CMPA Create Germany to help expand global opportunities for Canadian music publishers, songwriters

18/09/2017: Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) will host two editions of its important CMPA Create initiative in order to strengthen the profile of Canada's music publishing industry globally. The first edition takes place this week when the CMPA, along with eight Canadian songwriters and 10 music publishers, venture to Berlin and Hamburg ahead of Reeperbahn for CMPA Create Germany (Sept. 18-22). The second edition returns to Los Angeles in November.

Launched in 2016, CMPA Create is a dual-purpose music publishing export initiative that connects Canadian talent with songwriters in international territories and links music publishers with key business contacts in global markets. "CMPA Create helps strengthen the profile of Canada's music publishing industry around the world. It is an invaluable initiative that we will look to expand in the future," says Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association.

CMPA Create Germany participating Canadian songwriters include: Raghav Mathur (Warner Chappell), Corey LeRue (Hyvetown), Milos Angelov (Red Brick), Gillian Godin (aka Jillea) (Slaight Music), Kayleigh O'Connor (CCS Rights Management), Camille Poliquin (Dare to Care Music Publishing), Rueben Bullock (Arts & Crafts), Douglas Romanow (Aporia).

German writers will also participate, including: Sarah Wettrau (Kick the flame publishing), Jonathan Kluth (Four Music), Felix Duczek (Grand H Songs) and Loren Geerts (Schedler Music).

Participating Music Publishers include: Mark Jowett (Nettwerk), Jodie Fernyhough (CCS Rights Management), Jordan Howard (CCS Rights Management), Carmel Scurti-Belley (Dare to Care Music Publishing), Gord Dimitrieff (Aporia), Amy Eligh (Arts & Crafts), James Campbell (Slaight Music), Graham Stairs (Pop Guru), and Patrick Zulinov (Hyvetown).

The Canadian music publishers are partnering with their German music publishing colleagues who are members of DMV - Deutscher Musikverlegerverband. "We are thrilled to partner up with our Canadian colleagues and we are looking forward to holding more camps together on this and the other side of the Atlantic," says Benjamin Bailer, DMV - Deutscher Musikverlegerverband board member.

The Canadian Music Publishers Association would like to acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada, through the Canada Music Fund and the Canadian Embassy in Germany, YouTube, and the YouTube Space Berlin for their support of CMPA Create Germany.

The Canadian music publishing industry has recently grown to $282 million. Music publishers are innovative entrepreneurs and most of the CMPA members are small- or medium-sized businesses. Export has clearly been a driver of the overall growth in the industry with the study showing that 73 per cent of those revenues are from foreign sources. This represents a complete reversal of the ratio of domestic to foreign sources from what was found in a 2005 study of the industry, in which 28 per cent of revenue was from foreign sources.

The Canadian Music Publishers Association represents music publishers by creating global business opportunities and we promote our members' interests and those of their song writing partners through advocacy, communication and education.

Winners Crowned During Canadian Country Music's Biggest Night, the 2017 CCMA Awards

11/09/2017: The 2017 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Awards Show had Saskatoonians on their feet at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Canadians from coast-to-coast cheering for all their favourite country stars on CBC when the awards were broadcast exclusively by the national public broadcaster at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) earlier tonight. In the action-packed two-hour event, eight of the most sought-after CCMA Awards were presented and fourteen exceptional performances blew fans away.

Dallas Smith took home one of the biggest awards of the night, Album of the Year, for the second time in his career; in addition to also winning Single of the Year. Brett Kissel took home Male Artist of the Year for the second year in a row, along with Video of the Year. Newcomer Meaghan Patrick also had a great night, winning both Female Artist of the Year and the SiriusXM Rising Star Award. Thanks to a new partnership with SiriusXM, the CCMA is pleased to announce that as this year's SiriusXM Rising Star Award winner, Patrick will also receive a $10,000 bursary as part of SiriusXM's continued efforts to support Canadian artists. Fan-favourites, The Road Hammers, took home Group or Duo of the Year, for the third time.

Leading up to and during the first hour of the 2017 CCMA Awards Show, country music fans could vote online at or via social media via one of five unique hashtags for their favourite Apple Music Fans' Choice Award nominee. A staggering 452,850 votes were received and Dean Brody was crowned winner of the night's most coveted award.

Gord Bamford joined by Jim Cuddy, Dean Brody with Shevy Price, Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks, High Valley, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel, Meghan Patrick, Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith and The Washboard Union all took to the CCMA Awards Show stage.

A complete list of 2017 CCMA Award winners can be found at

Looking ahead, the 2018 CCMA Awards Show will take place in Hamilton, Ontario. Visit for event details.

Backstageplay Inc. announces license agreement and launch of American Music Award winner Daughtry-inspired social games room


Backstageplay Inc. is pleased to announce that it has finalized its first commercial license agreement with American Music Award winner Daughtry, where it will launch and manage a Daughtry-inspired and branded social gamesroom on its social gaming platform at Revenue generated from the Daughtry gamesroom will be shared equally by the parties, after certain agreed expenses. The Daughtry-inspired games room will launch in mid-September and will be promoted by the band through social media throughout the fall and throughout their 2018 touring season.

