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Call for Applications: Folk Music Ontario Board of Directors

Deadline: 11:59PM ET, Friday, July 16th, 2021
Online Nomination Form
What to Expect if You’re Elected

Folk Music Ontario (FMO) is now seeking individuals to stand as candidates in the 2021 election of its Board of Directors. Directors will be elected by electronic ballot (or acclaimed) ahead of this year’s Annual General Meeting (September 23, 2021) with terms concluding with the 2024 AGM. For 2021, FMO is looking to fill six board positions through this process.

Continued folk organization amalgamation discussions and complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic present a challenging yet exciting time in the history of FMO. We require a dedicated board to support staff in guiding the organization forward as we continue to support the growth and development of the folk music community and industry.

Discussions have been ongoing regarding the potential merger of Folk Music Ontario and Folk Music Canada, becoming one national body representing the folk music community. It is expected that the 2021 Board of Directors will play an important role in the ongoing discussion and potential creation of a new, national organization.

Nominees are required to read our What to Expect If You’re Elected document to better understand the responsibilities of board members.

It is preferred that people use the Online Nomination Form, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but if an alternative is required, please contact fmonominations@gmail.com.

Please submit nomination forms by 11:59PM ET on Friday, July 16th. We thank all our members for their continued support of the organization, and hope some of you will step forward to help guide FMO into the future.

If you have any additional questions or wish to further discuss your interest in running, please contact Max Merrifield (FMO Nominations Committee Chair) at fmonominations@gmail.com.

Folk Music Ontario invites self-nominations from all qualified individuals. We welcome submissions from women, people with disabilities, people of colour, Indigenous peoples, and those of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

We welcome submissions from individuals residing outside of Ontario. FMO aims to reduce financial barriers to participating in Board activities. If the purchase of an FMO membership is prohibitive to you, feel free to contact FMO and inquire about accommodations.

BDRB: Declaration to End Anti-Black Racism in the Canadian Music Industry

BDRB (Breaking Down Racial Barriers) with partners CIMA (The Canadian Independent Music Association) and ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Business Collective, hereby call upon the individuals, organizations, small businesses, corporations and government institutions of the music industry to play a role in eradicating anti-Black racism in the Canadian music industry.

The eradication of anti-Black racism requires a commitment to anti-racism – an active, conscious and ongoing effort to work against racism: to acknowledge; to atone; to create mechanisms that dismantle systems which perpetuate racism, and to create actionable solutions with measurable outcomes.

Folk Music Ontario has signed the declaration, and we encourage you to read through and sign yourself.

Click here for more information!

Mark Your Calendars: 2021 FMO Conference Dates Announced!

The 2021 FMO Award Weekend and Conference will be held online. Save the following dates in your calendars: 
2021 FMO Award Weekend – Sept.25 – 26, 2021
2021 FMO Virtual Conference – Sept.27 – Oct.1, 2021

Stay tuned to this website, and subscribe to The FMO Newsletter for all the latest information!

Applications Open: 2021 FMO Awards and 2021 Online Showcases!

Folk Music Ontario is pleased to announce that our 2021 Award and Online Showcasing applications are now open!

PLEASE NOTE: Those who applied for a showcase at our cancelled 2020 conference can choose to move their application to 2021. You will still need to apply, but there will be no registration application fee as long as you are applying with the same material.

Application Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021

2021 FMO Awards – More Info and Applications
2021 Online Showcasing – More Info and Applications

Update from FMO and FMC

Update from FMO and FMC

In 2019 information was collected through an online survey and at the Folk Music Ontario (FMO) Conference, a Town Hall was held after FMO’s Annual General Meeting to discuss the potential of a merger between Folk Music Ontario and Folk Music Canada (FMC). This discussion was based around the idea of creating a unified national arts organization for the folk community. At the beginning, both Folk Alliance International and the Canadian Folk Music Awards were involved in the meetings and discussions and will continue to be part of the process alongside a number of other organizations and stakeholders.

Based on your feedback from the town hall and online survey, FMO and FMC have formally started the consultation process with Art of Festivals. It was recommended that FMO and FMC merge to become a unified national arts service organization for the folk music sector in Canada. To keep the process moving forward, a change committee composed of Alka Sharma, Amie Therrien and Cassidy Houston from Folk Music Ontario and Julie Fowler, Karrnnel Sawitsky and Valerie Denn from Folk Music Canada has been assembled.

In addition to working with the Art of Festivals, we will be reaching out to you, the membership and the music industry, for feedback and discussion. We are committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access and will instill a process to include a robust conversation about what a new national organization needs to look like to truly serve our entire Canadian folk community, including those who may not have been part of these organizations in the past. .

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to both Executive Directors of each organization. Their contact information is below.

Alka Sharma, Executive Director, Folk Music Ontario
asharma@folkmusicontario.ca

Karrnnel Sawitsky, Executive Director, Folk Music Canada
folkmusiccan@gmail.com

2020 FMO Awards Weekend!

The Folk Music Ontario Awards are presented annually at the Folk Music Ontario Conference. Winners perform at the Awards Showcase and are recognized at the Awards Brunch. As the 2020 Conference could not happen in person, Folk Music Ontario is pleased to present the awards ceremony and showcases online!

