Music Nova Scotia Award Nominations Now Open

Deadline: August 3, 2016, 5:00 p.m. ADT.
 
(July 7, Halifax, NS) Music Nova Scotia is now accepting applications for music and industry award nominations for the 2016 Music Nova Scotia Awards until Wednesday, August 3 at 5:00 p.m. ADT. No extensions will be given so all applications must be in on time. To submit an application for an award nomination for any category, please visit: 

http://nsmw.ca

 

Please click the following link to read the 2016 Music Nova Scotia Awards Manual and ensure your submission(s) fulfill the criteria required for your nominee. The cost to submit is $30, HST included. Submissions can be paid online through PayPal. If you do not have Paypal you can also pay by debit or cash in the Music Nova Scotia office (at 2169 Gottingen Street), or by Visa or MasterCard over the phone by contacting our Festival Coordinator Matt Kliffer (902) 423-6271 Ext 109.
 
Music Nova Scotia may present awards in fifty (50) categories.

Music Awards (29 categories)
 
All Nova Scotian artists who are members in good standing and have released recordings between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 are eligible to submit for the 2016 Music Nova Scotia Awards. There are eight (8) categories that do not require a recording: Aboriginal Artist of the Year, Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year, African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year, DJ of the Year, Electronic Artist of the Year,  Entertainer of the Year, Musician of the Year & Digital Artist of the Year. You are not eligible to be nominated for the same recording two years in a row.
 
Industry Awards (21 categories)
 
The Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of our industry professionals and leaders from across Nova Scotia over the past year. These awards celebrate the people and companies who are working to build a strong and vibrant Nova Scotia music industry. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are eligible to submit.
 
The final Music and Industry nominees will be decided upon by a peer jury of esteemed local professionals with expertise in the music industry of Nova Scotia. Music Nova Scotia staff are not members of this jury, and do not contribute to the selection of the final ballot for nominees.

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Nominees who are members of Music Nova Scotia will receive a complimentary delegate pass to Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2016 (NSMW), which offers access to all showcases (subject to capacity), the conference and the Late Night Stage, as well as the special NSMW delegate rate from our hotel partners (see www.nsmw.ca for details).  

 
The nominees in each category will be announced on September 8, 2016. Voting for all awards will also open on this date. Only current members are eligible to nominate and vote. Update your Music Nova Scotia membership now - www.musicnovascotia.ca/join.
 
Winners will be announced at Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro, NS, November 3-6, 2016.
 
For more information on NSMW, please visit www.nsmw.ca.
 

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For any other submission enquiries, please contact:
 
Blaise Theriault
Events & Marketing Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-4153
blaise@musicnovascotia.ca
 

 

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Music Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting Board of Directors Election Results and Music Nova Scotia Annual Report

The 2016 election for Music Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors resulted in ten candidates competing for seven seats to be filled. Four of six incumbents reoffered and six additional nominations competed for seven seats with terms ending in 2018. 

The board members elected this year are:

Amie Moore
Gail Ferguson
Jamie Robinson
Jason Michael MacIsaac
Krista Keough
Marc Perry
Melanie Stone

They will join the existing board members:

Brian Doherty
Ian McKinnon
Mike Campbell
Heather Frantsi
Troy Arseneault
Doug Taylor
Josh Hogan
Stephen MacDougall

The board members were officially sworn in at the Annual General Meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 2169 Gottingen St.

The executive positions elected for the 2016-2017 year are as follows:
President – Brian Doherty
First Vice President – Ian McKinnon
Second Vice President – Amie Moore
Third Vice President – Heather Frantsi
Secretary – Melanie Stone
Treasurer – Jamie Robinson
 
Music Nova Scotia would like to express our most sincere gratitude to our outgoing board members Kris McCann, Andrea Dawson-Thomas and Christine Buiteman for their years of dedication and valuable service to the Association. Music Nova Scotia would like to welcome our new incoming board members Amie Moore, Gail Ferguson, Marc Perry and Melanie Stone

The full Annual General Meeting report can be viewed online.

