Call for interest for surplus copies of Radio-Canada’s vinyl records and CDs

Radio-Canada is seeking Canadian institutions that fall into one or more of the following categories: a) secondary or post-secondary educational institutions that offer specialized music instruction recognized by a provincial Department of Education or the equivalent in Canada; b) museums; c) public libraries; d) community radio services; e) non-profit organizations with a social mission (hereinafter referred to individually as the “Institution”) to acquire, as is and without charge, one or more portions of its inventory of vinyl records comprising an estimated 108,000 surplus copies of 33 RPM, 45 RPM and 78 RPM records, and/or its inventory of CDs comprising an estimated 57,000 surplus copies (hereinafter referred to as the “Inventory”).

This invitation constitutes a call for interest and in no way limits Radio-Canada’s ability to donate the inventory to one or more interested institutions. Radio-Canada will invite qualified Institutions in the order of priority set out in the first paragraph above. Radio-Canada will donate the Inventory batched by musical categories only (see categories below) and may give preference to qualified Institutions that offer to acquire the largest number of batches or the Inventory as a whole. Radio-Canada reserves the right to explore other options and is not committed to accepting a given Institution’s proposal or any other specific proposal. It may consider any factor that it deems to be in its best interest. Acquisition proposals from individuals or institutions that do not fall into any of the target categories described in the first paragraph will not be considered.

The Inventory contains an estimated 108,000 vinyl records broken down as follows: 49,000 33 RPM records – classical (16,000), French pop vocal (8,300), English pop vocal (8,300), instrumental (6,300), jazz/blues (5,800), folk (3,900), theatre, comedy and other (400); 19,000 45 RPM records – French pop vocal (10,000), English pop vocal (6,000), classical, jazz and other (1,250), folk (1,250), instrumental (500); 40,000 78 RPM records – classical (16,000), French pop vocal (6,000), English pop vocal (6,400), instrumental (6,300), jazz/blues (2,900), folk (2,000), theatre and other (400).

The Inventory includes an estimated 57,000 CDs broken down as follows: classical (24,200), French pop vocal (6,100), English pop vocal (6,600), jazz/blues (7,200), instrumental (3,000), folk (2,800), theatre, comedy and other (300), miscellaneous categories (6,800).

Institutions interested in acquiring all or part of the Inventory must intend to give the vinyl records and CDs a second life. Furthermore, they must show that they have a place of business in Canada and that they are able to pack, handle, pick up at Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal and carry away the Inventory or the portion of the Inventory of which they take possession, all at their own cost.

Call for Interest procedure:

  1. Expression of Interest Form – Interested Institutions can express their interest by completing the following online form. Completing the Expression of Interest Form does not, in and of itself, constitute a formal commitment.
  2. On-site visit and pickup – Institutions that have completed the Expression of Interest Form to Radio-Canada’s satisfaction will be invited, in the order of priority described in the first paragraph (above) and by random draw (unless an Institution is given preference by taking on a substantial portion of the Inventory), to visit Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal to review the Inventory on the premises. They will then be permitted to take possession of the portion of the Inventory selected during their visit.

Institutions interested in acquiring one or more portions of the Inventory that Radio-Canada wishes to donate must submit their expression of interest by completing and submitting the following form online by no later than March 29, 2019. Any form received after this date will not be considered. Only those Institutions that have completed the Expression of Interest Form to Radio-Canada’s satisfaction will receive the full, itemized Inventory list of vinyl records and CDs offered as part of this Call for Interest and will be invited to visit Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal to review and take possession of the desired Inventory items on the premises. The Inventory list is provided for reference purposes only. The order of visits will be determined by random draw (unless an Institution is given preference by taking on a substantial portion of the Inventory) and it is possible that items may no longer be available at the time of your visit.

Note that access to the Inventory will be limited and that the Institution must assume all risks and liabilities related to individuals representing it during the visit and throughout the process of taking possession of the Inventory.

To be completed online and submitted by no later than March 29, 2019.

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