According to Metalworks Institute Faculty Member Morgan Pottruff, “We’ve reached a point in time where the digital music production standards are incredibly high. There is a new emerging class of super producers with top notch sound design skills to go with their songwriting and engineering prowess. A program focusing on these career paths is an idea whose time has come. If you combine that with the history and credibility of Metalworks Studios and the school’s partnership with them, you have an outstanding educational choice for students.”
Canadian music industry leader Catharine Saxberg has been appointed Head of International Relations for the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). It is a role created in response to the substantial growth in royalties found outside of Canada and distributed back to SOCAN’s more than 120,000 members, according to the organization.
Until joining SOCAN in January 2014, Saxberg will continue as the Executive Director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), where she has been responsible for all operations of the organization since 2005, including strategic planning, government relations, communications, board relations, administration, policy development, financial and staff management.
News from MusicOntario:
Last week, MusicOntario & CIMA observed a meeting of the Toronto Economic Development Committee, wherein a unanimous vote was passed to adopt the Terms of Reference for a Toronto Music Advisory Council. The committee plans to begin searching for individuals involved in Toronto’s music industry immediately, as these individuals will be formally appointed at the Dec. 16 City Council meeting.
As such, the city has opened a call for applications to the council, open to anyone with the relevant music industry experience and qualifications. The Music Advisory Committee will be responsible for advising City Council on strategic planning, outreach, and networking, advocacy and policy development on all matters pertaining to Toronto’s music industry. The committee will consist of up to 21 members, including representatives from all facets of the music industry, including venue owners, managers, studio owners, record labels, publishers, trade associations, artists and more.
Metalworks Group took home the SME Excellence Award at the annual Ontario Business Achievement Awards, hosted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented each year to an Ontario SME (Small & Medium size Enterprise) that exemplified forward thinking in all aspects of its business.
The winners of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) were announced on Sunday evening at a gala event in Calgary. Hosted by Shelagh Rogers (CBC Radio) and musician Benoit Bourque (La Bottine Souriante/Le Vent du Nord), Canada’s folk community came together after a bustling weekend of public events, which included an intimate songwriter’s circle, workshops, and nominee showcases.
Nineteen award categories were presented at the gala. Overall, Ontario artists received the most awards with seven artists taking home nine awards. British Columbian and Nova Scotian artists followed with four artists winning four awards for each of their provinces. Quebec and Nunavut artists brought home one award each.
On Wednesday, Nov. 27, Interactive Ontario and FACTOR will present Interactive Meets Music: A Digital Marketing Fund Information Session & Mixer. FACTOR and Interactive Ontario, who are presenting the event, have extended an offer to all MusicOntario members to attend this session at no cost.
“In addition to funding the production and marketing of sound recordings by Canadian artists, FACTOR also provides funding for Digital Marketing projects. The Digital Marketing program is intended to fund projects that improve the accessibility of Canadian music on digital platforms, and to develop the infrastructure and capacity of Canadian digital music markets. Projects to develop and produce web platforms, digital music services and mobile applications may be eligible. Read more online here.
TAVES, now going into its 3rd year, is an event geared towards everyone that enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and is interested in the latest consumer electronics devices. Visitors to TAVES will be able to sit through demonstrations of music and home theatre systems in home-like environments and discover a wealth of new products and brands. TAVES also presents a great opportunity for industry professionals to connect with manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. According to organizers, there will be 60 different exhibitor spaces and nearly 300 brands under one roof.
The new Ontario Music Fund was officially launched on Oct. 28 by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan, at an event held at Revolution Studios in Toronto.
MusicOntario & CIMA have been engaging the government throughout the spring and summer on the details of the fund, which were made public following today’s announcement. Full details on each fund are now live at the OMDC website: http://www.omdc.on.ca/music/the_ontario_music_fund.htm.
The $45 million (over three years) Ontario Music Fund is divided into four streams, administered through the Ontario Media Development Corp. (OMDC) via a competitive application process. The four streams each support different industry activities. Importantly, many of these funds have different eligibility and funding restrictions for domestic and multinational record labels:
Unsigned Canadian singer-songwriters can now enter one original song in the 2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience, sponsored by Aspiring Canadian Writers Contests Inc. and supported by Industry Partner, Songwriters Association of Canada.
Entries will be reviewed by a panel of singer-songwriter judges: Lesley Pike, Gibson’s featured artist, 2013 Sundance London film and music festival; Luther Mallory, former frontman of Crush Luther, pop-rock band with two #1 hits on Much More Music; Katie Rox, former lead singer of Jakalope, industrial-rock band with multiple MMVA nominations;Melanie Durrant, 2013 Juno Award-nominated artist for Reggae Single of the Year; and Theo Tams, Gemini Award-nominated artist and 2008 Canadian Idol champion.
Fishman has launched the TriplePlay Guitar Wars Contest, an opportunity for respondents to create a great original composition using their Fishman TriplePlay Wireless Guitar Controller and win a free trip to Winter NAMM, a Godin TriplePlay guitar, and other prizes.
The Grand Prize winner’s free trip to the National Association of Music Merchant’s Show (Winter NAMM 2014) in Anaheim, CA includes four nights at a hotel, airfare, transfers to and from the airport, five hundred dollars in cash, and a chance to play their winning song live at the Fishman and Godin booths each day during the show. In addition, the winner gets a Godin Session Custom TriplePlay guitar (MSRP value: $1,295), and a one-year subscription to Guitar World magazine.