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For more information please contact:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations / Operations Manager
902.423.0291

2016 Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announced at Brand New Sydney Hall of Fame Location

(June 16, 8:30pm, Halifax) Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia announced the newest slate of inductees into the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame tonight in its second and newest location at the Casino in Sydney.  The Music Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions of east coast musicians and industry movers and shakers who have had an impact on the development and promotion of Canada’s East Coast culture and music.  Each year one representative from each of the Atlantic Canadian Provinces is inducted with one additional industry builder representative inducted as well.

“Since opening in 1995 we have embraced and supported our east coast culture. Live music featuring local artists has been a significant part of the entertainment experience for our guests, including tourists, as well as our employees,” said Chris Roberts, Executive Director of Casino Nova Scotia. “We created the Hall of Fame as a legacy project in celebration of 20 years of being a long-time supporter of east coast music and culture.  We are very excited to be announcing this year’s inductees in our newly created Hall of Fame space in the Sydney Casino.  Last year’s induction ceremony was an amazing tribute to the inaugural inductees Rita MacNeil, John Allen Cameron, Portia White, Anne Murray, and Brookes and Fiona Diamond.”
This year’s inductees:

·         Natalie MacMaster, Nova Scotia

·         Ken Tobias, New Brunswick

·         Harry Hibbs, Newfoundland

·         Gene MacLellan, Prince Edward Island

·         Joella Foulds, Nova Scotia (Industry Builder)

Scott Long, Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia notes, “Music is a significant part of our culture. When people from outside of the region think of the East Coast, it is often our great musical artists that come to mind. Our region is understood through our music, which reflects the history and experience of the people. We are fortunate to have a corporate patron that recognizes the importance of promoting east coast culture and music as a vital resource. Having the Music Hall of Fame located at two casinos is a natural fit as the casino is a leading entertainment industry partner. This year’s inductees capture the history of our music, and the contributions our musicians and industry professionals have made to establish our region’s reputation nationally and internationally.”

The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame is funded by Casino Nova Scotia with locations at the casinos’ properties in both Halifax and Sydney. Music Nova Scotia, along with the three other music industry associations from Atlantic Canada, identifies the people who will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame ensuring the process is industry-driven.  Over the last 20 years Casino Nova Scotia has provided a stage for many of Atlantic Canada’s rising stars as well as many popular performers such as Bruce Guthro, Alan Doyle, Lennie Gallant, Matt Andersen, Jimmy Rankin, Heather Rankin, Raylene Rankin, Rita MacNeil, Sloan, The Trews, Matt Mays, Matt Minglewood, Joel Plaskett, Carmen Townsend, Dutch Robinson, Ronald Bourgeois, and Measha Brueggergosman to name a few.

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For information on Casino Nova Scotia                                                            
Contact: Sean Coyle
Phone: 902-430-7170
Email: scoyle@casinonovascotia.com

For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101
Email: scott@musicnovascotia.ca
 
About Casino Nova Scotia
Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2013 we contributed over $27 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 invest 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.
 
About 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

Music Nova Scotia Investment Program Info Session

Music Nova Scotia will host two (2) information sessions on the new investment program on Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14. Music Nova Scotia Investment Programs and Member Training Manager Serge Samson and Executive Director Scott Long will be on hand to provide an overview of the program streams and components and to answer questions about the program. Times for both sessions will be 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

The sessions will also be streamed live - please visit http://musicnovascotia.ca/investment/infosession

Details on eligibility, business policies and investment stream criteria along with online applications are now available by visiting http://musicnovascotia.ca/investment

Music Nova Scotia Investment Program Information Sessions - With Investment Program and Member Training Manager Serge Samson and Executive Director Scott Long
Date(s): Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Music Nova Scotia - 2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax
To RSVP please email serge@musicnovascotia.ca 

Music Nova Scotia Launches New Investment Program: Applications Now Open

First Deadline is July 15 for Live Performance Stream (Tour Support and Showcase Components) and Marketing Stream

