Music Export Canada presents: Canada Music Mission to Japan

Canada Music Mission to Japan 2015

12 Canadian Music Companies and 8 Canadian Artists
Showcase for Japanese Music Industry
November 16 – 20, 2015

Over the last few years, CIMA has engaged in dozens of trade missions and showcase events in countries worldwide through our Canadian Blast export initiative.

Previous Canadian Music Missions to Japan, the second largest music market in the world, generated a total of $3.5 million in new business and 208 deals for Canadian music companies. This year’s Mission aims to duplicate its past success for the new delegation of 11 Canadian music companies representing hundreds of Canadian artists and sound recordings.

This marks CIMA’s fourth-ever trade mission to Japan, and is an initiative to assist its members to develop trade relations and new business opportunities in Japan for the export of Canadian music products. Potential revenue is anticipated to be from licensing masters, sub-publishing, neighbouring rights, touring opportunities and through new sources of revenue from digital and mobile content.

Japan is the second largest music market in the world, ranking first in the world for physical sales, third in digital sales, fourth in performance rights and third in synchronization rights revenues. The market offers an array of opportunities for Canadian music companies. There is a clear and demonstrated appetite for foreign music in Japan, which creates a path of opportunity for Canadian independents to travel.

The four-day program commencing on November 16 will include seminars, showcases, and networking opportunities with executives from the Japanese music and related industries. The program is enriched with guest speakers and important presentations about the Japanese music market.

This year’s Mission will include 8 Canadian artists performing at two important showcase opportunities – a public concert and showcase at duo MUSIC EXCHANGE in Tokyo, and 
another at the prestigious Oscar Peterson Theatre at the Canadian Embassy.

On November 17, Music Export Canada presents an invitation-only show at the Oscar Peterson Theatre in the Embassy of Canada to Japan. Artists are Brandi Disterheft (Justin Time Records/Wild West Artist Management), Declan O’Donovan (O’Donovan Music Productions), Myriad3 (Alma Records) and The Jessica Stuart Few (Creators’ Lounge Inc.)

Performing for the music industry and public at the Duo Music Exchange on November 19, and promoted by one of Japan’s largest promoters, Creativeman Productions, are Lyric Dubee (Lyric Dubee), The Lytics (Manitoba Music), Sc Mira (Pipe & Hat), and The Wooden Sky (Nevado Music).

“CIMA is excited to be producing this trade mission to Japan on behalf of our vibrant Canadian independent music businesses and their groundbreaking artists,” said Stuart Johnston, President of CIMA. “Returning to Japan will allow our delegates to build on our previous successes, re-establish business relationships and develop new working relationships.”

The following companies, including the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) are participating in the Mission:

Alma Records
Creators’ Lounge Inc.
Hopeful Tragedy Records
Justin Time Records/Wild West Artist Management
Lyric Dubee
Manitoba Music
O’Donovan Music Productions
Outside Music
Paper Bag Records
Pipe & Hat
Nevado Music

For the CIMA Music Mission to Japan, CIMA acknowledges our ongoing partnership with the Embassy of Canada to Japan (Tokyo).

CIMA also gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our Canadian partners and sponsors: Government of Canada (Canadian Heritage/Canada Music Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development/GOA); Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC); Harvard Broadcasting; Radio Starmaker Fund; Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR); Corus Entertainment; Music Managers Forum of Canada and Canadian Music Week.

 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.

About Canadian Blast:

For 10 years, the Canadian Blast showcase and B2B initiative has travelled the globe to bring the best and brightest emerging talent and industry from Canada to vibrant international export markets through festivals, conferences, trade shows and independent missions in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.

About Music Export Canada:

Music Export Canada is the newly established alliance between some of Canada’s most active national and provincial talent exporters, importers and stakeholders. With a common goal of showcasing bright up-and-coming talent and developing emerging industry professionals, Music Export Canada will service many of the nation’s export needs and will grow to be an internationally trusted resource for the all things related to the independent Canadian music community.


For further information, interviews and hi-res photos, please contact:

Evelyn Cream

Lisa Fiorilli
Research & Communications Coordinator
Canadian Independent Music Association