September 26, 2023 at 1 pm ET on Zoom
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- Verification of Quorum and opening of meeting
- Approve the Agenda (vote)
- Approve minutes from last AGM, of October 6, 2022 (vote)
- Receive the President’s Report — Juliet Palmer reviews the 2022–23 season as CNMN president
- Receive the Committee reports of the 2022–23 season
- Receive the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2023
- Appoint the auditor for the financial year 2023–24 (nomination and vote)
- Other business
The work we do together plants us deeper into our communities, building resilience and strength for the challenges ahead. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the CNMN Board over this past year. We’ve wrestled a new mandate into existence and are preparing to launch a new name (stay tuned!). We welcomed five fantastic new board members — Liberté-Anne Lymberiou, Marina Hasselberg, Eric Normand, Jennifer Thiessen, and Chenoa Anderson — and are already grateful for their contributions of enthusiasm, critical thought and creative insights. We said farewell to Megumi Masaki, Linda Bouchard and An-Laurence Higgins this year. Thank you An-Laurence for your fresh ideas and perspective! Linda, it has been invaluable to have your support and critical thinking as we grow as an organization. Megumi, your wisdom and energy have been vital to our development, especially in our regional partnerships. And, lastly, I speak for the whole board when I say that none of this would be possible without our hard-working and whip-smart staff. Thank you Terri, Aurore, Louise, Kyran, Mathieu and Jason for another year of dedicated work. What a fantastic team!
In the middle of the winter I had the joy of joining a workshop on creative music and sound led by educators Doug Friesen and Katherine Fraser. We listened, learned, made sounds and shared ideas and stories. We heard about Katherine’s students improvising to the score the stream of the passing cars outside the window: colours, sizes, and speeds prompting a shifting soundscape. Just one of many captivating approaches to engaging students in the creative possibilities of shared sound-making. Doug and Katherine developed the PCM Hub Sector Focus Guide for Education: whether you’re an educator or not, the guide is inspiring for anyone looking to shake up their ideas about music and sound. Looking further ahead, Louise Campbell will be building the library resources of the PCM Hub with guides focussed on health care, community, and correctional institutions
It’s powerful to gather in person and realize you’re not alone. That sense of solidarity and shared concern was palpable in CNMN’s regional conversations on sustainable futures held this spring. From Halifax and Ottawa to Brandon, Vancouver and Montreal, participants shared, listened and found common ground. While life may seem to have returned to normal in many ways, the arts sector is still recovering from the enormous impact of the past three years. We need collective action to move us forward in new more sustainable ways.
I invite you to eavesdrop on snatches of those conversations (see below). If you’re intrigued, curious, wish you’d said it, disagree, or otherwise want to engage, please join us online and in person in February 2024 at our national gathering. Let’s dig deeper together.
Thanks for reading! Looking forward to meeting with you in February at Sustainable Futures.
Sustainable Futures Regional Meetings
Report by Terri Hron
Committee members: ED, Juliet Palmer, Norman Adams, Claude Schryer, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Ellen Waterman
We have had five regional meetings, all that were scheduled until now.
In 2022–23, CNMN started Sustainable Futures, which will have a number of projects, with Regional Meetings. Above are some excerpts of participant feedback we collected during these consultations, which were aimed at understanding where the creative music and sound community are at in terms of sustainability in light of the climate emergency. Here is a list of meetings that took place:
- March 16, 2023 in Halifax, in collaboration with Scotia Festival
- March 29, 2023 in Ottawa, in collaboration with the Research Centre on Music, Sound and Society in Canada
- April 22, 2023 in Brandon, in collaboration with the Eckhardt-Grammaté Competition
- May 23, 2023 in Vancouver, in collaboration with CMC BC
- June 14, 2023 in Montreal, in collaboration with Le Vivier
Each meeting was quite different, depending on the participants present. In Halifax, we listened to a presentation by the director of Music Declares Emergency and discussed the realities of small music production/presentation organizations in less central areas of Canada. In Ottawa, we had many long-time activists and cultural organizers in the room bringing a deep, experience-rich perspective. In Brandon, there were quite a few competitors and their collaborating pianists, who provided perspectives from those just starting out in their careers. Other attendees who live and/or teach in Brandon offered insights from what it is like for people outside major centres. In Vancouver, we were joined by many artists working in the city, who often have pieces that are influenced by or on environmental topics. The conversation highlighted how much has been done–also historically–by creative music and sound artists to bring attention to the climate crisis and relations with the land. In Montreal, we were offered presentations by the CALQ and the Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables, who discussed their current grant programs to support sustainability. This was followed by a short sharing of concerns and ideas. Many of the participants were Vivier members and so the role of umbrella organizations such as le Vivier was also discussed. Everywhere, there was very vulnerable and open sharing.