Rolling Deadlines for Live Performance Stream - Community Presenters Component

Rolling Deadlines for Business Travel Stream

Program Information Sessions June 13 and 14

(June 7, 2016 Halifax, NS) The new Music Nova Scotia Investment Program is now open and accepting applications online via http://musicnovascotia.ca/investment. The new investment program is designed to encourage the creation, development and growth of small Nova Scotian music businesses around artists and their intellectual property. The program is also designed to align with FACTOR programs and the new provincial Creative Industries Fund. The new Music Nova Scotia Investment Program is supported by the Province of Nova Scotia in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Details on eligibility, business policies and investment stream criteria along with online applications are now available by visiting http://musicnovascotia.ca/investment. The first deadline will be July 15 for the Live Performance and Marketing streams. Due to the timing of the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program launch, applicants who apply starting June 7 for the July 15 deadline will be allowed to retroactively claim expenses dating back to April 1, 2016. Please note that the July 15 deadline is a special deadline date for the current fiscal year due to the timing of the program launch. 

IMPORTANT -  PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSIONS

Music Nova Scotia will host two (2) information sessions on the new investment program on Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14. Music Nova Scotia Investment Programs and Member Training Manager Serge Samson and Executive Director Scott Long will be on hand to provide an overview of the program streams and components and to answer questions about the program. Times for both sessions will be 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Music Nova Scotia Investment Program Information Sessions - With Investment Program and Member Training Manager Serge Samson and Executive Director Scott Long
Date(s): Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Music Nova Scotia - 2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax
To RSVP please email serge@musicnovascotia.ca 

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR APPLICANTS UNDER THE FORMER INVESTMENT MODEL REGARDING APPLICANT PROFILES

  1. Applicants under the former investment model are not required to create new Applicant Profiles (with the exception of former “Bringin’ it Home” applicants).
  2. Applicants under the former investment model must update existing Applicant Profiles.
  3. If you were an applicant under the former investment model and are not sure how to access your Applicant Profile DO NOT create a new profile. Please contact Program Manager Serge Samson to gain access to your existing Applicant Profile.
  4. Former “Bringin’ it Home” applicants ARE REQUIRED to create new Applicant Profiles. The pre-existing Venue Profiles are no longer valid.
  5. Former “Bringin’ it Home applicants can create their new profiles by visiting www.musicnovascotia.ca/investment/liveperformance/communitypresenters/applicantprofile 

For more information on the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program please contact:
Serge Samson
Investment Program and Member Training Manager
Music Nova Scotia
902-800-2047
 

For media inquiries please contact:
Scott Long
Executive Director
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 Ext. 101
 

Voting Now Open for 2016 Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors Election

(June 7, 2016) Ten nominees, including four incumbents, are vying for seven spots on the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors – and we need you to vote!

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.

The election will be conducted electronically through the Music Nova Scotia website from June 7th at 10:00AM through June 24th, 2016 at 5:00PM.

Candidates: (in alphabetical order) 

Amie Moore

Amie Moore is the Manager of Entertainment and Production at Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS. After completing an Economics Degree at Dalhousie University Ms. Moore was a lead for a local Corporate and Festival Event planning organization. There she expanded her knowledge and skills of promoting and purchasing a broad spectrum of entertainers. In 2000, Amie joined Casino Nova Scotia to program the live entertainment of the Harbourfront Lounge. With its success, the Casino decided to expand its entertainment to promote shows in the Schooner Showroom. Amie led this initiative which evolved into producing and promoting over 800 shows to date. With a diverse audience base, this has led to the showcasing multiple genres of music and a songwriter’s series that is celebrating its 11th season along with comedy, cirque, dance, magic and more.  

Amie’s drive to focus on supporting burgeoning artists from Nova Scotia and Canada has led to multiple Music Nova Scotia awards for Corporate Sponsor of the Year from the provincial music industry. Many artists starting their careers have been booked and promoted for their first appearances in Atlantic Canada by Amie. These artists have gone on to sell out arenas and win awards.

