The Retail Print Music Dealers Association (RPMDA) is again accepting nominations for the “Dorothy” Award, named for Dorothy Hutchinson, former executive secretary/treasurer and charter member of RPMDA. During her too-brief life, she epitomized the finest that the print music industry has to offer, and had in abundance the attributes that print music dealers and publishers all aspire to. Dorothy served her community and music education, she was an active participant in promoting good dealer/publisher relations, and was an ethical businessperson who generously shared information with her fellow dealers. Her example of hard work and high standards make the “Dorothy” Award RPMDA’s highest honour.
Hundreds of artists from nearly every musical genre will perform on five NAMM Show stages and at dozens of industry events during the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on Jan. 21-24. Live music will set the stage for product debuts from more than 5,000 brands throughout the four-day music industry event. Star-studded awards shows, iconic speakers, legendary musicians, and music-making opportunities provide the soundtrack to the NAMM Show.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, The Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St.) in Toronto will host A GTA Music City concert benefiting music education charity MusiCounts. The funk, rock and pop show will be hosted by radio personalities Alan Cross and CBC’s Talia Schlanger and feature musical acts God Made Me Funky, Bucket List, and The Elwins.
The night will also feature special guest performers and JUNO winners Joey Landreth of The Bros. Landreth and Simone Denny, vocalist for ’90s dance/house group Love Inc., and ’80s metal queen Lee Aaron, who’s gearing up for a new album in March 2016, will also perform at the event.
Beyerdynamic and its Canadian distributor, Techni+Contact, have teamed up to offer two free education, demo, and networking opportunities for musicians and audio professionals called Beyer Connection. At both Beyer Connection events, one for recording and the other on live sound, attendees will learn the secrets of microphone technique and network with the music industry’s best.
This special event features advice from Bernd Neubauer, application engineer and artist relations manager from Beyerdynamic Germany. He will be on-hand to demonstrate best practices techniques featuring live musicians.
NAMM has announced that college students studying for careers in music may now apply for the President’s Innovation Award. The award offers music industry leaders-in-training the opportunity to attend the 2016 NAMM Show by providing $600 to offset travel costs. Award recipients will join the global music industry in Anaheim, CA to experience the show and attend Generation Next. Music educators are also invited to attend the NAMM Show as part of the program Music Education Days.
Funding cuts are slowly killing the CBC, and with it the Canadian music industry. Canadian Musician magazine invites you to join us in taking a stance on this important issue by signing the petition at www.savethecbc.com, sharing it, and spreading the message.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has been suffering from a series of funding cuts implemented by the federal government. The 2012 federal budget cut $115 million from the CBC’s budget over three years. While this has negative consequences for all Canadians as this national institution is forced to cut jobs and scale back its reach and scope, the country’s music and arts communities, in particular, stand to lose. In many cases, it’s already happening. But there’s something you can do.