The OCFF is now known as Folk Music Ontario
In the two-and-a-half decades since it was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, the OCFF has undergone many structural changes. These have happened with the careful oversight and leadership of the member-elected boards of directors that have run the OCFF, and with the consent of the membership at each Annual General Meeting. At the recent conference, the membership voted to change the name of the OCFF to help people better understand who we are and what we do. The legalities of the name change have recently been sorted out, and we can now refer to our organization as Folk Music Ontario.
Over the next few months, we will be working on a comprehensive new design for our website, magazine, letterhead, business cards, and all other media. In the meantime, if you call the office (613-560-6997 in Ottawa or toll-free at 1-866-292-6233) and we answer with “Folk Music Ontario”, don’t worry – you’ve called the right place. Our vision and mission will remain in focus as we strive to serve the folk community!
By 2015, the OCFF will have facilitated a stronger, more engaged, connected and active folk music community in Ontario.
The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals supports the growth and development of folk music in Ontario by supporting the growth and development of presenters and performers.
The OCFF will meet its vision by:
- Expanding member services
- Engaging in more effective communications
- Renewing festival commitment
- Improving its advocacy
- Leveraging technology
- Being Green
- Increasing brand identity
- Improving organizational effectiveness
Seeing the benefits of mutual support and collaboration, six Ontario music festivals came together in 1986 to form the OCFF. This new organization established a folk-genre presenters’ network and programmed professional development workshops that would be held during an annual conference.
The OCFF initiated several projects that raised the profile of the organization and increased its membership. The OCFF began to print a quarterly magazine, Folk Prints, established theSongs From the Heart songwriting competition, began the community outreach program Art Beat, and added Official Showcase performances to the conference weekend.
By 1999 the OCFF board of directors had representatives from each region of Ontario, represented 25 major provincial folk festivals, and included ‘individuals’ (artists) into its bylaws as voting members.
In January 2001 the OCFF hired an Executive Director and the organization continued to expand. By January 2004 membership had increased, programming intensified, and the service development and financial strength of the OCFF were transformed profoundly.
Now, 26 years after its founding, the OCFF is the largest folk and roots music organization in Canada and serves its members as a recognized arts service organization.
Various Corporate Documents
Annual General Meeting (AGM) Minutes
Board Meeting Minutes
Audited Financial Statements