With a penchant to support East Coast artists and give them a platform to launch their careers, Amie has helped develop the Casino’s Artist in Residence Program played a key role in designing launching the first all-encompassing Atlanta Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Gail Ferguson

Born and raised in Cape Breton, Gail Ferguson’s love for music was nurtured from a very early age. With over 25 years in the legal and financial sector, Gail now brings her skills and knowledge to the music industry. Vice President of Ferguson Music Productions Inc. (FMP Matrix Entertainment) since 1999, she has experienced the business and artistic sides of the music industry along side her musician/producer husband, Scott Ferguson, formerly of the Rankin Family. The opportunity to experience the complexities of the music industry at this proximity has allowed Gail to recognize the balance her corporate skills can offer to the challenges artists face in maintaining the focus on their craft. As a manager and record label owner, she is determined to support artists as they pursue their aspirations and goals along the highways and byways of their route to success.

 

Ian Sherwood

"Everywhere To Go" is Ian Sherwood's latest studio creation. Considered to be his best to date, it is chalk-full of instantly appealing hooks and singable choruses while sitting comfortably in Sherwood's signature style of imaginative, narrative writing. 

Sherwood is a guitar-playing, sax-blowing, crowd-pleasing looping singer/songwriter. A born story teller and a constant creator, his music dances the line between folk and pop. His live performances thrive on intimacy. Whether it's a theatre show or large festival stage, his persona is irresistible and completely destroys fourth walls. 

He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as “... a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.” 

Ian Sherwood is currently working on his fifth studio album to be released in 2017.

Jamie Robinson

It’s my privilege to re-offer to serve on the board of Music Nova Scotia. As a full-time musician, producer and songwriter, the music industry is very near and dear to my heart. The work that Music Nova Scotia does on behalf of its members is nothing short of amazing. Scott Long and the staff at MNS work tirelessly to deliver important services to artists of all career levels. As a director, I’ve tried to support these efforts by offering my perspective as a full-time freelancer, as well as serving on numerous focused committees. I am dedicated to promoting and growing the music sector in this province and hope to continue to serve on the board of this great organization.

I appreciate your support, Jamie

Jason Michael MacIsaac

Halifax native and established musical presence, Jason Michael MacIsaac is an accomplished composer and producer.­ In 1998, Jason founded critically acclaimed orchestral pop sextet, The Heavy Blinkers, which has since released five albums and one EP and toured the world.

As a music producer, Jason has put his mark on numerous albums, including Jenn Grant, Stewart Legere, Brent Randall, The Prospectors Union, Ryan McGrath and many more.

Since partnering with Village Sound in 2010, Jason’s focus has been on composing original music for film,television, advertising, web, theatre.
Recent industry recognition Jason has received includes three Music Nova Scotia music nominations andmultiple Merit Award for best original score for theatre. In advertising he has provided original music for an Ice Award winning production. He has also been nominated for East Coast Music Awards, Music Nova Scotia’s
Producer of the Year Award, and the Plug Independent Music Awards.

Jason is a member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC), The Society Of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and sits as a board member of Music Nova Scotia. Jason was also the membership coordinator at Music Nova Scotia for over three + years.

Kris McCann

As past chair of Halifax Pop Explosion, and an MNS board member since 2012, I have been an active participant in the Nova Scotia music industry for the past decade. Currently promoting shows as a partner in Octopi Entertainment, and helping organize the new outdoor summer festival Gridlock, I am committed to supporting artists, events, venues, and related industry in Nova Scotia, with a particular interest in supporting all-ages, and music friendly legislation. Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

Krista Keough

Krista Keough worked for eight years with emerging, export-ready, and exporting artists, artist managers, agents, and record labels to develop and implement strategic marketing and communications initiatives. Her past clients include Joel Plaskett, David Myles, Mo Kenney, In-Flight Safety, and Ria Mae, among others. Today, Krista teaches in the Music Business, Music Arts, and Recording Arts programs in the School of Applied Arts & New Media at NSCC.