We found out mid-May that we received our FACTOR funding for this project, so three more meetings will be taking place before the end of summer 2024.
Communications & Membership
Report by Aurore Blondelot
Committee Members: ED, PR, Juliet Palmer, Andrew Miller, Jennifer Thiessen
The 2022–2023 season of the Canadian New Music Network was marked by a return to face-to-face activities.
After two seasons of Conversations broadcast online, CNMN presented a series of regional consultations (in Halifax, Ottawa, Brandon, Vancouver and Montreal) around Sustainable Futures – as a preamble to its next National Gathering on the same theme. The conclusions of these Regional Meetings were brought together in short descriptive reports, available in a bilingual version on the CNMN website, and will subsequently be disseminated in a condensed manner on the CNMN social networks.
Continuing its activities for the third consecutive year, the Participatory Creative Music Hub initiated its first workshop in hybrid format (online and in person), with the presentation of its new resource ‘Creative Music in Education’, at the Center of Canadian music in Toronto. This workshop was promoted in the CNMN newsletter and on social networks and the video clips presented during the workshop are available for free access on the RCMN website and YouTube channel.
The PCM Hub also launched a new call for projects (taking place in social and community services) and the CNMN continued its ConneXions mentoring program to support artists in their musical and sound creation projects. All of the communication campaigns and the resulting projects and mentoring were shared on CNMN social networks with 2–3 publications per week and in bimonthly newsletters.
This year, CNMN continued to promote its new Pay What You Can membership model and deployed a marketing campaign to update member profiles. Voting members are always encouraged to share their activities to amplify them on social media. To this end, and in connection with the question of eco-responsible futures, CNMN notably promoted the Conscious Podcast of Sustainable Futures committee member , Claude Schryer, as well as that of SCALE/LeSaut and Tar Sand Songbook by Tanya Kalmanovitch, guest presenter of the next National Gathering.
To conclude, the number of subscribers to the CNMN mailing list remains constant, with a newsletter opening rate of around 50%. The number of subscribers to the Facebook page and the X‑Twitter and Instagram accounts is still increasing slightly and the number of interactions with the content of the publications is maintained despite a reduced reach. In order to maintain good visibility, CNMN continues to create dynamic communication content, in particular by developing the video/reels format, to contribute to the influence of its various activities.
Sustainable Futures National Gathering Planning
Report by Terri Hron
Committee members: ED, Juliet Palmer, Andrew Miller, Liberté-Anne Lymberiou, Joseph Glaser
The first meeting of this committee took place in March, with two consultants — Yang Chen and Lindsay Dobbin — to determine how programming would take place for the Sustainable Futures National Gathering. The consultants were brought in to speak to equity and inclusion practices, and we have adopted their recommendations (posting detailed information about the selection process, pointing to our Equity and Access Policy and Action plan, programming more than 50% through the Open Call).
While we were initially hoping to have the event in November, in tandem with Music Declares Emergency’s Summit, we moved the dates to February 16–19, 2024 so as to be able to benefit from FACTOR funding. To that end, we submitted an application to FACTOR for the September 15 deadline for Collective Initiatives. FACTOR has consistently funded our National Gatherings/FORUM in the past.
Invitation have been issued and accepted to Casey Koyczan, Jessica McMann, Rory McLeod/Paolo Griffin, Tanya Kalmanovitch, the PCM Hub and Kat Estacio. There will be:
- two concerts, one for Open Call proposals and one carte blanche curated by Kat Estacio for Toronto-based artists.
