New Music Edmonton’s mission is to contribute to an accessible, healthy, and vibrant artistic ecosystem through support and professional-level presentation of music and sound-oriented art by creatives at diverse career stages who represent the diversity of Amiskwaciwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / Edmonton, and to further engage the public through inspiring community outreach programs.
About New Music Edmonton
New Music Edmonton (NME) was founded in 1985 by local composers at the suggestion of their teacher, composer Violet Archer. The group began a new concert series in 1985 under the name The Edmonton Composers’ Concert Society. In the nearly four decades since, New Music Edmonton (its name since 2012) has evolved into a multi-faceted presenter and regional hub for diverse, sound-oriented artistic practices. New Music Edmonton’s mandate is to professionally support this creative work through commissioning, professional presentations, and outreach initiatives. Ensuring that these events are as accessible as possible is one of our chief priorities.
Contemporary composition and chamber music, free improvisation, electronic music, sound art, and interdisciplinary projects are among the practices that New Music Edmonton highlights. A careful balance between innovative local and visiting artists informs our programming and commissioning of new work. Each season offers a rich combination of artists and practices, introducing local audiences to unfamiliar, visiting artists, and offering local artists both live performance opportunities and international exposure via digital dissemination.
Collaboration is a high priority with us: we are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to work with collaborators in other disciplines whose perspective might foster new ideas and creative cross-pollination. New Music Edmonton enjoys a growing list of partner organizations across the city and beyond. Increasingly, our seasons reflect the benefits of collaborative practices, including those that transcend discipline, and which are at the creative heart of our fast-growing city.
NME is the only publicly-funded organization in this region whose sole purpose is to advocate and support the always-intriguing and ever-evolving categories of sound-inclusive art production. As a result, we have the privilege of working within a uniquely dynamic, fast-changing community of creatives. As such, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to accurately represent the diversity of the artistic community, and the community as a whole, and to honour the Indigenous heritage of the Treaty Six region. Through direct actions, policies, and consultations, NME will continue to contribute to these areas, moving steadily and sustainably towards the goal of reflecting both the creative practices and the demographics of our region.
New Music Edmonton recognizes that treating all people equally does not guarantee fairness, but can instead reinforce extant biases. As such, in contributing to a reliably equitable environment in our own presentations, the arts generally, and society as a whole, we endorse and have adopted policies whose outcomes promote fair distribution of opportunities.
New Music Edmonton is an artist-driven, member-based organization headed by a volunteer Board of Directors, who are elected for a 2-year term by The Membership. For the sake of continuity, we hold elections for half of the board positions each year. The Board elects from within itself an Executive, and The President appoints committees. All votes of the Membership are conducted electronically to ensure maximum participation. The Board plans all areas of operation in consultation with our staff and Membership.
We hold monthly, minuted meetings. An Annual General Meeting is held once a year, and members may initiate an Extraordinary General Meeting. Membership is open to anyone, and costs $10/year.
Our Staff comprises five part-time, full-year contracted employees, including Artistic Director, General Manager, Production Manager, Social Media Coordinator, and Podcast Editor/ Co-producer.