 

 

 

 

Marc Perry

Manager for Reeny Smith - 2016 - present 
On The Marc Promotion - 2013 - present 
RPM promotion 2013 – present
EMI Music Canada - 1993 – 2012
Sales Representative, Atlantic Canada - 1993 - 2007
Sales, Media and Promotion Representative, Atlantic Canada - 2007 - 2012

• Promoted through a series of increased responsibility due to proven strengths in sales and artist promotion, obtaining maximum exposure within Atlantic Canada 
• Successfully promoted EMI artists in Atlantic Canada including: Rita MacNeil, The Rankin Family, Tea Party, Choclair, Serena Ryder, Anne Murray, Stompin' Tom Connors, The Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, Eric Church, John McDermott, Celtic Woman, Lenny Kravitz, Ice Cube, Nickelback, Wintersleep, The Midway State, Shawn Hook, These Kids Wear Crowns and Kreesha Turner,David Myles, Hey Ocean, Head of The Herd, Wildlife,The Trews and many other local, National and International artists.

Melanie Stone

I’ve been employed in the music industry in Nova Scotia for over a decade, starting in Sydney, NS with my work alongside Darren Gallop (Marcato Digital Solutions, Company House Records) before a contract with Celtic Colours International Festival. After a move to Halifax, I soon began working in artist management alongside Ian McKinnon (GroundSwell Music) and on to Sonic Entertainment Group in a similar capacity. Since starting at Sonic in 2013, I’ve been day-to-day manager for a number of touring artists including current clients Matt Andersen, Alan Doyle, and Adam Baldwin. I’ve also been mentoring Kristin Cameron since mid-2015 who came to Sonic as a music management graduate interested in gaining experience in the field. Outside of Sonic, I remain active on the artist side performing as part of The Heavy Blinkers and Dark for Dark. I strongly believe in the world-class talent coming from Nova Scotia and look forward to contributing to discussions about increasing opportunities for the growing MNS membership.

Tanya Beers

Tanya Beers has been a volunteer within the music community throughout the Maritimes for over the past 10 years and recently won Music Nova Scotia’s Volunteer of the Year 2015.

Tanya started off by helping her friends bands like Slowcoaster and JSB promote their shows by putting up posters, selling merchandise and going on a few on tours through the Maritimes and parts of Quebec and Ontario. She also got involved with several music festivals over the past years such as Halifax Jazzfest, NSMW, ECMA’s, Sunseekers, Halifax Pop Explosion, Evolve, Full Circle and is the Volunteer Co-ordinator for Folly Fest. This year being her fourth year with Folly Fest and a board member since May 2015 . She exceeds her role as volunteer co-ordinator by taking on extra roles like meal planning, over seeing hospitality and helping with sponsorship.

Professionally Tanya was co-owner of Broken Chord Promotions in 2012 and did several shows within Halifax at The Marquee, The Carleton, The Seahorse, The Elephant and Castle and Micheal’s along with other locations in the PEI and NB. She has also had the opportunity to work at live venues such as The Paragon,The Marquee, The Seahorse, and The Carleton .

 

All members are 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: 2169 Gottingen St.
Halifax, NS  B3K 3B5

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

Your membership must be up to date to login to your profile.  ****If you have never accessed your profile, please register the email address associated with your membership with the website. http://musicnovascotia.ca/user/register.  
 

Corporate and Non-Profit members receive two votes, Individual, Band, Small Business and Venue memberships receive one vote, student memberships do not receive a vote.

Please Note:  Anyone with permitted access to your profile has access to vote, please discuss with your team/band members who will vote. Once a vote has been cast it can not be reset.

There are no additional voting logins or passwords required, please follow the steps below to vote:

1.  Login to your profile on the Music Nova Scotia website - http://musicnovascotia.ca/   If you do not remember your password, please select the "Request New Password" link under the login box, we do not have access to your password.

