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London’s music industry task force

- March 21st, 2014

Western jazz combo London Music Hall

The Western jazz combo with Tara Sampson, left, Peter Karle, Ben Hayward, Sarah Robertson and Mark Swan at the London Music Hall on March 20, 2014. A photograph by ace LFP and lfpress.com colleague Derek Ruttan

JBNBlog had to leave Thursday’s fine London music industry task force gathering early on Thursday . . . but not before hearing the young aces of the Western jazz combo wail on Garner, Ellington, the sax players’ Level Two & more. Listening to Ben Hayward and Sarah Robertson mentioned the fabled partnering of Warne Marsh (tenor) & Lee Konitz (alto) to Don Wright music faculty Prof. Kevin Watson who was there (along with Prof. Victoria Meredith).  Stylistically different fromKonitz-Marsh but Robertson-Hayward, JBNBlog salutes you for such a fine original and the rest of the quintet for being right there, too.

As for task force statements, Mayor Joe Fontana said the following:

“We’re going to build a music industry in this city to define who we are” . . . “I want London to be the place for all things music . . . ‘the live music capital of Canada’ ‘   . . . “we have a chance of getting a big piece” (of the $45-million provincial pie, presumably.

Did hear one disgtrrbi9ng anti-music thing from a friend in the crowd: is it true you can’t have live (or even not-live) music on the patio of a London bar/eatery/whatnot? Well, is that true?

We need to fix that, if so … meanwhile here ere are useful details from http://prosperityforlondon.ca/musictaskforce . . .

Aligned with the “City of London 2011-2014 Strategic Plan”, the “Mayor’s Economic Prosperity Council Report” (2011), “London’s Cultural Prosperity Plan”, and “Establishing the Economic Baseline” presentation, on January 27th, 2014 the Investment and Economic Prosperity Committee endorsed the creation of London’s Music Industry Development Task Force.

 

The Task Force will play a key role in the development of a community wide comprehensive music strategy intended to promote and support music in London. The purpose will be to bring the community together as an industry to collaborate, build and prosper.

 

Proposed objectives of the group:

 

oversee the creation of a local strategy that will support the Province of Ontario Music Fund initiative in London, as well as other sources of funding;

guide initiatives by supporting the economic and cultural development of London’s music industry;

develop recommendations and rationale of the strategies and actions proposed to be undertaken in order to support growth and innovation in London’s music industry by: exchanging ideas, discussing opportunities and challenges, as well as providing input and advice;

strengthen and embrace London’s diversity and cultural identity;

consider the health, competitiveness and viability of London’s music sector;

achieve long-term sustainable economic growth and job creation;

develop, support and showcase talent;

enhance local and regional positioning and branding of the city and its music sector;

support a dynamic and innovative business climate;

promote collaboration;

build partnerships.

 

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2 comments

  1. My team are ready to go to contribute to this effort! A late afternoon well spent and to have his worship’s ear in private briefly…

  2. I very much appreciate having my application for the London Music Industry Development Task Force approved. It will be an honour to work with such a valued, consistent & reliable group of music professionals from so many diverse & organized backgrounds!

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