NSMW Heads to Truro, Artist Showcasing Submissions Now Open

(May 12, 2016  Halifax, NS)  Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2016 (NSMW) heads back to Truro as the festival will take place from November 3-6. With over 100 artists playing on multiple stages, NSMW is one of the largest music festivals in the region. 

The NSMW showcase stages allow Nova Scotian artists the opportunity to perform for a target audience of influential industry members, including festival buyers, booking agents, managers and media from around the world.

Each year our International Buyers Program features a spotlight on a particular region, bringing talent buyers from that region to NSMW to see what incredible talent our province has to offer. This year’s spotlight is on Poland and Eastern Europe (Russia, Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia). We will also host international guest delegates from the UK and Germany.

Also participating in NSMW 2016 is the Association of Irish and Celtic Festivals (USA). The Association of Irish and Celtic Festivals will hold their annual conference in conjunction with NSMW. Approximately twenty (20) American Irish and Celtic festival buyers will be attending. This is a great opportunity for our Celtic, Folk and Americana artists members. NSMW will host a dedicated showcase event specifically for our American guest delegates.

NSMW will also see the largest contingent of Canadian industry professionals and we will feature dedicated B2B opportunities for the domestic (national and regional) market during the conference. 

Artist Showcasing Submissions Now Open
 
Artist showcasing submissions to play NSMW 2016 are now open. Artists interested in performing during the festival can click here to review the showcase manual for eligibility requirements, and here to apply to showcase. Showcasing submissions will close Monday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. (Complete the application early, and we won’t have to have an awkward conversation at 5:01pm on the deadline day.)
 
You must be a member of Music Nova Scotia in good standing to apply. If your membership is not up to date by 5:00 p.m. on June 6, 2016 your submission will not be considered eligible. 
 
The cost to submit is $30 CAD and is payable via PayPal or credit card over the phone (contact Lisa Stitt by phone 902.423.0291). You can also pay with debit/cash by visiting the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS.
 
For more information on NSMW and to keep up-to-date on the event, please visit www.nsmw.ca.

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For more information contact:
Matt Kliffer  
Festival Coordinator
902.423.4153 x 109
902-800-2062

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Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Program Top 5 Artists Announced

Public Voting Now Open 
Final Showcase Performance Taking Place Friday, June 10th

(May 26, 2016 Halifax, NS) Casino Nova Scotia is excited to announce the finalists for the Artist in Residence Program 2016. Jurors made the selection following interviews this week. Five stellar candidates, plus a wild card pick will move onto the performance round of the selection process on Friday, June 10 in The Schooner Room at Casino Nova Scotia at 8:00 PM.

Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Andre Pettipas and the Giants - Antigonish County – Alternative/Rock

Dave Sampson – Sydney – Folk/Pop

Fiona Alone – Albert Bridge  – Singer/Songwriter (Wild Card)

Laurenn Marchand – Louisdale – Folk/Pop

Port Cities – Sydney – Roots/Pop

Quake Matthews – Halifax – Hip Hop

“Casino Nova Scotia is excited to be hosting its 3rd Artist in Resident finale on June 10 in the Schooner Showroom,” stated Ken Murray, Director of Operations of Casino Nova Scotia. “The caliber of musicians who applied this year was incredible, and made the work of selecting the finalists so very difficult for all of the judges. As in previous years, the diversity in musical styles will interest everyone and I encourage you to vote online for your favourite artist and attend  the free finale to cheer them on.”

According to Music Nova Scotia Executive Director, Scott Long the commitment of financial support from Casino Nova Scotia for the program is invaluable for artists in Nova Scotia. “The $20,000 prize provided by Casino Nova Scotia will have a real tangible effect for the winning artist. We have seen it first hand working with The Brood and Reeny Smith. This investment allows the artist to focus on their craft and and take advantage of business opportunities that would not otherwise be possible without this support”.

The Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program will provide the selected musician or group with $20,000 in investment to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities.  Music Nova Scotia is working with Casino Nova Scotia to administer the program.

Music lovers and fans will have their chance to vote online from May 26 – June 9, which counts towards the selection of the finalist. The winner will be announced after the live performance by
our esteemed panel of judges: Mike Greatorex (Sonic Records), Ken Murray & Amie Moore (Casino Nova Scotia), Neil Spence (Radio 96.5 FM) & Steven MacDougall (Slowcoaster).

