Music Canada establishes scholarship in memory of Deane Cameron

Music Canada has established a scholarship in memory of Deane Cameron, former President of EMI Music Canada.

Music Canada has established a scholarship in memory of Deane Cameron, former President of EMI Music Canada. A dedicated industry advocate, Cameron, 65, passed away in May after a sudden heart attack.

The MusiCounts scholarship is aimed at helping young professionals completing post-secondary studies in music performance, business or production, kick start their careers. Announced at Music Canada’s 2019 Symposium in Toronto this week, the scholarship will be supported by the organization’s member labels Warner, Sony, and Universal.

Music Canada says in keeping with Cameron’s support for Indigenous communities, $15,000 has been pledged to the MusiCounts Scholarship Program to ensure that three Indigenous youth receive a scholarship in 2020. Indspire will help identify the successful candidates.

“Deane Cameron was a titan of our industry – a passionate and proud supporter of Canadian music, a staunch advocate for creators, and an inspirational leader,” said Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada, in a release. “He was a mentor for so many in the music business, and an esteemed member of our board for 24 years. Through the support of our members – Sony, Universal, and Warner – we honour his enduring legacy though this scholarship.”

This week’s Symposium also saw Susan Marjetti, Executive Director of CBC Radio and Audio, receive the 2019 Music Canada President’s Award. The award is given to an individual outside the recorded music label community who has exhibited a passion for music and had an impact on the wider industry. Marjetti oversees CBC Music, CBC Talk, CBC Podcasts, and the new CBC Listen app.


Gil Moore, a founding member of the band Triumph, and owner of Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, received the 2019 Artist Advocate Award, which recognizes advocacy efforts to improve the livelihood of music creators. Moore has been active in the industry for four decades and an active voice for copyright reform, the Ontario Music Fund, and creators’ rights.


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