Touring Network Committee Report – June 2017


Com­mit­tee mem­bers: Norm Adams (chair), Kathryn Ladano.

This is the first time CNMN has assem­bled a Tour­ing Net­work Com­mit­tee, so we’re eager to dis­cov­er what we can do to help CNMN members.

Both com­mit­tee mem­bers Kathryn and Norm share a lot in com­mon: they are both per­form­ers and impro­vis­ers that have made sev­er­al tours across the coun­try. They both direct music presenting/producing orga­ni­za­tions, and are both inter­est­ed in how mak­ing con­nec­tions through tour­ing can cre­ate new col­lab­o­ra­tions, and a rich­er new music com­mu­ni­ty. We are also inter­est­ed in expand­ing our committee’s mem­ber­ship so if you’d like to join the con­ver­sa­tion, please let us know.

The Tour­ing Net­work Com­mit­tee was born at FORUM 2016 in Ottawa, where CNMN spon­sored a num­ber of meet­ings to explore the devel­op­ment of a tour­ing net­work for new music. Dis­cus­sions includ­ed 20 mem­bers from a nation­al­ly and styl­is­ti­cal­ly diverse group, plus inter­na­tion­al guests. (The report of the meet­ings can be found here.) These meet­ings were very wide rang­ing and iden­ti­fied a need for sup­port for artists want­i­ng to tour their work. What that need is, and what CNMN can do to sup­port tour­ing artists is still unclear, so the com­mit­tee was formed to address this question.

The com­mit­tee is con­sid­er­ing the fol­low­ing questions:

  • How can we devel­op a nation­al audi­ence for con­tem­po­rary music, through the sup­port of a nation­al tour­ing network?
  • How can we sup­port a new mod­el of tour­ing of new music that is built around project exchanges and reci­procity instead of just “mak­ing the rounds”?
  • How can we cre­ate and ensure the man­age­ment of a new music tour­ing infor­ma­tion resource for those who are tour­ing and those who are look­ing to book tour­ing shows?

These are broad, com­plex ques­tions, and we’ll be con­sid­er­ing each ques­tion in more depth over the com­ing months, fur­ther focus­ing the work of the com­mit­tee, and like­ly cre­at­ing addi­tion­al ques­tions as we go before we for­mal­ly rec­om­mend next steps.

Please consider joining our committee

This will be an inter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tion that needs input from the whole range of Cana­di­an new music prac­ti­tion­ers. We hope that some of you would like to join in!

Con­tact Norm Adams:


Direct link: Tour­ing Net­work Com­mit­tee Report – June 2017
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