Digital Library

Mental Health in Music Town Hall Discussion (April 2020)

Session Description: As a result of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, artists and industry workers alike are facing all-new threats to their sources of livelihood and support. While adapting alone to the financial implications of cancelled tours and record releases can prove to be mentally taxing, the weight of the virus’ potential social impact and the sudden enforcement of social distancing protocols provide additional challenges in their own right. At times like these, mental health and community support are of paramount importance. Join CIMA and the Unison Benevolent Fund as we host CAMH’s Dr. David Goldbloom and Catherine MacLellan on Wednesday, April 15th at 1 PM (EST) for a public webinar discussing tips and strategies to maintain mental health and preserve community during uncertain times.
David S. Goldbloom, OC, MD, FRCPC

Catherine MacLellan 

COVID 19 Implications for Employers CIMA (April 2020)

Session Description: The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly developing, with media coverage focusing on its public health, economic and societal implications. Employers have been thrust into reactive mode as they deal with the pandemic’s impact on the workplace, and many are perplexed about what they legally can and should do to respond, particularly given the Ontario government’s order that all non-essential workplaces close and evolving requirements and changes in the law.

Join Laura Williams on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 12 noon (EST) as she conducts a webinar designed to help music industry employers understand their obligations, requirements, risks and strategic options in light of the significant legal and operational implications caused by COVID-19. Attendees will explore the most recent developments, including those related to:

  • Employee leave entitlements 
  • EI and government assistance programs and measures 
  • LayoffsKey human rights and harassment obligations 
  • Implications arising from work from home arrangements 
  • Rules related to workplaces deemed non-essential 
  • Key content to include in employee communication


Laura Williams

Release Strategies (May 2020)

Session Description: What does it take to conduct a successful release strategy within an ever-changing digital space? Simply releasing new music is not often enough to attract audiences to your gigs and Spotify page so what should be considered before pressing that final master? Are there specific approaches to releasing for particular genres (Alternative Rock, Folk, and Country) or formats (single, EP, LP) or is there a general blueprint consistent with any type of release? While it’s uncertainA&R Webinarwhen we’ll see a return to normalcy, it doesn’t mean that you can’t take steps to plan your next move. Learn how each of these experts address these issues more in the struggle to make sure that their music is heard. 


  • Erin Kinghorn - eEK! Productions 
  • Mike Denney - MDM Recordings / Acronym Records 
  • Evan Newman - Outside Music 
  • Stephanie Hutchinson - Chronograph Records

A&R Webinar (May 2020)

Session Description: Find out how these A&R professionals are currently handling the COVID-19 pandemic and whether or not they have been able to continue signing on new acts. With live music at a standstill for the time being how will new talent be discovered? How is data being used to determine a potential act vs instinct? Find out their takes on the live streaming business including whether or not they feel as though there will still be an opportunity for it once this all passes.


  • David Cox (Click) CLK Creative Works
  • Andreas Rizek – Ultra
  • Cheryl Link – Peer Music
  • David Quilico – Sony/ATV
  • Jason Murray – Blackbox
  • Kim Temple – High Priestess
  • Ron Lopata – Warner

Making a Living with Rewarding Online Shows feat. Dan Mangan & AHI (June 2020)

Session Description: Now that the online market is becoming nearly as saturated as the real one ever was, how can artists and their teams find financial and experiential value through online shows? How can we keep fan bases engaged within this new format? Whether it’s determining how your team’s operations should shift to generate positive fan experiences, troubleshooting what works and doesn’t work within online media, or reconciling with the unknown quantity that is the re-emergence of the live music industry, artist and industry alike need to think fast to calm the chaos the current pandemic has wreaked upon traditional business approaches.
  • Dan Mangan
  • AHI
  • Lana Gay

CARAS x CIMA Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Webinar (June 2020)

Session Description: The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class is Canada’s premier artist development program offering emerging artists the opportunity to hone their craft and further develop their music careers through an intensive week of mentorship with Canadian music industry professionals and the chance to be part of the 2021 JUNO Awards weekend. The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class presented by CARAS and Slaight Music was co-developed in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music.

Applications are now open and we want to provide an inside look at what the program is all about and how it has positively impacted past participants. What really goes on during the curated mentorship week? What doors can the program open for artists? How has it changed the career trajectory of those who have participated in the past?

  • Ryan Warner - Director of Programs, Canada’s Music Incubator
  • Katy Venneri - Director, Events - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)
  • Caveboy (2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Participant)
  • Neon Dreams (2017 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Participant)