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Unison Benevolent Fund Receives Generous Donations From Canadian Music Publishers Through CMPA

Toronto, Ontario – March 20, 2012 The Unison Benevolent Fund is pleased to announce its $1Million funding goal is in sight, thanks in part to a generous donation from the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and individual music publishing companies. With this generous donation of $100,000, Unison has now reached $800,000! $1M is the benchmark set for the organization to become operational.

The $100,000 is gratefully received from CMPA as a whole and the following member companies which have donated funds: Casablanca Media Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Music Revenue Data Inc., Ole, Peer Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music Canada.

Unison’s Treasurer, Lisa Zbitnew comments: “We are so pleased to receive this donation from the music publishers in Canada. It is heartening to see our industry recognize this cause, and pull together to support it. We’re looking forward to a day, very soon, when we can announce that Unison is ready to help our community.”


“This donation recognizes the music publishers’ belief in this important new means of support for our community and we are looking forward to the fund’s inauguration once the million dollar target has been met,” comments CMPA’s Treasurer Elisabeth Bihl.

The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance and referral program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community. Unison is designed to provide discreet relief to music industry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis. The first two priorities for Unison are the Emergency Relief Fund and the creation of a counseling service, similar to the Employee Assistance Programs often available to staff of larger organizations. Details on the launch of these services will be announced soon.

We’re so close to our funding goal, but we still need your help! For those who are interested in: learning more about the Unison Benevolent Fund, making a donation, finding out how to help the cause, or accessing Unison’s services are encouraged to visit and register. Although registration is not required for services, it will expedite the process should an emergency funding request be made, and will also allow Unison to keep registrants up to date on discounts and benefits on offer.

Music Publishers on hand to announce donation to Unison.

Front row: Mike McCarty – ole music publishing, Sheila Hamilton – Executive Director Unison, Vivian Barclay – Warner Chappell Music Publishing Back row: Jodie Ferneyhough – President, Unison, Shawn Marino – Universal Music Publishing, Barb Sedun – EMI Music Publishing, Gary Furniss – Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Photo Credit: Grant Martin

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