Call for participation

The survey participation period is now over.

To everyone who took the time to fill out the survey, thank you! Your participation is essential to the project.


Call for participation
Deadline Sept. 8, 2017 at midnight EST

The Canadian New Music Network
in collaboration with the CLC, the CMC and the ECM+ Génération project
launches a survey of the new music community

And we need YOU!

Whether you’re a composer or improviser, or you fill some other role in the complex of activity that makes up new music in Canada – and also whether you’re just beginning or are a venerable pillar of the profession…

It’s all about you.
Make sure your story forms part of the fabric.

Want an invitation to the survey?

  • Contact Emily Hall – You have until Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6PM EST to ask for an invitation.
  • Members of CNMN / CMC / CLC: check your inbox! Your personal direct link to the survey was sent to you on Monday, August 14.
  • Do you know others who should get a survey invitation? Share this hub page, where you can also keep tabs on the project.


The survey investigates the pathways that lead people to the practice of new music/sound creation in Canada, and how these pathways may have changed over the past decades. It tests for age, gender, diversity, regional variations, and changes in the importance of different musical knowledge. It identifies perceptions and experiences that propel some people into music/sound creation over other musical occupations.

Why a survey? Properly gathered, objective information lets us uncover realities, find solutions to relevant problems, make unbiased decisions, and makes us stronger representatives. The results will be presented at ISCM’s World New Music Days in Vancouver before being made available online to help further the work of the Canadian new music community and beyond.

More about the project in the June 2017 bulletin.


From Elisha Denburg (General Manager, CLC) & Matthew Fava (Director – Ontario Region, CMC):

Music and sound are increasingly boundless mediums in artistic practices across Canada, and the communities surrounding these artists are similarly transforming and interacting in exciting ways. We cannot operate on the assumption that a person identifying as a composer in 2017 will have the same training and aspirations as a composer in 1950—indeed, there are countless ways that self-directed or institutional mentorship and study can help to fashion a career in music today.

At the CLC and the CMC, we support and advocate for the careers and conditions of artists. If we are to remain responsive to the ongoing transformations within musical communities, we must understand the context, histories, and practices of artists.

Both the CLC and CMC are excited to participate in this joint effort that is spearheaded by the CNMN to understand the pathways that you and your peers have taken. We strongly encourage our membership, and the wider music community to take part!

 (last updated September 14, 2017)