Daughtry is an American rock band formed and fronted by namesake Chris Daughtry, who was a finalist on the 5th season of American Idol. Their self-titled debut album was released in November 2006 and reached number one on the Billboard 200. The album produced four Top 20 hits on the Billboard 100 and Chris Daughtry who with current band members Josh Steely, Brian Craddock, Josh Paul, Elvio Fernandes and Brandon Maclin have earned four Grammy Award nominations, won 4 American Music Awards and brought their emotionally resonant music to sold out arenas in South Africa, Singapore and the Philippines.

"We are delighted to have reached the point where we are commercializing our social gaming concept for the music industry into a reality through the launch of our first band Daughtry," said Scott White, Backstageplay's CEO. "Daughtry's alternative rock style blends perfectly with our existing gamification content. We were delighted to have hosted Chris and the rest of the band in Toronto while they were in town during their summer tour and we look forward to working with them as we work on new ways to enhance engagement with their fans."

As part of the compensation working with the Company, it has granted stock options to Chris Daughtry to purchase up to 200,000 common shares, exercisable up to and including September 7th, 2022, at an exercise price of $0.20 per share. The stock options are subject to the terms of the Company's Stock Option Plan and any necessary regulatory approvals.
"As an artist I am constantly looking for cutting edge and innovative new ways online to communicate with my fans and keep them engaged, informed and rewarded for their loyalty," commented Chris Daughtry. "Backstageplay offers just that, all in one space. I am looking forward to working together with the team at Backstageplay in developing and promoting my games through social media over the coming months."

Please visit our website at, where you can find a short video and a corporate presentation. Please also visit the Daughtry games room at

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Miranda Lambert Tops The List Of Finalists For "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" With Five Nominations, Little Big Town & Keith Urban Follow With Four 

The Final Nominees for "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" (by ballot category order):
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban
(Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s))
"Better Man" - Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce                                                                            
"Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban
Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban
Mix Engineer: Chris Lord-Alge
"Body Like A Back Road" – Sam Hunt
Producer: Zach Crowell
Mix Engineer: Zach Crowell
"Dirt On My Boots" – Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi
Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore
"Tin Man" – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf
Mix Engineer: Eric Masse
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
The Breaker – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Heart Break – Lady Antebellum
Producer: busbee
The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Producer: Dave Cobb
The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, Eric Masse
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"Better Man"
Songwriter: Taylor Swift
"Blue Ain't Your Color"
Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
"Body Like A Back Road"
Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
"Dirt On My Boots"
Songwriters: Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley
"Tin Man"
Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
(Award goes to each Artist)
"Craving You" - Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris
"Funny How Time Slips Away" - Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
"Kill A Word" - Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens
"Setting the World on Fire" - Kenny Chesney with P!nk
"Speak to a Girl" - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)
(Award goes to Artist and Director(s))
"Better Man" – Little Big Town
Directors: Becky Fluke and Reid Long
"Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban
Director: Carter Smith
"Craving You" – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris
Director: TK McKamy
"It Ain't My Fault" – Brothers Osborne
Directors: Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver
"Vice" – Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Old Dominion
Jon Pardi
Brett Young


Miranda Lambert tops the list of nominees for "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" with five nominations. Little Big Town and Keith Urban each garner four nominations, tying for the second most nominations this year.

"The talent of the past year for Country has been exceptional," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. It's great to see nominee names that have graced the list before, and continue to deliver quality artistry. It's equally thrilling to see six new names – ushering in a new generation earning their first CMA Awards nods."

"The 51st Annual CMA Awards" will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Lauren Alaina, Brothers Osborne and Dustin Lynch were live in "Good Morning America's" New York Times Square studio this morning to reveal six of the 12 categories. Following that, Brothers Osborne and Lynch announced the remaining six categories and the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees on as well as via "Good Morning America's" Facebook page through Facebook Live and simulcast on "Good Morning America's" YouTube channel.

Lambert's name appeared more than any others this year with nominations in the Single and Song of the Year categories for "Tin Man," produced by Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf, and written by Jack Ingram, Lambert, and Jon Randall. Masse also mix engineered the song. Lambert secured her fourth nod for Album of the Year with The Weight of These Wings, produced by Liddell, Worf, and Masse; Music Video of the Year for "Vice," directed by Trey Fanjoy; and Female Vocalist. This is Lambert's eleventh nomination for Female Vocalist, a category she's won a record-setting six consecutive times (2010-2015). Lambert is the most awarded female in CMA Awards history with 12 trophies. This year's nods bring her to a career total of 44 CMA Awards nominations.

