The first president of CARAS was Mel Shaw (1975-80). Membership is restricted to individuals actively working in the Canadian music industry representing the fields of performance, recording, publishing, broadcasting, and retailing. CARAS maintains a board of directors and an advisory board, both comprising musicians and music industry figures, and has further representation on a regional basis. Individual chapters are located in BC (PMIA), Alberta (ARIA), Saskatchewan (SRIA), Manitoba (MARIA), Quebec, New Brunswick (MNB), Nova Scotia (MIANS), PEI (ECMA), Newfoundland and Labrador (MIANL), and the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut (RAIYA). In 2002, the Prairie Music Alliance expanded to incorporate the Western Canadian provinces and territories (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut). United, they are known as the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) and have hosted the Western Canadian Music Awards on an annual basis since 2003. The Eastern provinces have hosted their own East Coast Music Awards (known until 1991 as the Maritime Music Awards) on an annual basis since 1989.
CARAS is dedicated to promoting music education in Canada. In 1997, thanks to proceeds from sales of the 25th anniversary Juno Awards commemorative CD box set Oh What A Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music, CARAS established Band Aid. As an offshoot of the Music Education Fund, this program is intended to improve music education in Canada by providing individual grants to selected schools that demonstrate potential but are in need of funding to ensure sustained growth. Winning schools customize the grant to their individual needs by compiling a list of band instruments. These instruments are then delivered to the school by CARAS, and a prominent member of the Canadian music industry makes a special presentation. Past presentations have been made by: Alanis Morissette, Jann Arden, Remy Shand, Jully Black, Susan Aglukark, Jane Bunnett, Dany Bedar, Moist, members of the Tragically Hip, Great Big Sea, the Moffatts, and members of 54-40. The granting program received a boost in 2002, when five major Canadian record labels (BMG Music Canada, EMI Music Canada, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Canada, and Warner Music Canada) committed to an annual joint pledge of $50,000. In 2003, eleven schools each received $10,000 toward the purchase of band instruments. Since 1997 CARAS has donated more than $500,000 of band instruments to 48 Canadian schools. The CARAS Music Education program also awards individual $1,000 cash scholarships to deserving students enrolled in the final year of post-secondary music industry arts programs.
Author Alexis Luko
Bailey, Katie. 'Major Labels Donate Money to Music Education,' Chart Attack, May 31 2002
Links to Other Sites
The CTV JUNO AWARDS show website. View feature videos, photos, lists of winners, and more.
The website for the JUNO Awards and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Scroll down the page to check out the latest award winners and music clips. Sample the latest JUNO Awards CD. From the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Canadian Music Hall of Fame
The website for the Canadian Music Hall of Fame from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).
With this online collection of digitized charts from RPM, visitors can check out the rankings of their favourite tunes of yesteryear. From Library and Archives Canada.
Canadian Private Copying Collective
Find out what Canada's Copyright Act has to say about private copying of music and related royalty collection issues.
Check out the Music Canada site for the latest news about major companies and key issues in the Canadian music industry. See also music videos featuring some of Canada's leading performers.
Geist: An unofficial user’s guide to the coming copyright bill
A news story about implications of proposed copyright legislation. From thestar.com.