About Folk Music Ontario

In the three decades since it was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, Folk Music Ontario has undergone many structural changes. These have happened with the careful oversight and leadership of the member-elected boards of directors that run Folk Music Ontario, and with the consent of the membership at each Annual General Meeting.

Vision

A thriving, inclusive folk music community with local and international impact

Purpose

Supporting the growth and development of the folk music community and industry

Strategies

Embed Inclusivity and Diversity: By everyone in everything, every day

  1. Increase & Diversify Revenue: Strengthen existing and develop new and innovative revenue streams
  2. Expand Member Value: Deliver services year-round targeted to evolving member needs
  3. Maximize Collaboration: Create collaborative opportunities to achieve our vision
  4. Be the Advocate: Raise the profile of FMO and champion folk music

History

Seeing the benefits of mutual support and collaboration, six Ontario music festivals came together in 1986 to form the OCFF. This new organization established a folk-genre presenters’ network and programmed professional development workshops that would be held during an annual conference.

The OCFF initiated several projects that raised the profile of the organization and increased its membership.  The OCFF began to print a quarterly magazine, Folk Prints, established theSongs From the Heart songwriting competition, began the community outreach program Art Beat, and added Official Showcase performances to the conference weekend.

By 1999 the OCFF board of directors had representatives from each region of Ontario, represented 25 major provincial folk festivals, and included ‘individuals’ (artists) into its bylaws as voting members.

In January 2001 the OCFF hired an Executive Director and the organization continued to expand.  By January 2004 membership had increased, programming intensified, and the service development and financial strength of the OCFF were transformed profoundly.

At the 2012 conference, the membership voted to change the name of the organization from “The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF)” to “Folk Music Ontario (FMO)”, in order to help people better understand who we are and what we do.

Now, 29 years after its founding, Folk Music Ontario is the largest folk and roots music organization in Canada and serves its members as a recognized arts service organization.

Corporate Documents

Annual Reports

2015/16

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Minutes

2006 // 2007 // 2008 // 2009 // 2010 // 2011 // 2015 // 2016 (DRAFT)

PLEASE NOTE: Revision requests to draft AGM minutes will be entertained at the next AGM prior to their approval. Address questions and concerns to the President of the Board of Directors

By-Laws

Bylaws – Updated 2012.10.13

Audited Financial Statements

Miscellaneous Documents