Music Nova Scotia Presents Spring Fling with The Mellotones and Special Guests May 30th

(Halifax - April 23, 2015)  On Saturday, May 30th hit the dance floor at Olympic Hall as The Mellotones heat up the stage with 10 very special musical guest performers.  Guaranteed to be the most entertaining event this season, Spring Fling with The Mellotones and Special Guests is a fundraiser for Music Nova Scotia's new office in North End Halifax. The building's architecture exemplifies new urbanism in philosophy and design, and offers work facilities, business services, and innovative resources for our members.  

This one-of-a-kind fundraising event highlights the talent and diversity among Music Nova Scotia's membership and is sure to be a high energy, packed performance.
Today we are excited to announce David MylesKim HarrisTara Thorne and Ben Caplan as four of our special guest performers.  Two special guest performers will be announced each week in May!  Watch for special announcements on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Advance tickets are on sale now, at
Buy online using Visa, MasterCard, PayPal or INTERAC Online for instant email e-ticket delivery.  These tickets are also available at the self-serve kiosk at Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar, 5650 Spring Garden Road.

Advance tickets - $30, Day of Show - $35  
Doors open at 8:00PM - Showtime 9:00pm
For more information visit

There's An Airbnb For Recording Studios Now

From The Fader:

Attention all bedroom producers and songwriters: is about to change your game. Aiming to help connect recording artists with studio space, the newly launched online marketplace has fashioned itself as "the Airbnb of recording studios." Like Airbnb, the site invites artists to browse studio listings, which include photos and descriptions of available amenities, by price and location; find something you like, and you can book it then and there. is still growing its market, but a quick search finds availability at impressive digs such as Aretha Franklin's booth of choice Atlantic Records Studio and the world-famous Red Bull studios. Have at it.

Click here to read the full article.

Easter Weekend Office Closure

Please be advised that the Music Nova Scotia office will be closed Friday April 3rd and Monday April 6th for the Easter long weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 7th.

Casino Nova Scotia Announces Second Annual Artist in Residence Program - $20,000 to support the winner’s career!



(March 30, 2015, Halifax, NS) – Calling all emerging Nova Scotian musicians! Get your demos ready - Casino Nova Scotia announced today that it will select an Artist in Residence for the second 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.

“Our first year for the Artist in Residence program was very successful! The program received tremendous support and celebration from the industry, the media, our customers and employees.  We anticipate this second year to be even more successful,” says Helen MacMillan, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Casino Nova Scotia. “It has been so much fun working with our inaugural Artist in Residence, The Brood. On one level it is hard to let them go, they are such a talented, smart and engaging young group, but we are delighted to have been a part of launching their career and look forward to seeing them on stages around the world. For year two we are eager to discover some of the new, emerging artists from our province.”  

Last year’s winner of the $20,000 program was Dartmouth-based psychedelic, rock and roll band, The Brood. With the funding from the program, The Brood are currently working on two new singles which will be produced by Charles Austin and Joel Plaskett - one of which will have a music video to go with it. “This opportunity has opened so many doors for us. It’s really helped get our name and our music out there,” says Seamus Erskine, frontman and lead guitarist. “We’ve learned a lot about the business side of the music industry and we’ve had some pretty amazing performance opportunities, such as Nova Scotia Music Week, and we’re getting ready for Canadian Music Week.”

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 12. 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.

Click here to read the Rules and Regulations.

Click here for the Statement of Artists' Goals and Career Path Instructions.


YouTube just put the final nail in the Loudness War’s coffin

From Production Advice:

It’s now irrelevant how high the mastering levels of your music are – as I’ve shown before, on iTunes Radio, on Spotify and now on YouTube, we have no control about how loud people hear it – just as it’s always been on FM radio.

In fact, heavily crushed, distorted “loudness war casualties” will often sound worse than more dynamic releases.

And if you ever wanted proof that the extra dynamics in “Uptown Funk” are a crucial part of it’s success, press Play above and see which song it it that gets your head nodding and foot tapping first…

When music is loudness normalised, “loudness war” mixing and mastering sounds worse – and music with balanced dynamics sounds better.

Read the full article here.

Tory says Toronto needs to cut red tape to develop world-class music scene

Roadies: Unlikely Survivors in the Music Business

From The Wall Street Journal:

The shakeout that is rattling the music business is turning up some unlikely survivors: roadies, the black-clad backstage grunts of live shows.

“I know musicians who play on the road who make less money than the tech guys I know,” says Jimmy Davis, the stage manager for country singer Hank Williams Jr.

Roadies’ elevation to “concert technicians”—the term many practitioners favor—is reshaping their culture. Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll are out; efficiency, tech skills and professionalism are in. “We’re the Marines of the music business,” says Tom Weber, who got his start filling in for an absent roadie at a Kiss show 40 years ago.

Click here to read the full article.

Office Closure

The office will be closed today, March 18th, due to extreme weather conditions. 

Canadian Country Music Association announces regionalized CCMA Discovery Program for Atlantic Canada



March 17, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®), is launching a CCMA Discovery Program for Atlantic Canada, providing a unique opportunity for emerging artists in the region to take the next step in their country music career.

The CCMA, in association with the four Atlantic Canada Music Industry Associations (MIAs):Music New BrunswickMusic Newfoundland & LabradorMusic Nova ScotiaMusic Prince Edward Island and the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, developed a pilot program, an offshoot of the successful national CCMA Discovery Program.   Open to country music artists who are residents of Atlantic Canada and are the age of majority, submissions are now open until Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. AT.

The CCMA will be heading to Halifax, NS for its 39th edition of Country Music Week, September 10 to 13, 2015. The CCMA Discovery Program – Atlantic Canada, created through a partnership with the local Country Music Week host committee, the Province of Nova Scotia and generously supported by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency(ACOA), aligns with the CCMA goal of introducing programs that educate, elevate and celebrate country music. 

“The positive feedback we’ve received in regards to our national CCMA Discovery Program has been simply incredible. Emerging talent sees the value in this unique programming, and industry representatives have been beyond supportive when it comes to contributing to, and being a part of, this initiative,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “The way the Atlantic Canada community has banded together to bring this project to fruition is reminiscent of the way our Canadian country music community comes together when there is a cause near and dear to one of us.  Because of these similarities, we knew this pilot program was a natural fit.” 

Four Atlantic Canadian acts will be selected to participate in this pilot program from their respective MIAs, and two acts will be selected by a music industry jury appointed by the CCMA. The chosen six finalists will come together June 8 to 11 in Halifax for Boot Camp Week, which will include industry-led panels and seminars, live performance and media training, an industry showcase opportunity and more. All six finalists will then travel to Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Cavendish PEI, from July 10 to 12 to participate in a public showcase.  One finalist will be chosen as the winner of the 2015 CCMA Discovery Program - Atlantic Canada Award at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and will receive the opportunity to perform at Country Music Week 2015, among other prizing.  

For more information on the CCMA Discovery Program - Atlantic Canada, or to apply, visit:


About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA):
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. 

Media Contact
Sonya Koson
Communications Lead, CCMA
416-947-1331 x210

Michele Charlton
Halifax Host Committee

Blurred lines, clear liability


Well the fun of following the details of Blurred Lines copyright infringement trial is over, and the jury has come to a 7.4 million dollar verdict agains songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. Read all about the ins-and-outs of the case, and the jury's judgment for the heirs of the Marvin Gaye estate here.


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