Nordicity Insight: Want to see real creativity? Check out the marketing of music
Posted by Peter Lyman in Toronto on Aug 31, 2015

In preparing a proposal on the marketing of Canadian music, I asked a trusted advertising agency advisor, my son, for some examples. Wow! So this is where social media really gets integrated into marketing campaigns.

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It's Time for the Music Industry to Speak Up About CBC Funding Cuts (Huffington Post)
Posted by Michael Raine- Huffington Post on Aug 27, 2015

Funding cuts are slowly killing the CBC and severely damaging the Canadian music industry. According to a Nordicity report, Canada had the third lowest level of per capita funding for a public broadcaster among 18 major western countries in 2011. At that time, the CBC's funding was $33 per capita. In the last fiscal year, that dropped to $29 per capita. Considering this, it is very impressive what the CBC has been able to do for Canadian music.

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Arts Council England commissions Nordicity to review career and talent development for artists and bands in England's music sector
Posted by Nordicity in London U.K. on Aug 03, 2015

LONDON – August 2015 – Arts Council England (ACE) commissioned Nordicity, in association with our partners Sound Diplomacy, to undertake a review of the career and talent development of artists and bands in the contemporary popular music sector. By taking into account the existing support and opportunities across the music and cultural support ecosystem, the research aims to identify and address gaps for the development of artists' careers.

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Senate of Canada committee cites Nordicity expert testimony and research in new report
in Ottawa on Jul 20, 2015

OTTAWA – July 2015 – On 20 July 2015, the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications published its comprehensive report, Time for Change: The CBC/Radio-Canada in the Twenty-first Century. As part of the extensive review, Nordicity partner Dustin Chodorowicz and manager Stephen Hignell were called upon as expert witnesses by the Standing Senate Committee to provide broadcast expert witness testimony. Nordicity’s report for CBC/Radio-Canada, entitled "Analysis of Government Support for Public Broadcasting and Other Culture in Canada", which included an comparison of 18 international public service broadcasting regimes, was also cited. The report culminates in a list of 22 recommendations to support the future of CBC/Radio-Canada, the Government of Canada, “as the CBC’s mandate, governance, funding and programming are modernized to reflect our current media environment”.

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Creative Scotland publishes Nordicity’s Literature & Publishing Sector Review of Scotland
Posted by Nordicity in Edinburgh- UK on Jul 10, 2015

EDINBURGH – July 2015 Creative Scotland recently published a review of the Literature and Publishing sector in Scotland that was undertaken by Nordicity in association with Drew Wylie Ltd. The Review was the largest and most comprehensive ever undertaken of the sector in Scotland, with findings based upon more than 60 individual interviews, a series of open session discussions with the sector and a thousand responses to a segmented consultation survey. It was commissioned by Creative Scotland and overseen by a steering group comprising representatives of the literature and publishing sector. A broad range of stakeholders was consulted from writers to publishers, to libraries and sector support organisations, amongst others.

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Most Scots writers on less than minimum wage (The Scotsman)
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 09, 2015

The report for arts agency Creative Scotland has warned that writers are having “great difficulty” trying to make a living out of writing, with many combining it with other jobs. A major industry summit will be held in Glasgow at the end of this month to address issues thrown up by the report, by consultants Nordicity, which has 38 recommendations.

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Report: Create new body to promote Scottish literature and writers overseas (heraldscotland)
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 09, 2015

The Literature and Publishing Sector Review, a £40,000 report by consultants Nordicity, says that the new body - whose precise role, funding and remit has not been defined - would increase the level of travel and exchange for Scottish writers and "develop a repository of international resources and information", as well as tracking which countries writers visit to develop a "robust intelligence base."

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A ‘shocking’ 80% of writers earn less than the minimum wage (The Times)
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 08, 2015

More than 80 per cent of writers in Scotland are paid less than the minimum wage, even when income from advances, published works and public appearances is taken into account.

