Canadian Music Week's 2020 Conference Schedule is Taking Shape

Canadian Music Week 2020 (CMW) has released the preliminary schedule for its three-day Music Summit. Unlike in past years where the conference ran from a Thursday to Saturday, this year the conference will take place Wednesday, May 20th to Friday, May 22nd. It will once again take place the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

The CMW Music Summit is designed for both industry executives and recording professionals focused on the business of global music. Encompassing three days of dedicated programming streams organized into Tech & Innovation, Live Touring, and Global Creators Summit, as well as keynotes, celebrity interviews, breakout sessions and workshops, it will provide artists and industry professionals with the tools and knowledge to build their profile in the business and put them face-to-face with the others who shape the entertainment industries.

Mental health and wellness is a noticeable theme throughout the conference this year. On the opening day, the Unison Benevolent Fund is sponsoring a keynote session titled Mental Health in the Music Community with musician and recreation therapist Zac Crouse . As well, on the Thursday there is a panel session entitled Health & Fitness, The New Sex, & Drugs of Rock n’ Roll. There is also a Financial Wellness 101 panel and the panel, Are You Ready to Rock...Responsibly?’: Live Music’s Social Challenge.

Canadian Musician magazine will again be involved in the conference, with Senior Editor Michael Raine moderating the panel, How Streaming Playlists Really Work... & Do They Even Matter? As well, Canadian Musician Editor-in-Chief Andrew King will moderate David Botrill & Friends: The Producers Panel Sounds Off on the Thursday.

Some of the other artist-focused sessions include: The Rise of the Independent Artist panel; How to Stretch Your Advertising Dollar through Social Media Platforms, Meet the Music Supervisors; The Keys to Sync Success: A Master Class for Getting your Music into Media Projects; Avoiding Bad Deals - Quick Contract Tips to Prevent Long Term Disaster; and the Rights and Royalties Workshop.

Among the industry celebrity interviews are Indigenous Canadian icon Buffy Sainte-Marie, Debra Rathwell, Executive VP of Global Touring & Talent at AEG Live, and Allen Kovac, CEO of Better Noise/ Tenth Street Entertainment.

There are still some sessions and speakers to be announced. For the full schedule, 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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