Canadian Music Centre has put out a Call for proposals: November 11 showcase for the IAMA conference.

Reminder: The IRCPA Savvy Musician Workshop is on Sunday, November 13 at Long & McQuade. Members of IAMA and NAPAMA will also be there.

Call for Proposals: Chamber Music and Indie Opera
International Artist Manager’s Association Conference
Toronto, November 10-12, 2016 and the Canadian Music Centre are organizing a special performance as part of the IAMA Conference taking place in Toronto, November 10-12. We will be curating an event on Friday, November 11 at the Spoke Club featuring unique and compelling artists, ensembles, and programs. IAMA brings an international audience of artist managers, presenters, and other buyers to Toronto who are actively looking for tour-ready artists. We encourage artists to submit proposals for a 10-20 minute set (can include a single piece, a group of short pieces, a scene, or some other sequence of activities that encompass your performing practice). The event will feature Indie Opera productions and chamber music with an emphasis on contemporary Canadian repertoire.

Proposals that are selected will be programmed together during a late night, informal concert. The concert will be produced by Kyle Brenders. Selected artists will receive a fee, and travel support.

About the IAMA Conference: The classical music business meets in Toronto from 10-12 November 2016, hosted by Koerner Hall, Roy Thomson Hall and the Aga Khan Museum. Presented in collaboration with Ontario Presents and with an emphasis on our diverse and changing societies, the artist management community invites promoters, presenters and all those in the professional music business to join this unique event set in one of the most dynamic arts cities in the world. The issues surrounding the sustainability and value of classical music in our locality will be an important discussion strand throughout the seminar sessions.

Details of the Conference schedule and speakers can be found here.


  • Artistic personnel (composers/performers) must be Canadian citizens, and/or landed immigrants
  • Proposed works/programs must be recent (premiered January 2014 onwards)
  • Proposals from across Canada are strongly encouraged. Travel support is budgeted for artists coming from any part of the country. Applications to the Canada Council for the Arts will be made in coordination with the CMC for any accepted artists requiring travel support.

Proposal Requirements:

All proposals will be made through an online form here. Physical submissions will not be accepted.

The proposal form includes the following requirements:

  • Main contact information (name, phone, email)
  • Website link for the lead artist, ensemble, collective, or company
  • Artistic Personnel: a list of artists involved in your proposed presentation, and their respective roles
  • Artistic statement: a summary of your proposed set including details of piece(s), performance history, duration, technical requirements, special staging instructions, etc.
    • Please note where organizers would be required to provide rental equipment, instruments, etc.
  • Support material: include a link to streaming audio/video for the proposed piece(s)
  • Additional Support material (optional): additional links to other sample audio, video, images, articles that convey the success or tour-readiness of your proposed activity
  • Suitability: a statement regarding the career status of the artist(s) and the ability to maximize the benefits of the IAMA opportunity (i.e., outline the appeal of your proposed activity to the IAMA audience, and a potential international audience)

IAMA Proposal Schedule:

  • Deadline for proposals: September 8, 2016
  • Results are issued: September 15, 2016
  • Travel details finalized: September 23, 2016
  • Creative Production discussions: throughout October 2016
  • IAMA Conference: November 10-12, 2016
  • Concert rehearsal and event: Friday, November 11, 2016

Selection process: Proposals will be selected through a jury process. The jury process will include representatives from the Canadian contemporary music and opera communities. There is no process to appeal the jury’s decision.

Please note:

  • Artists must guarantee that if selected they will be available to participate in the November 11 concert
  • Artists who are selected to perform may be asked to modify their program, or work in collaboration with the event producer to incorporate other material from their repertoire.

Questions & Clarifications:

Allegra Swanson, Director of Communications and Centrediscs
The Canadian Music Centre
416-961-6601 x304

About the Canadian Music Centre: The Canadian Music Centre is a catalyst that connects you to the ever-evolving world of Canadian musical creation through performance, education, and promotion. The CMC provides unique resources for exploring, discovering, and performing Canadian music. We are passionate about nurturing a musical community that honours our legacy and supports the professional development of Canadian musicians and composers. The Canadian Music Centre inspires fresh perspectives, celebrates inventive composers, and provides transformative experiences. We champion artistic diversity and embrace Canada’s rich cultural heritage in creative centres across the country and internationally. Connect with the Canadian Music Centre at, on Facebook (Canadian Music Centre) and on Twitter(@cmcnational).


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