Poste Updated: September 13, 2012
Royal Canadian Mint changes policy, allows singer Dave Gunning to use images of pennies on his new record cover without fee
(Halifax, NS) -- Dave Gunning's tenth album will be called No More Pennies, in part a tribute to the passing of yet another Canadian icon as the 21st century gathers steam. Alas, the CD's artwork, created by graphic artist Michael Wrycraft, inadvertently tripped over the Royal Canadian Mint's regulations relating to the visual representation of coins.
With the artwork printed and the record about to be distributed, the Mint agreed to forego its demand for royalty payments for the first 2,000 records sold, but insisted it would charge a $1,200.00 fee for every 2,000 CDs produced after the initial run.
However, in a statement released this morning, following a barrage of stories in newspapers, radio, television and across the Internet, a spokesperson said: "The Mint will allow Mr. Gunning to use the image of the penny on subsequent reprints of his CD's artwork at no cost," adding: "We wish him the very best in his career."
The Mint also said it would "assess its current intellectual property policy to determine if changes need to be made to ensure that it is being applied fairly on a case-by-case basis."
Gunning said that he was grateful that the Mint had decided not to charge a royalty. "They were just trying to do their jobs and my case was an odd one that fell between the cracks. They reacted very quickly and I'm very thankful for that as well. I'm impressed that such a large organization was able to change its policy so quickly and, furthermore, consider reviewing their rules. Earlier I had said that I would accept pennies from my fans to help pay for these royalties — and many folk have been calling me to say they have pennies for me, and I know that when I start my tour people are going to bring me their one cent coins. I'm going to accept them — and forward them to support the IWK Hospital for Children in Halifax."
No More Pennies will be released September 18; Gunning will tour in the Maritimes from September 22 to October 10, followed by Ontario performances (October 18-28) and shows in Western Canada (November 8-16)
Click here for the link to the Royal Canadian Mint's press releasr.
A Sweet Release
Posted: September 10, 2012
Multi award-winning folk musician, Dave Gunning launches a “Penny Drive” to pay the Royal Canadian Mint a fee for his new album paying tribute to the Canadian penny
(Halifax, NS) – Multi award-winning, Nova Scotia-based musician Dave Gunning is launching a “Penny Drive” to cover an unforeseen fee to the Royal Canadian Mint as he releases his latest recording, "No More Pennies" on September 18. This album pays tribute to the Canadian penny and its legacy here in Canada.
"All summer, I've been mentioning the upcoming release of No More Pennies at my shows,” said Gunning. “Recently, I was approached by a fan that works for the Royal Canadian Mint. He thought that they might support the project and sell copies in their Ottawa gift shop. He pitched his idea to co-workers and soon contacted me, feeling terrible as I was soon to be in breach of copyright by using the image of our Canadian penny.”
With the CD already manufactured and in the process of being distributed, Gunning quickly contacted the Royal Canadian Mint in hopes they would endorse and support the recording.
"The woman in charge forwarded me an application and told me that my case would be discussed at a meeting. She ensured me that the Mint didn't want me to incur any financial loss. She then phoned me to let me know that the Mint was going to make an exception allowing us to sell the initial run of units but that we would be required to pay a mechanical rights fee for every CD produced. The mechanical rate was quite high so I didn't know if I would be able to produce another run of units in the future. That’s when we decided to do a 'Penny Drive' and collect $1,200 worth of pennies to cover the initial cost."
On Thursday, Gunning spoke to CBC Mainstreet Halifax about his plan. The Royal Canadian Mint heard of this and quickly waived the initial fee but remained firm on future fees. Gunning is asking his fans to bring pennies to his album release shows this fall. Pennies raised will be paid to the Royal Canadian Mint for the next run of CDs and Gunning will make a donation of $1,200 to the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The artwork for "No More Pennies" was designed with the intention to create a tasteful and meaningful package to pay respect to the ‘soon to be’ retired penny. It was designed by Michael Wrycraft, a JUNO award-winning artist who has created over 500 CD packages for artists, including Stompin' Tom, Ron Hynes, Gordon Lightfoot, Rita MacNeil, Murray McLauchlan and Bruce Cockburn.
“Over the years, my writing has mostly been in support of the underdogs of the world and working-class folks”, added Gunning. “The image on the front cover of the CD is of a person sitting at a lunch counter trying to scrape up enough change to pay for his cup of coffee. We've created sentimental images as a way of saying goodbye to Canada's penny. On the back cover is a sunset with the sun as a penny setting below the horizon. On the inside of the package is a lithograph image of an old steam train, which is another important part of our Canadian heritage. The wheels of the train are little pennies.”
"No More Pennies", Gunning’s 10th studio recording, features 12 original songs penned by Gunning and includes co-writes with George Canyon, David Francey, Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Jamie Robinson, Jim Dorie and Scottish songstress Karine Polwart.
A charismatic performer and world-class songwriter, Gunning has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories and compelling songwriting, humorous lyrics and innovative musical arrangements.
Gunning has ten critically-acclaimed albums to his credit. His previous release, “... a tribute to John Allan Cameron” was honoured with a 2012 JUNO nomination and was the winner of two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, in which he won two awards, including Traditional Singer of the Year and Best New Emerging Artist in November as well as two 2011 East Coast Music Awards (ECMA), including Roots Traditional Recording of the Year and Producer of the Year all for the same album.
Since debuting with "Lost Tracks" in 1997, he has released ten recordings, won six Music Nova Scotia Awards and five ECMA Awards. He also won the Indie International Songwriting Contest in the folk category for the song “Hard Workin’ Hands”, co-written with Ron Hynes.
For a complete list of tour dates, visit: www.davegunning.com