March 13, 2018
Dear CNMN Members,
Four months have gone by since I took this position and I feel I am just starting to orient myself in what the network has been, what it has achieved, what the members might need from our community and what I can do to help facilitate that.
I have met with a few of you at the Annual General Meeting in Montreal, and then more in Halifax, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. I am listening to everyone’s ideas and concerns as well as asking advice about the various CNMN resources, projects and mandate. I encourage you all to send me your feedback.
I have started working closely with our new bookkeeper, Mathieu Leclair, to make the best use of the increase in funds from the Canada Council for the Arts. This increase has, among other things, made the creation of my position possible, and is the result of wonderful efforts by the Board, Emily Hall and Cléo Palacio-Quintin and so many others.
For the moment, my everyday concerns have centered around FORUM 2018 planning. I am so excited about the line-up of guests, chosen by our steering committee and the jury of the Open Call. They all represent such exciting work being done in Canada (with a few voices from abroad), while the panels ask broad questions for a wide country and practice.
My hope going forward is that I can help CNMN in its mandate to improve our knowledge of and access to others, and that our community can tune the definition of new music into an expansive and welcoming practice.
Please do not hesitate to be in touch.
photo Justine Latour