PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Our "NextPhase" Professional Development Opportunities are your chance to learn about various facets of the music industry through professional development seminars and workshops headed up by the best in the biz. MFM invites the country’s top industry professionals to the North to chat about touring, marketing, licensing, and so much more.

Webinar Wednesdays Now Available - Anytime!

In case you missed it the first time around, MFM is pleased to present four music industry webinars now available on demand. This series of one-hour webinars will allow you to hear directly from leaders in the promotion and business side of the music world and help you improve your chances of thriving as a musician.  


Mind Your Own Business
With Vel Omazic (Canada’s Music Incubator), Kevin Hutchison (Knox Hutchison Insurance)
(Aired live on June 6, 2018)

The music business is a business like any other. To be able to grow as an artist, you will need to understand how to navigate this work environment to ensure that you are getting the most out of your work. This webinar will help you start viewing your art as a business, keeping track of and protecting your assets, and staying stable financially. Who doesn’t want that?


How to Social Media like a Pro
With Vanessa Cito (Reach Social), Michelle Bensimon (Caveboy)
(Aired live on June 13, 2018)

Your social media feeds are more than a place to check out cat memes. This webinar will help you turn your social media accounts into vehicles through which to promote your work and connect with an engaged audience.  Learn how social media fits into an overall marketing strategy, how to best employ each platform, and get tips, tricks and best practices to reap the benefits of this incredible tool.


Video Made the Radio Star
With Shawn Kosmerly (Here Kitty Kitty Productions), Mina Sewell Mansuco (director, editor, photographer)
(Aired live on June 20, 2018)

Music videos are still one of the best ways to get your music out there, and while modern technology means they’re viable DIY pursuits, there’s a lot to learn about them.  Let the pros take you through why they’re great marketing assets, how to make one with limited resources, and get some advice for working well with the director and crew.


Gettin' Ink Done – How to Get Media Attention
With Melissa Vincent (A.Side), Ken Beattie (Killbeat Music)
(Aired live on June 27, 2018)

Getting a review or a story written about your music can give a good boost to your career—but how do you make your work stand out to someone who gets hundreds of emails a day?  This webinar will show you what a publicity campaign can accomplish, and give you practical advice for getting a good buzz.

 


PAST OPPORTUNITIES

The Business Behind the Music (Northern Network Tour)

KAPUSKASING: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (6PM - 7:30PM) @ Sunshine House & Tavern (10 O'Brien Avenue)

TIMMINS: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (6PM - 7:30PM) @ The Working Class (180 2nd Avenue)

KENORA: Monday, July 17, 2017 (6PM - 7:30PM) @ Unfixed (308 2nd Street South)

M'CHIGEENG FIRST NATION: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (6PM - 7:30PM) @ Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (15 Old Highway 551 Rd.)

 

Talent and creativity are key to starting a career in music, but a good understanding of the business that drives it is what will help it grow. Hear from a panel of professionals who’ve played the roles of artist, manager, booking agent, tour manager, presenter and more. From funding your projects to protecting your rights and monetizing your music, this discussion will provide practical advice for going at it on your own.

 

Building Your Indie Music Dream Team Panel Discussion (Sault Ste. Marie)

Thursday, March 16, 2017 (6PM - 8PM) @ LopLop's Lounge (651 Queen East)

The music industry is wild and confusing, but we're here to break it all down for you. Plus, we'll help you figure out how to DIY your music career until you can pay other people to do it for you. 

Join MFM and some great industry panelists for a crash course on all the moving parts of the music industry and engage in a discussion about building your business as an artist or music entrepreneur.

Panelists: Samantha Evert (YouRockRed), Rachel Weldon (Kelp Management, MEGAPHONO, Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, Debaser), Kyle Merkley (Arpix Media), Moderated by Jen McKerral (MFM/Up Here Urban Art & Music Festival)

Live Sound Production Workshops For Women (Sudbury & Thunder Bay)

SUDBURY @ Speakeasy (113 Durham St.)
November 5, 2016 – 1PM to 4PM
November 6, 2016 – 11AM to 2PM

THUNDER BAY @ The Study (Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Rd.)
November 12, 2016 – 1PM to 4PM
November 13, 2016 – 1PM to 4PM

MFM and Canadian Women Working in Music (CWWIM) are partnering on an exciting new workshop geared toward female-identifying folks who want to learn the basics of sound production for a live show.

