Equity and Accessibility Statement
Accessibility is a constant consideration and an ongoing process in the design and delivery of TCML. While we are able to reduce some barriers for participants, there are others that we cannot address given our resources. We often become aware of these barriers through community feedback.
As organizers, we believe that our age, race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability are indelibly tied to the ways that we make, talk about, and value music. We believe that a program that welcomes contrasting perspectives and experiences will challenge the assumptions we make about music and culture, and will result in a productive and gratifying workshop experience.
Through our programming we encourage development among early-career music-makers of all identities; we are committed to valuing diversity of background, diversity of experience, and diversity of thought.
If you are interested in learning more about TCML and have any specific accessibility concerns, please get in touch. We are always willing to explore how we can make TCML a positive experience for a wider community. We will do our best to address and accommodate your needs.
We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the adjacent form.
We want to recognize that we are here because this land was colonized. Indigenous communities continue to struggle against the consequences of the colonial system.
As we prepare for TCML 2017, we want to acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and all Indigenous people who share this land with us, and allow us to be here as guests.
We feel it is important to consider the history of state policy that, among other things, criminalized Indigenous cultural expression, and sought to eradicate Indigenous languages and communities.
These forms of racism and paternalism also shaped wider cultural policy, privileging and resourcing certain traditions over others— we are keenly aware of this within music making.
For us, there is not one music, there is not one way to make music, there is not one way to share music.
As we acknowledge the Indigenous communities that have lived here for thousands of years, and their generosity, let us consider how we can be generous to one another during TCML. Let's work together to create a respectful and welcoming space.
This Land Recognition statement is read aloud at the start of TCML events. The statement evolves based on the reflections and input of TCML organizers and community allies.