There are some key questions that have never been asked in a national, comprehensive way: What is Indigenous music? Who and what makes up the Indigenous Music Community? What are their realities? What is the impact of Indigenous music in Canada? What are the contributions that the Indigenous music community is making to the economic and social fabric of Canada?
While Indigenous peoples have been making and sharing music for thousands of years, and Indigenous musicians have been part of the Canadian music industry, and sometimes transcending and leading it, for several decades, there has never been a comprehensive picture of the impact of Indigenous music in Canada or an analysis of the contributions of the Indigenous music community. This National Indigenous Music Impact Study has been undertaken to address that gap. In fact, this report represents the best available – and most recent (as of 2019) – data on any segment of the music community in Canada.