Audio engineer Michelle Puska will introduce participants to the process of set up for a show, how to manage a sound board, what to listen for in mixing sound, basic troubleshooting, and stage management.

2016 Canadian Songwriter Challenge, Hosted with Northern Lights Festival Boréal (Sudbury)

Friday, July 8, 2016 (3PM) - Sunday, July 10, 2016 (8PM) @ NLFB (Bell Park)

10 songwriters. 5 demos. 3 days... 1 festival. 

For this year's Canadian Songwriter Challenge, MFM is partnering with the  Northern Lights Festival Boréal (NLFB), the Near North Mobile Media Lab (N2M2L) and l'Association des professionels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) to bring you a co-writing and demo recording adventure on the beautiful shores of Sudbury's Ramsey Lake, July 8-10. 

Ten Northern Ontario-based participants will be chosen to take part the free event where they will be paired up, and, with the help of mentors  Fred Squire, Serge Brideau (Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire), and ShoShona Kish (Digging Roots), be challenged to write and record a brand new song in the span of the festival's 3 days. The whole weekend wraps up with a demo listening party aboard the famed Cortina Cruise boat.

Are you up for the Challenge? Apply via the link below before June 22 to be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by June 24th. 

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The Canadian Songwriter Challenge is proudly sponsored by the Canadian Council for Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and Bell Media. We also acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada, et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

10 auteurs-compositeurs. 5 enregistrements démo. 3 jours... 1 festival.

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Cette année, MFM est en partenariat avec le Northern Lights Festival Boréal (NLFB), le Media Lab Near North mobile (N2M2L) et l 'Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique pour vous apporter une aventure d'écriture collaborative et d'enregistrement démo sur les rives du lac Ramsey à Sudbury, le 8-10 juillet.

Dix participants seront choisis pour participer à l'évènement où ils seront jumelés, et, avec l'aide de mentors Fred Squire, Serge Brideau (Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire), et ShoShona Kish (Digging Roots), seront mis au défi d'écrire et enregistrer une toute nouvelle chanson au cours des 3 jours du festival. Le week-end se termine par une détente à bord du célèbre croisière Cortina, où nous écouterons les fruits de vos efforts.

Êtes-vous prêts à relever le défi? Inscrivez-vous avant le 22 juin pour être considérés comme participants. Les candidats retenus seront informés avant le 24 juin.

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Tous les candidats doivent être basés dans le Nord de l'Ontario et doivent être disponibles pour les trois jours complets du festival. L'inscription est gratuite, et l'hébergement, les repas et une passe de week-end à NLFB seront fournis aux participants. Des honoraires de voyage peuvent également être disponibles.

Le Canadian Songwriter Challenge est fièrement commandité par le Canadian Council of Music Indsutry Associations (CCMIA) et Bell Media. Nous reconnaissons également l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada, et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

Artist Manager Bootcamp, Hosted by Canada's Music Incubator: June 11 & 12, 2016 (Sudbury)

June 11-12 2016, 9AM-6PM Saturday, 9AM-3PM Sunday @ MFM, 40 Larch Street (Suite 103), Sudbury

Join our FREE two-day Artist Manager Bootcamp on June 11th & 12th in Sudbury, ON in collaboration with Canada's Music Incubator (CMI). The #CMIbootcamp is designed to develop the skills and advance the careers of active artist managers, self-managed artists, talent managers and transitioning professionals in music or the cultural industries. 

Topics covered during the two eight-hour days will include: Running Your Business, Contracts, Negotiating, Touring, Finances, Marketing, Funding, Revenue Streams, Career and Team Building, Publicity, Promotion, and more. CMI will survey and interview all managers in advance of the bootcamp to gain a greater understanding of each manager’s needs in order to customize the weekend’s content and experience. For this reason, the bootcamp will be limited to a maximum of 15 artist managers. 

For more information and to apply please visit CMI.

MusicOntario Communities Connect: Music Biz 101 (Sudbury)

May 26, 2016 5PM-11PM @ The Laughing Buddha, 194 Elgin Street, Sudbury

5PM Meet n' Greet w/Panelists

6PM Music Business Panel

8PM Artist Showcase

While musicians get their start in music through talent and creativity, they must grow into their career paths through business and industry savvy. The independent artist must have biz knowledge across the board before the right players join their teams – that means moonlighting as their own booking agent, publicist/marketing team, general manager and more.

