We’re working on building a strong list of useful links and resources, broken down by geographical areas.
Directory of Women, Trans Folk and Non-Binary Peeps in music
We’re working on getting some useful directories up and running; you can view out work-in-progress directories here:
Secret Frequency Artists Database – Over 800 Canadian Cis and Trans Women, Trans Men, and Non-Binary artists and bands (some other folks might sneak in there by accident; we’re not infallible).
You can fill out a form to add yourself and/or your band here; your information will not go public immediately.
General Directory – this is an early-stage directory of Cis and Trans Women, Trans Men, and Non-Binary peeps who work in music in some capacity, from agents and producers to songwriters and publicists. Once we get it together a bit more, it will not include performing musicians (unless they’re also managers/sound techs/etc.). We’re still working on ways to make this really useful, but in the meantime we don’t want to hoard the info.
You can fill out a form to add yourself here; your information will not go public immediately.
(the directories are manually updated by volunteers; please have patience, as it may take some time for your entry to be posted).
Unison Benevolent Fund – provides counseling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community
ADVANCE – Canada’s Black music business collective
Dandelion Initiative – offers a variety of programs to build capacity around safer spaces
Black Women in Motion – a Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black womxn and survivors of sexual violence
Kira-Lynn Ferderber – available for consulting, writing, and teaching on subjects including GLBTQ politics and identity, sexual violence prevention, and hip-hop as a tool for revolution in the disability and feminist communities
Julie Lalonde – works with feminist organizations dedicated to ending sexual violence, engaging bystanders and building communities of support
Local 1000 – the touring musicians’ union, for Canadian and US touring artists
Canadian Federation of Musicians – a complementary office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada
Music Managers Forum – the collective voice for Canadian music managers and self-managed artists
Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) – A national organization for visual artists that also includes many tools and references for artists in general
Musicians Rights Organization Canada (MROC) – collecting and distributing royalties to musicians and vocalists
Women in Music Canada – A national organization promoting equality in the music industry
Centre for Women in Business – Canada’s only university-based business development centre for women
Canadian Women’s Foundation – Canada’s public foundation for diverse women and girls
Nova Scotia Artists Legal Information Society – Halifax, legal advice for artists
Women in the Music Business – Nova Scotia – a part of Music Nova Scotia; join their Facebook group for great discussions!
Music Nova Scotia – A provincial organization to support and promote Nova Scotia musicians
Music Liberatory – An organization working to increase the number of women instrumentalists, focused particularly on the current and present leadership of women of colour
Newfoundland & Labrador
Music NL – Funding, member artists database, advocacy, etc.
Music NWT – Advocacy, member benefits, etc.
Prince Edward Island
Music PEI – a great advocate for PEI artists, offers funding, member benefits, showcases, etc.
Artists’ Legal Advice Services – Toronto, free legal advice for creators
Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa – Ottawa, legal advice for creators (possibly free?)
Draw The Line – Engaging Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence.
Folk Music Ontario – A provincial organization supporting and promoting Ontario’s folk artists
Music Ontario – A provincial organization supporting and promoting Ontario musicians
Ontario Live Music – A provincially-funded calendar for gigs in Ontario
Toronto Women and Gender-Nonconforming Music Community – A Facebook group with lively conversation and a sense of camaraderie
Hollaback Ottawa – A movement to end harassment in public spaces powered by local activists.
Manitoba Music – really the gold standard for regional music advocacy groups in Canada. Workshops, showcases, resources, support, awesomeness
Music New Brunswick – resources, funding, and a great artist directory of NB artists
Music BC – the voice of the BC Music industry locally, domestically and internationally, through active advocacy for funding, policy, red tape reduction, tax credits and creator’s rights.
Artists’ Legal Outreach – Vancouver, Legal advice by donation
Good Night Out Vancouver – a BC-based society committed to building community capacity to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault in all sectors, with a focus on hospitality, music, arts, and nightlife
Clinique Juridique des Artistes de Montreal – Montreal, free legal services for artists
Sask Music – Resources, workshops, funding, and a member artist directory
Alberta Music – dedicated to helping professionals in the music industry to succeed in their careers.
Music Parity – a US-based organization producing a report on gender parity at festivals and an artists’ database called Broadsheet
The F-List – a UK-based list of women artists and bands, broken down by genre and label/unsigned
VBain Consulting Links – a great list of resources, especially focused on England and the EU
Keychange – an organization encouraging festivals and music organizations to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. We have questions/criticisms (why would it take until 2022?), but they’ve done a great job of taking the conversation to the media
Hollaback – an org that seeks to end harassment in all its forms by transforming the culture that perpetuates hate and harassment, by building the power of everyday people to create safe and welcoming environments for all.