CNMN offers a series of knowledge-sharing and consultation events for the new music community around issues of activism in creative music. Five online conversations, representing trend-setting and diverse artists from the creative music and sound community. This initiative underlines our community’s commitment to addressing growing interest and activities around social and environmental issues in our practice, towards creating a more sustainable and inclusive culture that is more deeply understood. This series flows from FORUM 2021: Listen up, bring together groups that were featured in the FORUM Thematic Videos. Please visit our Facebook page for the livestreamed event, or subscribe to our newsletter to receive the Zoom link.
Community — December 7, 2021 @ 4 pm EST
In the plurality of often fragile intimate networks of social connection, what do we hear that is already there? How do we accompany, provide supports, listen for when the notes are caught tight in a net and help with the untangling and then listen for the new entanglement? Maybe we should ask first? Maybe it was already there? Can we really avoid building border patrols, practicing extraction, imposing external categories, repeating trauma? What does mutual benefit actually mean? Watch the Community FORUM 2021 video.
Moderator: Rebecca Caines
Guests: Giorgio Magnanensi, Louise Campbell
Indigenous Resurgence — January 18, 2022 @ 4 pm EST
How do Indigenous artists and communities respond to the current notion of Indigenous resurgence? How does language and definition affect or effect Indigenous work? Does mentorship play a role in the work of Indigenous artists and how? Watch the Indigenous Resurgence FORUM 2021 video.
Moderator: Becca Taylor
Guests: Astrolabe Music Theatre (Heather Pawsey & Delphine Armstrong Derickson), Ian Cusson, Geronimo Inutiq, Sandy Scofield
Land — February 15, 2022 @ 4 pm EST
What is sound relationship with land? How can we encourage and practice right relations? What are the ethics of recording landscapes and places? Whose consent do we need to seek? Watch the Land FORUM 2021 video.
Moderator: Wende Bartley
Guests: Tanya Kalmanovitch, Heather Peat Hamm, Tina Pearson, Jenni Schine
Innovation/Technology — March 15, 2022 @ 8 pm EST
New directions in technology, and new definitions of innovation. How do we work with non-humans? What is unknowable in our practice? Where do our compositions come from? How do we define listening? Are all things heard, audible? Watch the Innovation/Technology FORUM 2021 video.
Moderator: Suzanne Kite
Guests: Amy Brandon, Teresa Connors, Helga Jakobson, Annie Martin
Access — April 12 @ 4 pm EST
What’s the point of deepening access? When accessibility goes wrong is thinking of access as a one-way street, where someone who hasn’t experienced something finally gets the chance to take it in. Rather, the access aspiration here is a bridge to cultural exchange where multiple people or communities benefit equitably from a barrier free space to meet, connect, find commonalities, celebrate difference, and share their cultures with each other. Increasing Access inherently involves recognizing or acknowledging existing barriers. What are some of the barriers (in your work, company, community, discipline, etc)? What communities, cultures, or experiences does this community need to increase access with these days? Is there a place, an experience, a community that we are not able to access? What would need to change to make it accessible? Watch the Access FORUM 2021 video.
Moderator: Col Cseke
Guests: Chelsea Jones, Julie Richard, Ellen Waterman
CNMN is grateful for the collaboration and support of the many people and organizations that made this series possible.
This includes: communications, Aurore Blondelot; graphics, Mariah Meawasige; administration assistant, Suzu Enns; executive director, Terri Hron. Thanks also to Forum fixed content producer, Jeff Morton and to all board members.
Forum would not be possible without the following funders and presenters: