Musician Conference

Invest in your career and build your business in music in Hamilton. Attend Hamilton’s second annual free Musician Conference on October 20th; an event created for local musicians based on input and challenges identified by musicians.

Gain insights and knowledge from experts that will help grow and develop your entrepreneurial and music business skills. This full day conference includes panels, workshops, discussions and networking in the areas of funding, getting a gig, taking care of your mental health and song writing.

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The Musician Entrepreneur Conference is a priority for the Hamilton Music Advisory Team (HMAT) and a key project of our Musician Sub-Committee.

Where: David Braley Health Sciences Centre, 100 Main Street West, 2nd Floor – Auditorium
When: Saturday, October 20 from 10 am to 4 pm

Agenda


Coffee and networking - 10 to 10:30 am
Show Me the Money - 10:30 to 11:15 am
How to Get a Gig - 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lunch - 12:30 to 1:15 pm
The Mindful Musician - 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Break - 2:30 to 2:45 pm
Song Writing 101 - 2:45 to 3:45 pm

Show Me the Money

Grants, loans, and investors are out there to help support you as a musician. Get some ideas about the different options that exist, when to apply, things you need to think about and tips on the type of information to provide.

Andrea Carvalho

Andrea Carvalho
City of Hamilton

Andrea has managed the City Enrichment Fund Arts funding program since joining the City of Hamilton in 2015. Also a practicing visual artist, Andrea has experience as both a grant writer and funder. She is the former Director of the Hamilton Artists Inc., ARCCO Board member (Artist-Run Centre & Collectives of Ontario), and has been invited to speak and present her work in Newfoundland, Concordia University, University of Windsor, and at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops. 

Derek Wilson

Derek Wilson
FACTOR

Derek has been with the foundation since 2012. As a former FACTOR-funded artist in the Juried Sound Recording & Demo Programs, he’s acquired hands-on experience with management, publicity and booking domestic & international tours in support of independent & label releases. He holds a Bachelor in Social Sciences from Ottawa U & an Audio Production diploma from Harris Institute.

David Parsons

David Parsons
Ontario Arts Council

Classical Music Officer at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) since 2000, David Parsons previously worked with a variety of music organizations, including as an administrative consultant with Mythmakers in Toronto, and from 1990 to 2000 he served as Ontario Regional Director for the Canadian Music Centre. He has taught courses on Canadian music history and repertoire for Queens University and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and he has written about Canadian and contemporary music for a range of publications.

At OAC, David is responsible for granting programs for many different types of music organizations (including orchestras, opera companies, series and festivals), as well as programs serving individual musicians, ensembles and composers.

Trained as a flutist and composer, David possesses an undergraduate degree in music and a master’s degree in Canadian studies from Carleton University, as well as a certificate in voluntary sector and arts management from York University. He has composed for diverse media such as opera, orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir and television, and he is the recipient of several national composition awards. His music has been performed in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, London (Ontario), Thunder Bay, Edmonton and Banff and has been recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio as well as for Radio Canada.

Tom Irvine

Tom Irvine
FirstOntario

As Director, Community Impact, Tom is responsible for managing several programs including employee volunteerism, community sponsorships, financial literacy initiatives, and our micro lending programs including the Music Industry Micro Loan program.

Vel Omazic

Vel Omazic
Executive Director of Canada’s Music Incubator

Vel Omazic has been Canada’s Music Incubator’s executive director since co-founding the not-for-profit organization in 2011. CMI’s mandate is to provide customized and ongoing mentorship to artists and managers across all genres of music. He has worked in the Canadian music industry for over two decades having served as vice-president, national promotion and media relations for Sony Music Canada for 10 of those years. Vel got his start in the music industry in the national promotion/publicity department at PolyGram Records.

Prior to starting CMI, Vel was VP marketing & communications at Green Living Enterprises, an environmental consulting, marketing and events agency. He is also the executive director and co-founder of the TEMPO Educates Foundation, a registered charity he also helped co-found in 2011, which is dedicated to music business education, creative entrepreneurship and financial literacy at the high school level. 

How to Get a Gig

Learn from local live music venue owners and bookers the best way to reach out; what information you need to get noticed and be taken seriously along with some technical pieces that will help your professional credibility.

Brodie Schwendiman

Brodie Schwendiman

Brodie is the owner of the Casbah. He has been a promoter in Hamilton of live & local music since 1999. A former school teacher, he transitioned into a new career of live music promotion, and he's never turned back. Responsible for bringing Hamilton audiences their first glimpses of such bands as The Arcade Fire, The Arkells, Monster Truck, Alexisonfire, The Sadies & July Talk, he has also booked & promoted  hundreds of local acts. Presently a member of the Hamilton Music Advisory Team (HMAT), and co-chair of the Hamilton Live Music Venue Alliance, he was a member of the Juno Host Committee (2015) and The Festival of Friends Board (2015-2016).

Darlene MacNeil

Darlene MacNeil

Darlene MacNeil has been working in live music venues for decades. In 2016 she started booking shows at Mills Hardware. 

Lou Molinario

Lou Molinario

Lou Molinaro is a Talent Buyer/Promoter/Live Music venue owner of This Ain’t Hollywood. He moved to Hamilton in the mid 90's with the intention of being involved in Hamilton music scene. In 2009, Lou and his business partners started This Ain't Hollywood - one of Hamilton's finest live music establishments. He is an active music fan - collecting records and memorabilia. He also has a music project called Tongue Fu with members of Teenage Head, Killjoys, Durango 95, Dinner Belles & Orphans.