Little Big Town's nominations include Single, produced by Jay Joyce and mix engineered by Jason Hall and Joyce; Music Video of the Year directed by Becky Fluke and Reid Long for "Better Man"; Album of the Year for The Breaker, also produced by Joyce; and Vocal Group of the Year. This is Little Big Town's fourth nomination for Music Video. They have been nominated in past years for "Pontoon" (2012), "Tornado" (2013), and "Girl Crush" (2015). They are seven-time CMA Awards winners and this year's nods bring their career total to 26 nominations. Taylor Swift received her 23rd nomination for writing "Better Man," marking her second nomination for Song of the Year and first CMA Awards nod since 2014.

Urban tallied up nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Single and Music Video of the Year for "Blue Ain't Your Color" and Male Vocalist. This is his thirteenth nomination for Male Vocalist and he is a three-time consecutive winner in this category (2004-2006). Urban is a 10-time CMA Awards winner. Songwriters for "Blue Ain't Your Color," Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, and Steven Lee Olsen earned a nod for Song of the Year. "Blue Ain't Your Color" Music Video Director Carter Smith is a first-time nominee. "Blue Ain't Your Color" producer Dann Huff and mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge also earned nods. Urban received one nomination for Single of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.

Eric Church, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton each earned three nominations.

Church scored recognition in the Entertainer of the Year category, as well as Male Vocalist, his sixth consecutive nomination, and Musical Event of the Year for "Kill A Word" featuring first-time nominee Rhiannon Giddens. He is a three-time CMA Award winner with 25 total career nominations.

Reigning CMA New Artist of the Year Morris is nominated for Female Vocalist and as a featured artist with Thomas Rhett for Musical Event and Music Video for "Craving You," which was directed by TK McKamy. This is Morris' second nomination for Female Vocalist and first for Music Video and Musical Event. This year's nominations bring her total CMA Awards nods to eight.

Thomas Rhett received nominations for Male Vocalist and Musical Event and Music Video for "Craving You" with Morris, marking his first-time noms in all three categories. He is the reigning CMA Single of the Year winner for "Die A Happy Man."

Five-time CMA Awards winner Stapleton is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Album for From A Room: Volume 1, which was produced by Dave Cobb and Stapleton. He receives one nomination for album, but can receive an additional trophy as producer. This is Stapleton's third consecutive nomination for Male, which he's won the past two years. He was also nominated for Entertainer last year and won Album for Traveller in 2015. He is an 11-time CMA Awards nominee.

Brothers Osborne, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion and Jon Pardi garnered two nominations.

Reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne earns their third nomination in this category. They also received their first Music Video nod for "It Ain't My Fault," directed by Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver. They've earned five career nominations.

Hunt was recognized in the Single and Song categories for the record-setting "Body Like A Back Road," produced and mix engineered by Zach Crowell, and written by Crowell, Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne. In 2015, Hunt received the same nods for "Take Your Time." He is a five-time CMA Awards nominee.

Lady Antebellum is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and Album for their latest effort Heart Break, produced by busbee. Their previous records Need You Now (2010) and Own The Night (2012) both received Album nods. They are a 10-time consecutive (2008-2017) Vocal Group nominee and have won the category three years back to back (2009-2011).

For the second year in a row, Old Dominion received nods for Vocal Group of the Year and New Artist of the Year. They have four career CMA nominations.

Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Glen Campbell, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Giddens, Faith Hill, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, LOCASH, Maddie & Tae, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, P!nk, Rascal Flatts, Swift, Underwood, Brett Young and Zac Brown Band each received one nomination for trophies that will be handed out on Country Music's Biggest Night™.

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Brooks returns with his 12th nomination in the category, a title he has won five times (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2016), making him the most awarded artist in this category. Two-time former Entertainer Bryan rounds out the nominees for this category.

McEntire nabbed her eighteenth nomination for Female Vocalist, a category she's won four years consecutively (1984-1987). She is a six-time CMA Awards winner and now ties Brooks & Dunn with 50 career CMA Awards nominations. She is the most nominated female in CMA Awards history.

Newcomer Pardi burst onto the Awards scene with his first two CMA nominations this year. "Dirt On My Boots," which he co-produced with Bart Butler, earned him a nod in the Single of the Year category. He receives one nomination as the artist, but can receive an additional trophy as producer. The song was mix engineered by Ryan Gore. "Dirt On My Boots" songwriters Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, and Ashley Gorley are also nominees. Additionally, Pardi received a New Artist of the Year nomination.

Other first time CMA Awards nominees include Alaina, Combs, and Young in the New Artist of the Year category, and LOCASH in Duo. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit debuted in Album of the Year with The Nashville Sound, produced by Cobb.

The Musician of the Year category includes Jerry Douglas (dobro), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Huff (guitar), Mac McAnally (guitar), and Derek Wells (guitar).

Winners of "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Monday, Oct. 2. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 24 (6:00 PM/CT). Ballots will be tabulated by the professional services organization Deloitte & Touche LLP.