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Turntablism: NCRA AGM Motion 1999
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At the National Campus/Community Radio Conference in Halifax in June 1999, a motion was passed committing the organization to work on establishing turntablism as a unique musical form and Canadian content.
Background: Whereas the NCRA is committed to furthering the goal of having turntablism and audio art recognized as unique and Canadian musical genres;
Be it moved that: a working group be formed to undertake the following:
- a) research the parameters of turntablism,
- b) create a policy to be presented to the CRTC and to the NCRA membership,
- c) lobby the CRTC and any other organizations affected by this issue,
- d) generate awareness and develop national initiatives around this issue in order to further this goal.
Discussion on the motion (excerpted from the minutes):
NCRA board member Alok Sharma provides background information on the motion. Board member Fiona York further explains.
-Andy Posthumous (CIOI) wonders if we're proposing that turntablism and audio art be separated. Alok replies yes. Fiona replies that while there will be some characteristics of both that will be similar, there would be separate policies developed for each category.
-Andy asks if they will then try to compose a working definition for audio art. Fiona replies that this is not the focus of the group being put together in this motion.
-Steve MacIsaac (CFUV) wonders if the NCRA is planning to ask for an extension in the call for comments to the CRTC about the music categories. Fiona says yes. Steve then wonders if he could propose a friendly amendment adding a deadline for this working group to have its definitions finished in time for the CRTC's call for submissions.
-Fiona says that she doesn't think there would be enough time to put together a solid definition before the deadline hits.
-Board member Mopa Dean believes that it's important for the NCRA to stand behind this motion, since the CRTC doesn't seem to be paying much attention to this culture.
Motion carried 11-0-1