About Us

Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF Canada) is a registered non-profit trade organization whose mission is to become the go-to source for Canadian artists and managers on issues related to music management in Canada and around the world.

MMF Canada is a membership-based organization currently serving over 150 members who represent over 300 Canadian and International acts. The membership is national in scope and ranges from self-managed artists to highly experienced managers representing some of the largest acts in Canada. Our daily objectives are to work collaboratively with the larger music community to offer education, resources, advice, discounts and a network of peers. MMF Canada is the Canadian voice of a larger network of Music Management Forum’s from around the world. Read more via the “International Music Managers Forum” link below.

The MMF Canada is committed to ensuring that artists receive their fare share of remuneration from every possible income source. As the management sector’s voice in the industry, the MMF Canada acts as a lobbying force to various levels of the government on behalf of its members on key issues that affect managers and their artists. Particular emphasis is placed on protecting artists’ rights as new sound carriers and technologies are implemented. The MMF Canada also helps members develop management skills and music industry knowledge through educational initiatives such as panels and workshops.


Our Goals

  • Educate artists and artist managers through workshops, seminars and online resources
  • Provide networking opportunities between our Members and other industry affiliates
  • Lobby on behalf of our members and their artists on relevant government and non-government issues
  • Strengthen our Members’ business operations and the development of their artists careers
  • Build our association and it’s value to our Members


What We Offer

  • Professional Development/Education: The Cross Country Workshop Series (offered in partnership with conferences and associations across Canada) provides panels, seminars, roundtables and mentor sessions led by industry professionals from all around the world. (Members gain access to these services for free or discounted costs)
  • Networking Opportunities: Mixers, networking events, social media connections, online list of managers and artists whom are connected with the MMF (Members gain access to these services for free or discounted rates) and MMF’s in 15 other countries.
  • Resources: Access to a number of extensive educational downloadable documents for free to members, training resources provided by the Cultural Human Resources Council for sale, and contact information for all other members
  • Discounts (Members Only): In addition to the discounted professional development series and networking opportunities, members are also offered discounts on various music industry products and services, festivals, conferences, etc.
  • Memberships: $150 + HST for Single Membership, $300 + HST for Company Membership (up to 3 people within the same company). Members receive all of the above services for free or at a discounted rate.
  • A Voice: MMF acts as a lobbying voice on issues related to artist management within Canada
  • Coming Soon! *Master Class Series*: Geared towards seasoned managers and more in depth knowledge taught in a classroom format
  • Honour Roll Awards: Each year the MMF Canada hosts the Annual Honour Roll Reception and Dinner in Toronto, Ontario, where 2 awards; the Honour Roll Award and Pioneer Award, are given out to seasoned music management professionals.

Our History

One of the key motivating factors in the founding of MMF Canada was the consensus among Canadian Music Managers that there was a real need to raise professional standards in management by educating up-and-coming Managers including self-managed artists. Incorporated in the year 2000, the MMF Canada began to seek out ways to help artist managers develop their knowledge of the music industry and their artists careers, strengthen the profession of the Canadian Music Manager, and strengthen the Canadian Music Industry as a whole through the sharing of information and best practices.

From the beginning, MMF Canada has been to forming partnerships with provincial music industry associations and conference presenters across Canada to help foster educational activity and to help artists and managers reach a larger audience. Over the years the MMF Canada developed a professional development series called the ‘Cross Country Workshop Series’, with the purpose of helping artist managers in each and every province.

The Cross Country Workshop Series has a successful track record of presenting workshops across Canada, having organized and executed successful sessions from British Columbia in the west to Newfoundland and Labrador in the east, and every province in between.  Hundreds of managers, artists, agents and related professionals with a wide range of experiences have taken part in these initiatives to help educate, share ideas and work towards raising the standards of the profession. The Cross Country Workshop Series has filled a void in ‘management’ education for artist managers and has received exceptional levels of support and praise from all provincial music associations, conference event holders, funding bodies and attendees from across Canada. View our Membership to find out more about MMF’s Workshop Series.


“Until the formation of the Music Managers Forum, music managers were the only part of the industry that did not have their own association. They had to work alone, make mistakes alone and negotiate with powerful multi-nationals on their own. There were no means of sharing and learning from the experiences of other managers, no forum for discussing common concerns…we need a united front in order to make our views and needs clear now.” —    Dennis Muirhead, Founder Chairman of the MMF U.K.

 

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