Graham Henderson, President & CEO of Music Canada, has been voted onto the Main Board of IFPI, the organization that represents the recording industry worldwide. This marks the first time a representative from Canada has held a position on the Main Board. In addition, Music Canada now has a seat on IFPI’s ILC (International Legal Committee), a group of leading legal experts from IFPI and its member organizations.
IFPI (International Federation for the Phonographic Industry) represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide. IFPI’s mission is to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for record producer rights and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all its member markets. Its membership comprises around 1,300 major and independent music companies in 62 countries.
The Main Board provides direction and guidance from leading global organizations, markets and music companies to steer IFPI’s priorities. Currently, the Main Board is comprised of representatives from major and independent labels, as well as regional and national trade associations.
“I am honoured that Music Canada will have the opportunity to represent Canada’s music labels on an international level,” says Graham Henderson. “As the music industry continues to adapt alongside new technology, I am proud that Music Canada will be able to collaborate with international colleagues on issues of crucial importance to artists and rights holders worldwide.”
According to Canada’s Department of Heritage, Canada is the third largest exporter of musical talent in the world.