Call For Proposals — FORUM 2016

Note: dead­line is now passed.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our open call for proposals.

In July 2015, the Cana­di­an New Music Net­work launched a CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the 7th nation­al FORUM being held Jan­u­ary 14 to 17, 2016 in Ottawa.

We received 19 appli­ca­tions from all around the coun­try, rep­re­sent­ing a great vari­ety of cre­ative inter­ests. The com­pe­ti­tion was very strong.  A bilin­gual inde­pen­dent jury com­posed of a diverse group of five new music pro­fes­sion­als from across Cana­da reviewed every appli­ca­tion, and they remarked on the con­sis­tent­ly high, pro­fes­sion­al qual­i­ty of the sub­mis­sions. After the jury made their short list of top rec­om­men­da­tions, the steer­ing com­mit­tee took this list and tried to inte­grate as many of them as pos­si­ble into the sched­ule. Faced with only so many time slots avail­able, and so many won­der­ful pro­pos­als, it was a dif­fi­cult task indeed.

The fol­low­ing peo­ple were invited:

The Cana­di­an New Music Net­work has launched a CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the 7th nation­al FORUM being held Jan­u­ary 14 to 17, 2016 in Ottawa.


Pro­pos­als should build around the under­stand­ing of the following:

(1) We’re look­ing for pro­gram­ming pro­pos­als from every­one! The goal of our FORUMs is to cre­ate greater net­work­ing and devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties for the entire new music com­mu­ni­ty – artis­tic direc­tors, per­form­ers, impro­vis­ers, com­posers, edu­ca­tors, pre­sen­ters, researchers, arts admin­is­tra­tors, artist man­agers, pro­duc­ers, pub­lish­ers and all oth­er new music practitioners.

(2) The FORUM is nei­ther an aca­d­e­m­ic con­fer­ence nor an arts market/showcase; it’s a hybrid that seeks to cre­ate con­nec­tions for every­one work­ing in the new music field. Con­sult our web site for infor­ma­tion on pre­vi­ous FORUMs.

(3) The FORUM 2016 theme is New Music and the Main­stream, which can be tak­en in many diverse direc­tions: the inter­sec­tions between the pop­u­lar and the not-so-pop­u­lar; the mech­a­nisms and process­es behind the dis­tri­b­u­tion, con­sump­tion and pro­mo­tion of main­stream and new music; ques­tions about soci­ety as a whole, and much more. Con­sult the front-page sec­tion for fur­ther ideas relat­ed to the theme. If you have a burn­ing issue, demon­stra­tion, work­shop or oth­er type of activ­i­ty along the lines of the theme to pro­pose, please send it in. Even if you have a fab­u­lous idea that’s not theme-relat­ed, shoot that our way too. We’re very open and are look­ing for a wide diver­si­ty of proposals.


15 min., 30 min., or 45 min. time slots are available.

What for­mats to use for what time slots? Here are just some ideas:

15 min. slots:

  • A pas­sion­ate mini-talk – about your research, expe­ri­ences or ideas.
  • A pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion or inter­view between two inter­est­ing people.
  • A per­for­mance-demon­stra­tion (but not a concert).
  • Guide a quick & sim­ple bond­ing activ­i­ty that pro­vides atten­dees oppor­tu­ni­ty to get to know each oth­er in a dif­fer­ent way oth­er than talk­ing. A great way to refresh everyone’s ener­gy between the “blah blah blah” that takes place. This could include musi­cal improv or some­thing entire­ly different.

30 or 45 min. slots:

  • A hands-on work­shop that teach­es atten­dees some­thing interesting.
  • Mod­er­at­ing a group activ­i­ty that encour­ages direct par­tic­i­pa­tion of FORUM atten­dees around a spe­cif­ic goal.
  • Facil­i­tat­ing a net­work­ing activ­i­ty for atten­dees to get feed­back or engage oth­ers regard­ing their projects or interests.


  • Include time for Q & A or open dis­cus­sion, when appropriate.
  • No panels/round tables: these are already being programmed.


  • Slots are lim­it­ed. The FORUM 2016 steer­ing com­mit­tee makes pro­gram­ming deci­sions – all deci­sions are final.
  • Activ­i­ties involv­ing mul­ti­ple peo­ple: all par­ties must con­sent and take part in the application.
  • Appli­cants whose pro­pos­als are accept­ed will be required to reg­is­ter for the FORUM.


Sub­mis­sion dead­line Sep­tem­ber 4, 2015

Email your sub­mis­sion to Emi­ly Hall –
Include, as ONE PDF FILE:

  • Con­tact information
  • 1‑page out­line (indi­cate time slot dura­tion as well as format)
  • 200 word bio(s)
  • List of tech­ni­cal require­ments (equip­ment you will need, how much space, how much set-up time)
  • Equip­ment & pro­duc­tion bud­get (if applicable)
  • IMPORTANT: We do not accept oth­er attach­ments or down­loads. If nec­es­sary, pro­vide direct links to stream­ing audio or video (Sound­cloud, YOUTUBE, Web­site, etc.). ie. NO drop­box link or MP3 email attachment.

Accep­tance noti­fi­ca­tion: Oct. 15, 2015.

p.s. Please help spread the news. Share this web page URL through email, social media, newslet­ters, etc.. A bilin­gual print-friend­ly announce­ment is avail­able — FORUM 2016 OPEN CALL (PDF) — for doors, notice boards, etc..