The 2011 meetings are a brand-new initiative, aiming to facilitate communication within the new music community on a regional level. Seven meetings will be held across Canada (Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia), allowing people within each region to get to know each other better, talk about what they value and need, share knowledge, stories, challenges and solutions, and organize thoughts.

The meetings also act as a cross-country checkup for the new music community on a national level. The reports from the seven cross-country meetings will allow the CNMN to better understand not only what is in common across all regions but also what is unique to each region. For our national organizing efforts, CNMN will have a better portrait of the scope of activity across the country and will be able to articulate our community’s needs and ideas in a more accurate and compelling manner.

Meetings in English Canada will be facilitated by veteran arts administrator Jane Marsland, and in Montréal by Esther Charron, and will be open, informal and geared towards communication, interaction and discovery. We are planning to have a wide range of participants at these meetings — orchestras, ensembles, composers, improvisers, independent artists, educators, funders, administrators — so it will be a great way to get to know people in your region on a personal level.