September 17, 2020 at 1 pm EST
- Verification of Quorum and opening of meeting
- Approve the Agenda (vote)
- Approve minutes from last AGM, of September 24, 2019 (vote)
- Receive the President’s Report — Juliet Palmer reviews the 2019–20 season as CNMN president
- Receive the Working Group reports of the 2019–2020 season
- Receive the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020
- Appoint the auditor for the financial year 2020–2021 (nomination and vote)
- Present the new Board Members (Rob Thomson & ?)
- Other business
Report by Juliet Palmer, September 14, 2020
This year has been like no other.
The global pandemic has brought home the interconnections between all living beings. Suffering and violence stemming from systemic injustice, racism, and colonialism have been laid bare in ways that challenge those with privilege to examine how we might remake the world to ensure a just and secure future for all. What is the role of cultural organizations in perpetuating privilege? How do we harness creative imagination in service of societal change? These are some of the questions we face as a network dedicated to connection, learning and advocacy.
The pandemic brought our plans for FORUM to a sudden halt. This year’s event in Regina promised an inspiring and challenging mix of international, Canadian and local perspectives, thoughtfully curated by Terri, in partnership with the planning committee — Helen Pridmore, Po Yeh and Megumi Masaki. Luke Nickel, Ian Crutchley – and producer Jeff Morton. Listen Up was to be a celebration of the spirit of activism and inclusion through five themes: Access, Community, Indigenous Resurgence, Land and Technology-Innovation.
That spirit of inclusive innovation found new expression in the months that followed, as CNMN rapidly pivoted to support new ways of connecting. A series of online community conversations supported compassionate and thought-provoking community connections. Guest speakers informed and engaged, shedding light on issues relevant to this moment, and also to the future. Community members met from around the country in break-out rooms, to discuss the challenges facing both the artistic and broader Canadian culture, considering possible futures that avoid a return to an unjust and unsustainable “normal”.
With pandemic restrictions to in-person gatherings predicted to wax and wane throughout the coming year, CNMN is committed to growing our online presence and deepening our level of engagement with the community.
The Conversation series continues with a focus on Decolonization. Cultivating new conversations and opportunities for mutual learning, guest curators include: Olivia Shortt, Curtis Lefthand, Parmela Attariwala, and Remy Siu.
A huge range of participatory creative music projects have been documented under the energetic leadership of Louise Campbell for the PCM Hub. Over the coming year workshops and showcases will raise the profile of this resource and the potential to spark the creativity of all members of our society —including those in schools, hospitals, prisons and long-term care.
As we shift gears and glimpse an unfamiliar future, many of us in the creative sector are seeking guidance and mentorship. CNMN’s Connexions pilot program was conceived in pre-Covid times, but is proving to be a particularly useful offering for people embarking on new ventures. The response to the program has been positive, with more demand than we have the funds to support. Online mentorships are underway and about to lift off!
The CNMN Board continues to be engaged and active: from the FORUM, Strategic Plan, Communications, Equity and Diversity, and Mentorship Advisory committees, to those offering feedback on the never-ending round of grants that Terri so capably writes. The board’s support, energy and valuable skills are deeply appreciated and we look forward to another year working together.
During the year we were thrilled to welcomed Rob Thomson to the board. Rob brings valuable experience in arts management, curation and performance through his work at Full Circle and Talking Stick Festival. This year we farewell Pierre-Olivier Roy after two year on the board and thank him in particular for his work on the Strategic Plan. Clemens Merkel stepped down from the board during the year and we thank him for his contribution over the years to CNMN, especially to discussions of touring and mentorship.
It has been a pleasure to work closely this year with Executive Director Terri Hron, whose intelligence and compassion have ensured that CNMN has been ready to face a time of tremendous upheaval with creativity and insight. I look forward to working with the Board and staff, along with our funding and partner organizations to strengthen CNMN’s role as an activator of ideas, a home for learning and exchange, and as a catalyst for transformational change.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Report by Terri Hron, September 14, 2020
Committee members: Juliet Palmer, Megumi Masaki, Rob Thomson, André Cormier, Julie Richard.
The EDI group’s work this past year mainly focused on the creation of an EDI policy document that was adopted by the board and will be available in both languages on our website by the end of September 2020. This document was largely written by past-president Jennifer Waring and board member Megumi Masaki – we thank them for their hard work on this!
Report by Terri Hron, September 14, 2020
Committee members: Ian Crutchley, ED, Darren Miller, Megumi Masaki, Jeff Morton, Luke Nickel, Juliet Palmer, Helen Pridmore
The Forum Planning committee worked hard to curate an exciting edition of Forum around activism and advocacy with the theme Listen Up and the topics Access, Community, Indigenous Resurgence, Land and Technology-Innovation. 32 invited presenters including 5 keynotes, 4 international guests, and 12 successful open call applications make up a program that was to take place at the University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada and downtown venues in collaboration with the Cathedral Village Arts Festival. All information is available on the FORUM Webpage.
For the first time, CNMN was able to offer travel and participation support, and was just about to allocate funds to applicants when COVID-19 hit.
The CNMN board has decided to postpone the event until spring 2021. Arrangements for housing, travel and registrations were also underway, and we were luckily able to make the necessary changes without losses.
Stay tuned for take two!
