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Australia Announced as Spotlight Country for 2015

As Canadian music flourishes in international markets, CAAMA continues to lead the charge in bringing international business to Canada. After a series of successful spotlights on India, China, France, Spain, SE Asia, Latin America, Japan, Brazil, Korea, The Nordic Regions, and most recently Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 2015 will see the burgeoning region of Australia take the international focus at Canadian Music Week (May 1-9, 2015 in Toronto).

“Australia has a unique musical ecosystem which does not have to rely upon global sales, global distribution or artist success abroad in order to be successful,” said CMW President Neill Dixon. “Their labels are successful. Their distribution foundation is strong. The amount of profitable festivals and music venues remains the highest in the world. The continent is an excellent outlet for Canadian bands to remain active in otherwise down seasons. The economy is motivated, the Australian dollar is climbing and somewhat stable so people can part with discretionary spending. There is a lot that we can learn from Australia and we plan to explore and uncover as much of it as we can at CMW 2015.”

“After establishing and building a significant footprint for Australian artists and industry at Canadian
Music Week over the last 5 years, the time is ripe for us to proudly wear the ‘Spotlight Country’ mantle in 2015,” said Millie Millgate, Executive Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA. “We look forward to consolidating the partnerships and networks already developed with our kindred music nation, whilst forging new opportunities and greater access for more of the incredible talent that’s exploding out of Australia.”

Australia has long been considered a natural trading partner for Canada’s music industry. Its population, along with its Top 10 ranking in the world music market, its position as one of the top 5 major download markets in the world and its booming live music industry, makes it an ideal territory for Canadians to yield results and maximize on success stories.

Delegations from Australia have long been part of Canadian Music Week and have resulted in a number of business prospects and transactions for Canadian labels, managers and artists. The 2014 edition even saw the highest representation of Australian artists in the festival.  With the support of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, BIGSOUND, CAAMA, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, next year’s spotlight will see opportunities rise as the foundation for building relationships, showcasing talent, exploring solutions, meeting the key players and accessing entry strategies is laid at CMW 2015.


We look forward to welcoming you onsite. Meet with new potential business partners, re-new old acquaintances and pursue new international trade opportunities.

The International Marketplace hosted close to 1,000 B2B meetings around CMW in 2023. The 2024 Spotlight is on India, home to IPI (India Phonographic Industry) – the 2nd oldest music industry org. in the world involved in protecting copyright When CAAMA produced its Spotlight on India in 2010, only 7.5% of India was connected to the internet. In 2022 India was ranked as the 2nd largest online market worldwide, 2nd only to China. Now, 52% of India is connected, The 2024 Spotlight will tap new opportunities which were not accessible 14 years ago.  CAAMA’s 2024 Spotlight will provide fresh access to this industry, which is one of the world’s most established.

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