Member Services

Membership has its benefits.  Here are yours:


EDUCATION and FUNDING


Music Nova Scotia has a number of workshops and seminars each year and also provides consultations on a variety of music business topics. We tailor the needs of our members to industry realities. Notice of these workshops and seminars will be sent through email and posted on our website.


Educational resources are available online through our website at www.musicnovascotia.ca  > Education.  Simply login with your username and password and explore the documents and videos uploaded online.


Members are welcome to book consultations with our staff to help career-building. Serge Samson (serge@musicnovascotia.ca) is available to discuss how to bring your music to the next level, whether it is touring, creating an album or promoting yourself. Laura Simpson (laura@musicnovascotia.ca) is available to discuss funding issues, especially those concerning the Export Development Program that is administered through Music Nova Scotia on behalf of the Government of Nova Scotia. Please email the staff member you would like to speak with to set up an appointment. 


Note: You do not have to be a member of Music Nova Scotia to access any funding programs.


Note that the Emerging Music Program is administered through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and assistance can be found through their office with Mickey Quase quasemr@gov.ns.ca (902) 424-8216 or online at http://www.gov.ns.ca/cch/investing/culture-funding/emerging-music/.


FACTOR’s regional education coordinator is Laura Simpson (laura@musicnovascotia.ca) at Music Nova Scotia. You may book a consultation with him to review your FACTOR funding applications – please read through the entire form and prepare yourself before making the appointment! All of the funding programs can be found at http://www.factor.ca under ‘Programs’.


COMMUNICATION


Music Nova Scotia keeps its members up to date on a variety of music industry topics through daily email newsletters and website updates.


To submit a news item to daily newsletter: Email your music-related event, notice or story to info@musicnovascotia.ca by 5:00pm, and we will make sure that it circulates to all of our members the next day. Please be sure the word "newsletter" appears somewhere in the subject line of the email. (There are no newsletters sent on weekends or holidays.) Please keep the notice brief and with as little formatting as possible (please no PDFs). All entries will be reformatted to fit our newsletter. If you want the notice to run more than once, you must resubmit on the days you wish it to run. Any accompanying photo or graphic MUST be below 500 kbs and in jpeg format.


Anyone can sign up for the daily newsletter - click here to sign up.


Music Nova Scotia provides members with an internet presence as well. Our website has a profile devoted to each and every member, comprised of contact information, a photo, a biography, show dates and music. Please login to the website at www.musicnovascotia.ca to update your profile - you are responsible to keep this up to date!


Update your Member News: Login to your profile, go to the bottom where it says “Member News Add a News Item”, enter your news and wait for it to be approved – it will go directly on our homepage under ‘member news’


Update your Tour Dates: Login to your profile, go to the bottom where it says “Tour Dates” and add your dates to the calendar and it will appear on the homepage under ‘Music Nova Scotia Live’


Update your videos: Send embeddable YouTube or other links to sean@musicnovascotia.ca for our Music Nova Scotia YouTube channel.  Don’t forget to also embed the video in your own MNS web profile.


 


LOBBYING AND PROMOTING


Music Nova Scotia acts on behalf of the Nova Scotia music industry regionally, nationally and internationally, both to government and other music industry representation. Music Nova Scotia promotes Nova Scotian music at major music conferences and festivals such as Canadian Music Week, East Coast Music Awards (ECMA), and also organizes such events as Nova Scotia Music Week and Bringin' It Home.


 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES


The Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors holds monthly meetings and shapes the direction of the association on behalf of its members.  Music Nova Scotia holds elections every year for empty spots on the board. If you are interested in running for the board, please contact info@musicnovascotia.ca


A list of the current board of directors can be found on our website under ‘About’.


 


VOTING


Your membership entitles you to vote! Voting takes place twice a year for the Board of Directors Election in the spring and the Music Nova Scotia Awards in the fall.  One vote is given per individual or band membership and two votes per non-profit or corporate membership. The individual who signed up for the membership will be automatically considered the first voting member, unless otherwise stated. Please notify us of your voting member(s) through info@musicnovascotia.ca. The voting members MUST be part of the band/group/association membership.


Students do not have voting rights and are not eligible for performance opportunities. A membership upgrade is required for showcase eligibility. Bands cannot hold student memberships.


We encourage you to attend and vote at our Annual General Meeting, held every June.  This is where your say can shape the path of Music Nova Scotia. 


We also encourage you to attend and vote for Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week, a celebration of our provincial music industry, held every November. The more votes received for our awards show, the more reflective the results will be of our music scene.


 


NETWORKING AND WORKING IN OUR SPACE


Our office is your office. Use our computers (including a Mac), or bring your own and connect to our wireless internet. We have a colour printer/copier, fax and scanner. If you want to copy posters for gigs, black and white copies are free (up to 50 copies) and colour copies are only $0.50.


Many calls come into the office looking for bands, promoters, agents etc. Being a member of Music Nova Scotia may put money in your pocket. It is the policy of Music Nova Scotia to search our membership database first for business referrals.  Make sure your profile includes key words the public could be searching for!


The Music Nova Scotia office is the meeting place for artists and industry alike, many success stories have come out of just having a presence at the office. So drop by!


 


PERFORMING


Music Nova Scotia Showcases are held throughout the year and all over the world! We have showcased Nova Scotian artists everywhere from a navy ship in Ireland to South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Opportunities to showcase will be posted through email and on our website. As a member, you can apply for some of these opportunities! These advertised showcasing opportunities are juried by your peers, who are chosen to be objective and knowledgeable. 


Currently we run two regular events that our members can play:




DISCOUNTS


Visit our Member Discounts page for more information about discounts offered to our members.


If your business or establishment is interested in offering our members a discount, please contact lisa@musicnovascotia.ca for more information.


HEALTH CARE


Music Nova Scotia, in partnership with Theriault Financial Inc, (Employee Benefit Specialists) have put together a wonderful health plan for members only through Manulife Financial.


Theriault Financial is a locally owned business specializing in health plans for businesses and individuals since 1970. They have arranged 8 programs to choose from ranging from simple dental coverage to complete heath, drug, and dental plans - and to top it all off - collect AirMiles while paying your premium!!!


For further information, contact Jeff Theriault at 902 434 9088, jeff@tfi.cc or visit them at www.tfi.cc. They look forward to hearing from you!


 


As you can see, Music Nova Scotia is actively developing the music industry from grassroots education to international partnerships. All of these initiatives are a result of our members engaging with the office and informing us of their needs.


For more information, contact:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations / Operations Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-6271 ext #2
(902) 423-8841 Fax
1-888-343-6426 Toll Free
GMT -4
302-5516 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3J 1G6
lisa@musicnovascotia.ca
www.musicnovascotia.ca