The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today adopted definitions of new Canadian artists that were proposed by key music industry groups. In addition, the CRTC made public two studies on the airplay given to new Canadian artists, which indicate that no new regulations are required at this time since these artists are receiving adequate airtime.

The Canadian radio industry is actively supporting new emerging artists, who promise to contribute to a vibrant music industry in the coming years,” said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC. “Many Canadian artists are also taking advantage of online platforms and social media to promote and distribute their music. Given these opportunities, there is no need to impose specific requirements.

Although radio stations tend to favour hits by established artists, they are also featuring new artists on their playlists. For example, their music accounted for 3 out of every 5 Canadian songs played by contemporary hit radio stations in English-language markets and 1 out of every 4 Canadian songs played by their counterparts in French-language markets.