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Open Call for PCM Hub

The Canadian New Music Network is excited to call for Participatory Creative Music Projects to be hosted on the online Participatory Creative Music Hub. Successful applicants will be provided funding for documentation of an existing project.

Amount of grant: $600.00
Application deadline: January 25, 2021
Deadline for project submission for successful applicants: March 8, 2021

What is the Participatory Creative Music Hub?

The Hub showcases people from all walks of life creating music together. Whatever you call it – participatory creative music, community music, jamming, co-composition, improvisation, music exploration, listening games or having fun with sound – The Hub celebrates music creativity for everyone. 
The main criteria for projects is that all participants have active input in the creative process, whether they are 4, 40 or 94 years of age, an experienced musician or making music for the first time. Projects must take COVID-19 measures into account, and projects in remote and isolated areas are very encouraged.

What is an eligible project?

An eligible project is a participatory creative music activity already occurring in the community, whether on-going or completed. Projects may take place in the fields of health care, education, social services, correctional institutions and more. 

See the Project page for examples of Hub projects. 

See Keyword Definitions for terminology.


The purpose of this grant is to support documentation of an existing PCM project to provide inspiration and tools for user groups of the Hub to make their own music. It is crucial that documentation is instructional in nature, rather than promotional. Links to biographical information via a CNMN member page and external links are possible on the project webpage.

Participatory music takes place in all kinds of settings with all kinds of people. Documentation can reflect this, and doesn’t have to be of studio-quality audio or video where that is not possible or appropriate. Sometimes a video capture from your cell phone or screen capture from zoom speaks volumes. Documentation should best reflect the nature of the project, communicate well on an on-line platform and assume varying levels of music training. 

Possible formats include: 

  • Text: max 500 words. Exceptions made when use of participant images are an issue
  • Scores and representations of all kinds are welcome and encouraged (text, graphic, video, western notation etc.)
  • Images of process (JPG,PNG or GIF. Ideal size: 1280 pixels wide)
  • Audio: links to SoundCloud are preferable. If this is not possible, the maximum size for uploading audio files is 10MB, or roughly 5-10 minutes of audio. For longer clips, please upload an excerpt.
  • Video: YouTube or Vimeo link 
    • Optional: submission of video for upload to the CNMN YouTube channel
    • Max 3 minutes in length. If more time is needed, we recommend making multiple shorter videos rather than one long one


Depending on the nature of the project, participants may be featured in image, audio and video files. Successful applicants are responsible for procuring, respecting and documenting permissions from participants for regular and digital usages of documentation related to the pilot project. Media release forms to this end will be provided by the CNMN, and are considered part of the deliverables.


Job posting: Administrative Assistant

Position Type: Part-time contract
Application Closing: September 21, 2020
Start Date: October 1, 2020
End Date: June 30, 2021, with the possibility of renewal
Location: Montréal, Quebec
Hours: 15 hrs/month
Compensation: $22.50 per hour

The Administrative Assistant will help the Executive Director with administrative and organizational tasks related to membership management. The Administrative Assistant will report to the ED.


  • Maintain the online membership management and mailing list system, including checking new applications, membership renewals and dues; updating organizational member data and preparing receipts when necessary.
  • Attend regular meetings with the ED
  • Assist the ED and Communications Assistant with communication, administration, grant writing and other tasks as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in a related field
  • Some experience working in an administrative role
  • Knowledge of the Canadian music scene a plus
  • Bilingual – fluency in English and French, both spoken and written
  • Experience with database management
  • Excellent written communication
  • Excellent people skills
  • Ability to work independently, with necessary organizational and time-management skills. CNMN works mainly virtually, so applicants should be comfortable to work from home with occasional in-person meetings (pending COVID-19 regulations).
  • Knowledge of social media platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram

How to Apply

Deadline: September 21, 2020

Required Materials:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV/Resume
  • Contact information for two references (Referees will only be contacted after applicants are selected for interview.)

Please send all materials in PDF format to dir@reseaumusiquesnouvelles.ca with Administrative Assistant Application – YOUR NAME in the subject line by September 21, 2020.

