David Pay (BC) (2012–2019)

My first expe­rience with the Cana­dian New Music Net­work was at FORUM 2008 in Toron­to. It was clear to me from that intro­duc­tion that the net­work offers a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to connect across the vast geo­gra­phy of Cana­da.  And eve­ry year since, I feel that CNMN has been at the centre of my dee­per connec­tions with music makers and music lovers across the country.

As a CNMN board mem­ber repre­sen­ting Bri­tish Colum­bia, I get a first-hand glimpse of the ongoing work of the orga­ni­za­tion. Plan­ning, advo­ca­cy, and fin­ding new ways for people to connect across cultures, lan­guages, and regions is at the core of CNMN’s work.  I strive to bring my artis­tic expe­riences as a pro­du­cer and pre­sen­ter to the net­work’s events, and my admi­nis­tra­tive expe­riences as an exe­cu­tive and fun­drai­ser to our planning.

David Pay is the foun­der and Artis­tic Direc­tor of Vancouver’s Music on Main for which he has ear­ned an inter­na­tio­nal repu­ta­tion as one of today’s lea­ding-edge clas­si­cal and contem­po­ra­ry music pro­gram­mers. Since 2006, the series has pro­du­ced more than 250 clas­si­cal, new, and genre-ben­ding music events with over 700 musi­cians and more than 50 world pre­mieres. The UK’s Gra­mo­phone Maga­zine writes that Music on Main “pro­vides wes­tern Cana­da with one of the finest win­dows onto the post-clas­si­cal scene” and the Huf­fing­ton Post says Dave’s pro­gram­ming has “span­ned the range of human experience”.

As an inde­pendent arts consul­tant spe­cia­li­sing in stra­te­gic plan­ning, mar­ke­ting, fun­drai­sing and pro­du­cing, David has wor­ked with lea­ding arts orga­ni­za­tions, musi­cians and video artists. He has ser­ved on facul­ty at Capi­la­no University’s Arts & Enter­tain­ment Mana­ge­ment Depart­ment and as Asso­ciate Direc­tor, Fall & Win­ter Music Pro­grams at The Banff Centre.  His essays and inter­views about music have appea­red at CarnegieHall.org and in Van­cou­ver Review. Other roles include Artis­tic Pro­du­cer of the ope­ning night gala of Classical:NEXT (Rot­ter­dam, May 2015) and Artis­tic Direc­tor of the ISCM World New Music Days 2017 (Van­cou­ver, Novem­ber 2017).