Get ready for the FORUM 2014 – our, biggest, best FORUM yet!
CNMN presents the 6th edition of the international new music conference, FORUM 2014, in Calgary, Alberta, at the gorgeous Rozsa Centre, in collaboration with the Music Division of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary. The theme for this year is Canadian Music, Canadian Audiences, and the goal is to help new music artists connect with the world – with other artists, with producers and presenters, with the web, with the media, with educators, and with the public.
To make these connections, we have organized an amazing series of meetings, presentations, discussions, and formal and informal networking sessions. Our 5 keynote guests represent some of the most important new music presenters on the planet: The Miller Theater (New York), The London Sinfonietta, The Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall, the Why Note Festival (Dijon, France), and Soundstreams (Toronto). This is your chance to meet these people, and learn how they have made connections with their audiences.
Panel discussions will feature topics such as Festival Programming (how and why the music is presented), New Music and the New Media Landscape (how to connect), Audience Development (strategies and ideas that work), Orchestral Programming (dealing with the big machine), and the eternal favourite, What is Canadian New Music (“The Unanswered Question”, to quote Charles Ives in another context).
Invited panellists include representatives from many of Canada’s main presenters and producers: SMCQ, Music Gallery, NEM, Continuum, Contact, Cluster Festival, Music On Main, Toronto Symphony, Orchestre métropolitain, Quatuor Bozzini, Western Front…the list goes on.
There will also be several open networking and community development sessions, where people can exchange ideas and experiences around topics such as the economics of new music, new music dissemination and music education. These open meetings were a great success in Vancouver at FORUM 2012. They are also a fantastic way to network your initiatives with new music practitioners from across Canada, as well as exploring larger issues in the community.
For the first time ever, the FORUM programming is also fuelled by an open call that attracted many great proposals, and 18 people were invited in response. Here’s a little taste: Punctual Production vs. Concert Season: A Few Issues (Simon Martin); Crossing Borders: The Composers Project and Canadian Music (Jen Blackwell & Mike Romaniak); Unsilencing: An Open Forum on Women and their Place in New Music and Sound Art (Tina Pearson & Jennifer Butler); Storytelling through sound, speech, and music (Carmen Braden); oh my golly! – a performance and introduction on incorporating contemporary music in high school (Scott Godin, Lael Johnston and the Chestermere High School Drumline.
To round things off, there is a concert of new music being presented each night (Jan, 23, 24 and 25), at the Eckhardt-Grammatté Concert Hall, one of Canada’s best chamber music halls, housed at the Rozsa Centre. FORUM registrants can purchase specially-priced $10 tickets to each concert, a substantial discount. Visit the concert page for more information.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN, with a very affordable early bird rate available only to CNMN voting members – but only until January 3 – book now!
See you in Calgary!