(LONDON, ON) A coalition of Canadian music community groups has joined in solidarity and is working towards environments free of harassment, discrimination, violence, and bullying for the music community.

Today the coalition announced that 42 music groups have formally signed on to the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct. By signing on to the Code, the organizations are acknowledging their responsibility to build safe, respectful workplaces, and are committing to improving and implementing policies to keep the music community safe.

As a first step, members of the coalition have formed an Education, Training and Safe Support Committee, which is working to provide each member of the Canadian music community with the appropriate resources and training to identify, confront and prevent harassment, bullying and violence in any workplace. Unison Benevolent Fund has volunteered to host a suite of educational and training resources through its website at no cost. These resources will be made available to the music community at a later date.

Today’s announcement was made at Allies in Action, an event focused on initiatives undertaken or underway to create safer spaces as the Canadian music community gathers in London, Ontario for the 2019 JUNO Awards.

Because of the uniqueness of the music business and the spaces in which musicians and music workers often operate, the coalition has added the following music-specific preamble to the existing Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct:

“We, the Canadian music community signatories, support the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct. We recognize that in the music industry, the terms work, workplace and work-related, are extremely broad and can include any physical or virtual spaces at any time.”

You can read the full Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct at ReadTheCode.ca

Additional organizations that would like to sign on to the Code can register online. Once the form has been completed, new signatories should email a high resolution company logo to info@readthecode.ca with your organization’s name and “Becoming Code signatory” in the subject line.

Music industry groups that have signed on to the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct are:

Across the Board 50/50 by 2020
ACTRA RACS (Recording Artists’ Collecting Society)
AFM Local 1000 (American Federation of Musicians)
Calgary Musicians Association
Canadian Conference of Musicians
Canadian Country Music Association
Canadian Federation of Musicians
Canadian Live Music Association
Canadian Music Publishers Association
Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA)
Canadian Private Copying Collective
CCMC Music Gallery
CONNECT Music Licensing
Creative BC
Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION)
Edmonton Musicians Association, AFM Local 390
Film & Entertainment Industries, City of Toronto
Folk Music Ontario
Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec
Gypsy Soul Entertainment
Island Musicians Association (IMA)
Manitoba Music
Music BC Industry Association
Music Canada
Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL)
Music Prince Edward Island (PEI)
Music·Musique NB
Musicians Association Local 276 CFM (Canadian Federation of Musicians)
Musicians' Association of Ottawa-Gatineau
Musicians' Rights Organization Canada (MROC)
Re:Sound
Regina Musicians Association
SaskMusic
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.)
Sonic Unyon Records
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Toronto Musicians' Association, AFM Local 149
Unison Benevolent Fund
Vancouver Musicians Association, Local 145 of AFM
WCMA (Western Canadian Music Alliance)
Women in Music Canada