Please visit www.musicnovascotia.ca/cnsairvoting to vote for your favourite Nova Scotian artist. 

The public is welcome to come to the Showcase on June 10 at Casino Nova Scotia.

Free admission. Must be 19+.

The Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Showcase Finals:
Friday, June 10 
Doors 7:30pm 
Showtime 8:00pm
Schooner Showroom, Casino Nova Scotia
Free admission must be 19+

#CasinoNSAiR 

For more information on Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program go to:

www.casinonovascotia.com/air/ or www.musicnovascotia.ca

 

More information on the 2016 Artist in Residence finalists:

Andre Pettipas and The Giants (Hometown: Antigonish County, Nova Scotia)
Andre Pettipas and The Giants are a three piece rock outfit based out of Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. Brothers, Andre and Travis have been playing together in bands for roughly six years. Completing the trifecta is drummer, Marcus Cosh who has been in their local music scene for roughly ten years. Andre Pettipas and The Giants’ debut album, Stay Gold, a project which; more than anything; speaks to versatility. Over the course of eight songs the audience is treated to a range of styles from the folk rock opener “Answers”, to the 90s alt rock inspired “Tragic Hero”, to the catchy pop hooks of current single “Long Way from Home”, to the bluesy punk mash up that closes out the record, “Common Ground”. There really is something for everyone. This harmony driven trio is a high energy band that is a treat to see live; hair flying, crowd engagement and leaving it on all on the stage is their forte.

Website: http://www.andrepettipasandthegiants.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrepettipasandthegiants/
Twitter: @apandthegiants

Dave Sampson (Hometown: Sydney)
Dave Sampson writes heart-on-your-sleeve folk/pop songs, delivered with a captivating and authentic voice that could blow down a brick house. His knack for crafting simple ear-worms and his high-energy shows have been winning him fans across Atlantic Canada for the past three years. Over this time, he has shared the stage and worked with artists such as Classified, Gordie Sampson, Mo Kenney and Ria Mae.

Website: http://davesampson.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dsampsonmusic/
Twitter: @sampsondave

Fiona Alone (Hometown: Albert Bridge)
At the age of 26, Fiona MacGillivray is already a seasoned veteran of the music industry. Having toured internationally as lead singer of The Cottars for nearly a decade and a half—performing everywhere from Japan to Australia to Denmark, and on the hallowed stages of the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, among others—she is now following in the footsteps of songwriting father Allister MacGillivray in a solo project featuring her own wistful, heartbreaking material.

Website: https://soundcloud.com/fionaalone
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fionaalone/

Laurenn Marchand (Hometown: Louisdale)
Cape Breton artist, Laurenn Marchand, has been catching the attention of audiences across the East Coast with her voice. Along with her East Coast success, which includes performances at festivals such as Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Granville Green concert series and Halifax pride, Marchand has gained National recognition with a Top 10 finish in the Much Music/Coca Cola Covers Contest, as well as slots in various showcases including the Honey Jam Showcase in Toronto and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Galaxie Young Performers Program.

Website: http://laurennmarchand.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurennmarchandmusic/
Twitter: @laurennmarchand

Port Cities (Hometown: Sydney)
Stellar songs, dynamic vocals, and superior musicianship marks the emergence of Port Cities onto the Canadian music scene. An exciting new group from the east coast, Port Cities brings together the award winning talents of Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon, and Dylan Guthro. Making music reminiscent of the best of The Civil Wars, Fleetwood Mac and Crosby Stills Nash, Port Cities promises to offer a harbour for lovers of great music with heart.

Website: http://portcities.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/portcities
Twitter: @port_cities

Quake Matthews (Hometown: Halifax)
Halifax emcee Quake Matthews (formerly Quake) has proven that persistence, hard-work and passion go hand in hand to survive in this music industry. Since emerging from the underground battle rap scene in his early teens, the hungry street savvy lyricist has aimed to create a sound that brings back the classic essence of hip-hop. Within five years, Quake transformed his humble rap beginnings with groups like Fax4, into a slew of critically-acclaimed mixtapes and projects. With a relentless work ethic, Quake is a true testament to his East Coast upbringing. 

