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Long time recording industry President Brian Robertson to step down; Graham Henderson to succeed

Toronto - September 21, 2004


The Board of the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has announced that its President will step down later this year and has named his successor.

Mr. Brian Robertson will step down as CRIA President in mid-November. He has served as the President of CRIA since 1974. During his tenure, Mr. Robertson was one of the founders of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and has been a strong supporter of Canadian artists and culture. Through his many contributions, he is credited with moving the recording industry forward in a time of tremendous change and growth.

"This is the 30th year of my relationship with CRIA and the Canadian recording industry. I am deeply grateful to the current and past CRIA board members for allowing me the privilege of assuming this challenging but rewarding role for such an extended period and I look forward to continuing in a consulting role," said Mr. Robertson.

Mr. Robertson will remain with CRIA in a consulting capacity into 2005 as the Chairman Emeritus.

Mr. Graham Henderson, formerly a music industry lawyer in private practice and currently Senior Vice-President of Business Affairs and eCommerce at Universal Music Canada Inc., will assume the role of President on November 15th, 2004. Mr. Henderson has been a passionate advocate for the Canadian artistic community throughout his career and was a founder of the Recording Artists Associations of Canada. He brings with him a wealth of experience from his work with artists, writers, record labels and developing e-commerce entities.

"Two years ago, the CRIA board and I started the transition process that has culminated in today's appointment of Graham," said Mr. Robertson.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for me; an opportunity that is enriched by the fact that Brian has agreed to stay on for a six-month transitional period. The next few months will afford me the opportunity to consult with a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties," said Mr. Henderson. "The decision to leave Universal was by no means easy. I leave behind many dear friends. Nevertheless I look forward to my new job. The recording industry in Canada currently faces some of its greatest challenges as it adapts to new technologies and deals with an antiquated legal regime in urgent need of reform."

The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of Canadian companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings. CRIA's membership includes the major record companies, leading independent labels, and all manufacturers of compact discs and tapes. In all they represent 95 per cent of the sound recordings that are manufactured and sold in Canada.

Biographical information for Mr. Robertson and Mr. Henderson accompany this release. Digital photos are available upon request.

Brian Robertson's Biography
Graham Henderson's Biography


Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA)

Catherine Allman
Hawkestone Communications - Public Affairs
Phone: (416) 485-4606
Email: info@hawkestone.com

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