Register Now - CIMA presents NEXT STEPS: Equity | Diversity | Inclusion Workshop Series
CIMA presents NEXT STEPS: Equity | Diversity | Inclusion
Professional Industry Development Workshop Series
CIMA invites our members, signatories of the BDRB Declaration and the greater Canadian music industry to “NEXT STEPS”, a FREE equity-focused monthly professional development workshop series presented by CIMA.
Register for Foundations in Equity [Pt 1 & 2) on July 7 + 14 here
Register for the entire 10-part series here
With the goal of increasing understanding of equity via the conduits of diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression and belonging in the Canadian music industry, this 10-part workshop series will feature professionals from specific sectors of the Canadian music industry paired with EDI specialists to discuss and develop ACTIONABLE solutions and recommendations for staff and leadership of micro, small & large companies and organizations.
Developed, coordinated and facilitated by Breaking Down Racial Barriers co-founders Ian Andre Espinet and David "Click" Cox, “NEXT STEPS” will build on the tenets set out in the BDRB Declaration and Report with an expanded lens for Black, Indigenous, API and other systemically excluded groups, and delve into equity within the varied arenas of the Canadian music industry.
Moderated by BDRB, workshops will pair music industry insight from experts & leaders with training components delivered by equity consultants from the KOJO Institute.
CIMA strongly encourages that organizations prioritize equity by encouraging leaders and staff to consider these FREE workshops as an important PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT opportunity.
Registration is now open for the first 2-part workshop event “Foundations in Equity” taking place on Thursday, July 7 and 14. Click here to register.
Participants who are interested in registering for the entire NEXT STEPS 10-part series may do so by clicking here.
CIMA and BDRB acknowledge the generous support of our partners in making this program possible: The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), the Government of Canada (through the Canada Music Fund), Ontario Creates, and the Radio Starmaker Fund.
CIMA is a not-for-profit national trade association representing English-language, Canadian-owned and controlled businesses of the domestic, commercial music industry. CIMA represents a diverse membership of small businesses including: record producers, record labels, recording studios, managers, agents, licensors, music video producers and directors, creative content owners, artist-entrepreneurs and other professionals from across the sound recording industry. CIMA represents over 320 Canadian companies and professionals and 6,200 Canadian artists including: A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Serena Ryder, The Trews, Terra Lightfoot, Tegan and Sara, Whitehorse, The Sheepdogs and METRIC.
About Breaking Down Racial Barriers:
Breaking Down Racial Barriers was initiated as a 10-part roundtable series on anti-Black racism in the Canadian music industry, born of the 2020 racial unrest and the industry’s reckoning with the long-standing issue. The BDRB series was initiated, curated and coordinated by entertainment community mainstays Ian Andre Espinet and David “Click” Cox, facilitated by CIMA and supported by ADVANCE, Canada's Black Music Business Collective.
CENTRED in the voices and lived experiences of working Black music professionals from the vast segments of Canadian music & entertainment industry. The findings have been compiled into the CIMA commissioned BDRB Report Volumes 1, and the forthcoming full length, Volume 2. BDRB has conducted roundtables Canada's East Coast in association with ECMA and it's member MIA's. The findings will be compiled in BDRB Report, Volume 3.