What We Do

The Canadian League of Composers (CLC) speaks for the interests of Canadian composers. We offer professional development opportunities and resources to members, including a schedule of suggested commissioning fees, and we use advocacy and partnerships to foster an environment in which Canadian art music is highly valued. Our activities include:

  • offering professional development opportunities and resources to members, including workshops, mentorship, web resources such as model contracts, and awards such as the annual Friends of Canadian Music Award;
  • hosting the Canadian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), issuing an annual call for scores, making a promotional CD of the selected works, and distributing it while representing Canada at the ISCM’s annual World New Music Days festival; in 2017, the Canadian League of Composers and Music on Main welcome more than 50 countries for ISCM 2017, a festival of new music and a celebration of new ideas, new collaborations, and new fusions;
  • maintaining a schedule of suggested commissioning fees;
  • connecting our members with the music and arts communities, as well as the public, through partnerships with other organizations, and regular contact with the major arts councils in Canada;
  • using advocacy to foster an environment in which Canadian art music is highly valued.

The CLC is governed by a National Council of 12 elected members representing all regions and both official languages. We are supported by member dues, as well as by funding from the SOCAN Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. The CLC was founded in 1951, and celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2016. We currently represent nearly 500 members from across Canada.

To find out more about our current projects, events and opportunities, please visit the Activities and News sections of our website, or become a member by clicking Join the CLC.