Canadian Live Music Association Names New Board of Directors at AGM

The Canadian Live Music Association’s (CLMA) fifth annual general meeting was held on Oct. 10. The association shared a variety of achievements in the 2018/19 year including the rebrand of Music Canada Live to the Canadian Live Music Association.

“Our new name and brand clearly reflect who we are and will strengthen our ability to advocate on behalf of our sector, our amazing members and deepen relationships with our many valued partners,” says Jesse Kumagai, Board Chair.

During the course of the previous year, on behalf of its members, the CLMA says it engaged in the following key issues impacting the sector:

  • Dialogue with the Ontario Government regarding the importance of live music investment and continuing support of the Ontario Music Fund and Celebrate Ontario
  • Secondary ticketing legislation, multi- province
  • Safety, security, sexual harassment at live events through the Raising the Bar program
  • Noise bylaw and zoning reviews in various cities across Canada
  • Renewal of Amplify BC
  • Leadership role in developing the Vision for Ontario’s Live Music Industry
  • Addressing and responding to challenges facing small venues, multi-cities
  • Continuation of Regional Advisory Council Program, multi-city/regions
    Building key relationships with Canada’s tourism sector Strategic music cities work, specifically: Ottawa, ON, Fredericton, NB, Halifax, NS, and others
  • Education and Awareness of the impact of live music in public and private sectors across Canada, including participation in Music Canada’s upcoming national music study

The CLMA also announced its newly elected 2019-20 board members:

  • Sam Baijal, Hillside Festival
  • Kerry Clarke, Calgary Folk Music Festival
  • Tao-Ming Lau, Blue Crane
  • Miro Oballa, Taylor, Oballa, Murray, Leland LLP - Entertainment and Media Law
  • Katy Venneri, The JUNO Awards | MusiCounts | The Canadian Music Hall of Fame

It also thanked outgoing founding board members for their "profound and significant contributions since the inception of the CLMA":

  • Jean Wilkinson, APA
  • Neill Dixon, Canadian Music Week
  • Tom Kemp, Feldman Agency
  • Michael Hollett, NXNE

For an overview of highlights, the CLMA's annual report is available here.

In the 2019/020 year, CLMA will continue to develop and administer programs and activities deemed priorities by its member base.

For more information, please contact, Erin Benjamin, president and CEO, at

For more information about the CLMA, go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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