MNS office closed Tuesday, September 2nd

Please be advised that we will be closed on Tuesday, September 2nd as we announce the showcasing artists and award nominees for Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week at the Marigold Theatre in Truro. We will reopen Wednesday, September 3rd. Have a great Labour Day weekend!

"Why We Fired Fender"

from The Retailer:

Independence is what started rock ‘n’ roll: independence from our parents, from Big Brother and from the status quo. The nature of independence is self-sufficiency, individual choice and setting our own course.

The spirit of independent rock ‘n’ roll, though, has now been co-opted by some of the same Wall Street bankers who brought you the dot com bubble and the housing crisis.

We are witnessing a consolidation in our industry similar to what has happened in media, banking and telecommunications. Private-equity firms have been buying up both retail stores and wholesale manufacturers, mostly using leveraged debt backed by junk bonds for the purchases. By owning both wholesale and retail, they are selling themselves product, and then selling it to consumers.


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NSMW 2014 - Update #3

Music Nova Scotia will be sending updates with news and information leading up to Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2014 (NSMW), to be held in Truro Colchester from November 6-9, 2014.
For more information on NSMW, visit
International Guest Delegates:
We are excited to announce the second round of our International Guest Delegates! The spotlight for this year's International Buyers Program is on the USA. The following are 11 American Guest Delegates who will be attending this year:
They will be joined by the following Guest Delegates:
View photos and bios of our Guest Delegates here, and stay tuned for further announcements. 
Press Conference: 
On September 2, 2014, Music Nova Scotia will hold a press conference to announce details for the upcoming Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week. 
The press conference will be held at 12:00 pm in the Marigold Cultural Centre, 605 Prince Street, Truro, NS (doors open at 11:30 am), and will feature musical performances by Truro's own Charlie A'Court and Halifax singer-songwriter, Kim Harris.    
Announcements will include the nominees for the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards and festival line up. 
Festival wristbands and delegate passes will go on sale September 2, 2014.
Accommodations with special NSMW delegate rates in Truro Colchester include the following:
The host hotel for NSMW 2014 is the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Centre Truro (rooms are currently sold out). 
Volunteer Submissions:
Volunteering at NSMW provides a great opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable skills and experience. It also provides rewards in exchange for your time and efforts, including the chance to hear great music made in Nova Scotia.
If you want to volunteer for NSMW and be a part of this award-winning event, applications are now open. Click here to apply, or for more information contact Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy von Kintzel or Volunteer Manager, Alanna Swinemar.


Music Nova Scotia to Hold NSMW 2014 Press Conference, Featuring Performances by Charlie A'Court and Kim Harris

(August 22, 2014, Halifax, NS): On September 2, 2014, Music Nova Scotia will hold a press conference to announce details for the upcoming Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) in Truro Colchester - November 6-9, 2014.
The press conference will be held at 12:00 pm in the Marigold Cultural Centre, 605 Prince Street, Truro, NS (doors open at 11:30 am), and will feature musical performances by Truro's own Charlie A'Court and Halifax singer-songwriter, Kim Harris. 
Announcements will include the nominees for the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards and festival line up. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served. 
For more information on NSMW 2014, head to
For more information, please contact:
Jeff Lawton
Marketing Coordinator
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 ext. 108


Inside the Underground World of LA's Home Recording Studios

In the ancient days of recording technology—say, 10 years ago—musicians, composers, engineers, and producers feeding the insatiable appetite of the entertainment industry had to travel to a pricey commercial studio to ply their trade. But as recording budgets have dropped and computers and audio software have become cheaper, smaller, and more effective, music pros have gone DIY, stepping out of the big studios and into their garages, guest houses, and add-ons, converting home spaces throughout Southern California.

Now LA and neighboring cities comprise arguably the country'slargest enclave of professional-level home recording facilities—some permitted, many not—a fact that's taken a big bite out of the commercial studio business that once reigned supreme.


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The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People


Our good friends at Podio (who developed and maintain our backend project management software) developed this neat interactive graphic chart of the daily routines of famous creative people. It's an interesting look at how creative minds throughout history have scheduled their daily lives in an effort to balance their creative work with other life activities and demands. Have a look by clicking this link.