Communications & Membership
Report by Juliet Palmer, September 11, 2020
Committee Members: ED, PR, Juliet Palmer, Linda Bouchard
Supporting Terri as she implements the Membee system for the membership database, including: reviewing organizations in the existing database to ensure the listing is relevant and up to date; and resolving issues around how to deal with unpaid dues and lapsed memberships, creating a category for receiving news updates only.
Supporting Terri and Aurore (our PR person) in outreach and communication. Over the year this included helping publicize opportunities for participation in the FORUM through the Open Call, accessing the Travel subsidy fund, sharing news about the Conversations series and building interest in the pilot Mentorship program CONNEXIONS.
The creation of the PR position and a coherent social media strategy has been a huge boon over this past year. We look forward to supporting the growing awareness of CNMN’s activities in an engaging and inclusive way over the coming year.
Report by Helen Pridmore, September 12, 2020
Committee: Norman Adams, Müge Büyükçelen, Terri Hron, Juliet Palmer, Helen Pridmore
In June 2020, CNMN launched a new mentorship program. Entitled ConneXions, this program is intended to support and guide artists and arts workers in different areas of creative music and sound practice. The program matches artists who have a project in mind, with an experienced mentor/coach to guide and offer advice on the project. Between one and four meetings will be scheduled between mentor and mentee.
Applications were accepted on a rolling basis throughout the summer, from June until the end of August. 17 applications have been received, and to date four have been confirmed with mentors chosen and accepted. One application has been postponed until next year. The remaining applications are in process: either mentors are being selected, approached and confirmed; or the applications themselves are still in the deliberation process by the committee.
It has been exciting to read the incoming applications and see the wonderful variety of music and sound projects underway in Canada, connected to CNMN.
Report by Juliet Palmer, September 11, 2020
Committee: Terri Hron, Matthew Fava (CMC), Ian Crutchley/Sophie Dupuis (CLC), Juliet Palmer, Aurore Blondet
CNMN’s Conversation series actively engages with CNMN’s membership and beyond. Beginning with the Rolling National Conversations on Diversity (2017, Halifax, Montréal and Victoria), the series continued through 2019 in Victoria (Sustainability) and Winnipeg (Equity and Diversity). In 2019–20 we moved to an online format in response to the pandemic and to ensure wider access to members and communities across Canada. The themes evolve in response to changes in our cultural landscape and wider societal upheavals.
- April 22: Earth Day with Andrew Balfour, Teresa Marie Connors, Helga Jakobson, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Tina Pearson, Jenni Schine and moderator Ellen Waterman
- May 6: New Normal with Curtis Lefthand, Keiko Devaux, Andrew Reed Miller and Ilana Waniuk and moderator Stacey Brown
- June 4: Multi-Arts postponed to July 2 in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
- June 18: Funding and Policy with host Jeff Morton, and featured speakers / En compagnie de notre modérateur Jeff Morton et avec pour conférenciers vedettes : Jessa Agilo (ArtsPond), James Missen (Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada), Charles C. Smith (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Michael Trent (Metcalf Foundation), Stephen Williams (Edmonton Arts Council), & Po Yeh (Prairie Debut)
- July 2 Multi-Arts Moderator / L’animatrice Nikki Shaffeeulah with featured speakers / avec pour conférenciers vedettes : Neema Bickersteth, Col Cseke (Inside Out Theatre), Lindsay Dobbin, & Gerry Morita (Mile Zero Dance)
Following a conversation with the invited guests and moderator, we meet in smaller break-out groups to dig in deeper. Our discussions have ranged from mutually supportive and intimate sharing around strategies for mental health and community-building to galvanizing calls for funding and policy changes to address continued and systemic inequity experienced by Black and Indigenous artists.
We have increased our fees for curators and speakers to adhere to CARFAC guidelines and are seeking additional funding to support this much-needed boost. We are so pleased to have both CMC and CLC as partners for our upcoming season – this marks the first joint project between the three ASOs.
Our Fall 2020 series focuses on decolonisation series and is curated by:
October 22: Dylan Robinson & Mitch Renaud
November 12: Parmela Attariwala
December 2: Olivia Shortt
January 14: Remy Siu
February 11: Curtis Lefthand
March 11: francophone panel, curator still TBA
Report by Louise Campbell, September 16, 2020
The Participatory Creative Music Hub is a 2.5‑year initiative to research, create, implement and disseminate an on-line resource for Participatory Creative Music with the goals of sharing resources and building connectivity. 2020–21 represents the first year of the project, and has advanced by leaps and bounds over the course of the past year.
Market research and community consultations showed a field full of practitioners working with great passion in a wide variety of venues, sectors and people. Over the course of the year, we have engaged pilot project consultants to share their expertise to help us create an online platform that responds to the wide range inherent in the practice, and the needs and interests of the community. Working in a variety of sectors from education, community associations, social services, corrections to health care, these consultants include:
Bev Foster, Chelsea Jones, Chris Brown, Daniel Oore, Germaine Liu, Guillaume Jabbour, Helen Pridmore, Jeff Morton, Jodi Proznick, Kathryn Cobbler, Meredith Bates, Michel Frigon, MariEve Lauzon, Moe Clark, Nikola Tosic, Opéra de Montréal, Ruth Eliason, Ruth Howard, Steve Wright
Stay tuned for the Hub launch coming up soon!