October 14, 2021 at 1 pm EDT
- Verification of Quorum and opening of meeting
- Approve the Agenda (vote)
- Approve minutes from last AGM, of September 17, 2020 (vote)
- Receive the President’s Report — Juliet Palmer reviews the 2020–21 season as CNMN president
- Receive the Working Group reports of the 2020 21season
- Receive the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2021
- Appoint the auditor for the financial year 2021–22 (nomination and vote)
- Present the new Board Members (An-Laurence Higgins)
- Other business
by Juliet Palmer
Another twelve months have rolled by in the disorienting drag and rush of pandemic time. The quiet of the past year has been both a gift and a challenge. I miss the intimacy and connection of live music-making, the unpredictable conversations in the line-up for tickets, the random glimpses into each other’s lives and work. I crave connection, the aliveness that comes from making music together, and the simple joy of sharing space — one person among many attentive and rapt listeners. I know it’s coming back, this world of concerts and installations and improv sessions and festivals. In some towns and cities it’s already here — in others, a concert seat is still a comfy spot in front of a computer screen.
In the meantime, CNMN has taken to heart its mandate to connect and nurture relationships amongst the wide and diverse sound and music communities of Canada. The Conversation series continued with a focus on decolonization, inviting us to move beyond discussion to take tangible action that addresses systemic inequity. We look forward to the evolution of this series as it expands from FORUM 2021 with its focus on activism in cultural practice.
Under Louise Campbell’s steady hand, the Participatory Creative Music Hub has grown apace, with a vibrant library that supports creative musical engagement in prisons, hospitals, schools and other less-trafficked areas of musical life.
The ConneXions mentorship program offered vital opportunities for growth and connection in a time of uncertainty and financial instability. We are thrilled to offer the program once again this year — the deadline is rolling, so find out more and apply online.
FORUM is underway, even as I type, in a gentle ten week digital unfolding that spans five full-length videos, twenty cameo videos and four events by Prairie producers. “Listen Up!” celebrates the innovation and paradigm shifts of music and sound practices outside the concert hall. Thanks to the steadfast work of producer Jeff Morton, ED Terri Hron and the FORUM committee (Helen Pridmore, Megumi Masaki, and Po Yeh). Experience FORUM and Listen Up! on our website, Youtube channel and social media feeds.
This year we welcomed An-Laurence Higgins to the board. An-Laurence brings experience and perspective as a performer and creator devoted to collaboration and thoughtful inquiry into cultural identity. We say farewell and offer heartfelt thanks to André Cormier for his years of service as a Board member, in particular for his work as a bilingual adviser. We are indebted to the members of the Board for their persistence and energy over this uniquely long year in keeping our active committees active: from FORUM, Communications, Equity and Diversity, to the Mentorship Advisory. The board’s wisdom, experience and commitment to the network are deeply appreciated and we look forward to another year working together. Maybe this year we will finally meet in person!
I’ve learned much over the course of the year collaborating closely with Executive Director Terri Hron. Her dedication and sharp wit have helped CNMN navigate an uncertain year with grace and creativity. CNMN is a growing team and I’m delighted to thank our media specialist Aurore Blondet, administrative assistant Suzu Enns, book-keeper Mathieu Leclair and web designer Jason Campbell for their skills and team work behind the scenes. I look forward to working with the Board and staff, along with our funding and partner organizations to strengthen CNMN’s role as a hub of learning and exchange, an agent of change and a catalyst for new ways of creating and connecting.
Report by Terri Hron
Committee members: ED, Megumi Masaki, Jeff Morton, Juliet Palmer, Helen Pridmore
The 2020–2021 season was dedicated largely to reimagining the Forum as an online celebration.
In December, the decision was taken not to host a postponed, in-person event and to proceed with our first online version.
The pandemic year provided us with many examples of online presentations and panels, and it also became clear that there was a lot of fatigue with real-time, online events. For this reason, the Forum team decided to focus on pre-recorded content and a deployment of events over a longer time — ten weeks , with the hope of increasing our reach and visibility on social media, as well as engagement through our newsletter. In the end, we decided to focus on the following for the 14th edition:
- 5 videos on Land, Access, Indigenous Resurgence, Innovation and Community issues, with the voices and work of artistic leaders;
- A showcase of 20+ short videos of creative music and sound artists from across the country and artistic practice;
- 4 events produced by presenters from the heart of Canada on the Prairies.
In order to have enough time for this production, the launch of Forum was set for late September. At the end of June 2021, we were well underway with the production of the 5 thematic videos, in contracts with the Prairie presenters, and the Forum Showcase applications were about to open.
While this is a report on last year, at the time of this AGM, Forum is well underway and all activities can be found on the FORUM page.
