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Changes to S.A.C. Funding Due To The Termination of the Creators Assistance Program (Letter from Eddie Schwartz)

April 26, 2012

Dear S.A.C. Members,

Re: The Termination of the Creators Assistance Program

Earlier this month, we were notified by officials from the departments of Heritage and Industry that one of the key sources of funding for the S.A.C., the Creators’ Assistance Program (CAP) will be terminated as of April 1, 2013.

There is no question that this decision by the current Canadian government represents a serious loss of funding for the S.A.C., and threatens many of the activities, programs and events that we have developed over the last 30 years to benefit songwriters and performers.

Along with our sister organizations, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) and La Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ), who will also lose significant funding, we have written a letter to the ministers of the two departments involved to voice our opposition to this terrible decision, and ask for the CAP program to be reinstated.

Unfortunately, we have been informed that there is very little if any chance that CAP funding will return.

The good news is that we have almost a year to secure other sources of funding, and make whatever adjustments are necessary to survive and prosper given this new reality.

Even more important, thanks to you, our members, the S.A.C. has never been stronger than we are today. We have grown tremendously in recent years, have more well attended programs and events, both live and available on the web, and have a wonderful staff who work hard on all our behalf under our terrific Managing Director, Isabel Crack.

The S.A.C. board and staff will be doing everything we can to identify alternative funding opportunities and aggressively pursue them going forward.  We look forward to playing a key role in supporting music creators for many years to come.

Cheers,
Eddie Schwartz, President

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