Dear MusCan members,
You have likely just seen the message from the Federation for the Social Sciences and Humanities about the cancellation of Congress 2020, in both in-person and virtual format. We wanted to follow up with some direct information from our own society.
The Federation has offered support to societies that wish to proceed independently with a virtual conference. However, after an assessment of many factors, including personal and technological barriers to participants, costs, and the increased demands placed on the local organizers, MusCan regretfully has to announce that we are unable to support the needs of our members within a virtual conference this year. We were particularly worried about the inequity between composers, performers, and more traditional academic disciplines in converting to this new format, although that was not the only factor to come into play.
I know you likely have a number of questions, so I would like to address a few issues in anticipation of that:
- The Federation and MusCan will be providing refunds to any participants who have already registered.
- We are looking at hosting our annual AGM virtually this year, which is allowed within the MusCan by-laws. We will most likely hold this via Zoom since this will allow for member interaction and feedback, as well as voting. We require a quorum of 21 members for our AGM, so we would ask you to please strongly consider attending this meeting, which will most likely take place during the original conference dates in early June. We will be in touch before June with more information about this.
- We are currently deciding whether or not to award the annual prizes. Unfortunately since we will not have conference revenue coming in, we need to see whether we can still financially support awarding our portion of the prizes for 2020.
- Along those lines, I know this is not the best of times, but if you feel that you are able, we would enormously appreciate any donations to MusCan at this time. Excess revenues from the annual conference are typically used to support our ongoing administrative expenses, MusCan’s portion of the annual prizes, and production costs for Intersections throughout the year. You can donate here or through our membership page.
We would like to thank everyone who helped this year in organizing the conference, in particular the local arrangements team at Western: Betty Anne Younker, Troy Ducharme, Edmund Goehring, Paul Frehner, Omar Daniel, Kelly Bylica, as well as Brian McMillan from CAML. I would further like to extend our thanks to all of our presenters, composers, and applicants; to the programme and composition committee members, the Proctor Prize committee members, and to the members of the MusCan executive board for their thoughtful research work, deliberations, and consideration in these difficult times.
We hope to come back stronger next year, whether that be in-person or virtual depending on the ongoing health situation worldwide.
Please take care in these difficult times. If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact us and we will answer them as best we can.
Canadian University Music Society