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:http://musicnovascotia.ca/ccmadiscoveryatlantic.


             
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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
902-403-5628

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.

Music Nova Scotia Launches Podcast Series

Music Nova Scotia and partner Village Sound have released the inaugural episode of a newpodcast series today. Created by Music Nova Scotia staff, the podcast series will feature Nova Scotian artists and music news from Nova Scotia.

Back Home: A Music Nova Scotia Podcast brings you original and unique content from the music makers, movers and shakers of our beautiful province. Hear stories, performances and interviews you can't find anywhere else.

Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Scott Long says: “Nova Scotia produces some of the best talent in the world. Our music industry is full of highly skilled creators and entrepreneurs who are working hard to accomplish success in an extraordinarily competitive industry. Our artists are our best provincial brand ambassadors and their support teams are local small business owners who are driving the creative economy forward. The podcast gives our membership a global platform to tell their stories and celebrate their accomplishments at home and abroad.”

The first podcast, contains interviews with In-Flight Safety from a Grammy party in Los Angeles, Portia White's great grand-niece, Life Lessons with Ben Caplan, ECMA nominations, CMW Tiki Battle results, industry news, new music from Alana YorkeLike A MotorcycleQuake Matthews,BelladonnaJenn Grant, throwback music from John Campbelljohn and Joel Plaskett. It is hosted by Music Nova Scotia staffer Laura Simpson.

The monthly podcast is produced in partnership with Village Sound.

Subscribe via iTunes by clicking here.   

Subscribe via other podcast services with the following URL: http://musicnovascotia.ca/podcast.xml

For more information, please contact:
Laura Simpson

 Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit, members-based industry association that represents musicians and industry professionals in Nova Scotia, Canada. For more information, go to www.musicnovascotia.ca

Music Nova Scotia Job Opportunities - JCP Program

Music Nova Scotia Job Opportunities
Conference Coordinator, Festival Production Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, International Delegates Coordinator
Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2015 - Start Date June 7th
 
Have you collected Employment Insurance in the past three years? Looking to work in the music industry? If so, this is an exciting opportunity for you! Music Nova Scotia is in the process of arranging another series of contract hires under the provincial Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) program. The JCP program is designed to create positions that will provide unemployed, insured participants with opportunities to gain meaningful work experience.

This position is offered as part of the Job Creation Partnerships program of the Government of Nova Scotia. To be eligible for participation in Job Creation Partnerships, you must be an unemployed individual ("insured participant") as defined by Section 58 of the Employment Insurance Act. This means that you are an individual for whom:

  • an unemployment benefit period has been established or has ended within the three years prior to the date of requesting assistance; or
  • a benefit period that included a maternity or parental claim has been established within the five years prior to the date of requesting assistance, after which you remained out of the labour market in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child and are now seeking to re-enter the labour force.
View the full details on the JCP program here
  
Job Title: Conference Coordinator 
Location: Halifax, NS 
Hours: 6 months – 37.5 hours weekly, with some evenings and weekends

Job Description:
The Conference Coordinator will provide support for the conference component of Nova Scotia Music Week 2015. Under the supervision and direction of the Event Manager and the Executive Director, the Conference Coordinator will work independently, and will liaise with the committee members and stakeholders to deliver the project. This person's main focus will be managing the volunteer base, coordinating delegate registration for NSMW.

Primary duties:

  • Assist in the coordination of NSMW conference seminars and workshops
  • Manage volunteer scheduling (100+ volunteers)
  • Oversee volunteer intake and liaise with the local Host Committee Volunteer Coordinator
  • Maintain accurate registration, contact and transportation databases
  • Coordinate registration campaigns
  • Monitor event registration
  • Set up, operate, and supervise the registration desk onsite
  • Conduct and enter data from evaluations from conference participants
Additional duties:
  • Adhere to the project's critical path and update it weekly
  • Prepare registration reports as requested
  • As requested, attend project activities and respond to any conference inquiries onsite during the events
  • Provide assistance in the distribution of NSMW promotional materials prior to and onsite
  • Contribute to the project's final report
  • Instruct volunteers for any conference related activities
  • Attend all professional development educational workshops Music Nova Scotia produces during employment period
Required Qualifications:
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong literacy skills (reading/writing/comprehension/spelling & grammar)
  • Strong proficiency in Excel, Word
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially conflict resolution
Recommended Qualifications:
  • Event/conference production/management experience
  • Experience in human resources or hospitality
  • Mac OS X experience
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Drive) experience
  • Music industry experience
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Ability to work well in groups
  • Comfort in a fast-paced environment
Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2015
Apply through application link only, please attach BOTH your cover letter and resume when applying. 
Job Title: Festival Production Coordinator 
Location: Halifax, NS 
Hours: 6 months – 37.5 hours weekly, with some evenings and weekends

Job Description:
The Festival Production Coordinator will provide logistic support for the showcasing component of Nova Scotia Music Week 2015. Under the supervision and direction of the Event Manager, the Festival Production Coordinator will work independently and will liaise with committee members and stakeholders to deliver the project. This person's main focus will be assisting with the production of all showcasing performances.

