CMW Announces First Annual Live Music Industry Awards for 2016

[![Alvvays performing at CMW 2015](/content/images/2015/10/Alvvays-CMW-300x200.jpg)](/content/images/2015/10/Alvvays-CMW.jpg)Alvvays performing at CMW 2015
Canadian Music Week 2016 (CMW) has announced it will host the first annual Live Music Industry Awards on May 7 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel to celebrate the best of the live music business sector. As well, CMW organizers say that as the music industry shifts focus from recordings to live performances, CMW will expand its Live Music Summit programming to two days, running May 6-7, 2016.

“We know the live music sector is driving revenue for the music industry, with festivals and concerts also increasing tourism in cities across North America. We look forward to recognizing the players and decision-makers from Canada and around the world who are advancing this growth, through an award show dedicated to the live music industry. The awards will celebrate a wide range of Canada’s venues, market sizes and the artists that fill those venues as well as the infrastructure of personnel that make this happen.,” says Cameron Wright, Vice President, Operations and Live Programming for Canadian Music Week.

Created by Canadian Music Week in partnership with the International Festival Network (IFN) and Music Canada Live, the trade association for the live music sector, the Live Music Industry Awards will expected to be the highlight event of CMW’s Live Music Summit.

“The time has absolutely come for a comprehensive celebration of live music in this country,” says Music Canada Live Executive Director Erin Benjamin. “We are thrilled to collaborate with CMW – to highlight the important achievements of our members, and those working hard to put amazing talent in front of audiences across the country, from coast to coast to coast.”

Nominees will be posted on the “Live Music Industry Awards” website – – to be voted on by the general public and industry. ]

For more information, contact Cameron Wright, VP Operations and Live Programming for CMW at or go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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