Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF Canada) held its 17th Annual General meeting (AGM) in Toronto, ON on July 25, 2017. As you know, MMF Canada is a nationally registered non-profit trade association whose members represent self managed artists as well as artist managers at all levels from across Canada.
This year’s meeting, hosted by YouTube Space Toronto at George Brown College School of Design, was attended by our members operating in the Greater Toronto Area. Our friends at YouTube hosted an informal reception for delegates prior to the official opening of the meeting.
The association welcomed its new Operations Director, Lara Farcasan following the departure of Jordan Safer earlier in the Calendar year. The organization reviewed its renewed plans to engage the broader membership via surveys, as well as an ongoing commitment to provide members with resources, discounts and education looking towards the 2017-18 programming year. MMF Canada is strong in its resolve to provide ethical standards in practice for Music Managers, education, outreach and networking opportunities, as well as advance the interests of artists managers in the upcoming year. The association also is working towards improving its capacity to engage and adapt to the ever changing needs and landscapes of artist management in Canada including opening committee participation to the Greater membership.
The organization welcomed back 5 directors to its board including Jason Burns (Arts & Crafts), Gourmet Delice (Bonsound), Dan Fraser (Nettwork Music Group), Jake Gold (The Management Trust), as well as incumbent President of MMF Canada, Meg Symsyk (Last Gang). New board member Amie Therrien (Balsam Pier Music) joined the board as elected by its membership in the departure of Nick Blasko (Amelia Artists Inc). The organization welcomed these directors in service of the membership for 2017-18 and acknowledged Nick Blasko for his efforts and positive impact during his tenure on the board of directors.
MMF Canada President, Meg Symsyk (Last Gang) presented the organization’s Annual Report including citing growth in its signature annual event. The 11th Annual Honour Roll presented by Slaight Music which saw the induction of Chris Smith, Duff Roman (Brian Chater Award) and Joanne Setterington (Banner Year Award Presented by SOCAN Foundation). The organization acknowledged partner contributions including support from the Ontario Music Fund as well as the Musicians Rights Organization Canada (MROC).
After the conclusion of the AGM, members gathered for a presentation by YouTube on managing your channel to increase your subscribers to 10,000. Attendees indicated that the takeaways provided by YouTube as invaluable and poignant.
In summary, this year’s MMF Canada AGM was a highly successful. An enthusiastic and member focused approach to the different topics was strongly evident, helping to make this AGM one of the annual highlights for artist managers and artists who self-represent.