
Woodhands, Paper Bag Records, ON
The Saint Alvia Cartel, Union Label Group, ON
Patrick Watson, Secret City Records, QC
Bedouin Soundclash, Dine Alone Music Inc., ON
November 12th and 13th, The OMDC presents Pan-Asian panels and meetings at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. Ten key executives from various Pan-Asian countries will talk about their markets and meet with the Canadian delegation.
The executives in attendance include:
Lipei “Angela” Xiong
Participating Canadian Companies
November 13th, Co-sponsored by OMDC and Radio Starmaker Fund, industry showcase performance at the 230 seat Oscar Peterson Theatre in the Canadian Embassy:
Alex Cuba, Cuto/Caracol Records, BC
Sofia de Medeiros, DEJA musique, QC
The Trews, Bumstead Productions Ltd., NS
The Russian Futurists, Upper Class Recordings, ON
November 14th, The Japanese trade market, meetings with executives from the Japanese music and mobile industries will take place.
The week-long junket will take place November 10 – 14, 2008. Please go to www.cirpa.ca for further information.
We are presently confirming interviews.
The Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) is the trade organization representing the independent sector of the Canadian music and sound recording industry. CIRPA is the collective voice of independent music in English-speaking Canada.
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