Happy International Women’s Day – A Message from David Pay

Since its founding in 2006, Music on Main has strived for gender equity among our headlining musicians.

Why do I care so deeply about equality? Because I care about quality.

When we create, adopt, and perpetuate systems that favour one gender over others, we eliminate opportunities to experience the best work. When – with our programming and prizes – we show people who aren’t often represented that their music doesn’t have an equal place, we eliminate opportunities to experience the best work.

We introduced our Composer in Residence programme in 2012 with Jocelyn Morlock. Caroline Shaw became Composer in Residence in 2014, and in 2016 Nicole Lizée took over the post. I look to these extraordinary women as role models, individuals who are forging creative paths and astonishing careers in music.

For ISCM World New Music Days 2017, Music on Main and the Canadian League of Composers created an equity statement for the Call for Works which let the world know we were seeking gender equity at the festival. Of the more than 600 works submitted, 38% were by women. I noticed this percentage was much higher than other Calls for Work that don’t inform composers their work will be considered with equal attention. Of those 600+ works, 89 works from 90 creators were selected for presentation. Of the 90 creators, 39 identify as female, 2 identify as other, and 49 identify as male. That breaks down to approximately 44% female, 2% other, and 54% male, not quite our goal of 50% female and 50% male, but a significant win for new music programming anywhere in the world.

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, I look back on the past 12 years of programming at Music on Main and know that we can always do better. I also look back at the hundreds of inspiring women who have shared their music – and worked offstage to make the performances possible – and celebrate them for their leadership, their vision, and their art.

David Pay
Artistic Director
Music on Main

We’re hiring!

Music on Main is hiring a Development Manager

Music on Main seeks a fundraising professional who wants to shine a spotlight on one of the most celebrated music presenters in Canada’s cultural scene. As a vibrant, growing organization, Music on Main offers its team plenty of opportunity for experience, growth, and autonomy. We’re looking for a creative, ambitious professional who is passionate about fundraising and the performing arts. The Development Manager will be responsible for managing and implementing Music on Main’s fundraising and donor initiatives, including Foundation Support, Corporate Sponsorships, Donor & Sponsor Stewardship, Special Fundraising Events, and Government Support.

Check out our 2017 Development Manager Job Description for details about the position. The deadline to apply is July 28, 2017.

Music on Main welcomes Mallory Gallant, Marketing Manager

Music on Main is delighted to welcome Mallory Gallant as our new Marketing Manager. Mallory recently returned from Toronto where she graduated from the Second City Theatre Training Centre in Comedy Writing. She is also a graduate of the Conservatory Theatre Program at Mount Royal University, the Documentary Production program at Langara College and the Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate at Capilano University. While in Toronto she was the Communications Coordinator for the Canadian Club of Toronto. Mallory has also worked with companies such as the Public Dreams Society, Theatre for Living (formerly Headlines Theatre), DSR Productions, TED Talks and the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA). We look forward to working with Mallory at Music on Main and at the ISCM World New Music Days 2017.

Music on Main welcomes Melissa Tsang, Artistic Planning & Operations Manager

Music on Main is thrilled to welcome Melissa Tsang as our new Artistic Planning & Operations Manager. Melissa has previously been the Company Manager for Ballet BC, and has years of experience in arts administration, including work with Vancouver Opera and Gateway Theatre. She has also been closely involved with the Phoenix Chamber Choir, the BC Choral Federation, and the BC Choral Federation Youth Council. We look forward to adding Melissa’s expertise to the Music on Main team!

Yejune Synn wins 2016 ISCM Young Composers Award, supported by Music on Main

The winner of the 2016 ISCM Young Composer Award (supported by Music on Main) has been announced. The winner, who will receive a commission for a new work to be performed at a future International Society for Contemporary Music festival, was Yejune Synn (Korea) for his work “Zoetrope.”

Music on Main has supported the ISCM Young Composer Award since 2013.

Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw featured in the New York Times

Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw is featured in the New York Times‘ list of “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music is Going” this week. They chose Partita for 8 Voices, which received its Canadian premiere on January 25 & 26, 2016 when Music on Main and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presented Roomful of Teeth.  Check out the article here. It talks about a performance of “By and by,” which Caroline performed for the first time at a Music on Main concert in 2013.

Lori Freedman and the beauty of extremes

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Changes ahead for Melody Jacobson

Melody Jacobson, Music on Main’s General Manager, will step down from her position on April 30, 2016.

Her energy, commitment, and ideas have helped Music on Main develop and implement administrative systems, increase operating grants and foundation contributions, and create a team environment for the organization within its new home at The Post at 750.

Melody is departing to take up the position of Operations Manager at the Compassionate Eye Foundation, an innovative foundation funded by the creative community to support educational, health, and economic sustainability projects in the developing world.

Melody says, “I have enjoyed my time at Music on Main, want to thank everyone in the community for the warm welcome to Vancouver they provided, and that I look forward to seeing them at future Music on Main concerts.”
We wish her all the best in her new position!