About our Advocacy Campaigns
The Canadian League of Composers has adopted an advocacy strategy that communicates the value of the work of composers, classical music and the arts in Canada to key stakeholders in the music community and to the public, both nationally and regionally, through press releases on topical issues, media campaigns, and by advocating CLC commissioning rates for composers to funders of new music. The CLC is a member of the Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) and is affiliated with the Creator’s Copyright Coalition(CCC) and the Creator’s Rights Alliance.
Past campaigns have responded to CBC Radio’s “repositioning” to broadcast and record far less classical and contemporary music, and its termination of the CBC Radio Orchestra. Other campaigns have brought attention to the Department of Canadian Heritage’s decision to reallocate funding away from the Specialized Music Recording Program which had been administered by The Canada Council. Although both campaigns did not reverse decisions which adversely affected our members’ livelihoods and art, there were positive effects from the campaigns. For example, CBC made decisions which suggest that the campaign of the “Stand on Guard for CBC” coalition (in which the CLC was active) helped to stave off deeper programming cuts, improve representation of contemporary music on their new classical programs, reverse proposed commissioning cuts, and to launch Evolution, a new version of the defunct Young Composers’ Competition. Through these advocacy campaigns, we learn first-hand the challenges facing composers in promoting their music to Canadians. Our challenge is to define ourselves positively, and to tell the public about the diversity and achievements of our art and artists.