2.  Scroll down to "My Projects" on the left hand side of the screen

3.  Select the "VOTE" button located in the my projects box, this will take you to the voting screen.  

4.  Once you have selected your votes click submit and you're done!

All voting for board positions will take place online.  No voting will take place at the AGM.

All members in good standing are eligible to vote with the exception of honorary members. To renew or become a member of Music Nova Scotia, please contact Lisa Stitt at 902-423-0291.

 

 

 

 

 

Music Nova Scotia Set to Unveil New Music Sector Investment Programs June 7

First Deadline July 15 For Live Performance and Marketing Streams

Program Information Sessions June 13, 14

(May 30, 2016 Halifax, NS) Music Nova Scotia will launch a new suite of music sector investment streams under the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016. The new investment program is designed to encourage the creation, development and growth of small Nova Scotian music businesses around artists and their intellectual property. The program is also designed to align with FACTOR programs and the new provincial Creative Industries Fund.

Details on eligibility and investment stream criteria along with online applications will be available on Tuesday, June 7. The first deadline will be July 15 for the Live Performance and Marketing streams. Due to the timing of the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program launch, applicants who apply starting June 7 for the July 15 deadline will be allowed to retroactively claim expenses dating back to April 1, 2016. Please note that the July 15 deadline is a special deadline date for the current fiscal year due to the timing of the program launch.

IMPORTANT -  PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSIONS

Music Nova Scotia will host two (2) information sessions on the new investment program on Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14. Music Nova Scotia Investment Programs and Member Training Manager Serge Samson and Executive Director Scott Long will be on hand to provide an overview of the program streams and components and to answer questions about the program. Times for both sessions will be 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Music Nova Scotia Investment Program Information Sessions - With Investment Program and Member Training Manager Serge Samson and Executive Director Scott Long

Date(s): Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Music Nova Scotia - 2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax

RSVP to Serge Samson

Music Nova Scotia will also stream the sessions. Streaming details will be provided soon.

An overview of the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program streams follows as an appendix below.

 

For more information on the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program please contact:
Serge Samson
Investment Program and Member Training Manager
Music Nova Scotia
902-800-2047

For media inquiries please contact:
Scott Long
Executive Director
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 Ext. 101

 

Appendix - Music Nova Scotia Investment Program Overview (specific details on eligibility and criteria to be announced on June 7)

1. Artist Development Stream
The Artist Development Program offers a $4,000.00 investment toward one year of artist development activities including sound recording, touring and showcasing, video production, marketing and promotion. These activities must be detailed in an Artist Development Plan, which will be submitted to Music Nova Scotia as a required element of the application.

With your application, you must submit:

  • An MP3 of a recent demo along with lyrics, known as the Assessment Track

  • A current Artist Biography (uploaded to your artist profile)

  • An Artist Development Plan, which sets out all the intended artist development activities to be undertaken if the project is approved for funding

  • A Guardian Consent Form if under the age of 18
     

At the end of the Artist Development year, successful applicants are required to deliver to Music Nova Scotia one new, previously unreleased, professional quality sound recording, called the Delivery Track.

Who is Eligible?
Developing Artists (formerly Emerging Artist)
Professional Songwriters
Export-Ready Artists are not eligible for this investment stream

An Artist or Professional Songwriter may receive one Artist Development investment per Music Nova Scotia fiscal year, to a maximum of three (3) Artist Development investments in the lifetime of the Artist Development stream.

First-time applicants must submit their Applicant Profile at least one (1) week before the application deadline.

Deadline(s)
Starting in March 2017, there will only be one (1) deadline per year

  • September 15 (2016 only) - $2,000.00 maximum for this deadline only

  • March 15, 2017

Assessment Process
Assessment materials, including the mandatory Artist Development Plan, are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by Music Nova Scotia staff, which assesses the eligibility of the projects. Assessment time is up to six (6) weeks from the deadline.

Level of Investment - $4,000.00 maximum

Percentage of Investment – 75%

 

2. Business Development Stream
The Business Development stream provides an investment for corporate development projects and other initiatives geared toward the marketing and promotion of the applicant company and its services.

