The Country Music Association of Ontario is hosting the Road to Independence Conference in Scarborough, ON on November 15th and 16th, 2014. The conference will feature knowledgeable panelists and keynote speakers. All panels and workshops will be interactive to ensure delegates can connect with key members of the music industry. This conference, while focused on country music, will be relevant to many other genres of music.
An international coalition of music creators has joined forces to call for fairer rules and greater transparency in the distribution of royalties by digital music services. The proposals were presented in Nashville on Oct. 23, 2014, in a new report, Fair Compensation for Music Creators in the Digital Age, released by the International Council of Creators of Music (CIAM), with the support of SOCAN, and the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and Music Creators North America (MCNA).
It’s the first time music creators have banded together to voice their concerns about the business practices in the digital music market and the distribution of royalties by online streaming and download services. The report presents comprehensive, empirical evidence suggesting that an alternative to current business practices is urgently needed.
Hamilton Music Collective’s An Instrument for Every Child (AIFEC), was buzzing in musical celebration yesterday. Two members of JUNO Award-winning group, Arkells, Max Kerman and Mike DeAngelis were on hand to help Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts, and Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations at TD Bank Group, announce the recipients of the 2nd annual MusiCounts TD Community Music Grants. AIFEC, a program dedicated to providing all children with high quality music education, was one of the program recipients announced, receiving $20,000 worth of instruments. Hamilton program participants from Dr. Edgar Davey Elementary School expecting to attend an “instrument petting zoo” to learn about instruments were surprised by both the performance and the donation of over 100 instruments. Arkells performed two songs and passionately discussed how music has influenced their lives, illuminating the essential impact music programs like AIFEC have on a community and the overall sense of fulfillment for the students involved.
North by Northeast (NXNE) has announced that its Director of Operations, Mike Tanner, is leaving the organization after seven years with the festival in order to take on the newly created role as Music Officer at the City of Toronto starting Tuesday, Oct. 21.
“Only a unique opportunity like this could have pulled me away from NXNE,” says Tanner. “I’m leaving behind an extraordinary organization run by wonderful people whom I’ll miss very much. But I am excited to join the new Entertainment Industries and do whatever I can to help bring the music industry and City Hall together to make Toronto the best place possible to work in music while growing our city’s reputation as one of the world’s top music cities.”
Music Canada has announced the launch of a province-wide study of the live music industry entitled Measuring Live Music.
This economic impact study will provide never-before-calculated data and information about the live music industry in Ontario that will:
– Identify strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats facing the live music community;
– Provide the live music community with a critical tool that will assist individual and cooperative efforts to grow the industry;
– Inform future government policy decisions and initiatives; and,
– Provide benchmarks for future measurement and tracking.
The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has provided a fairly detailed summary of Heritage and Languages Minister Shelly Glover’s response to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s Review of the Canadian Music Industry report. From CIMA:
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage wrapped up its Review of the Canadian Music Industryback in May, and issued its Report in June 2014. Now, the Government of Canada has issued its responseby presenting it to the House on Friday, October 10.
In case you need a quick refresher, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage moved to undertake a study of Canada’s music industry in December 2013 through Standing Order 108(2). Originally intended to hear from a variety of industry stakeholders over the course of no more than 7 meetings, it was quickly expanded to 12 meetings, allowing a wide swath of music industry players and stakeholders to provide testimony.
Coalition for Music Education is hosting its first gala fundraising event, “Casa Musica – an evening of music and meaning,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. at Toronto’s famed Casa Loma. Coalition for Music Education is best known for its annual Music Monday, the nation-wide sing-a-long that brings together hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music aficionados from coast to coast and which celebrated a milestone 10th anniversary earlier this year. Casa Musica the organization’s inaugural fundraising gala will be hosted by the charismatic Juno-winning jazz vocalist Kellylee Evans, with special guest speaker and musician Colonel Chris Hadfield. Funds raised from the evening will support Youth for Music, a new program of the Coalition for Music Education.
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended its deadline for entering songs to Nov. 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail. In addition, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives through the end of the year.
The Music Monday Anthem Search, a national songwriting competition created to inspire and engage music makers of all backgrounds, is now accepting submissions. The first of its kind, the competition is inviting aspiring songwriters from across the country to enter original compositions for the chance to be chosen as the next Music Monday Anthem. The composer of the winning submission will win $10,000 worth of musical equipment generously provided by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.
Canadian Music Week has announced Cowboy Junkies as the 2015 inductees to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. One of Canada’s iconic alternative country/blues/folk rock bands, Cowboy Junkies have been producing their signature brand of roots music for more than three decades, simultaneously playing a seminal role in building the foundation of Canada’s independent music sector. On Thursday, May 7, 2015, their successes will be celebrated among their colleagues, collaborators, and the industry at large at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala taking place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
“It’s rare when a band comes onto the scene and takes the whole industry by storm,” says Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “But Cowboy Junkies did just that. At a time when music was dominated by rock and pop, they transformed the landscape as we knew it – they defied genre and in the process created a new one. They broke down barriers, opening new doors for Canadian artists and in doing so, introduced the world to a fresh new Canadian sound. For that – for their ingenuity and their inspiration, we are proud to honour them with an induction to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.”