Hamilton Music Strategy

The Hamilton Music Strategy (PDF, 25 MB) celebrates "all things music" in Hamilton. It guides the activities of its partners to create and nurture an environment where music and the music industry flourishes, grows and prospers.

The success of Hamilton's Music Strategy depends on multiple partners working together to realize a common vision. The City of Hamilton, the local music industry and Hamilton's musicians have significant yet different roles in implementing the Strategy.

Music Strategy Goals

Objective 


Link with other major music initiatives, strategies and cities.

Action


  • Examine the feasibility of "twinning" Hamilton with another major music city.
  • Seek funding and alignment opportunities for Hamilton within the Ontario Live Music Strategy.
  • Provide Hamilton representation to the Ontario Music Strategy Industry Working Group.
  • Assess the resources needed to participate in the proposed provincial music portal and provide content as appropriate.
  • Bid to host significant music industry events ie. JUNO Awards.
  • Co-ordinate strategic efforts to develop the music industry with neighbouring municipalities.

Objective 


Build connections within the music scene.

Action


  • Review options for the industry and/or musicians to formally organize e.g., advisory Music Commission, council, industry association, artist co-operative and network (e.g., Seattle, Washington)

Objective 


Embed music in City of Hamilton initiatives.

Action


  • Provide music industry-related input into the development of the City's 2014-2018 Economic Development Strategy.
  • Align with the other key City policies, plans and initiatives e.g., culture plan, events strategy
  • Provide input into the review and Development of municipal arts funding models e.g., City of Hamilton's Arts Investment Strategy and Community Partnership Program (CPP) review.
  • Includes music programming in local Pan Am Games activities.

Objective 


Provide tools to support music business development.

Action


  • Create a City of Hamilton Music Office in the Tourism & Culture Division, Planning and Economic Development Department.
  • Conduct and share research on local music industry (e.g., economic impact, workforce and market).
  • Link small music businesses and entrepreneurs to available services such as the City of Hamilton's Small Business Enterprice Centre and cultural service organizations.

Objective


Remove barriers to live music presentation.

Action


  • Identify and examine City bylaws and regulations that are barriers to the local music industry and mitigrate where possible.

Objective 


Brand Hamilton as a music city.

Action


  • Develop a music-based brand and brand strategy (and marketing plan) for Hamilton Music Strategy.
  • Create and/or participate in provincial, regional and local cultural tourism product development and promotion related to music.

Objective 


Promote local music.

Action


  • As part of a potential local branding initiative, identify mechanisms and tactics for promoting defined aspects of the local music scene e.g., locals musicians, businesses, performances, events and festivals.
  • Adopt a broad and inclusive approach to music with consideration to genre, cultural diversity, and levels of competency in the Music Strategy and its implementation.
  • Identify key music districts in Hamilton for branding, destination marketing and business development.

Objective


Promote live music throughout the City. Encourage a diversity of venues for music.

Action


  • Produce new opportunities for music experiences.
  • Complete an industry needs assessment and inventory of venues.
  • Develop or facilitate the creation of diverse venues for live music.

Objective


Celebrate Hamilton's music legacy and potential.

Action


  • Support, participate in, and grow locatl to national recognition and celebration initiatives e.g., Hamilton Music Awards, City of Hamilton Art Awards, Tourism Awards, JUNOs.
  • Link with City of Hamilton Cultural Plan asset-based initiatives e.g., storytelling project, asset mapping and Love your City.

Objective


Involve youth in the music industry.

Action


  • Facilitate and promote youth contact with and placements in the music industry.

Objective


Encourage strong music education.

Action


  • Advocate to, and work with, education providers to expand lifelong music education opportunities.

For more information on the Hamilton Music Strategy, read the Music Strategy Background Document (PDF, 4.8 MB).

Music Industry Working Committee

In late 2016, with 50% of the actions complete from the initial Music Strategy, an enhanced music industry group was developed in partnership with the city. The Music Industry Working Committee is a group of local music industry representatives from musicians; multicultural music genres/origins; venues; youth; music education; industry representation – managers, event organizers, record labels, promoters, recording studios; not for profit/support industries; festivals/events (outside of venues) who assist with the City’s Music Strategy.

  • To provid advice on the goals and priorities of the music industry to help support and achieve corporate priorities such as Economic Prosperity & Growth and Culture & Diversity.
  • To promote Hamilton's music industry by monitoring and advising on marketing strategies to strengthen the viability of the music sector.
  • To act as a point of contact for members of the music community regarding issues affecting Hamilton and to help inform Council of issues and achievements.

The Music Industry Working Committee is focused on the four goals of the Music Strategy and has task teams that include:

  • Live Music Venue Alliance
  • musicians and artists
  • industry outreach
  • music education
  • marketing and promotion
  • Jeffrey C. Martin: President + Sr. Communications Counsel, Quorum Communications (Co-chair)
  • Madeline Wilson: Artist Manager, Special Event Producer, Concert Promoter and Arts Advocate (Co-chair)
  • Glen Brown: Music Teacher, Musician & Publisher, Hamilton Musician Magazine
  • Kojo Damptey: Music Artist/Music Curator
  • Lara Farcasan: Event Production / Co-Founder, F2 Events Corp.
  • Nathan Fleet: Musician, Filmmaker & Educator
  • Mark Furukawa: Owner of Dr. Disc, DJ and Music Advocate
  • Aaron Huchinson: Musician & Sound Artist
  • Laura Lukasik: Manager, Communications & Partnerships, Hamilton Public Library
  • Dan Medakovic: Singer/Songwriter
  • Janna Malseed: Vice President, Hamilton Musicians Guild
  • Judy Marsales: Musician and Music Advocate
  • Lou Molinaro: Co-owner & Talent Buyer, This Ain't Hollywood
  • Kurt Muller: Associate Dean of Media & Entertainment, Mohawk College
  • Marie Nash: Communications & Events Manager, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
  • Paola Palazzo: VP of Talent, Live Nation Canada
  • Brodie Schwendiman: Owner, The Casbah
  • Debbie Spence: Business Development Consultant for the Creative Industries, City of Hamilton
  • Reg Titian: Owner, Titan Creative Entertainment Network Inc.
  • Scott Warren: General Manager, Core Entertainment (FirstOntario Centre, FirstOntario Concert Hall and The Studio)
  • Diana Weir: Executive Director, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Contact us

For more information contact:

Music & Film Office
28 James Street North (Lister Building)
Phone: 905-546-4233
Email: music@hamilton.ca