- two panels with presentations and moderated conversations, one on Ecology and one on Economy.
- 3–5 workshops
- a facilitated presenter/arts organization round table
- two improvisation sessions
- participatory/experiential participant sharing and listening
The Open Call for Proposals is accepting submissions until September 30. Selected participants will have their travel and accommodations organized and funded by CNMN and receive a small fee.
An access fund will be announced in November to facilite participation for those who wish simply to come to the Gathering, with financial support for travel, accommodations, child care, accessibility needs, etc.
Report by Helen Pridmore
Committee: Norman Adams, Müge Büyükçelen, Terri Hron, Juliet Palmer, Helen Pridmore
The committee received eight ConneXions Mentorship program applications for the 2022–23 season. The submissions received were for development of compositional work, learning new technological skills, outreach programming (in care homes), or for personal performance mentoring. We were disappointed that there were no submissions from people in arts administration or other, less “typical” mentoring areas of the creative music community. However, the submissions received were strong.
The committee received awarded mentorships to the following six people: Laura Gillis (Toronto) — mentor Ruth Howard; Lance Marcus Sampson (Halifax) — mentor Michael Donovan; Sarah Rossy (Montréal) — mentor Myriam Boucher; Theresa Thordarson (Winnipeg) — mentor Zohreh Gervais; Gabo Champagne (Montréal) — mentor Marie-Annick Béliveau; and Thomas Gauthier-Lang (Montréal) — mentor Noam Bierstone.
For the next round of applications, happening now, the Committee discussed some new ideas. Some adjustments to the wording of the ConneXions description have been made, and further detail added, for clarity. There had been a suggestion that mentors and mentees could apply as teams, but the Committee decided to recommend against this: as stated in the project description, “…the spirit of the program is in creating new connections”.
Report by Helen Pridmore
Committee: ED, Juliet Palmer, Helen Pridmore, Julie Richard, Jennifer Thiessen
This committee began to meet in Feb. 2023. The aims of the committee were to determine the next steps for CNMN and the Board, including a new name, and a new mission/mandate. It seems that CNMN is ready to move in a new direction, something different from the CNMN goals currently in our mission statement. CNMN is moving more in an activist direction, seeking real change in how art works in society. The committee discussed key issues here, including a definition of “creative music and sound” that can hold the network together; a need for sustaining artistic well-being, as well as community engagement; and a desire for a network of shared learning.
For the next few months the committee met online and via email exchanges, and worked hard to craft the new ideas into a name and a mission that can be supported by CNMN members. Ideas were shared at Board meetings and Board members assisted with editing.
After much deliberation, the Committee proposes the new name:
Réseau de creation musicale et sonore / Creative Music and Sound Network
RMCS / CMSN
Terri has reserved the domain names:
The new Mission Statement can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zly5BBRrJKD2fy66BO_pmYGIJz5bQY4euGDSqs5G9So/edit
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 2022–23 season was a successful Open Call for project with a focus on projects occurring in the sector of Community, and positive response and visibility gained at two major conferences in the area of Arts and Health and the peer-reviewed journal Performance Matters. Consultants have been contracted for Sector Focus Resources in the areas of Rehab & Incarceration, Health and Community, for delivery of materials in fall 2023.
Hub activities in 2021–22 season included:
- 15 consultants hired to provide expert advice
- Open Call with a focus on projects occurring in Community
- 8 successful Open Call projects completed and uploaded by Samantha Tai, jashen edwards & Patrick Murray, Lauren Best, Frédérique Drolet, Jennifer Lang, Kathy Kennedy, Shumaila Hemani, and Shifra Cooper (pending)
- Dissemination through
- presentation at conferences including ACFAS Congrès: Arts et réadaptation (keynote speech) and Music and Health Research Institute Conference (roundtable ‘Social Prescription Mobilization for Music Making and Mental Health’)
- publication of article in peer-reviewed online journal Performance Matters
- partner orgs such as Canadian Network for Arts and Learning etc
- Beta testing to assess the functionality and content of the Hub website, and subsequent adjustments
For more information, and to be part of the Hub, please contact Louise Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.