Mission and Goals
The Canadian New Music Network (CNMN) / Réseau canadien pour les musiques nouvelles (RCMN) connects creative music and sound communities across Canada. We value creativity and innovation, and develop our programming through a lens of arts activism. We welcome creators, performers, writers, arts producers, arts workers, ensembles large and small, production companies, presenters, record labels, music educators, music media and tech workers and creators, musicologists, and listeners.
CNMN was founded as a non-profit organization in November 2005, after almost three years of national discussions. Its broad and inclusive mandate focuses on community building and networking, and represents practitioners and supporters of creative sound and music in Canada.
CNMN offers educational and community resources for professionals and non-professionals alike. CNMN members support each other and share opportunities and ideas, including how artists can collaborate and advocate for social justice and environmental resilience.
CNMN’s specific goals are:
- to build connections, and foster productive collaborations, among all parts of the creative music and sound community
- to offer a platform for, and build awareness of, the diversity of creative music and sound artists and practices
- to support and develop social activism through sound arts and creative music
CNMN is committed to a diverse and inclusive national creative music and sound community. Diversity in all its forms (race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, language, physical ability, age, and aesthetic) is a guiding factor in achieving its goals.
CNMN offers the following services:
- a CNMN bilingual website — with a searchable listing of members, resources and/or resource listings
- the PCM Hub, a website showcasing and developing creative community music projects across the country
- the ConneXions Mentorship program, which pairs interested artists to share ideas and advise on new creative projects of all kinds
- a bilingual, biennial conference — the CNMN Gathering/ FORUM delves into a different topic with each iteration, and collaborates with creative music and sound events/festivals in changing host cities/regions
- regular events and conversations, with a focus on arts activism and awareness, for knowledge sharing, community building, and networking
CNMN represents its membership and creative music and sound arts on several levels:
- with federal funding bodies such as the Canada Council for the Arts and Heritage Canada
- with elected officials to highlight the success of creative sound and music in the territory known as Canada
- with other arts organisations in promoting art, and in advocating for increased resources for the arts
- with the media to contextualize creative music and sound in Canada