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ACTRA joins Focus On Creators coalition

Toronto, ON (June 7, 2017) — ACTRA, Canada’s union of English-language professional performers, has joined the Focus On Creators coalition to bring attention to issues affecting Canadian creators and call for action from the federal government.

“ACTRA is proud to join other members of Canada’s creative class to ensure the government hears the voice of creators when it comes to federal policy,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “Whether they sing, write, compose or act, creative artists are facing real challenges in a digital age, and we need government to step up.”

“Too many artists are living in poverty, while giant tech companies are producing devices that exploit their work without compensation.” said ACTRA National Executive Director Stephen Waddell. “Consumers are viewing more content online than ever before on multiple digital devices and screens. Yet artists are not being paid for use and reuse of their work on those devices.”

ACTRA and ACTRA RACS (Recording Artists’ Collecting Society), the division of ACTRA dedicated to collecting and distributing royalties for recording artists, have both joined the coalition. Focus On Creators has drafted a call to action that supporters can sign asking Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to put creators at the heart of cultural policy decisions. For more information on Focus On Creators, including the letter, please visit: https://focusoncreators.ca/

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. www.actra.ca

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Media contact:
Jennifer McGibbon, ACTRA National Public Relations Officer, tel: 416-489-1311 ext. 4008, jmcgibbon@actra.ca


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