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Should CBC go ad-free? (Media In Canada)
on Jul 08, 2015

Should CBC go ad-free? July 21, 2015 by Sonya Fatah Does TV advertising benefit CBC/Radio-Canada, or create undue pressure for it to compete with private broadcasters? That long-standing question, plus dozens more, were raised by the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communication in its Time for Change: The CBC/Radio-Canada in the Twenty-first Century report released Monday. CBC/Radio-Canada has been at the receiving end of a series of funding cuts in recent years with the pubcaster losing $27.8 million in 2012-13 and $69.6 million in 2013-14 from its government allocation. A Nordicity study commissioned as part of the report shows that government support for the CBC was about $33 per capita in 2011, compared with $95 per capita in the U.K.

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Australian studio behind Lego Movie joins B.C.’s exploding VFX trade (Financial Post)
Posted by Nordicity on May 29, 2015

A 2014 snapshot of Canada’s film and television industry shows that foreign productions in Canada increased 4.9 per cent from the previous year, according to a report from strategy consulting firm Nordicity. The Canadian dollar in 2014 was also the lowest it had been in three years — something the report speculates helped attract out-of-country producers.

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Nordicity's expert evidence cited in Copyright Board decision on literary works
in Toronto on May 28, 2015

On May 22, 2015, the Copyright Board of Canada released its decision regarding the copyright royalties that provincial and territorial governments in Canada must pay to Access Copyright for the reprographic reproduction of literary works between 2005 and 2014.

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Nordicity pleased with successful participation in the Industry Canada’s 2500 MHz Broadband Radio Service (BRS) auction
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on May 12, 2015

On May 12th, 2015 Industry Canada announced the results of its recently finished 2500 MHz BRS auction (April-May 2015). Nordicity is pleased with successful participation in this auction and the outcome which will allow its client - a national wireless operator - to further expand their business and deliver high-quality wireless broadband connectivity across Canada.

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Nordicity welcomes Industry Canada's August 2015 auction for residual 700 MHz and AWS-3 licences, ready to help prospective bidders with innovative combinatorial sealed-bid auction format
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on May 05, 2015

On May 1st, 2015 Industry Canada announced another wireless spectrum auction to be held in August 2015, featuring residual (unallocated) spectrum licences for Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Manitoba and Saskatchewan - from the recent 700 MHz and AWS-3 auctions. Nordicity applauds this decision, clearly aimed at improving the reach to, and wireless coverage of the underserved Northern and rural communities, and offers its expertise and to operators who need assistance with this auction.

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CUT! Ontario film tax credits reduced, a knock to industry’s tax stability (BNN)
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Apr 25, 2015

"In Toronto, last year, we saw almost $700 million worth of domestic production. That's something we always wished for - a robust domestic industry in this country. And now we have it." Those comments were made by the president of ACTRA Toronto, David Sparrow, in a recent BNN interview. ACTRA is the union representing professional performers working in Canada’s English media. Just one day after Sparrow's remarks, the Ontario government unveiled its 2015 budget, which included plans to reduce tax incentives for the film industry.

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The Nova Scotia film tax credit – a numbers game (The Globe & Mail)
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Apr 24, 2015

Amid a fierce debate over the government of Nova Scotia’s decision to cut a popular film and television tax credit, a key justification for the decision is being called into question.

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Research to identify the impact of digital technology on the newspaper industry
Posted by Nordicity on Apr 09, 2015

Toronto, ON - The Department of Canadian Heritage has engaged Nordicity – in partnership with Jerry Brown of Lacunae Consulting and Anne Crassweller, previously President of NADbank - to conduct a study of the impact of digital technology on the Canadian newspaper industry.

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UK film industry riding high
Posted by Nordicity in London U.K. on Mar 17, 2015

UK film industry riding high By Ben Roberts | Tue, 17th March 2015 - 13:50 The UK film industry is riding high. Actors Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch are household names worldwide, Star Wars being made here and now London is the second home to the George Lucas visual effects powerhouse, Industrial Light and Magic, and a bear called Paddington has just made his big screen debut in China.

