David Pay (BC) (2012–2019)

My first expe­ri­ence with the Cana­di­an New Music Net­work was at FORUM 2008 in Toron­to. It was clear to me from that intro­duc­tion that the net­work offers a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­nect across the vast geog­ra­phy of Cana­da.  And every year since, I feel that CNMN has been at the cen­tre of my deep­er con­nec­tions with music mak­ers and music lovers across the country.

As a CNMN board mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing British Colum­bia, I get a first-hand glimpse of the ongo­ing work of the orga­ni­za­tion. Plan­ning, advo­ca­cy, and find­ing new ways for peo­ple to con­nect across cul­tures, lan­guages, and regions is at the core of CNM­N’s work.  I strive to bring my artis­tic expe­ri­ences as a pro­duc­er and pre­sen­ter to the net­work’s events, and my admin­is­tra­tive expe­ri­ences as an exec­u­tive and fundrais­er to our planning.

David Pay is the founder and Artis­tic Direc­tor of Vancouver’s Music on Main for which he has earned an inter­na­tion­al rep­u­ta­tion as one of today’s lead­ing-edge clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary music pro­gram­mers. Since 2006, the series has pro­duced more than 250 clas­si­cal, new, and genre-bend­ing music events with over 700 musi­cians and more than 50 world pre­mieres. The UK’s Gramo­phone Mag­a­zine writes that Music on Main “pro­vides west­ern Cana­da with one of the finest win­dows onto the post-clas­si­cal scene” and the Huff­in­g­ton Post says Dave’s pro­gram­ming has “spanned the range of human experience”.

As an inde­pen­dent arts con­sul­tant spe­cial­is­ing in strate­gic plan­ning, mar­ket­ing, fundrais­ing and pro­duc­ing, David has worked with lead­ing arts orga­ni­za­tions, musi­cians and video artists. He has served on fac­ul­ty at Capi­lano University’s Arts & Enter­tain­ment Man­age­ment Depart­ment and as Asso­ciate Direc­tor, Fall & Win­ter Music Pro­grams at The Banff Cen­tre.  His essays and inter­views about music have appeared at CarnegieHall.org and in Van­cou­ver Review. Oth­er roles include Artis­tic Pro­duc­er of the open­ing night gala of Classical:NEXT (Rot­ter­dam, May 2015) and Artis­tic Direc­tor of the ISCM World New Music Days 2017 (Van­cou­ver, Novem­ber 2017).