Pres. & CEO, Music CAN: The Broken Promise of a Golden Age11:45am-1:30pm | Hilton Toronto - 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto
How creators got squeezed out in the digital era, and what can be done to restore their rights.
With the advent of digital content delivery in the late 1990s, a new path was forged to stimulate the digital economy while protecting the interests of creators.
A social contract arose that reflected a repeated prediction: in a digital world with rules that help fuel technology companies’ growth, creators would be better off. But instead of a new Golden Age, artists experienced a sharp erosion of their rights along with their ability to earn a living from their creative works.
Today, rules originally designed to aid digital economy start-ups remain in force, even for those that have become huge global enterprises. As wealth becomes concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, the middle class, especially artists, writers and other creators, are far worse off.
A review of Canada’s copyright rules is mandated for next year. It’s a ready-made opportunity for the Government of Canada to correct the errors of the past by rebalancing the digital playing field, and bring artists back into the ranks of the middle class.
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President & CEO
Graham Henderson is President of Music Canada and a long standing member of Toronto’s music community. Graham is active in policy development and is a frequent speaker on music and intellectual property issues.
Currently Graham is leading Music Canada in an effort to unite a broad coalition of industry members to identify ways to stimulate the growth and promotion of the music cluster in Toronto, Ontario and Canada. Music Canada has identified 5 key strategies to grow the music industry: music tourism, music education, digital innovation, export expansion and tax credits.
In 2013 Graham was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and was presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been working with artists for 25 years, first as a lawyer specializing in music law and later as Senior Vice-President, Business Affairs and eCommerce at Universal Music Canada. There, Graham managed Universal’s e-commerce strategy and was instrumental in the launch of Puretracks.com, Canada’s first legal digital music download service. In 2004, he joined Music Canada.
Graham contributes his time on the Boards of Directors of The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Re:Sound. He holds a double major in English Literature and Fine Art History from Guelph University. Graham also holds a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and a law degree, both from the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto with his wife Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies and their son Ed.