Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Program Finalists Announced

(May 20, 2014, Halifax, NS) – Casino Nova Scotia is excited to announce the finalists for the Artist in Residence position.  Jurors made the selection following interviews last week. Six stellar candidates will move on to the performance round of the selection process on June 6, 2014. 
Finalists are (in alphabetical order):
•    Ambition – Halifax – hip-hop
•    Jessie Brown & The Black Divine – Halifax – rock
•    Kim Harris – Halifax – pop/folk
•    Pretty Archie - Sydney – Americana/bluegrass/blues/country/folk/roots
•    The Brood – Halifax – experimental/progressive/rock/jazz
•    TJ King – Mount Uniacke – country/rock
“Each phase of the application process has been exciting and surprising. The excitement is definitely growing as we get closer to selecting an Artist in Residence,” states Helen MacMillan, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Casino Nova Scotia.  “When we first started developing this program, our intention was to have a top five for the performance round. What we discovered as we started reviewing the applications and interviewing the artists is the incredible talent from around the province, and the diversity in genres. Following the interviews we had to include a sixth finalist.”
The Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program will provide the selected musician or group with $20,000 in funding 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.
“Through the Artist in Residence program, Casino Nova Scotia is giving the selected candidate a life-changing opportunity that will nurture their artistry and help them develop the necessary business skills needed to survive in an industry that is competitive and always changing,” states Scott Long, Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia.
Music lovers and fans will have their chance to vote from May 20 – June 6 during the online voting, which counts towards the selection of the finalist.  Go to here to vote. The public is welcome to come to the Showcase on June 6 at Casino Nova Scotia. Free admission. Must be 19+.
Finalists Showcase:
Friday, June 6 
Casino Nova Scotia
Free admission must be 19+
For more information on Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence program go to:
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For information on Casino Nova Scotia
Contact: Emily Richards
Marketing Specialist
1983 Upper Water Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-496-6659
For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
Executive Director
2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101