The 2020 Awards could not have happened without the help from our partners: Bandzoogle, The Ontario Arts Council, ACTRA-RACS and Stakeholder Research Associates!

Click here to view all the 2020 Award Winners!

2020 Folk Music Ontario Awards Ceremony – Hosted by Preetam Sengupta
Friday, October 23, 2020 – 7:00pm EST – via Zoom!
RSVP required!
To secure your place, please send an email to office@folkmusicontario.ca!

2020 Folk Music Ontario Awards Showcases – Hosted by Magoo
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 3:00pm EST – via YouTube!
NO RSVP required! Simply visit our Youtube page to join the fun!
Click here to visit our Youtube page now!

SOCAN Songwriting Masterclass: An interactive workshop on the process of songwriting

SOCAN Songwriting Masterclass: An interactive workshop on the process of songwriting
click here for more info!
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – 2:00-3:30pm EST via ZOOM

RSVP required! Send a note to office@folkmusicontario.ca!

Presented by SOCAN and Folk Music Ontario

The global pandemic has had far-reaching effects for performing artists. Direct consequences of this include loss of gigs and revenue, but what about the less obvious effects?

Songwriting, like any creative pursuit, can be arduous in the best of times. And while isolation has given artists much more time to write, many are struggling with a dry creative well. In an age where performances and creative gatherings are limited, how can artists stay motivated and inspired to create?

Join Juno Award winning artist William Prince and SOCAN A&R Rep Aidan D’Aoust for an open and engaging discussion on the process of songwriting. You’ll hear best practices, tips for motivation, and first-hand experience from one of Canada’s most well-respected songwriters.

Blackout Tuesday

Click here for some resources which you can access to learn more about anti-racism and what can be done. We will also be posting this under the resources tab on the website.

Folk Music Ontario is looking forward to working together in the future to help effect positive change in the community beyond this one day of action.

Call for Nominations: Folk Music Ontario Board of Directors

Folk Music Ontario (FMO) is now seeking individuals to stand as candidates in the 2020 election of its Board of Directors. Directors will be elected by electronic ballot (or acclaimed) ahead of this year’s Annual General Meeting (date TBD) with terms concluding with the 2023 AGM.

Continued folk organization amalgamation discussions and complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic present a challenging yet exciting time in the history of FMO. We require a dedicated board to support staff in guiding the organization forward as we continue to support the growth and development of the folk music community and industry.

Nominees are required to read our “What to Expect If You’re Elected” document to better understand the responsibilities of board members.

It is preferred that people use the ONLINE NOMINATIONS FORM, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but if an alternative is required, please contact fmonominations@gmail.com.

Please submit nomination forms by 11:59PM on Friday, July 24th. We thank all our members for their continued support of the organization, and hope some of you will step forward to help guide FMO to a brighter future.

If you have any additional questions or wish to further discuss your interest in running, please contact Preetam Sengupta (FMO Nominations Committee Chair) at fmonominations@gmail.com.

Folk Music Ontario invites self-nominations from all qualified individuals. We welcome submissions from women, people with disabilities, people of colour, Indigenous people, and those of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

FMO 2020 – Message from the Board


MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF FOLK MUSIC ONTARIO

For the past 33 years, Folk Music Ontario (FMO) has proudly hosted an annual conference that brings together
our wonderful folk community to celebrate, to learn, to connect, and of course to hear some great music!
Based on direction from healthcare professionals and government officials, it is with heavy hearts that we
announce that the annual FMO conference will not take place in 2020. Please know this decision has not been
made lightly. After consideration of current information and much discussion, this was determined to be the
best path forward given the circumstances we all find ourselves in.

With the current health and safety challenges of large public gatherings, travel concerns, as well as lost income
being experienced by many, we knew it would be difficult, if not impossible, to deliver the kind of conference
that we all expect, while still respecting the wellbeing of the community.

While we won’t be able to meet in person this fall, rest assured that we are working on alternative ways to keep
us connected. We will use this opportunity to strengthen our programming and develop new opportunities to
further support the growth and development of the folk music community and industry. Watch your inbox and
our social media accounts for announcements.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
For those who have already purchased a registration for the 2020 conference, you will soon be receiving an
email with information on how to request a full refund, carry your registration over to the next edition of the
conference, or donate your registration fee (or a portion of your fee) to the Friends of Folk campaign.

AWARD AND SHOWCASE APPLICATIONS
Thank you to everyone who submitted applications. Even if we can’t do it in person, we will find ways to
celebrate our 2020 award winners regardless. As for showcase applications, we want to thank Bandzoogle for
their generous support in covering the application fees. We are currently working out how to best provide
opportunities for our showcasing artists to support their career growth and to help share their music. Details to
come.

Thank you for being a supportive, understanding, creative, and resilient community! We look forward to being
together again in 2021. Until then, stay safe, healthy and take care of one another.

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Folk Music Ontario,

Alka Sharma
Executive Director
asharma@folkmusicontario.ca

Preetam Sengupta
Co-President
preetam.sengupta@gmail.com

Amie Therrien
Co-President
amietherrien@gmail.com