Richard Payne
Richard began performing popular music at age twelve in Southern California as a guitarist, moving through surf, rock, R&B, blues and soul bands. He began writing songs for his group Northern Sound, recording two singles in ’64 and ’65. Richard picked up double bass in high school and was soon playing sessions for singer-songwriter recordings. His group City Blues played the area's first "be-in" with Jackson Browne in the summer of love. He was negotiating a recording contract for his folk group "Ananda" while studying classical guitar and jazz bass in college when his pacifism led him to immigrate to Victoria, BC as a classical guitar instructor.

The first production credit in Canada was a choral ’45 for Queen Elizabeth’s visit. His TVO series “Two Plus You” enjoyed 25 years syndication in Canada and the U.S. and his “Holy Night” has become a seasonal standard for AVEX in Japan. Composition credits include commissions for Kazuhito Yamashita and Gary Karr, the Banff Centre, Michael Strutt, the Vancouver Guitar Quartet, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Phoenix Chamber Choir and other chamber ensembles. Scores have been written and produced for the CBC, NFB, TVO and independent filmmakers. Contemporary music theatre collaborations have involved Tapestry New Opera Works, the Banff Centre, and the Belfry and Kaleidoscope theatre companies. Consultant clients include the AFM, Victoria Symphony, University of Victoria's Arts Business course, TV Tokyo’s “Music Travel”, independent filmmakers and classical, jazz and blues artists. On contract with Canadian Heritage, 144 concerts were booked across Canada for International Music Day in 2002 and 2003, and concert series have been booked for the Royal British Columbia Museum and the City of Victoria. Richard has also been called to adjudicate FACTOR, Genie and West Coast Music Awards.

Traveling frequently to Tokyo, clients include AVEX, Chuo University, Tokyo Museum of Anthropology, SONY Beta Cam, Toyota, Yamaha Motors, Mitsubishi Corporate Communications and the City of Yokohama. His studies of traditional Japanese court and theatre music under the auspices of the Canada Council for the Arts include an invitation to the Imperial Palace Music School and often are reflected in his Pacific themed work. After three years in commercial recording and performing in a roots rock trio, Richard returned to Victoria taking the stage as warm up for Eric Burdon and fronting his own group, Goat Blues.

Currently in Toronto, Richard offers instruction in composition, theory, song writing, improvisation, arranging, history and guitar while continuing to compose for concert, stage and electronic media.


Composer/Publisher/Producer/Lyricist - Goat Music 1970-2017

Credits include performances by Tapestry New Opera Works, the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Banff Centre and various chamber ensembles; songs and scores for CBC, NFB, TV Ontario, PBS and the Belfry, Kaleidoscope and Intrepid theatre companies; organizing and promoting concerts and recordings; and music industry consultation.

Music Educator 1970-2017

Private instruction in song writing, composition, improvisation, arranging, theory, history and guitar.

Arcadia Academy of Music 2005-2017
Regent Park Music School - creative workshops 2005
Open Space Arts Society - Sound for Theatre 1988
University of Victoria - Elementary Music Education 1986
University of British Columbia - Film Music - assistant 1983
University of British Columbia - Music Theory - assistant 1980-1981
United Church of Canada - Creative Workshops 1974
Pogo's Picnic - Creative Workshops 1972
Camosun College - Guitar 1970-1971

Supervisor, Electronic Media - Canadian Office of the American Federation of Musicians 2001-2004

Responsibilities included administration of CBC, NFB, TVO, Sound Recording and other electronic media agreements; working with Canadian Orchestras, CBC and independent producers to budget and contract musical services; the Junos, National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards, Genies and other award shows; sitting on negotiation committees; securing new use payments for musicians whose recorded performances are reused in new productions; establishing a national International Music Day concert series with Canadian Heritage and the Music Performance Trust Fund; liaising with other media and creator groups; and musician advocacy on the Creators’ Copyright Coalition and Creators’ Rights Alliance.

Business Agent-Musicians Association of Victoria & the Islands
(Local 247 AFM)

First responsibilities for the 100-year-old organization were to work on the Commonwealth Games recording negotiation. Since 1994, Richard has researched the industry; secured first time electronic media contracts for phonograph, cable TV and independent producers; created venue listings and a referral system; booked concert series for the Royal British Columbia Museum and the City of Victoria: resolved disputes and increased membership.


Composer - Tapestry New Opera Works Lib/Lab 2004
Master of Music, University of British Columbia 1982-1985
Resident Composer, Music Theatre Studio Ensemble, Banff Centre,
   School of Fine Arts 1981-1982
Bachelor of Music, University of British Columbia 1977-1981
Victoria Conservatory of Music-piano/violin/composition 1970-1971
Fullerton College, California - music major 1968-1969


Millennium Practicing Artist - First Prize,
Arts Council of Greater Victoria 2000
Canada Council Explorations Award, “The Minotaur” 1989
Canada Council Arts Award, “The Portuguese Prince” 1985
Nora Black Prize for Lyricism in Art, UBC 1982
Banff Centre, School of Fine Arts Scholarship 1981
Jean Coulthard letter of commendation, Okanagan Music Festival,
   “Creation” 1972



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