Julie Dix – Mechanical Licensing and Tariff Coordinator, CMRRA
You work in licensing, specifically with the major labels, I’ve heard that your day-to-day could be described as a bridge – could you explain what your week looks like at CMRRA?
I definitely do feel like a bridge between the major labels and our publisher clients. Over the years I’ve been able to build great relationships with many of our publishers that range from self-published independent writers to bigger clients such as Sony/ATV. It’s really rewarding to be the middle person ensuring that we have writer claims and that mechanical licenses are being issued and confirmed in a timely manner for royalty distributions. I can’t say that each week is the same, but a typical week is a lot of correspondence, helping to maintain works in our database and keeping on top of new releases. I’m lucky to work with a really great team here in mechanical licensing, so it’s definitely a group effort!
We’ve also heard you’re an artist, could you share what you’ve been working on lately? Has quarantine inspired your art in any way?
I am! A small silver lining of the quarantine and working from home is that I’ve had more time to make art. My subject matter hasn’t really changed by this new shift in life, but the constant is the relaxation and mental health well being of making art. I liken it to what it must feel like writing songs, creating something from nothing.
I have some paintings on display here in Toronto at 800 Coffee Bar or you can see my work at instagram/juliedixart
Has music been central to your career? What are you listening to right now? Do you have a favourite songwriter?
When I moved to Toronto in 2001 to study at the Ontario College of Art and Design, I landed a dream job of mine, working at a record store. During my school years I worked at Canada’s flagship HMV store which combined my love of art and music, and introduced me to the world of record labels and marketing. The early 2000’s in music was a really interesting time, we saw from a retail standpoint the shift that was happening with music becoming available digitally, and how the introduction of the iPod changed the way people bought and listened to music – a critical moment for record stores. Vinyl was becoming popular as well and it’s exciting that 20 years on the love of purchasing vinyl records has not stopped!
I’m in love with the Toronto band Tallies, as well as an Australian band called Manor who have just released new music. I’ve been lucky that some long time favourite bands of mine have never stopped making music, such as New Order and The Charlatans, and It was such a thrill when a favourite band of mine Slowdive reformed after 23 years to make a new record. Really looking forward to future new music from them.
A favourite singer/songwriter of mine is Tift Merritt, and there is a UK band called The Broken Family Band, whose singer Steve Adams is an incredible lyricist.
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