Who is it? People is meant to highlight the need to ensure that ALL people in the music industry have the opportunity to participate, including access and opportunities for equity-denied groups, as well as ensuring livability and affordability for artists and industry folks.
What it looks like according to folks we talked to…
Grants, funding, residencies awarded with equity and inclusion in mind
Festivals and music events are organized with equity and inclusion in mind (e.g., consider accessibility of venues, eligibility requirements for festival performers, etc.)
Affordable cost of living cited as a major boon in some towns and cities interviewed
Artists are present and performing on a regular basis
Diverse artists and types of music on display
Keep scrolling for ideas and examples of making music for (all!) people in your corner of Alberta.
Not sure where to start? Look for ideas with the colour associated with your role in the music industry:
Understand why it is important to consider issues of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility when developing your music scene. See informative reports exploring various aspects of diversity in music in the next column.
Resource/Info:Canadian Federation of Musicians (negotiates fair agreements for Canadian members, works to protect ownership of recorded music, secures benefits such as health care and pension, and actively lobbies legislators on on matters of interest to professional musicians living and working in Canada)
Resource/Info:Edmonton Musicians Association (provides resources and information, including access to the Musicians Pension Fund of Canada—members can be from anywhere north or Red Deer)
Resource/Info:FACTOR (private non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry)
Resource/Info:Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (while mostly focused in Calgary and Edmonton, they do provide a mentorship program that immigrant and newcomer artists and arts & culture workers from outside the cities can access for professional advice)
Resource/Info:Music Canada (organization that supporters Canada’s major record labels, good resource for news and research)
Resource/Info:Music Publishers Canada (mission to create business opportunities for music publishers in Canada and to promote their interests)
Resource/Info:SOCAN (Canada’s largest music rights management organization)
Resource/Info:SOCAN Foundation (branch of SOCAN that offers grants and assistance to members)
Resource/Info:Unison Fund (provides emergency financial services and professional counselling to the Canadian music community)
Resource/Info:We Are Moving the Needle (non-profit supporting women recording industry professionals, audio engineers and producers)