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New cultural centre recommended for P.E.I. arts industry
Posted by Nordicity in P.E.I. on Mar 12, 2015

Arts centre would be focus for professional development activities, exhibitions, and other events

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Economic Contribution of the UK Screen Sectors
Posted by Nordicity in London U.K. on Feb 24, 2015

Nordicity, in association with project lead Olsberg SPI, undertook a landmark study to determine the economic contribution of the UK’s screen sectors. For the first time, significantly updating previous studies on the film sector, this study has been expanded to include the UK’s high-end TV, video games and animation programming. Applying an innovative research methodology, the study presents the contribution the screen sectors make towards UK GVA, employment, the return on investment of the relevant Creative Sector Tax Reliefs and more broadly the fiscal impact in the form of taxes to the Exchequer.

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SEED Co. working toward digital media strategy for Stratford
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Feb 12, 2015

Developing a strategy for Stratford’s digital media industry began, appropriately enough, with the collection of data. That happened Wednesday night at the University of Waterloo Stratford campus, where dozens of people gathered for a brainstorming session to identify some of the opportunities and challenges the city faces in cultivating that tech-focused sector. “This is really the first step as we begin our conversation around Stratford’s digital future,” said Marlene Coffey, CEO of the Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation (SEED Co.) The organization is working with a consultant, Nordicity, on a study that will help give shape to an economic development strategy revolving around digital media.

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Nordicity to develop Stratford's Digital Media Strategy
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Feb 02, 2015

STRATFORD – JANUARY 2015 – The City of Stratford and the newly created Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation (SEED Co.), are working with Nordicity (www.nordicity.com) to carry out a study to assess the opportunities for the development of the Digital Media industry in Stratford.

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Nordicity assesses the Danish Culture and Development Agency’s (CKU) Creative Industries in Africa program
Posted by Nordicity in London U.K. on Jan 30, 2015

Nordicity was commissioned by the Danish Culture and Development Agency (CKU) for a strategic analysis of the design and implementation of the Design Network Africa (DNA) and The African Music Festival Network (AMFN) which, together, form the CKU’s Creative Industries in Africa (CIA) program – active across 16 countries.

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Register Now for Nordicity Toronto Panel - Developing a Structure for Shared Services
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Jan 29, 2015

In an ecosystem characterized by besieged donors, overtaxed corporations and belt-tightening governments shared services can help organizations make more efficient use of limited resources and get back to focusing on their core mandates. This interactive workshop will present and discuss case studies of real world shared services initiatives. The session will discuss the advantages and benefits as well as the challenges and limitations of sharing services and explore best practices (and lessons learned!) for creating a shared service initiative. Click here to register - Monday February 23rd: http://bit.ly/nordicityshared

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Nordicity discusses the Mackenize Valley Broadband Project with CBC North
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Jan 16, 2015

Nordicity's Stuart Jack discussed the Mackenize Valley Broadband project with CBC North and highlights the need for the government to provide additional information indicating the sustainability of the plan.

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Nordicity helps rural ISPs with applications for funding under Connecting Canadians Program
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Jan 12, 2015

Nordicity provided technical, financial and market analysis to four ISPs looking to bring connectivity to rural residents through the Connecting Canadians Program

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Register Now for Nordicity Workshop at Artscape Youngplace - The Power of Data in Communicating Your Impact
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Jan 06, 2015

The Power of Data in Communicating Your Impact The landscape of data measurement is quickly evolving, and funders want more evidence that you are making an impact. Workshop date: January 19th @ 6:30 PM, at Artscape Youngplace Register before Jan 10th on Eventbrite and receive 50% off the ticket price of $45 (enter promo code: Nordicity).

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Women in Music Canada launches new site and groundbreaking study focusing on women working in music
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Dec 15, 2014

Women in Music Canada launches new site and groundbreaking study focusing on women working in music Toronto, ON – Women in Music Canada today announced an important initiative focused on the music industry across Ontario. With the financial support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), FACTOR and the Slaight Family Foundation, Women in Music has engaged Nordicity to undertake a groundbreaking study to develop the first ever profile of women working in the music industry in Ontario.

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I want to be a video game developer. What will my salary be?
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Dec 10, 2014

Job: Video Game Developer Role: Within the video game industry, the title of “developer” is used loosely to describe anyone from project managers to artists to producers, but when people talk about developers they often refer to those who write code to develop video games. Developers work closely with project managers who assign the day’s tasks, and spend a large portion of their day working on coding.

