MusicOntario Now Open For Membership

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October 7, 2013
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In 2012, the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) announced the creation of MusicOntario, a newly formed division aimed at providing information, education, professional development, resources, and support to those involved within the music sector in Ontario.  Since then, we've been hard at work creating programs, benefits, services, and more for  artists and industry alike. Today, we're happy to announce that MusicOntario is now open for membership!

Members of MusicOntario will receive the following benefits, right from the get-go:

• Discounted ‘Members’ rate to workshops
• FREE access to first workshop upon signup
• MusicOntario Newsletter
• Free access to networking events
• Access to Members Discount Program

We'll also be providing support to our members in the form of resources, information, and support, through a number of initiatives and opportunities.

In the coming months, we'll also be introducing a members directory, which will provide an ongoing, up-to-date listing of professionals working in the province, and a 'Featured Member' program to highlight those in the industry who are doing extraordinary things. As we continue to grow, so, too, will our programs.

For more on the benefits of becoming a member, visit our Member Benefits page.

Ready to become a member? Sign up today!

Press Release below:


October 10, 2013



MusicOntario to help musicians and music industry professionals across Ontario

TORONTO, ON –: Today, the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is pleased to announce that MusicOntario, its new provincial division, is now open for membership.

MusicOntario will operate as a member-based, not-for-profit association, delivering programs and services for artists and industry professionals across the province.  Programs will focus on providing industry education, professional development, resources, information, and support, with the goal of helping individuals reach their professional, creative, and personal goals.

CIMA created its MusicOntario division  in direct response to industry demand. In 2011, CIMA’s Board of Directors approved a new Strategic Plan which, in part, directed the creation of an Ontario music industry association.

“We are excited to be formally launching MusicOntario to serve the business and creative needs of the province’s music industry,” says Stuart Johnston, President of CIMA. “We look forward to delivering our services, and to link our business and artist communities across this province together.”

Membership is now open to those involved in any and all facets of the music industry, including artists, bands, labels, publishers, studios, agents, managers, venues, promoters, producers, songwriters, retailers, and more.  While programs and events will be open to all, members will receive preferred rates on admission, as well as a wide array of other membership benefits.

MusicOntario has also launched its new website, listing upcoming events, details on its programs, membership benefits, industry news, resources, and more.  The site is now live at

“Over the past year, we’ve been working hard to create programs, services, and benefits for our   members, and I’m extremely pleased that MusicOntario is now, officially, open for business,” says Scott Honsberger, Executive Director of MusicOntario.  “I’m looking forward to growing our membership, and invite artists and industry across Ontario to be a part of this exciting new organization.”


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