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Strat plan update 1

In the last eNews, FMO President Rachel Barreca updated members on where you can find FMO’s new 2015-2020 strategic plan, which the Board announced at the October 2015 AGM.

The five-year plan focuses FMO’s work on an overarching initiative:

Embed Inclusivity and Diversity: By everyone, in everything, everyday

and four strategies:

  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

A number of FMO members have asked how they can help implement our vision of a thriving, inclusive folk music community with local and international impact and our purpose to support the growth and development of the folk music community and industry. Here’s a snapshot of how the Board and staff are implementing these strategies in the plan’s first year and what we anticipate in 2016 and beyond. If you’d like more information or are interested in volunteering to support FMO’s strategic initiatives, please be in touch with Kathy Partridge, head of FMO’s Strategic Planning Committee at

2015-2020 Strategic Initiative Completed or Underway in Fiscal 2015 Next Up
Embed Inclusivity and Diversity • Adopted FMO’s Equality Policy • Design, partner, train and measure progress on diversity, in services, positions, opportunities offered, in execution
Increase & Diversify Revenue • Maximized conference silent auction
• Implemented Board fundraising committee
• Increase private sector funding
• Research charitable options
Expand Member Value • Start expanding programming year-round • Restructure awards to elevate recognition
Maximize Collaboration • Presented FMO performer members at Ontario Scene, MEGAphono, and Union Summer • Increase co-presenting opportunities for annual conference and workshops
• Build collaboration with funding partners and Music Industry Associations
Be the Advocate • Contribute to committees (Ontario Ministry of Culture; Ottawa Music Industry Coalition)
• Support national advocacy groups
• Increase impact of Board member expertise
• Increase FMO presence in media

2015 advertising opportunities

FMO has new advertising packages that will save you a bundle and let you handle all of your promotion through FMO this year with a one-time purchase. For more info, please email Mike Large. And to read about all of the FMO conference advertising opportunities, please click here.

Spring 2015 Folk Prints

Our latest edition of Folk Prints is now available to the general public. Articles include:
• Rules of the Road – A humorous and comprehensive checklist for the touring musician by veteran troubadour Jonathan Byrd
• FMO/FMC Export Development Program – Just what is the EDP? How can/why should an artist get involved?
• Art Beat – From the Audience’s Perspective – An account of the Art Beat experience from one of the schools visited in October 2014

There are also the regular features – messages from FMO’s Board President, Alex Sinclair, and Executive Director, Alka Sharma, new member listings, etc. Be sure to check out FMO’s member festival listings – you’ll find dates and contact info for your old favourites and a few new ones, too!

Click here to view this online edition of Folk Prints, and enjoy!

New FMO member benefit

Front Row Insurance now offers discounted instrument insurance to FMO members. To get a quick online quote, click here and then choose Folk Music Ontario in the dropdown list of Music Associations. And if you call or contact Front Row, mention the discount code FMO15OFF.

FMO Song Circle – May 1, 2015 – UPDATED – CHANGE IN START TIME

Folk Music Ontario is sponsoring an intimate evening with some of the capital region’s best singer-songwriters at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave. Host Amanda Rheaume welcomes Chris MacLean, Ana Miura, Audrey Saparno, Slo’ Tom, Ian Tamblyn, and Jill Zmud for two sets starting at **8:30pm** (doors at 8pm). For more info, please visit

CD & DVD duplication

Duplium Muzic provides independent artists with the opportunity to get their product made professionally AND affordably. Through an ongoing partnership with Folk Music Ontario, Duplium has introduced a series of discounts available to FMO members (individual, organizational and festival).

FMO members can offset or even recover their membership fee just by taking advantage of one of Duplium’s discounts (e.g., $49 off a fully packaged run of 500, or $99 off a fully packaged run of 1000, both including disc replication with complete print and packaging in a Jewel Case, Digipak, Propak or Ecosleeve and wrap).

For more information on these and other discounts offered to FMO members by Duplium Muzic, please click here. And be sure to mention your FMO membership the next time that you are doing business with Duplium!

2014 Estelle Klein Award recipient – Harvey Glatt!

2014 EKA recipient Harvey GlattEach year, Folk Music Ontario (FMO) honours the work of an individual or group that has made significant contributions to Ontario’s folk music community. The award is named after Estelle Klein, a long-time advocate of Canadian Folk music and one of the early founders of the Folk festival scene in this country. This year’s Estelle Klein Award recipient is Harvey Glatt.

Harvey is an award-winning Canadian music promoter, manager, broadcaster, record and instrument retailer and record label owner.  He has been a supporter of music in the Ottawa area for since the early 1950s. Harvey founded The Treble Clef, a record store that grew into a 15-store chain, Bass Clef Productions (large concert promotion ), Treble Clef Distribution (music distribution) and Bytown Music Publishing (music publishing), and started Ottawa’s CHEZ-FM. He later sold his radio interests to Rogers Media, serving as a board member and director of Canadian music development there. Harvey was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2007.

