When you join CIMA you'’re joining an organization that is dedicated to helping you sell, promote and market your artists and their music. We have two ways we go about it.

First and foremost we advocate — on your behalf — for a stronger domestic market for independent music in Canada –a great reason to join our national organization. We work directly with federal and provincial governments, regulatory bodies and industry partners to fight on the independent music sector’s behalf, to ensure you have the support and the right environment in which to conduct business.

Secondly, we create domestic and international business development opportunities for you.

When you'’re ready join, click here to become a member.

Join CIMA and take on the world

Under the banner of our export brand Canadian Blast you'’ll have the opportunity to take your independent artists to Cannes, Austin, London, Singapore, Hamburg, New York and Los Angeles not to mention Reykjavik, Barcelona, and Thessaloniki –and that’'s just the past 12 months!

  • Canada Stand: is your home base for the top international trade shows – with marketing and promotional support and networking opportunities to help you close those deals
  • Canadian Blast Showcases: are the ideal way to introduce your artists to the international market – at trade show and festivals across the globe
  • Canadian Blast Trade Missions: are CIMA-led business junkets that break new ground for Canadian independent artists and their business representatives.
  •  is the global hub for all activities under the Canadian Blast umbrella. An online event promotional tool that magnifies the impact of the Canada Stand, Canadian Blast Showcases and Trade Missions.

Build a stronger independent music industry

When you join CIMA, you’re adding your voice to the chorus.

By being a member, participating on committees, serving on the board of directors, and responding to our surveys and polls – you’re helping to strengthen the  Canadian independent music sector.

We engage in meetings with government, conduct research, advocate strong music policy, appear at regulatory hearings, and meet with ministers.

The outcome of these efforts are twofold:

  • Government policies that recognize the needs of the independent sector in Canadian cultural industries – through copyright protection and broadcaster regulations.
  • Funding programs that are relevant to the current needs of the independent music sector – like CIMA’s Canadian Blast international marketing programs.

CIMA member benefits program

As a CIMA member, you'’ll be able to save money on marketing, promotion, production, travel and tour expenses, and professional development. CIMA members receive favourable rates on all of our export events through our Canadian Blast initiative 

CIMA is offering members $300 worth of credits to upload your content to !earshot

WARM (World Airplay Radio Monitor) have entered into a partnership to provide an exclusive 10% discount to CIMA members.

Through our Membership Affinity Program, CIMA & WIN are offering Music Ally’s full subscription business information service free of charge.

The Music Ally service includes:

  • a daily email news bulletin
  • regular PDF Reports including the Sandbox digital marketing reports
  • discounts to all Music Ally events such as:
  • Sandbox Summit and NY:LON Connect 2018

And coming soon there will be:

  • access to a database of the best digital campaigns

To access the free one year service please contact CIMA's Membership Coordinator Sam Rayner

Canadian Music Week – CIMA members receive a 30% discount on a CMW Digital Music & Media Summit pass – your VIP Pass to Canadian Music Week.


Merlin – CIMA members are able to access a discounted administrative fee of 1.5% relating to commercial deals. The standard administrative fee is 3%, so this comes out to a discount of 50%. Commercial deals are the deals that Merlin does on behalf of its members with digital services like Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, YouTube, etc.


Nielsen Music’s industry-leading fan data and insights to inform your strategy, and make smarter, more informed decisions to grow your business. CIMA members gain access to an exclusive 20% discount on Nielsen solutions and services. Contact Sam Rayner


Tanner Financial Services: CIMA members are eligible for a discount on group benefits from Tanner Financial services.

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M for Montreal / Mundial Montreal: CIMA members are eligible for a discount delegate badges for both M for Montreal and Mundial Montreal.

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Microforum:  Through the CIMA Membership Affinity Program, Microforum offers priority service, and exclusive pricing to CIMA members. email for further details.

You belong with the bestOur members are the backbone of the music business in Canada – from established veterans to the newest, multi-faceted digital content entrepreneurs.They share a common goal: a vibrant and sustainable independent music industry.When you join CIMA you’ll be networking with other members and industry affiliates through various professional development seminars and workshops as well as invites to summer networking BBQ’s.You’ll receive a copy of our weekly e-newsletter.And you’ll be able to participate in professional development seminars/workshops. Last year saw a focus on international markets:

  • From Reykjavik To Sophia, Tampere To Barcelona, No Festival Is Left Uncovered By Canadian Blast – explains and uncovers opportunities in Europe and how to develop your band, your brand and your catalogue
  • A Road Map To Success In The French Music Market – explores the intricacies of the France, the world’s fifth largest music market – from independent labels to large distributers, forms and taxation to festivals and funding.
  • Success in Japan – the second largest music market in the world is a complex maze of unique business practices. This international seminar examines how Canadian artists have successfully navigated this maze.
  • Seminar on Germany – Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, with strong physical sales and a burgeoning national identity. This seminar will help you gain a better understanding of this key market.

To learn more about CIMA and how it can help you build your career check out:

Ready to join? Click here to become a member.