The recently launched Collective Music Nation (CMN) is a national non-profit organization aiming to unify, amplify and advocate for the needs of the Canadian Urban (culturally/historically Black) music community. Through resource sharing, community and network building, artist and professional development, and platforms and events that recognize excellence, CMN seeks to strengthen and promote culturally Black musical genres, industries, and artists that have been historically underserved and underrepresented in the Canadian environment.
CMN’s president is Tim Fray whose career as an artist and producer dates back to the mid-1980s. In conjunction with CMN, he has developed the SIX Element Music Group, a consulting and mentoring program aimed at helping artists become world-class performers, and through his Fray Family Foundation he’s spearheaded the Backpack Love Program that provides kids in need with the full range of back-to-school supplies.
The Fray Foundation is also a partner in CMN’s Music Development Fund that will give worthy applicants financial assistance with demos, tour support, marketing and other expenses. All of this will be available to those choosing to become a CMN member, with the overarching goal being individual CMN chapters across Canada operating under the parent office in Toronto.
We spoke with Tim Fray about his bold vision for CMN, and how it could potentially reshape the Canadian music industry’s power structure. For more information go to collectivemusicnation.com.
What inspired you to launch Collective Music Nation, and how are things progressing so far?
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