Click here to read more about Harvey Glatt and the Estelle Klein Award.

30% discount at CMW for FMO members

Next week is Canadian Music Week! CMW 2014 is offering a 30% discount on its Music Summit 3-Day pass to Folk Music Ontario members. Your FMO membership must be current to access this discount. Call the FMO office at 1-866-292-6233 by 5:00pm, Friday, May 2 to check your membership status and get the promo code!

Includes: access to Music Summit seminars, Social Music Summit, Live Touring Summit, Songwriters and Publishers Summit, exhibits, International Marketplace, Music Festival Showcases, Film Festival & Comedy Festival.

Join more than 3000 international leaders, experts, colleagues and your peers this May (6-10) in Toronto for Canadian Music Week 2014 – the largest and most influential music and media conference and festival in Canada. CMW provides artists and industry professionals with the tools and knowledge to build their profile in the business and puts them face-to-face with the forward thinkers who shape the entertainment industries. With attendees and speakers from around the world, it provides the ideal platform to advance your career.

CMW 2014 confirmed programming includes:

  • celebrity interviews with artists and legends Quincy Jones, Nile Rodgers, Diane Warren, deadmau5, Amanda Palmer, Bruce Cockburn and City and Colour;
  • keynotes from music industry veterans Terry Ellis (Imago / Chrysalis Music), Martin Mills (Beggars Group), Daniel Glass (Glassnote Records), and Shelly Finkel (SFX Entertainment), as well as progressive movers Tom Windish (The Windish Agency), David Shing (AOL), Lee Trink (manager for Kid Rock), PJ Bloom (music supervisor for Glee), and Mathew Adell (Beatport);
  • exceptional one-on-ones with social media and tech gurus John McAfee, Gary Shapiro (CES), Gary Vaynerchuk, and Erik Martin (Reddit);
  • the CMW Synch Summit featuring more than 20 leading music supervisors looking to place music in upcoming advertisements, films, and TV productions and the exclusive opportunity to pitch them your music face to face;
  • the International Festival Network – an exclusive networking and matchmaking session for companies to meet with representatives from various international festivals, booking agencies, and promoters from around the world;
  • an international marketplace and Export Buyers’ Program featuring a Spotlight on Germany and a Focus on Austria & Switzerland with market overviews, presentations and incoming delegations
  • the first-ever official mission from A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) with networking and B2B meeting opportunities;
  • incoming delegation from Australia with formal and informal networking events;
  • daily mentoring sessions with attending speakers and executives,
  • plus performances from more than 1000 artists and much much more.

SALE on FMO Lifetime Memberships – EXTENDED!

Between now and April 18, 2014, you can take advantage of a limited time offer of Lifetime Membership with FMO for just $500.00 plus HST*.

During this time period, those who purchase a Lifetime membership will also receive an elegant boxed set of six Stan Rogers CDs (plus a DVD of One Warm Line) from Borealis Records and a less elegant unboxed set of Tamarack CDs from SGB Productions. New Lifetime members will also receive an invitation to the President’s Reception at the FMO Conference.

Lifetime membership also relieves you of the stress of having to renew your membership each year, and contributes to the ongoing financial health and stability of FMO.

*After April 18, lifetime membership will jump back to its regular cost of $660.00 plus HST.

To take advantage of this special rate, please click here or call Jennifer Ellis by 5:00pm, Friday, April 18 with a valid Visa or MasterCard number at 1-866-292-6233 (or 613-560-5997 in the Ottawa area).

April 1 membership rate increase

Folk Music Ontario membership fees will be increasing by 10% effective April 1, 2014. FMO/OCFF has not increased membership fees for the last five years. An increase is necessary to provide all members with their benefits, as well as a high-quality conference and year-round programming. Year-round programming starts this year with a Festival Members Retreat taking place at the end of May.

Breakdown of fees increase:

Individual $40.00 plus HST 44.00 plus HST
Youth (under 18, non-voting) $25.00 plus HST $27.50 plus HST
Partners (living at same address) $75.00 plus HST $82.50 plus HST
Family (2 adults, unlimited youth) $95.00 plus HST $104.50 plus HST
Small (up to $50,000 in revenue) $100.00 plus HST $110.00 plus HST
Medium ($50,000 – $250,000 in revenue) $125.00 plus HST $137.50 plus HST
Large (over $250,000 in revenue) $175.00 plus HST $192.50 plus HST
FESTIVAL MEMBERSHIP $352.00 plus HST $387.20 plus HST

Current members can avoid this increase by renewing their memberships by March 31, 2014. Any memberships purchased or renewed from April 1 onward will be subject to the 10% increase.

There is a special discount in effect for Lifetime memberships purchased until April 11, 2014. After that date, the regular lifetime membership rate of $600.00 plus HST will also increase by 10%:

Lifetime Membership $600.00 plus HST $500.00 plus HST $660.00 plus HST