Website: http://quakematthews.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuakeMusic/
Twitter: @QuakeMatthews

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For information on Artist in Residence 
Contact: Amie Moore
Phone: 902-496-4668

For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101

Casino Nova Scotia
Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. As an entertainment destination we are proud to showcase Atlantic Canadian, national, and international talent and invests over $1,000,000 in entertainment annually.  Casino Nova Scotia is a tourism driver and supporter. Each year we welcome over one million visitors, many of whom arrived from outside the province. Ensuring we have a positive impact on the quality of life in our province is important to us. With a focus on the arts, culture and entertainment we support organizations and events that help make our province a vibrant place to live.

Music Nova Scotia
Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by:

  • Providing education, information and resources to members.
  • Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise
  • Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally

About the Artist in Residence Program
Casino Nova Scotia is working with Music Nova Scotia to continue to build the profile of our local music industry. The Artist in Residence program will increase the opportunities for the development of emerging artists in Nova Scotia as well as beneficial for the continued development of our music industry. Casino Nova Scotia is contributing $20,000 to this program to provide a local emerging musician or group with support and opportunities to develop their career. Music Nova Scotia is responsible for administering the fund.
 

Apple Terminating Music Downloads ‘Within 2 Years’

From Digital Music News:

Apple is now preparing to completely terminate music download offerings on the iTunes Store, with an aggressive, two-year termination timetable actively being considered and gaining favor.  According to sources to Digital Music News with close and active business relationships with Apple, discussions are now focused “not on if, but when” music downloads should be retired for good.

The sources insisted on confidentiality and required that all conversations be conducted outside of email or any written medium, given the realistic fear of reprisals for sharing details of internal corporate discussions.

Click here to read the full article.

Music Nova Scotia's 2016 Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations

Music Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen Street. The meeting will go from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are invited and encouraged to attend.  

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS  

Music Nova Scotia is holding its annual election for its board of directors. There are four (4) incumbents re-offering and seven (7) positions in total to fill.  

Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to nominate anyone who, in their opinion, would be a good candidate for the Music Nova Scotia board of directors. We also invite anyone interested in being nominated to declare their interest by contacting Music Nova Scotia Nominations Committee Chair James Stewart.  

Nominations open May 12, 2016 and close on May 26, 2016.  

In each case, contact will be made with each nominee to ensure that we have the permission of the nominee to let his/her name stand.  

To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a Music Nova Scotia Member in good standing (you may sign up and then be nominated) –http://www.musicnovascotia.ca/join
  • Have sufficient time to devote to doing the board’s work
  • Believe in the mission, vision, and work of the Society
  • Comprehend and accept the fiduciary duties and responsibilities associated with the actions of the Society
  • Understand the job of a board member
  • Possess the skills needed by the Society

Before May 26, 2016 the candidate must deliver to the Nomination Committee:

  • A completed web form available here.
  • Three (3) letters of support from Music Nova Scotia members in good standing
  • 200 word bio for the ballot
  • Photo

All nominees must provide three letters of support from members in good standing and must be willing to participate in an interview conducted by the Nominations Committee in person or via telecommunications.  

Nominations must be submitted via the web form.  

Please direct all inquiries and questions to James Stewart.  

*Music Nova Scotia board of directors positions are two (2) year terms.  

VOTING  

The Music Nova Scotia Nominations Committee will prepare a list of nominees. The election will be conducted electronically through musicnovascotia.ca from June 7th through June 24th, 2016.  Details on voting procedures will be forwarded to the membership on June 7th.  

NOTE: ALL VOTING FOR BOARD POSITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE. NO VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE AGM.  

Voting Eligibility
All members in good standing are eligible to vote with the exception of honorary members. Student members are not entitled to a vote.  

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016
All Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to vote online for the Board of Directors, who will act as guidance for all Music Nova Scotia activities. All members are also welcome to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting, where the results of the election will be announced.  

