In response to a SOCAN website news item posted in December of 2017, about the SOCAN Foundation launching a new charitable fund, iconic Canadian music industry figure Al Mair has offered a significant, generous donation to the organization.
“There was a post about the Foundation online,” says Mair. “That was the first time I realized that it was now accepting donations. When I found out, I donated. It’s that simple… The music industry was good to me, and I think I was good to the music industry. And I continue to try to be… I think the Foundation deserves support, and perhaps my donation will stimulate some of the current Board members, or higher-income writers, to make donatons as well.” The former SOCAN and SOCAN Foundation board member also supports the Unison Benevolent Fund, and The Lillian and Donald Mair Clinic for mood disorders at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton.
Mair has been a mainspring of Canada’s independent music sector and a Canadian talent booster for more than 50 years, and his efforts helped to put Canada on the international map as a source of talent. He’s been instrumental in establishing and guiding several organizations vital to our music industry, including the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA). He’s served on the Boards of Directors of SOCAN, The SOCAN Foundation, The Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record (FACTOR), and The Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), among several others.
Mair managed Gordon Lightfoot for eight years, and set up his publishing companies. He also co-founded and ran one of Canada’s most successful independent recording companies – the Attic Music Group – for almost 30 years. There, he developed the global careers of Maestro Fresh Wes, Anvil, Lee Aaron, The Nylons, Teenage Head and Triumph. The label realized sales in excess of $100 million in Canada, as well as more than 100 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums from around the globe. The publishing arm of the company represented the Canadian rights to such legendary acts as The Beatles, Elton John, Genesis, ABBA, and James Brown, among hundreds more.