The Canadian New Music Network is an equitable-opportunity employer, recognizing diversity in all its forms (race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, language, physical ability, and age).  We welcome applications from traditionally under-represented populations.

Thank you for your interest!

Conversation Multi Arts

Join us for a series of conversations that support your creativity and community-building during pandemic times. Each will have a different focus, host and invited guests. Participants joining on Zoom will have a chance to join the conversation in small breakout groups and meet other artists and art workers across Canada 🎧 Joignez-vous à nous pour une série de conversations en soutien à votre créativité et votre réseau en cette période de pandémie. Chaque session portera sur un sujet, avec un hôte et des invités différents. Les participants qui nous rejoindront sur Zoom auront l’opportunité de participer à la conversation en petits groupes de discussion et de rencontrer d’autres artistes et travailleurs culturels à travers le Canada !

Next Up: June 4 – Multi Arts // Prochaine date : 4 juin – arts multidisciplinaires

Host/modératrice : Nikki Shaffeeulah
Panelists/panelistes : Col Cseke (Inside Out Theatre), Lindsay Dobbin, Isabelle van Grimde (Van Grimde Corps Secrets) and Gabriel Levine

Please use this zoom link to join or follow us here on Facebook / Utilisez SVP ce lien Zoom pour nous rejoindre ou bien suivez nous sur Facebook: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82694838561?pwd=RG10cVg1NXhUazlZLzZGZ3pBYVgzQT09

FORUM Postponement

In response to Covid-19 and the current travel and gathering restrictions in place, CNMN is postponing Forum 2020: Listen up to Spring 2021.
We thank all of you who have expressed your support for the event and especially those who applied to our participation travel fund. We hope to offer the same funding opportunities next year and will keep your applications on file.
In the interim, we hope everyone is staying safe. We particularly appreciate all those in our communities who are working to keep us healthy, safe and provided for–both in mind and body.  

Open Call for Forum 2020

The Open Call for proposals to Forum 2020: Listen up is now accepting submissions. Successful applicants will have their travel and accommodation covered: a great way to experience a CNMN Forum! For information on how to submit, click here.

The Canadian New Music Network invites members to participate in the Open Call for Proposals for Forum 2020, taking place in Regina from May 21 to 24, 2020. Find out more details about the 14th edition of CNMN’s Forum here.

Forum 2020 — Listen up — celebrates the spirit of activism and inclusion through five themes:

Access, Community, Indigenous Resurgence, Land and Technology-Innovation.

We welcome proposals for 15-minute (demo-)presentations (with a subsequent 5-minute round of questions) engaging with one of the five themes. Selected presenters  will be invited to join in a group discussion with other session members and participants.

Proposals are also encouraged for 20- or 40-minute workshops engaging Forum participants in one of the five themes.

Participants whose proposals are selected will have their travel and accommodations covered, as well as the Forum fee waived. The jury for the Open Call is comprised of CNMN’s membership from across the country. Anyone working in the creation or presentation of new creative music and sound is encouraged to apply!

Please send the following application materials to Terri Hron: dir@reseaumusiquesnouvelles.ca by January 24, 2020 February 3, 2020

In one document (.doc or .docx preferred, but .odt, .rtf and .pdf accepted), the following: 

  • Legal and preferred name
  • Postal address, email address and phone number.
  • 100-word bio (for the Forum program)
  • Personal website URL and/or Soundcloud/Vimeo
  • Short 100-word presentation or 200-word workshop blurb (for the Forum program)
  • 500-word (maximum) presentation or workshop proposal
    CV (maximum 3 pages)

Please also send: 

  • A high-resolution photo of yourself (2MB max) (for the Forum program)

Send us your photos!

CNMN is looking to add images of works created or presented by as many members as possible for our homepage banner, which chooses randomly from our selection. If you have landscape-oriented photo(s), please send them to us with a caption that includes the names of any performers or works performed as well as the photo credit.

Welcome to CNMN’s new website

CNMN is excited to start the 2019-2020 season with a new website that will offer members more resources and ways to connect.