AGM Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Music Nova Scotia, 2169 Gottingen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia  

AGM Agenda Considerations:

  • Minutes of preceding general meeting;
  • Consideration of the annual report of the Directors;
  • Consideration of the financial statements, including balance sheet and operating statement and the report of the auditors therein;
  • Election of Directors for the ensuing year;
  • Appointment of Auditors  
     

TIMELINE  
Call for Nominations: May 12, 2016
Nominations Close: May 26, 2016
Candidates Notified: May 30, 2016
Candidates Right to Withdraw: June 1, 2016
E-Voting Opens: June 7, 2016
E-Voting Closes: June 24, 2016
Results: June 28, 2016                                                                

For more information:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations/Operations Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-0291

Making YouTube face the music on royalties

From The Guardian:

Nelly Furtado has highlighted why music’s value gap needs fixing. She has called for fair treatment for artists from YouTube in words that resonate across the music industry globally (Music Blog, theguardian.com, 2 May). We applaud her eloquent summary and note four key areas she highlights.

Click here to read the full article.

Job Posting: Events and Marketing Manager

Job Title: Events and Marketing Manager
 
Location: Music Nova Scotia
                2169 Gottingen Street
                Halifax, Nova Scotia
                B3K 3B5
 
Supervisor: Executive Director
 
Hours: 37.5 per week; occasional weekend/evening work in response to special events requirements
 
Salary: commensurate with experience
 
Benefits: A medical plan is available for all full-time employees of Music Nova Scotia; The Events and Marketing Manager is entitled to this plan on a cost share basis, 50% paid for by the employee and 50% paid for by Music Nova Scotia.  
 
Vacation: 3 weeks and statutory holidays
 
Job Summary
Working under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Events and Marketing Manager is responsible for the production and marketing of all Music Nova Scotia special events and signature properties including Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week. The Events and Marketing Manager is responsible for the overall management and marketing of this signature event.
 
International music industry conference experience is also considered an asset. The Events and Marketing Manager will work directly with the Executive Director in supporting exporting initiatives for Music Nova Scotia members. 
 
Self-motivation and independence balanced with a team orientated approach with a commitment to the values and policies of Music Nova Scotia must be demonstrated.
 
Some travel is required.
 
 
Responsibilities
  • Provide logistical and creative support for Music Nova Scotia special events and signature properties (NSMW, ECMA, CMW, etc.)
  • Coordination of juries for Music Nova Scotia member showcasing opportunities
  • Budget planning for Music Nova Scotia special events and signature properties
  • Contract negotiations with artists and vendors
  • Special event and signature properties technical production coordination
  • Special event and signature properties marketing and partnership fulfillment
  • Design of Requests for Proposals for various 3rd party services required for special event and signature properties production
  • Assisting the Executive Director with the preparation of funding applications and final reports for special events and signature properties
  • Assisting the Executive Director with development of exporting opportunities for Music Nova Scotia members
  • Preparation of reports for the Executive Director upon request
  • Any other duties within the scope of the organization to be agreed upon in consultation with the Executive Director
 
Required Skills/Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or Public Relations preferred
  • Excellent working knowledge of Google Docs, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and various project planning software
  • Excellent working knowledge of Mac OS
  • Knowledge of local, regional, national, and international music industry
  • Managing events in a fast paced environment
  • Experience in artistic and technical production 
  • Knowledge of government and corporate funding relationships
  • Understanding of exporting cultural products from Nova Scotia
  • Budget planning and management
  • Excellent communications, time management, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge in the development and execution of event marketing plans
  • Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, content management programs and email marketing tools 
  • Knowledge of multiple social media channels and social media strategies involving Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Vine
  • Knowledge and experience in the tenants of traditional marketing (print and radio)
  • Experience writing press releases
  • Must have the ability to work creatively with limited resources
 
How to Apply
 
To apply please click the following link:
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, May 5, 2016 no later than 5:00 PM
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
 

Music Nova Scotia Investment Programs to be Updated, Serge Samson new Investment Programs Manager

Music Nova Scotia has temporarily suspended application intake for our music industry investment programs. Music Nova Scotia is working behind the scenes to update our systems and to align our investment program offerings with the new Creative Industries Fund. Please be advised that this is a temporary suspension of application intake and we will be back up and running soon for a June 15 deadline.
 
Music Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Serge Samson will be taking over the Investment Programs Manager position effective immediately. Mickey Quase will be moving back to the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Serge will serve as our new Investment Programs and Member Training Manager, a position created to serve our members’ investment and career development needs. 
 
