CLMA & SOCAN Partner to Launch New Relief Fund for Small Indie Venues
In partnership with SOCAN , the Canadian Live Music Association ( CLMA ) has launched AID : # ForTheLoveOfLIVE , a relief initiative in support of Canadian independently owned and operated live music venues with a capacity of 500 or fewer that are struggling due to devastating losses during the COVID-19 pandemic .
Through AID : # ForTheLoveOfLIVE , a total of $ 30,000 will go to eligible music venues that have experienced significant financial challenges due to the pandemic . The last two years have been especially devastating to small , independent live music businesses who are vital contributors to our Canadian culture and economy .
Independently owned and operated venues under 500 capacity in Canada are invited to apply for AID : # ForTheLoveOfLIVE between June 13 and July 13 , 2022 . Venues will be selected by blind , random lottery between July 14 and Aug . 1 , and announced on Aug . 4 , 2022 . A total of 30 venues will receive $ 1,000 each to help with their recovery .
LTR Drumming Performance Featured During Global WE Day Event
Chris Lesso ’ s LTR ( Life Through Rhythm ) Drumming collaborated with the ME to We foundation to create an original piece for its global WE Day half-time show on May 18 , 2022 .
The free virtual event celebrated inspirational youth change makers in an age where teens are experiencing unprecedented rates of anxiety , depression , and isolation . While research shows musical expression helps to reduce these symptoms , LTR Drumming is pioneering the direct connection between drumming and well-being .
“ We desperately need tools to fight against the mental health pandemic plaguing our youth . Nothing is more powerful than drumming and music ,” says Lesso . “ I ’ ve seen firsthand how drumming completely transforms lives and grows kids ’ confidence to levels never thought possible .”
The original song , “ Good Vibrations ,” written by Ontario-based singer-songwriter Brett Caswell , features a passionate performance from LTR Drumming . They provide testimonials of what drumming means to them and emphasise drumming ’ s role in overcoming personal challenges .
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Winners & Protégés Announced for Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prizes In May , the Metcalf Foundation announced the five winners of the latest Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prizes ( a . k . a . the Johannas ). The winners are Ian Cusson , composer ; iskwē , musician ; Ravi Jain ,
theatre director ; Sandra Laronde , multidisciplinary artist ; and Marilo Nuñez , theatre director and playwright .
Each winner received a prize of $ 25,000 and selected a protégé as a way of celebrating early career artists who are showing formidable promise . The five protégés are : Beverley McKiver , composer ( protégé of Ian Cusson ); Zeegwon “ Zee ” Shilling , musician ( iskwē ); Aaron Jan , theatre director ( Ravi Jain ); Aria Evans , interdisciplinary artist ( Sandra Laronde ); and Margarita Valderrama , actor and playwright ( Marilo Nuñez ).
Protégés were awarded $ 10,000 each , a $ 5,000 increase from the inaugural prize year in appreciation of the particular challenges faced by artists growing into their careers over these last two years .
The Johannas are delivered on a biennial basis in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council ( OAC ). The nominees are selected through several juried OAC competitions in dance , music / opera , and theatre , including creators from Francophone , Indigenous , and Northern communities . Artists who have been producing and showing work over a period of at least 10 years are eligible .
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