Canadian Musician - May-June 2022 - Page 12

ASSOCIATION UPDATE

Canadian Live Music Association On March 30 th , the Canadian Live Music Association ( CLMA ) – along with the support of FACTOR and the Government of Canada , Creative BC , the Province of British Columbia , and Ontario Creates — unveiled the results of the national study , Closing the Gap : Impact and Representation of Indigenous , Black and People of Colour ( IBPOC ) Live Music Workers in Canada . The definitive study , conducted over 18 months , provides critical data and better informs CLMA and its partners of the challenges and barriers that impede IBPOC workers in the Canadian live music industry . The findings also highlight the most pressing issues and obstacles and emphasize the urgent need to better serve IBPOC live music workers across Canada .
The national study validates the urgent need to advocate for racialized individuals working in the sector . It shows that IBPOC workers make up 16 % of the total number of live music industry workers in Canada and on average make $ 11,700 less per year than white industry workers . The survey demonstrates that if IBPOC workers and artists earned the same as their white counterparts , they would add $ 202.2 million to the industry ’ s annual contribution to GDP . In total , the absent GDP contribution of missing IBPOC workers and lost wages is an estimated $ 273.5 million .
Additional key findings include a need to immediately address gatekeeping . The top four reported employment positions among white live music industry workers are gatekeeping positions : venue owners , promoters , live event producers , and festival programmers . IBPOC workers are significantly underrepresented in certain live music workplaces with 61 % of white entrepreneurs and owners reporting that IBPOC workers make up a minority of their workplaces . These results in addition to 82 % of IBPOC respondents reporting that increased access to gatekeepers including producers , executives , bookers / promoters , and agents would be one of the most useful resources to advancing their careers , strongly indicates the need for increased IBPOC representation in gatekeeping positions to amplify diversity in the live music industry .
For more information and to read the report , go to www . canadianlivemusic . ca .
Women in Music Canada Women in Music Canada is inviting the hundreds of women and underrepresented gender identity artists and industry professionals across Canada to register for its new , official Women in Music Canada Directory . The aim is for the directory to be a valuable resource not only to identify and connect with other women and underrepresented gender identity professionals across our country , but also a great way to expand one ’ s professional network and gain more career opportunities .
Women in Music Canada is a registered non-profit organization and one of the largest music industry associations in Canada . It ’ s dedicated to fostering gender equality in the music industry through the support and advancement of female-identifying professionals and creatives at every stage of their careers . The goal is to strengthen the social-economic balance of the music industry by providing professional development , support , and resources for the community .
For more information , contact WIMC : info @ womeninmusic . ca , www . womeninmusic . ca .
Western Canadian Music Alliance
MOONFRUITS AT THE FOLK MUSIC ONTARIO CONFERENCE
The Western Canadian Music Alliance will be holding a second BreakOut West in 2022 . This edition of the music festival and conference will be held in Calgary from Sept . 28 to Oct . 2 , 2022 .
“ As a past president with BreakOut West and now working with Alberta Music as interim executive director , I couldn ’ t be more excited to have the event coming to Calgary ,” says Christine Rogerson . “ Following the tough years our industry has seen recently , we are keen to enliven the music community in Calgary , bringing original , live music safely to venues and fans .”
In partnership with Tourism Calgary , the Province of Alberta , and the National Music Centre , BreakOut West will return to the city after having previously celebrated there in 2004 and 2013 . Venues throughout Calgary ’ s downtown core and in the Music Mile will welcome musicians from across western Canada and internationally .
For more information , go to www . breakoutwest . ca .
CIMA
BREAKOUT WEST CONFERENCE
The Canadian Independent Music Association ( CIMA ) will now be featuring news from its member companies in its weekly newsletter . If a member of CIMA has an announcement about their company , a recent artist release / livestream , a new artist deal , an online webinar they ’ re organizing or participating in , etc ., complete the form at the URL below .
CIMA will share several stories each week in the newsletter under Member News . As this deadline is ongoing , members can submit announcements as often as they ’ d like .
To submit an announcement , complete the form at www . surveymonkey . com / r / 88KTW9Y .
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