For more information on Music Nova Scotia Investment Programs and Member Training please contact:
 
Investment Programs and Member Training Manager
Music Nova Scotia
902-800-2047
 
 
For media inquiries please contact:
 
Executive Director
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 Ext. 101
 

Casino Nova Scotia Announces Third Annual Artist in Residence Program - $20,000 to support the winner’s career! Submissions to open at 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 13

 

(April 12, 2016, Halifax, NS) – Time for all emerging Nova Scotian musicians to get your demos ready - Casino Nova Scotia announced today that it will select an Artist in Residence for the third year in a row.  The $20,000 program will provide a local emerging musician or group with financial and professional support through Casino Nova Scotia and partners Music Nova Scotia as well as opportunities to develop their career through performance opportunities.

“Casino Nova Scotia has enjoyed two successful years of the Artist in Residence program. The program continues to receive commendations from the industry, the media, our customers and employees.  As a newcomer to Nova Scotia it has been great to witness what programs like Artist in Residence and The Music Hall of Fame are doing to support music in the region,” says Chris Roberts, Executive Director of Casino Nova Scotia. “We have had the pleasure to witness the growth and development our 2015 recipient, Reeny Smith, and learn the different ways the program has supported her compared to 2014 winners The Brood. We all look forward to seeing what new pursuits and direction the 2016 artist will take.”  

Last year’s winner of the $20,000 program, Reeny Smith, has been busy. She has been travelling across Canada and the US to write and record a new album.  Reeny released her first single, Last Call, feat Quake Matthews,  to radio in October and is in regular rotation on many stations across Canada including the single reaching #1 on East Coast Countdown Chart. She has performed live for various audiences and received standing ovations for her performances at the Bruce Guthro Songwriters’ Circle and the inaugural Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame inductee ceremony. Reeny states, “Being the Artist in Residence at Casino Nova Scotia over the past year has been one of the most amazing experiences of my career! The money and support from both Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia has allowed me to do more to advance my career in the last year than I could have ever possibly imagined.”     

Applicants can apply online through the Music Nova Scotia website from April 13 to April 30. The evaluation process will include a review of online applications and demos, interview with selected applicants and will conclude with a live performance of the finalists at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Showroom on Friday, June 10. This program will provide the selected musician/group with $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities.  Music Nova Scotia is administering the program and will provide career path support and exciting industry showcase opportunities such as Nova Scotia Music Week and Canadian Music Week. Stay tuned for announcements in the coming week.  

For more information or to apply to Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program go to: www.casinonovascotia.com/air/  or www.musicnovascotia.ca

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For information on Artist in Residence
Contact: Amie Moore
Phone: 902-496-4668
Email: ammoore@casinonovascotia.com

For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101
Email: scott@musicnovascotia.ca    

Casino Nova Scotia
Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2015 we contributed over $25 million to the Province of Nova Scotia and its programs. As an entertainment destination we are proud to showcase Atlantic Canadian, national, and international talent and invests over $1,000,000 in entertainment annually.  Casino Nova Scotia is a tourism driver and supporter. Each year we welcome over one million visitors, many of whom arrived from outside the province. Ensuring we have a positive impact on the quality of life in our province is important to us. With a focus on the arts, culture and entertainment we support organizations and events that help make our province a vibrant place to live.

Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by:

  • Providing education, information and resources to members.
  • Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise
  • Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally

Office Closure

The Music Nova Scotia office will be closed Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28.  The newsletter will resume Tuesday, March 29th.

No Right Time: the harsh reality of being a mother in the music industry

From NOISEY:

The time to start looking for a husband, buying a house, having kids and doing life stuff is 27, right? Back when I thought this, I still had a few years to be young, carefree, and make my mark in music. Then, one night in 2015 – when I got home from a friend’s dinner that I'd admittedly had a few too many at – I discovered I was pregnant. That was the end of the 27 theory, and, tragically, the start of sobriety. I was about to become a mother.


I realize, now that I have a three month old son, that the ‘right time’ is when it happens. Think what you like, but there is no way of preparing for motherhood. Practically, of course you can: I got straight to work getting a driver's license, buying a car, cot, pram, letting my employers and employees know I was having a baby, and getting my finances in order. I was repeatedly warned by the few mothers-in-music I knew, that it was practically impossible to raise a child and have a career at the same time, but it went in one ear and out the other. I was going to do both.

Click here for the full article.

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