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Nordicity is leading a project for the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) to develop a framework to minimize the cross border interference between beneficiary countries.
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Nov 26, 2014

Nordicity is retained by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) to “develop a framework to minimize the cross border interference between beneficiary countries,” with effect from Nov 26, 2014.

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Nordicity leading two workshops for creative entrepreneurs in partnership with Artscape
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Nov 13, 2014

Nordicity is thrilled to be leading two workshops for cultural organizations and creative entrepreneurs as part of Artscape’s Business Skills for Growth series.

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Nordicity to Help Rural Internet Service Providers Make Their Case for Funding Under the $305m Connecting Canadians Program
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Oct 21, 2014

A flexible package of comprehensive business, technical and regulatory consulting services now available to Canadian ISPs serving rural and remote areas, including Northern Canada

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Nordicity's Stuart Jack to guest lecture at Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication - November 18
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Oct 21, 2014

On November 18 Stuart Jack will be a guest lecturer along with Simon Lockie (Chief Regulatory Officer of WIND Mobile) at Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication. The topic of discussion will be: "the state of mobile wireless in Canada" as a general theme, as well as key elements that have led to the CRTC review of roaming rates and the wholesale wireless services markets.

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Nordicity to present at the 2014 Telecom Forum - October 29
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Oct 20, 2014

Nordicity Partner Stuart Jack will be presenting at the 2014 Telecom Forum on Wednesday October 29 at 11:05 am. The presentation: "Making Waves in Wireless: Outcomes and Implications of Next Auction" will offer insights into telecom industry trends and the key issues to take into consideration. The presentation will be posted on the website after the Telecom Forum has concluded.

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Nordicity to present at OMA Conference: Healthy Museums, Vibrant Communities - October 16
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Oct 08, 2014

Nordicity consultants, Negin Zebarjad and Mila Dechef-Tweddle will be at the Ontario Museums Association Annual Conference: Healthy Museums, Vibrant Communities on Thursday October 16 at 10:15 am presenting on approaches to estimating the economic and socio-cultural impacts of museums to inform development, planning and stakeholder relation strategies.

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How the big-data revolution can help design ideal cities (The Globe and Mail)
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Sep 24, 2014

There are sensors everywhere collecting data, unnoticed. Data on how you move through space – on foot, on bike, in a car, in public transit. How much water and electricity you use, and when; how much garbage you produce and where it goes. Data on things we haven’t yet imagined. And these reams and reams of information will allow us to not only understand the city better but improve it. This is the future of the city.

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Nordicity to assess Vancouver International Film Festival's audience and economic impact
Posted by Nordicity in Vancouver on Sep 22, 2014

Nordicity is pleased to announce it has been commissioned by the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) to conduct an audience and economic impact assessment for VIFF 2014 and VIFF Industry 2014. In its 33rd year, VIFF will showcase 350 films from over 70 countries, featuring the acclaimed Canadian Images series – the largest exhibition of new Canadian cinema in the world – and the BC Spotlight Awards, ensuring the films of the province’s most promising storytellers become must-see features.

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LET’S TALK TV: TekSavvy says telecom and broadcast rulings clash; bandwidth costs prohibitive for new BDU service (cartt.ca)
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Sep 17, 2014

GATINEAU – Independent ISP TekSavvy Solutions told the CRTC Tuesday it would love to become a broadcast distributor because that’s what its customers are asking, but added it can’t enter the game as the moment because the cost of bandwidth is simply too high.

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Nordicity commences a sector review of Scotland's literature and publishing industry (Creative Scotland)
Posted by Nordicity in London- UK on Sep 09, 2014

EDINBURGH – September 2014 – Nordicity in association with Drew Wylie Ltd. has been appointed to undertake a review of Scotland’s literature and publishing sector on behalf of Creative Scotland.

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Nordicity Welcomes Carly Frey, Manager Nordicity West
Posted by Nordicity in Vancouver on Sep 09, 2014

The partners at Nordicity are pleased to announce that Carly Frey, based in Vancouver, has been appointed as Manager, Nordicity West, bringing unique experience and stature to the media and cultural community in British Columbia and the West.

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