Big Country Awards. They were established in 1975 by Walt Grealis and Stan Klees of RPM magazine in conjunction with the Canadian Academy for Country Music Advancement (later ACME, see CCMA). Held annually 1975-81, they were supplanted in 1982 by the CCMA Awards but revived in 1985 by RPM.
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Founded in 1889 to serve as the examination body of the RAM, the RCM, and, in 1947, the Royal Manchester College of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. In 1984 it was reconstituted as an independent company, linked to the Royal Schools.
Manitoba Composers Association. Founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization intended to promote the creation, performance, and appreciation of contemporary music and in particular, the music of Manitobans. The founding members included Peter Allen, William Pura, and Blakeman Welch.
The Aldeburgh Connection. Performing association and vocal concert series based in Toronto and named after the Aldeburgh Festival in England. The Aldeburgh Connection was founded in 1982 by Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata, who were the group's accompanists and artistic directors.
Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for the Performance of Canadian Music/Concours national de musique Eckhardt-Gramatté. Held annually beginning in 1976 on the campus of Brandon University, this competition rotates between piano, strings (violin, viola, and cello) and voice.