With that in mind, we’ve tailored this session to cover the 101 topics you need to learn about, with the pros in town to help you get a firm footing in the industry. From the basics of the industry, its key players and their roles, to accessing money, protecting your rights and monetizing your music, this crash course will help you take the next steps to shape your career’s trajectory!

Panelists: José Bertrand (JKB Communications Inc.), Christian Pelletier (Up Here festival), Jeff Houle (Artist; Strange Attractor/Statues), Erin Carroll, (AB Co.), Jen McKerral, (MFM)

Find out more about MusicOntario
 

MusicOntario Communities Connect: Music Biz 101 (Thunder Bay)

May 24, 2016 5PM-11PM @ The Foundry, 242 Red River Road, Thunder Bay

5PM Meet n' Greet w/Panelists

6PM Music Business Panel

8PM Artist Showcase

While musicians get their start in music through talent and creativity, they must grow into their career paths through business and industry savvy. The independent artist must have biz knowledge across the board before the right players join their teams – that means moonlighting as their own booking agent, publicist/marketing team, general manager and more.

With that in mind, we’ve tailored this session to cover the 101 topics you need to learn about, with the pros in tow to help you get a firm footing in the industry. From the basics of the industry, its key players and their roles, to accessing money, protecting your rights and monetizing your music, this crash course will help you take the next steps to shape your career’s trajectory!

Panelists: Stu Anderson (Mighty Cypress Talent), Jeremy Giacomin (Paquin Artists Agency), Dave Grant & Scott Burke (Poor Young Things), Emily Haffenden (Aporia Records), Rosalyn Dennett (Canadian Blast & MusicOntario), Jen McKerral (Music and Film in Motion)

Find out more about MusicOntario.

Much Ado About Funding (Thunder Bay)

April 27 2015, 7PM @ Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave, Suite 101, Thunder Bay

In the past year alone, arts funding bodies in Canada have given tens of millions of dollars to music projects across this vast country but the applications can be intimidating. Come chat with reps from FACTOR, the Ontario Arts Council and MuchFACT to get some valuable insight into what kinds of projects each funds and what the juries look for in a successful application.
Panelists: Jen McKerral (MFM/FACTOR), Marilyn McIntosh (Ontario Arts Council), Tiffany Ferguson (MuchFACT)

Release Academy, (Sault Ste. Marie)

April 28 2015, 7PM @ 180 Projects, 180 Gore St., Sault Ste. Marie

Recording an album is only half the battle. Now you’re tasked with making sure it gets the attention it deserves. What steps are necessary to reach your potential audience? How do you best engage traditional and digital media avenues to maximize your visibility? In this seminar, you’ll learn strategies to make the most of your marketing efforts and get that album into the ears and hands of those potential fans.
Panelists: Dina Young (Paper Bag Records), Donna Hopper (sootoday.com), Adam Alexander (Fringe Music Fix)

The Joy of Booking (Sudbury)

April 29 2015, 7PM @ MFM, 40 Larch St., Suite 103, Sudbury

So, you’ve finally got a stellar set of songs and you’re ready to hit the stage, but no one knows who you are! How do you convince venues and festivals to take a chance on you? In this seminar, you’ll learn how to find the right venues and festivals for your music, and how to put together an electronic press kit (EPK) that will make you stand out and show bookers you mean business.
Panelists: Clayton Drake (The Townehouse Tavern/The Almighty Rhombus), Max Merrifield (Northern Lights Festival Boréal)

From Pastime to Profession (North Bay)

April 30 2015, 7PM @ N2M2L Office, 124 Main St. E., Unit C, North Bay
*Presented in partnership with Music Managers Forum

Being a recording artist and performing act these days also means managing your business. It’s more important than ever for artists to understand how they can turn fan support into profits. In this seminar, you’ll learn about ways to operate your business properly and how to make the most out of potential revenue streams.
Panelists: Jason Burns (Burnt Tree Entertainment), Mandy McNeil (WorkInCulture)

40 Larch Street, Suite 103, Sudbury, ON, P3E 5M7 | 705-885-9889 | info@cionorth.ca