2013 Spotlight On Japan

Japan ranks as the second largest music market in the world, just after the US, accounting for 25% of global trade revenues. While digital sales continue to rise, physical formats in Japan still account for over 72% of total recorded music sales there. Audiences in Japan are exposed to western culture and influences through trade, tourism, media and the Internet. Popular genres include everything from Pop, Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Punk, and Jazz to Classical with a large range of them enjoying good sales. Music fans are among the most knowledgeable and sophisticated in the world. They do not tend to follow fads or charts and their demands for music can be met by Canadian artists and repertoire.  Japan’s well developed and vibrant live music market makes it one of the world’s main touring destinations. Indie Canadian acts such as Broken Social Scene and Crystal Castles have enjoyed success in Japan, having toured the country on numerous occasions. Summer music festivals such as Fuji Rock and Summersonic have an average of about 45,000 attendees per day, and are key events in the international circuit. There are hundreds of live houses in Tokyo alone, most with capacities ranging from 50 to 200 people. Some larger ones have seating capacities for about 1,000 with excellent PA and lighting equipment. This thriving live industry is ideal for new and emerging Canadian artists and Canada’s independent music sector. In a market where International repertoire physical sales amount to US$548.19 million, Canada can fully benefit from an intimate knowledge of the local music industry and its key players. Through market overview presentations, seminars, business meetings and networking sessions, the Japanese region, including Seoul, will be brought into light for Canadian music companies to find a home for their artists.


Each year, Canadian Music Week coordinates an International Buyers Program, identifying music professionals from around the world to meet and do reciprocal business with Canadian delegates. As part of 2013’s Program, CMW will present an International SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN which will include the following activities: Welcoming Internationals Cocktails (Wednesday March 20) Spotlight Showcases (Wednesday March 20– Saturday March 23) – Showcases featuring some of the hottest new Japanese artists Friday March 22 - 12:30 PM -2:30 PM IMP Pre-arranged INTERNATIONAL meetings – Japan One-on-One pre-arranged meetings between the Japanese delegation & Canadian delegates. (By appointment only) Ontario Investment & Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor (via express elevators in the Eaton Centre) Friday March 22, 2:55 PM –3:45 PM PANEL: Spotlight on Japan A panel of VIPs and music professionals from Japan who will provide an insider’s look into the Japanese music market. Marriott -Trinity 4-5 Friday March 22, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Meet the Japanese – VIP Reception Marriott - Adelaide Room - IMP Session: Overview of the Canadian Music Market (Saturday March 23, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Trinity 4-5) - This primer will introduce foreign guests to the Canadian market. *MANDATORY SESSION* Networking Cocktail Reception at the International Marketplace (Friday March 22)