Who is Eligible?
Developing Company/Entrepreneur
Export Ready Company/Entrepreneur

Investment in this stream supports the company’s whole business and may not be artist-specific.

Deadline(s)
Starting in March 2017, there will only be one (1) deadline per year

  • September 15 (2016 only)

  • March 15, 2017

Assessment Process
Assessment materials, including the mandatory Business Plan, are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by Music Nova Scotia staff, which assesses the eligibility of the projects. Assessment time is up to six (6) weeks from the deadline.

Level of Investment - $5,000.00 maximum

Percentage of Investment – 50%

 

3. Business Travel Stream
The Business Travel Stream provides investment for domestic and international music industry conferences and events, as well as business trips for the company’s general market development.

Who is Eligible?
Export-Ready Company/Entrepreneur

Investment in this stream supports the company’s whole business and may not be artist-specific.

Deadline(s)
This investment stream has rolling deadlines. You can apply multiple times throughout the year, up to the investment maximum. Applications must be submitted at least one day prior to the start of the trip.

Assessment Process
Music Nova Scotia staff assesses applications to this investment stream. Assessment time is up to two (2) weeks from time of final completion.

Level of Investment - $5,000.00 annual cap per applicant

Percentage of Investment – 50%

 

4. Live Performance Stream
The Live Performance stream provides an investment for domestic and international performances including showcases, tours and community presentations.

There are three (3) components to this investment stream:

a) Tour Support

b) Showcase

c) Community Presenter

Who is Eligible?
Components A & B - Export-Ready Artists
To qualify for either of these components, you must either have a current release (released no longer than 24 months prior to the component submission date) or an upcoming release (due to be released within six months of the latest scheduled tour or showcase date).

Component C - Community Presenter
To qualify for this component a Presenter must be a non-profit organization or society committed to providing musical experiences for their communities.

Deadline(s)
March 15
June 15 (July 15 for 2016 only)
September 15
December 15

Assessment Process
Assessment materials are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by Music Nova Scotia staff, which assesses the eligibility of the projects. Assessment time is up to six (6) weeks from the deadline.

Level of Investment
Component A - $10,000.00 maximum per applicant per deadline
Component B - $5,000.00 maximum per applicant per deadline
Component C - $1,000.00 maximum, $3,000.00 annual cap

Percentage of Investment
Components A & B – 50%
Component C – 25% of Nova Scotian artist fees only

 

5. Marketing Stream
This Marketing stream provides an investment for the marketing of commercially released full-length sound recordings.

Who is Eligible?
Export-Ready Artists
Export-Ready Businesses

Artists may apply on their own behalf if they retain the exploitation rights to the sound recording. If a record label controls the exploitation rights to the sound recording, the record label must apply.

Deadline(s)
March 15
June 15 (July 15 for 2016 only)
September 15
December 15

Applications to this stream will not be accepted twelve (12) months past the commercial release date.

Assessment Process
Assessment materials are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by Music Nova Scotia staff, which assesses the eligibility of the projects. Assessment time is up to six (6) weeks from the deadline.

Level of Investment - $10,000.00 maximum per applicant per deadline

Percentage of Investment - 50%

6. Mentorships
The Mentorship stream provides investment that contributes to an applicant’s business development and acquisition of technical skills via mentor engagement. Mentors may be from outside the province. An application requires a cohesive plan from both applicant and mentor(s).

Who is Eligible?
Developing Artists
Developing Businesses
Export-Ready Artists
Export-Ready Businesses

Deadline(s)
March 15

September 15

Assessment Process
Assessment materials are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by Music Nova Scotia staff, which assesses the eligibility of the projects. Assessment time is up to six (6) weeks from the deadline.

Level of Investment - $15,000.00 maximum

Percentage of Investment – 75%

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.

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.

#NSMW2016
 
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For more information contact:
Matt Kliffer  
Festival Coordinator
902.423.4153 x 109
902-800-2062

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