Tao-Ming Lau

Tao-Ming Lau

Tao runs a new music booking agency called Blue Crane Agency, which seeks to prioritize women and artists of colour. Her roster currently includes Zaki Ibrahim, DJ NDN (co-founder of Tribe Called Red), Narcy, KALLITECHNIS, Too Attached, LIZA, and more incredible artists. She is a Board Director at Polaris Music Prize, and previously worked at The Billions Corporation, a Chicago-based live touring and music agency, and Universal Music Canada. She was one of the festival programmers for Pride Toronto 2017 and was responsible for booking and bringing many queer and trans musicians from over the world from as far as Brasil to Canada.

She's been attributed to assisting with the careers of Lido Pimienta, Tanika Charles, and Carly Rae Jepsen, has spoken at Pop Montreal, Women in Music Canada, Music Manitoba, and teaches the Touring Class in  at Remix Academy from 2016-2018 (alumnae Jessie Reyez). From Vancouver originally, she is a proud queer woman of colour seeking to build industry infrastructure for marginalized artists. 

Jesse Mitchell

Jesse Mitchell
Executive Director of Canada’s Music Incubator

Jesse Mitchell has acted as Director of Programs & Live Events at Canada’s Music Incubator since 2012, overseeing the development and execution of all professional development programming while guiding the evolution of CMI’s live events department, the organizations newest service offering which focuses on connecting emerging artists with paid performance opportunities across Canada.  So far in 2018, CMI’s live events department has been able to curate over 250 paid performance opportunities for developing artist all across Canada. 

The Mindful Musician

Self-care and mental health for musicians. “Musicians have fun playing music all the time, why would they need self-care?”. It is true that playing music can be fun, and there are lots of health benefits to engaging in music – but it needs to be done mindfully. This workshop will explore the stressors that musicians can encounter, how to be mindful of one’s thoughts, recognize false beliefs and reframe how to engage with music as individuals as well as performers.

Rachael Finnerty

Rachael Finnerty
OMTA Founder & Director of Education

As a credentialed music therapist, and registered psychotherapist, Rachael has been involved in the music and health industry since 2001. Before moving to Hamilton in 2007, Rachael was employed as a music therapist at Sunnybrook Hospital working in general medicine and the residential facility where she completed research re: music therapy as an intervention for pain perception. She is recognized by the Canadian Association for Music Therapists as a supervisor for music therapy interns and has taught music therapy courses at Wilfrid Laurier University.

In recognizing the positive impact of music therapy, Rachael has initiated music therapy programs in over 30 facilities, including McMaster’s Children’s Hospital, as well as creating and teaching the music therapy courses taught at McMaster University.

Rachael was the president of the Music Therapy Association of Ontario from 2010-2014. Rachael’s interest in the impact of music in people’s lives lead to her involvement in the program An Instrument For Every Child, of which she is the Education Consultant.

In supporting music and health research, Rachael is the co-chair for the Take Your Seat campaign for the LIVElab at McMaster University. Her passionate for continually learning and developing as a professional was the motivation for founding the Ontario Music Therapy Academy.

Song Writing 101

Gain insights into the song writing process; pushing through blocks; find out how to connect your melodies to lyrics or vice versa and key steps to successful song writing.

Grace Bakker

Grace Bakker

Grace Bakker is an 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Toronto that is inspired by artists such as Amy Winehouse, City and Colour, and Matt Maeson. Grace recently was named the judge's choice winner of Season 6 of the Ontario-based singing competition, "The Shot". You may also recognize Grace from Season 1 of CTV's The Launch, where Grace placed runner-up on Week 6 of the show. Grace uses life experiences and a unique look to inspire others to be who they truly want to be.

Heather Janssen

Heather Janssen

Heather Janssen is a Hamilton, Ontario native with a soft, honest, and powerful voice that is sure to give you chills. Janssen is best known for her single Checkers, which currently sits at over 329K views on YouTube. This talented songstress has had multiple successful singles and created numerous unique cover renditions. She spent the last two years as a member of Tiger & Bloom under the name “Ricky Bloom”. Though the group had some success during their time together with songs such as Monster, Janssen recently announced that she will begin focusing on her solo career.

Kobi Annobil

Kobi Annobil

Kobi is an MC born in Thatcher era London to Ghanaian parents. His musical journey began in his early teens, with a trip to Queens, NY that opened him up to hip-hop culture during one of its creative peaks. He began recording songs with his friends, honing his craft as he went, and sharing stages with such luminaries as Souls Of Mischief, DMC champion DJ Craze and hip-hop’s founding father and DJ Kool Herc. In 2008, Kobi relocated to Hamilton, and a series of chance encounters during his first few months led to the formation of Canadian Winter.

Miles Evans-Branagh

Miles Evans-Branagh

Miles Evans-Branagh is an up-and-coming songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. Miles has been touring the country with the Award-Winning Spencer MacKenzie Band, and has recently released his debut single, “Brotherhood” with his solo-project ‘miles from nowhere.’ He has been called “one to watch” (Burlington Post), and has opened for acclaimed acts such as Crowbar, Quinn Sullivan, and Downchild Blues Band (with Spencer Mackenzie). With his debut EP coming soon, Miles is happy to share his insights on the song writing process. Credit: Chelsea Green Photography

Dre Pao

Dre Pao
Singer/Songwriter

Dre Pao is a songwriter/recording artist born in Hamilton, Ontario. His career was launched in 2012 by Spanish recording Xuso Jones. Dre built a multicultural following online through covering songs in Spanish and English. His debut single "WithoutChya" accumulated over 1 million views and harnessed radio play across Canada, including here in Ontario on Z103.5 Toronto, 91.5 The Beat Kitchener, & Magic 106 Guelph. His sophomore single, "MidNight", gathered similar numbers, exceeding 1 million views in its first month of release. 

Dre is passionate about being involved in his hometown and is a proud member of Hamilton's musician sub-committee (via HMAT) and is one of the creative mind's behind Hamilton media platform Hamilton Rising.