Nova Scotian Artists Jenn Grant and Glory Glory to Showcase at the c/o pop Festival in Cologne, Germany

This week German music fans will have the opportunity to experience two of Nova Scotia’s finest acts when Jenn Grant and Glory Glory head overseas to showcase at the c/o pop Festival in Cologne. Held from August 20-24, c/o pop is a staple on the international festival circuit and serves as a launching pad for many up-and-coming bands.
Music Nova Scotia will present this showcase on Saturday, August 23 at 4:00pm CET in one of Cologne’s most beautiful venues, Campi Volksbühne
Founded in 2004, c/o pop invites over 100 bands from all over the world to showcase in numerous venues throughout the city of Cologne. Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Scott Long looks forward to the opportunities that are available for these showcasing bands.
“Showcasing at the c/o pop Festival gives export ready artists the opportunity to make invaluable connections with music industry professionals in the areas of booking, distribution and licensing. Germany is one of the most lucrative music markets in the world with more and more Nova Scotian artists making successful entries to this market," says Long. "The Nova Scotia showcase in Cologne is part of our three year export strategy and a direct result of the Nova Scotia Music Week International Buyers Program. Both Jenn and Glory Glory were chosen by festival programmers who attended Nova Scotia Music Week in 2012.”
For years, Nova Scotian songstress Jenn Grant has been captivating national and international audiences with her inviting voice and engaging stage presence. Halifax’s Glory Glory specialize in arty dance-pop and draw from numerous influences and genres to craft their own unique sound. 
For more information on the c/o pop Festival, visit here.
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For further information, please contact:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations/Operations Manager
Music Nova Scotia

AdRev Is Illegally Preying On DIY Musicians

From Digital Music News:


I got two emails from “Katherine Foster” within 10 minutes of each other to two separate email accounts – one which I haven’t used in years. They both read:


Subject: Missing Info

Body: I have not yet received the info to setup your account at  If you own and control original music, our service can help generate new revenue for you.

At AdRev, we help musicians, labels, and composers make earnings from their recordings in YouTube.  We simply find videos using your music, show ads, and pass the revenue down to you.

With artists signing up every day, we’d love to help you tap into this new revenue stream.

Drop a line if you have questions,

Katherine Foster
Artist Recruiter

Pretty sneaky. You haven’t received the info because I didn’t send it. Or opt into this list. Or ask for information. And feel quite violated.

This, AdRev, to say the least feels very slimy. As someone who is very used to these unsolicited emails targeting DIY musicians, I’m fed up. I don’t like it from “promoters” offering me to pay to play, I don’t like it from “A&R” trying to get me to buy their overpriced services, and I don’t like it from you.

Click here to read the full article.

More Than Words with Dwight Twilley, Garland Jeffreys, Bryan Potvin, and Dave Pirner

(Halifax, NS, August 14) The Halifax Urban Folk Festival (presented by Assante Wealth Management), announces More Than Words, a songwriting workshop series featuring Dwight Twilley, Garland Jeffreys, Bryan Potvin, and Dave Pirner, presented in association with Music Nova Scotia and the SOCAN Foundation
These workshops offer a unique and intimate environment to learn tricks of the trade from accomplished, heralded songwriters. Dwight Tilley is a power-pop legend best known for his iconic hits through the decades such as “I’m On Fire” (1975), “Girls” (1984) and the classic ballad “Why You Wanna Break My Heart”. Garland Jeffreys released a string of acclaimed albums and hit songs in the 1970's and 1980’s, including "Wild In The Streets" and "R.O.C.K." and collaborated with everyone from John Cale and Dr. John to Stan Getz and Sonny Rollins. As a member of the acclaimed Canadian band The Northern Pikes, Bryan Potvin wrote and performed such hits as "Dream Away", "Hopes Go Astray", "Believe", and his iconic pop/rock masterpiece, "She Ain’t Pretty". Dave Pirner is the frontman for Soul Asylum, the Minnesota rock band that cut their teeth in the American underground scene in the 1980’s, and later rose to fame with hits such as “Runaway Train” and “Misery”.
Sharing a room with only 29 other guests, you can gain invaluable insights about the art and nature of songwriting from these internationally recognized performers.
Two educational sessions will take place at The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, 1685 Argyle St., Halifax, NS. The sessions will provide information on the art of music composition, lyric writing, and the business of songwriting. 
1st Session: Saturday, August 30 - 1pm, featuring Dwight Twilley and Garland Jeffreys.
2nd Session: Sunday, August 31 - 1pm, featuring Bryan Potvin and Dave Pirner.
The workshop series is open to all Music Nova Scotia members in good standing, as well as all SOCAN members in good standing. There are only 30 spots available in each session, so please RSVP as soon as possible to with the subject line “HUFF”. RSVP’s must be received no later than Friday, August 29 at 12pm (noon). You may attend both sessions, but please indicate clearly which session(s) you want to attend.  Only two names per RSVP email please.
For more information, please contact:
Serge Samson
Event and Member Training Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-4153

What does a music supervisor do?

Great piece done by Variety on what a music supervisor does:



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