Communications & Membership
Report by Terri Hron
Committee Members: ED, PR, Juliet Palmer, Linda Bouchard
In the past year, communications have become more regular with minimum bi-weekly social media posting and regular newsletters to announce calls, online events and membership/profile reminders. The strategy and deployment was designed and executed by PR assistant Aurore Blondelot, and our number of followers and engagements on social media keep increasing. Our newsletter numbers stay steady with new members and interested parties joining and often older contacts unsubscribing.
Since all our activities were online in this past year, the YouTube channel, our website and social media have been closely linked with Facebook Live Conversation events, PCM Hub videos on the YouTube channel and all things searchable on the website.
After conversations at each board meeting about membership and how best to support artists during the pandemic, it was voted in June 2021 that we would switch to a pay-what-you-can model for the coming year. We look forward to seeing how people respond and whether this encourages more people to become full members.
Report by Helen Pridmore
Committee: Norman Adams, Müge Büyükçelen, Terri Hron, Juliet Palmer, Helen Pridmore
The CNMN Connexions project was successful in its first year of operation. The project pairs applicants with specific projects, with mentors from our community who meet with them for one to four sessions to develop these new projects. The program is open to anyone interested in creative music and sound practices. In the first year, we were able to support 14 matches. To see the list of mentees and mentors, please visit the ConneXions Mentorship page.
We submitted an application to Canada Council for the Arts Sector Innovation and Development for this project for upcoming years, but our application was not deemed applicable since we had mentioned this project as a possible new project should we receive a funding increase (which CNMN was not accorded). We will continue to seek possible funding sources.
We will continue with the project in 2021–22 with a rolling application deadline starting in August and ending mid-October.
Report by Juliet Palmer, October 7, 2021
Committee: Terri Hron, Matthew Fava (CMC), Ian Crutchley/Sophie Dupuis (CLC), Juliet Palmer, Aurore Blondelot
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.
Our 2020–21 series focused on decolonisation. All conversations are available on Youtube — edited and with closed captioning. Follow the links below!
October 22 Curators: Dylan Robinson & Mitch Renaud “Decolonial Imaginings”
Settler composers/ compositeurs : jake moore, Jocelyn Morlock, Juliet Palmer, Luke Nickel, Kelly Ruth
Respondents/ répondants : Tina Pearson & Tamara Levitz
November 12 Curator: Parmela Attariwala “Can Western Art Music ever be Equitable in Practice and in Perception?”
Guests: Pat Carrabré, Ian Cusson, Lise Vaugeois, Dinuk Wijeratne
December 2 Curator: Olivia Shortt “Process vs Product”
Guests: Olivia Davies, Kim Senklip Harvey, Marion Newman, Tyler J. Sloane
January 14 Curator: Remy Siu “We can’t play their game, their way”
Guests: Gabriel Dharmoo, Melody McKiver, Nancy Tam & Leslie Ting.
April 22 Curator: Gabriel Dharmoo “Décolonialité et diversité : perspectives d’artistes en musiques nouvelles”
Guests: Daniel Añez, An-Laurence Higgins, Corie Rose Soumah, Rouzbeh Shapdey
Participatory Music Hub
Report by project lead Louise Campbell
In 2019, CNMN received funding through the Canada Council’s Digital Strategy Fund to create an on-line Participatory Creative Music Hub. Participatory creative music is a variety of practices in which all people involved have active input into the process of creating music. A facilitator may guide and participate in the process, and decision-making and authorship is shared. The Hub is full of inspiring, innovative projects hailing from the fields of education, health, community, social services and incarceration.
The key achievement of the 2020–21 season was the launch of the online Hub user-based platform. Feedback from practitioners working in the target sectors indicates that the Hub is responsive to the depth and range of PCM activities. Practitioners responded with excitement about the relevance and existence of such a resource and the potential for strengthening visibility and the practice as a result.
Hub activities in 2020–21 season included:
· 15 Pilot Projects & 6 Tips & Tools articles completed and released
· +125 community consultations
· 17 consultants hired to provide expert advice
· 8 successful Open Call projects completed by RECAA Choir, Piece of Mind Collective, Thais Montanari, Paramorph Collective, Geremia Lorenzo Lodi, Dina Cindric, Guillaume Jabbour and Deirdre Potash
· First steps in dissemination in the fields of education and music therapy
We’re thrilled to announce that we have been awarded substantial funds from the Canada Council’s Digital Strategy Fund to continue expanding and disseminating the Hub.
This season, we will continue to conduct community consultations in order to create a responsive and useful resource for practitioners, and best position the Hub for use by various stakeholders. If you or anyone you know is interested in being part of the Hub, or potential contacts for dissemination please let us know!
For more information, and to share your experiences, please contact Louise Campbell.