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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

APA presents Webinar Wednesday!

Join the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) for its free webinar, “Creative Design for Fundraising Campaigns,” Wednesday, February 12, 1:00-2:30pm ADT.  Click here for more information.

In memoriam: Folk legend Pete Seeger

Our hearts are heavy today with the news of Pete Seeger’s death. The folk community has lost a true inspiration. Read about Pete’s life in the New York Times and on the CBC website.

2013 Drop Box list

Click here to download a list of all presenters who requested drop boxes at the 2013 conference.

Day-by-day schedule of events

What exactly went on at the conference? Everyone knows there was music, and lots of it, but there were also panels and workshops to take in. Click here for our day-by-day schedule of events.