Music Canada Live – 2016-17 3rd Annual General Meeting and Report

Music Canada Live’s third annual general meeting was held on Monday, September 18th in Toronto’s Velvet Underground, continuing its tradition of bringing together Canada’s live music stakeholders to dialogue on key issues, activities, highlights and successes of the association. This year featured a compelling interview with Vice Media’s Chief International Growth Officer, David Purdy, on the intersection of content and the live music space. The event was livestreamed for members, and attracted a who’s who of music industry leadership.

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“It’s extraordinary to be able to point to key milestones from the past year, and connect them to our mission and priorities moving forward,” said Erin Benjamin, Executive Director. “We set out to achieve something as a community, and we are doing just that. Live music in Canada has never been more important to the lives of artists and their fans. We are steadfast in our commitment to telling our story, to ensure we continue to create the conditions for concerts to thrive – from coast to coast to coast.”

Most noteworthy, Music Canada Live demonstrated its impressive growth by singling out a variety of key advocacy priorities it has championed in the past par year including:

• The release of the report Striking a New A-Chord: Recommendations for the Growth and Development of Canada’s East Coast Music Industry
• Partnering with CMW to deliver the second annual Canadian Live Music Industry Awards, hosted by Paul Shaffer
• Continuing leadership of Ontario’s Live Music Strategy, which will set out a vision for the next wave of growth in Ontario’s live music sector
• Engagement in key areas affecting live music such as:
• Secondary Ticketing Legislation
• The BC Music Fund
• Challenges facing small venues
• Noise bylaws and zoning reviews
• Strategic music cities work

Music Canada Live cited membership growth of close to 50%, with a total of 145 members across Canada.

During the event, Music Canada Live also welcomed Victoria Shepherd as its first-ever Director of Operations. Victoria has spent over twenty years in the music industry, most recently as CONNECT Music Licensing’s long-time Executive Director.

Music Canada Live approaches 2017 – 2018 with a robust agenda of initiatives to serve its members and grow the live music sector including advocacy, best practices, networking, professional development and to ensure more and enhanced activity across Canada.

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Annual report: TKG_MCL_Annual-Report_FINAL