Music Canada Live AGM held on May 11, 2018, Board of Directors Elected
Music Canada Live’s fourth annual general meeting was held on Friday, May 11 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. With many members in attendance, the AGM was a moment to take a look-back at an impressive of year of growth and action.
“It’s been an important year, both in the industry and for the organization,” said Erin Benjamin, Executive Director. “We now have over 180 members, a huge achievement for such a young association. We continue to advocate on their behalf – on the many key issues and challenges facing Canada’s live music industry.”
Music Canada Live singled out a variety of key advocacy priorities it has championed in the past year including:
- Continuing leadership of Ontario’s Live Music Strategy, including the release of the Vision for Ontario’s Live Music Industry
- Beginning the work on the economic impact study “Here, The Beat: The Economic Impact of Live Music in BC” (to be launched May 30th, 2018)
- Partnering with CMW to deliver the third annual Canadian Live Music Industry Awards, including the introduction of the Music Canada Live Community Impact Award, recognizing the Music Canada Live member who has made a significant impact on their community through live music
- Strategic music cities work including Calgary, AB; Vancouver, BC; Halifax, NS; London, ON; Toronto, ON; Ottawa, ON
- Engagement in key areas affecting live music such as:
- Secondary Ticketing Legislation
- Renewal of Amplify BC (formerly the BC Music Fund)
- Challenges facing small venues
- Noise bylaws and zoning reviews
Music Canada Live also announced its newly and/or re-elected 2018-19 board members:
- Vanessa Arscott, Plan V Productions
- Louis Bellavance, Festival D’Ete de Quebec
- Nick Blasko, Amelia Artists & Atomique Productions Inc.
- Kevin Donnelly, True North Sports & Entertainment
- Tarun Nayar, VIBC
- Tracy Jenkins, Lula Music & Arts Centre
- Kim Rayworth, Capitol Theatre
- Lynne Skromeda, Winnipeg Folk Festival
- Louis Thomas, Sonic Entertainment Group
- Wayne Zronik, MLSE
“We are so pleased to welcome our new and returning board members, and we thank them for their leadership and for representing their communities. We are also proud to say that Music Canada Live has made a steadfast commitment to parity and diversity on its board”, said Chair Jesse Kumagai. “This year we have doubled the number of female representatives and plan to have gender parity by 2019.”
Music Canada Live approaches 2018 – 2019 with a robust agenda to serve members and build capacity across live music sector.
For more information, please contact: Erin Benjamin.
Please read the 2017 – 2018 Music Canada Live Annual Report: