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.
  • 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
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:  or


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

For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
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. 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


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.

Are cassette tapes making a comeback?

From CBC Toronto:

They're old, big and clunky. The right equipment is hard to find. And rewinding them — unless you do that trick with a pen — is a quick way to drain your batteries.

But even though they've been considered obsolete for decades, cassette tapes appear to be making a comeback with some music fans.

Discogs, an online music database, recently reported a 37 per cent rise in tape sales in 2015. Meanwhile, a number of high-profile Canadian artists have recently released music on cassette, including Nelly Furtado and Arcade Fire.

Click here for the full article.

UK Gov't Moves To Protect Live Music Venues

from M Magazine:

The British government is introducing new legislation giving local authorities the powers to better protect live music venues against redevelopment pressures.

The new regulations, which come into effect on 6 April 2016, mean developers are now required to seek prior approval on noise impacts before changing the use of a site from offices to residential dwellings.

Recent development right extensions, which have allowed premises to change from commercial buildings to residential ones, have put pressure on music venues by making them prone to noise complaints from residents once they move into the area.

Click here for the full article.

Calling all Nova Scotia Country Music Artists!

Country Music Week® 2016, being held this year in London, Ontario from September 8-11 is just around the corner – and Music Nova Scotia wants to help put you on their stage.

Music Nova Scotia and the Canadian Country Music Association ® (CCMA®) are once again running the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest. This is your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside Canada’s brightest country music stars and most cherished legends during the Canadian country music industry’s largest annual event.

How It Works

Each province has been asked to select one country music act/artist (Act) to represent their province as a semi-finalist in the annual “CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest” (National Contest).  

When all the participating provincial Acts from across Canada are chosen for the National Contest, the selected Acts will be highlighted via an online poll, set to go live on June 7, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. ET. That’s the time for our Nova Scotia semi-finalist to shine! Each province will promote their Act and encourage the public to vote. Each voter can only place one (1) vote for who they would like to see perform during Country Music Week (only one vote per IP address will be accepted).

The National Contest will run for 10 days, and will close on June 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Act that receives the most votes on the poll by the time the National Contest closes will win a performance spot at a public, official CCMA-sanctioned event during Country Music Week 2016. The winner of the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest will be announced at 9:00 a.m. ET on June 27, 2016.

Acts that are interested in representing Nova Scotia in this National Contest are required to submit an application to Music Nova Scotia through our webform no later than May 1st, 2016.

Submission Requirements
To submit for the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest, please fill out the submission form. Be sure to have the following ready to complete your submission:

  • short biography (50-75 words)

  • press photo

  • a website where your latest music can be streamed

  • social media url links

Submissions will be juried by Music Nova Scotia, and one successful Act will be selected as the semi-finalist to move on to the National Contest for their chance to win a performance spot during Country Music Week® in London, Ontario, at a public, official CCMA-sanctioned event.

National Contest Winner Prizing

There is only one (1) prize awarded, which goes to the National Contest Winner. The prize consists of:

  • One (1) performance spot at a public, official CCMA-sanctioned event during Country Music Week 2016

  • One (1) CCMA membership (one-year duration)

  • One (1) Music Nova Scotia membership (one-year duration)

  • One (1) complimentary All-Access Delegate Pass to Country Music Week 2016 (non-transferable)

  • One (1) hotel room for four (4) nights of accommodation during Country Music Week 2016 (the evenings of September 8-11) at the DoubleTree by Hilton in London.

  • Transportation (economy class) to and from the Winner’s hometown to London, ON (up to a maximum of $1,000 CDN).

Note: In the case that the winner is a duo or band, the CCMA will review the prize package on a case by case basis   

Best of luck to all the contestants!

For more information, contact:

Serge Samson

Event & Member Training Manager

Music Nova Scotia

Music Nova Scotia Vine Takeover with The Town Heroes (March 3)

Be sure to check out the Music Nova Scotia Vine this Thursday where The Town Heroes are doing a #mnstakeover. Tune in to see some of their daily activities, ranging from recording to running errands. 

You can follow all the action on our vine account @musicnovascotia or with the hashtag #mnstakeover.

Ben Caplan Instagram Takeover Today (Feb. 25)

Tune into our Instagram account (musicnovascotia) today and see what Ben is up to on tour in Denver, Colorado. 


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