Music Canada Live, a new national association that will represent members of the live music community, has announced that Erin Benjamin will become its first Executive Director.
Ms. Benjamin, formerly the Executive Director of both the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (now known as Folk Music Ontario), has spent the past 14 years of her career working on behalf of the presenting and touring sector. “It’s incredibly exciting to be a part of the emergence of a new organization at a time when governments and audiences alike are deepening their awareness of the value, impact and role of live music in and on our communities. I look forward to working in partnership with colleagues from across the country, to shine the spotlight on the live sector – here at home, and around the world”.
Music Canada Live is a newly incorporated trade association that will represent business members engaged in the live music industry in Canada (ie. venues, promoters, festivals, agents, award shows, ticketing suppliers). It has been formed with seed funding from its founding members, and with the support of the Government of Ontario’s Music Fund.
“Hundreds of businesses and non-profit corporations are operating across Canada in the live music sector, employing thousands of people, and yet, unlike other segments of the music industry, there is no national association devoted to representing the interests of this large and diverse group,” says Benjamin. “With many issues affecting the live music industry specifically, including, immigration, licensing and funding, Music Canada Live will provide a forum for identifying solutions and advocating on behalf of the industry.”
Music Canada Live is in the formative stages but will seek to attract general members and additional founding members and directors from across the country, big and small, for profit and not-for-profit. In addition to advocacy, through networking events and communications, it will provide greater opportunities for partnership and collaboration among its members.
The Agency Group
Canadian Music Week
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall
The Union Ltd. (Union Events)
Erin Benjamin will assume her new responsibilities on Monday, November 10, 2014.