President’s Report Season 2016–17

2016–17 was busy with off-forum year pro­grammes; it was also a year of impor­tant orga­ni­za­tion­al growth and com­mu­ni­ty development.
Pro­pelled by the con­cerns and ener­gy of FORUM 2016, CNMN launched the Rolling Nation­al Con­ver­sa­tion on Diver­si­ty, with ses­sions in Hal­i­fax, Vic­to­ria and Mon­tre­al. (See Equi­ty and Diver­si­ty report for details.) It has had a gal­va­niz­ing effect in local com­mu­ni­ties where fol­low-up gath­er­ings are planned; and it has equipped CNMN with a keen­er sense of con­cerns and prob­lems, which we have tak­en to dis­cus­sions with sis­ter orga­ni­za­tions, Orches­tras Cana­da, the Cana­di­an Music Cen­tre and the Cana­di­an League of Com­posers. There is much more work to be done and plans are afoot.

CNMN also embarked on its first for­mal sur­vey: Path­way to a Life in New Music. Work began in the fall of 2016, and by the end of June we were ready to launch the sur­vey. (See Sur­vey report for details.) It has been an eye-open­ing intro­duc­tion to the world of sam­pling and data analy­sis; the find­ings of this study and the strong pro­fes­sion­al rela­tion­ships we have estab­lished argue for more stud­ies in the future.

There were three new addi­tions to CNMN’s com­mit­tees: Equi­ty and Diver­si­ty, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and Tour­ing Net­work; oth­ers –Pub­lic Engage­ment, Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive, and Lan­guage – were busy through the year with issues in their areas and project devel­op­ment. The FORUM 2018 Steer­ing com­mit­tee was formed in the spring.

As to CNMN’s admin­is­tra­tion, the Admin­is­tra­tive Direc­tor Emi­ly Hall attend­ed ably in with mem­bers through e‑blasts and bul­letins, main­tain­ing the web site and mem­ber­ship infor­ma­tion, keep­ing the board on track, sup­port­ing projects, and plan­ning for grant appli­ca­tions, among oth­er things. Book­keep­er Cléo Pala­tio-Quintin pro­vid­ed time­ly book­keep­ing; and Anan­da Sud­dath assist­ed with event pro­duc­tion. Dur­ing the year Cléo announced her inten­tion to step down as of June 30 and rec­om­mend­ed Math­ieu Leclair, who has been installed as her suc­ces­sor bookkeeper.

Over the course of the year CNMN went through an impor­tant inter­nal assess­ment. The board exec­u­tive – Jen­nifer War­ing, Juli­et Palmer, Po Yeh and Sean Clarke – in con­sul­ta­tion with Christi­na Loewen, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of, and oth­er experts in the com­mu­ni­ty, exam­ined the struc­tur­al and admin­is­tra­tive needs of the orga­ni­za­tion, con­clud­ing that it would be bet­ter served by the lead­er­ship of an Exec­u­tive Direc­tor. CNM­N’s finances allow for a part-time posi­tion, with addi­tion­al sup­port for event pro­duc­tion. The plan was approved by the board at its meet­ing in May 2017, a time­line fixed (com­ple­tion in Nov 2017) and a search com­mit­tee struck.

2016–17 saw sig­nif­i­cant turnover in board mem­bers. Stacey Brown, Louise Camp­bell, Jim Mont­gomery, Hei­di Ouel­lette and Kyle Bren­ders all stepped down, some after long ser­vice. Replac­ing them, and also fill­ing new posi­tions cre­at­ed by a change in the By-laws that increased the board from 12 to 15 mem­bers, were: Sarah Albu, Jen­nifer But­ler, Sean Clarke, Emi­ly Doolit­tle, Kathryn Ladano, Marc-Olivi­er Lam­on­tagne, Megu­mi Masa­ki, and Juli­et Palmer. Over the course of the year, Alain Per­ron stepped down and was replaced by Bren­da Cle­niuk (Saskatchewan); and momen­tous­ly Tim Brady stepped down, to be replaced by Clemens Merkel (Que­bec).

CNMN received fund­ing for the past year from: the Cana­da Coun­cil for the Arts (our first core fund­ing — $17,000); the SOCAN Foun­da­tion (an increase from $13,500 to $17,000); and FACTOR ($8,000 for the Rolling Nation­al Con­ver­sa­tions on Diver­si­ty). These are all good results, but being accept into the core fund­ing stream at the Cana­da Coun­cil was par­tic­u­lar­ly sig­nif­i­cant as it made us eli­gi­ble for a much high­er lev­el of fund­ing under the new struc­tures at the CCA.

We look for­ward to 2017–18 with excite­ment. It’s a year fea­tur­ing not just anoth­er FORUM, but a forum in two places; and CNMN wel­comes its first Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Ter­ri Hron. CNMN has tak­en a big step.

sub­mit­ted by Jen­nifer War­ing, president

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