Magazine article International Musician

AFM Calls on CBC/SRC to Record CMC Anniversary Concert

Magazine article International Musician

AFM Calls on CBC/SRC to Record CMC Anniversary Concert

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In 1959, an nonprofit organization called the Canadian Music Centre/Centre de musique canadienne (CMC) began. It is bilingual, private, and not connected to any government agency. Its national headquarters is in Toronto, but it has regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Sackville, New Brunswick, at Mount Allison University. CMC's main function is the promotion of Canadian contemporary classical music. It maintains a vast library of scores and lobbies on behalf of composers, many of whom are members of AFM Canada.

CMC's record label, Centrediscs, produces, circulates and distributes the recorded works of the member composers. AFM Canada is in negotiations right now with CMC/Centrediscs on a collective bargaining agreement. This accord will permit the CMC to collect past radio performances, largely from CBC/SRC and fashion them into CDs and downloads available to the public. It is the hope of CMC, in cooperation with AFM Canada, to create a legacy of sound; a listening catalogue of everything instrumental recorded by their member composers. With the welcomed advice of Robert Cram of Local 180 (Ottawa, ON), who is an untiring activist, and in my book, a hero of new music; OCSM; Mark Tetreault of AFM SSD Canada; and Alan Willaert of AFM EMSD Canada, these talks are going well. I expect a signed agreement in the near future. We will help the CMC realize its dream and put a few bucks into the pockets of Canada's symphonic and chamber players to boot.

It has been 50 years since the inception of the CMC. The National Arts Centre Orchestra is helping celebrate this milestone with a November 9 performance entitled the Canadian Music Centre Anniversary Concert. At the time of writing this column the program had not been set. According to CMC Executive Director Elisabeth Bihl, the list of works will include compositions from pioneering composers like the late John Weinzweig and Gilles Tremblay of Local 406 (Montréal, PQ); established composers like Gary Kulesha of Local 149; and emerging voices like Heather Schmidt of Local 547 (Calgary, AB). …

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