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

(May 11th, 2017, Halifax, NS) – Once again Casino Nova Scotia is calling on emerging Nova Scotian musicians to compete for the annual Artist in Residence program! 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.

“The inherent talent of east coast musicians is well known across Canada, but to watch it blossom before your eyes is a privilege that we hope to continue for many years to come,” said Chris Roberts, Executive Director of Casino Nova Scotia.  “The Artist In Residence program is all about giving local talent a leg-up.  We’re honoured to have played a small role in the development of what are sure to be future stars.”
Artist in Residence for 2016/2017, Port Cities, has had a stellar year. Their first single, Back to the Bottom, is #22 this week at A/C radio, Top 40 at Hot A/C and has 375K streams on Spotify. Back to the Bottom received a SOCAN #1 Award for hitting the #1 spot on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20. The band has a growing audience as a result of tours in BC, Alberta, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces at home in Canada and have performed as far afield as Germany and Trinidad. Port Cities is setting off for a week in the UK with showcases at Focus Wales and the Great Escape and shows in London, Sheffield and Manchester.  Upon their return, they will open for the Sheep Dogs and for the Joel Plaskett Emergency and will perform at prestigious events such as the Cavendish Beach Festival, Tall Ships, and the CNE opening for Colin James.
Applicants can apply online through the Music Nova Scotia website from May 11 to May 29. 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 23. 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.
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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
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101

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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