(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Six top Canadian independent record companies have left the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) citing differences over CRIA's direction.
"It has become increasingly clear over the past few months that CRIA's position on several important music industry issues are not aligned with our best interests as independent recording companies," the group wrote in a letter to Graham Henderson, president, CRIA, and signed by label presidents Pegi Cecconi (Anthem Records), Aquarius Records (Donald Tarleton), Michelle Henderson (The Chiclren’s Group), Geoff Kulawick (Linus Entertainment), Ric Arboit (Nettwerk Records) and Bernie Finkelstein (True North Records.
“Having had the opportunity to review CRIA’s filing fo the CRTC’s Review of Commercial Radio Policy, we do not feel that we can remain members given CRIA's decision to advocate solely on behalf of the four major foreign multi-national labels," the letter said. -Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner