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Created for Canadian composers, by Canadian composers.

Around the late 1950s, a group of Canadian composers recognized that there was a serious need to create a repository for Canadian music. This led to the creation of the Canadian Music Centre – a place where Canadian music could live and thrive, and composers could promote and facilitate the performance of their music.

When we first opened our doors in 1959, our focus was on collecting and cataloguing serious musical works, developing a catalogue of music scores, copying and duplicating the music, and making them available for loan, both nationally and internationally. Our organization has since grown to include a National Office and five regional centres (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Sackville), all striving to advance our mission and provide Canadian composers with a full range of programs and services.

In 1981, we established our Centrediscs recording label, the only label of its kind devoted entirely to Canadian concert music. Not only does the Centrediscs catalogue continue to grow and prosper, it has also managed to amass an impressive array of awards, including six JUNOs, an East Coast Music Award, six West Coast Music Awards, and two Grande Prix du Disque Canada.

As we look forward to the years ahead, we continue to stay true to our commitment to increasing the awareness and appreciation of Canadian composers and their music.