Primary duties:

  • Update the critical path for the event, update regularly, and assign tasks to team members based on deliverables
  • Assist in the production of all showcasing performances
  • Maintain accurate contact, biographical, and production information for artists/groups
  • Assist with the recruitment of multigenre and regional artists and groups
  • Prepare submissions for jury meetings
  • Liaise with the Festival Technical Director to advance production details with showcasing artists
  • Oversee contracting of showcasing artists
  • Update website with showcasing related information via Marcato Festival
  • Communicate registration needs, including delegate pass information, to the Conference Coordinator
  • Conduct and data enter evaluations from artists/groups

Additional duties:

  • As requested, attend project activities and respond to any showcasing inquiries onsite during the events
  • Instruct volunteers for any showcasing related activities
  • Provide assistance in the distribution of NSMW promotional materials prior to and onsite
  • Monitor event registration
  • Set up, operate, and supervise the registration desk onsite
  • Contribute to the project's final report
  • Attend all professional development educational workshops Music Nova Scotia produces during employment period. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong proficiency in Excel, Word
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong literacy skills (reading/writing/comprehension/spelling & grammar)
  • Ability to work well in groups
  • Comfort in a fast-paced environment 

Recommended Qualifications:

  • Event/conference production/management experience
  • Music industry experience                 
  • Mac OS X experience
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Drive) experience
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Comfort in a fast-paced environment

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2015
Apply through application link only, please attach BOTH your cover letter and resume when applying.   


Job Title: Marketing Coordinator
Location: Halifax, NS
Hours: 6 months – 37.5 hours weekly, with some evenings and weekends

                                                                       
Job Description:
The Marketing Coordinator will provide support for the marketing and promotions component of Nova Scotia Music Week 2015. Under the supervision and direction of the Member Relations/Operations Manager, the Marketing Coordinator will work independently, and will liaise with the committee members and stakeholders to deliver the project. This person's main focus will be assisting in the delivery of a high quality marketing strategy and campaign.
                                                                       
Primary duties:
  • Book radio, print, and website ads                               
  • Assist in creation of advertising campaigns
  • Update website and social media
  • Coordinate event signage
  • Coordinate production of all event collateral                         
  • Lead local host community street team
  • Onsite event partnership fulfillment (signage etc.)
  • Market research 

Additional duties:                                                                             

  • Participate in all project committee meetings
  • Adhere to the project's critical path and update it weekly             
  • As requested, attend project activities and respond to any event inquiries onsite during the events
  • Provide assistance in the distribution of NSMW promotional materials prior to and onsite
  • Contribute to the project's final report
  • Instruct volunteers for any promotion related activities       
  • Monitor event registration
  • Set up, operate, and supervise the registration desk onsite
  • Attend all professional development educational workshops Music Nova Scotia produces during employment period.                                                                           

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong literacy skills (reading/writing/comprehension/spelling & grammar) Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well in groups                                        
  • Comfort in a fast-paced environment
  • Social media awareness & proficiency

Recommended Qualifications:                                                                                                                            

  • Mac OS X experience
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Drive) experience
  • Proficiency with Adobe suite of products (Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Music industry experience                                   
  • Nonprofit experience                                                       
  • Experience in marketing or public relations
  • Media (TV/Radio) experience
  • Event production/management experience
  • Basic HTML experience
  • Marcato Festival experience                                    
  • Proficiency with social media productivity tools (TweetDeck etc.)
  • Previous office environment experience                          
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2015
Apply through application link only, please attach BOTH your cover letter and resume when applying.   


International Delegates Coordinator
Location: Halifax, NS
Hours: 6 months – 37.5 hours weekly, with some evenings and weekends

Job Description:
The International Delegates Coordinator will provide support for the conference component of Nova Scotia Music Week 2015. Under the supervision and direction of the Event Manager and the Executive Director, the International Delegates Coordinator will work independently, and will liaise with the host committee members and stakeholders to deliver the project. This person's main focus will be fulfillment of travel and hospitality requirements for our international delegates. 

Primary Duties:

  • Communicate with international delegates regarding their travel needs 
  • Ensure to confirm availability plus convey tentative itinerary to respective traveler for approval
  • Coordinate and prepare daily itineraries for guest delegates using cloud based project management applications
  • Review travel associated invoices as well as statements for accuracy for Accounts Payable
  • Prepare master hotel rooming list for staff, board, crew, sponsors and guest delegates
  • Liaise with host hotel staff and maintain accurate accommodation database

Additional Duties:

  • Adhere to the project's critical path and update it weekly
  • Prepare travel reports as requested
  • As requested, attend project activities and respond to any conference inquiries onsite during the events
  • Provide assistance in the distribution of NSMW promotional materials prior to and onsite
  • Monitor event registration
  • Set up, operate, and supervise the registration desk onsite
  • Contribute to the project's final report
  • Attend all professional development educational workshops Music Nova Scotia produces during employment period

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong literacy skills (reading/writing/comprehension/spelling & grammar)
  • Strong proficiency in Excel, Word
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially conflict resolution
  • Must demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness           

Recommended Qualifications:

  • Event/conference production/management experience
  • Experience in human resources or hospitality
  • Mac OS X experience
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Drive) experience
  • Music industry experience
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Ability to work well in groups
  • Comfort in a fast-paced environment

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2015
Apply through application link only, please attach BOTH your cover letter and resume when applying.   


Music Nova Scotia is an equal opportunity employer; thank you for your interest, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information, please contact:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations / Operations Manager
902-423-0291
musicnovascotia.ca

 
 

Live Sound Mixing Strategy with Dave Rat

Dave Rat mixes artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Soundgarden, and runs his own company, Rat Sound. Here's a video from his awesome YouTube channel, describing the fundamentals of his mixing strategy. Dave's YouTube channel is definitely worth a follow for those of you who are technically-minded. 

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