A Canadian Music Writers Cooperative
We are currently accepting pitches for our December issue and its theme of “Economics.” The following list includes ideas for feature articles we would be interested in pursuing with a flexible deadline of November 23rd.
- A conversation with multiple artists who use services like Patreon, Ampled, or other forms of crowdfunding to support their work. How do these services influence the art? How do they impact the artist/fan relationship? What sort of autonomy do they afford the artist/creator, and what potential risks are there?
- An investigation into the funding structures of the Canadian music industry and its impacts on the art that does/doesn’t get support. Granting bodies have been the subject of much criticism in the past for awarding funds to the same, small cohort of artists and labels each year. Though there’s been a concerted effort amongst these bodies to support a more diverse group of artists, how much has changed, and what still needs work?
- An investigation into how streaming royalties work in Canada. Navigating the world of streaming royalties is an opaque process for artists, as the myriad copyrights, uses and rights holders can be confusing. We’d like to shed some light on it.
- An investigation into what domino effect the loss of the touring industry is having on companies that provide/rent gear or personnel.
- A conversation with a financial advisor who is familiar with the arts sector. This article could help artists and other readers with their financial literacy.
Below are some quick tips on pitching for New Feeling.
- Features, 1,000-2,000 words
- Reviews, 150 words
- About a Canadian album released within the past year; or, about a Canadian album of a certain vintage that you think is due for a critical reappraisal. We are especially interested in critical takes that highlight albums that are overlooked.
- Scene report, 1,000-2,000 words
- Do your research! Before sending in your idea, make sure it is the kind of story we would publish. Read through our previous issues and content to get a good sense of what we’re after.
- Show us you’ve also researched the topic and idea you’re planning on writing about. If you’re proposing a record review, show us your close knowledge of the artist and the context of their work. If you’re planning to write a feature, what experts will you reach out to for comment?
- Please do not send us final drafts of your work as a pitch.
- Please do not pitch us ideas that you’ve yet to hear back about from other outlets.
New Feeling is operating without any funding at this point and a labour of love for everyone involved. While we are currently exploring our funding opportunities, we are not in a position to compensate you monetarily. Writing for the site will make you eligible for joining our writer ownership class, a form of cooperative membership that is currently being developed. Read more about that here.