Artist Development Information Sessions

As previously announced, this year there is a special one time only deadline for the Artist Development Program. This deadline is available to any Artist (not rated Artist II or III) who didn't apply in 2020 or was unsuccessful in May of 2020.

These sessions are designed to walk applicants through the application process, explain what is required to apply, how to best fill out the written sections of the application, and answer any questions that participants may have.

Sessions are:
September 17 (Thursday) - 6PM
September 28 (Monday) - 2PM
October 6 (Tuesday) - 7PM

Each session is the same although you are welcome to attend more than one if you find that beneficial.

You can now RSVP here -

Please contact Darryl Smith with any questions at

More information about the Music Nova Scotia Investment Programs can be found HERE

Music Nova Scotia Funding Update

Due to the ongoing impacts and restrictions of COVID-19, Music Nova Scotia will be putting the following programs on hold for the remainder of 2020:

Tour Support
Showcase Support
Business Travel

The following programs will be available for the September 15, 2020 deadline:

Marketing Support (for Artists II & III)

Furthermore, there will be another special deadline on October 15, 2020 with the following programs available:

Artist Development
COVID-19 Response - Artist II
COVID-19 Response - Artist II and Export Ready Companies

More information on these programs is available at

The October deadline programs are only available to applicants who did not apply, or were  previously unsuccessful, in 2020. If you have already successfully applied for Artist Development or the COVID-19 response program, you may not apply again.

Since this years funding programs have changed, and some are new, it is strongly advised that you set up a meeting (via phone or zoom) with the Investment Program Manager, Darryl Smith, to discuss your project and eligibility.

 Please contact Darryl Smith with any questions at

PASSPORT: Music Export Summit Now Taking Applications for 4th Edition of Industry Masterclasses

Program Offers Custom Training and Networking Opportunities for Self-Managed Artists, Artists Managers, and Music Companies from Canada
Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, MB - Applications are now open for a new edition PASSPORT: Music Export Summit. The intensive professional development program is geared at career expansion for artist managers, music companies, and export-ready, self-managed artists in Canada.
Taking place in February 2021, PASSPORT will prepare music entrepreneurs with business skills and product development to help bring Canadian music to the world. PASSPORT is an opportunity to learn from experienced professionals with extensive knowledge and success in preparing artists for international export, and also from their peers. View past participants
The new round of parallel sessions in will take place for artist managers in Winnipeg (February 16-20) and for self-managed artists in Halifax (February 23-27), offering music entrepreneurs real-world knowledge in navigating new export markets to foster success in the global music industry. Guidelines, criteria, and submissions info is available at
PASSPORT will shift to an online format if public health restrictions limit travel and group gatherings, with a slight change to the dates: Winnipeg (February 14-24) and Halifax (February 23 - March 3).
Produced by Manitoba Music in partnership with Music Nova Scotia, and Canada’s Music Incubator, the project is funded by FACTOR with support from the Government of Canada.
"I really loved everything about this program. Apart from the invaluable knowledge and access to resources that will accelerate my artist career, it was a really nice space to feel supported and inspired. I feel rejuvenated as an artist to continue to try and grow my career with new knowledge and an excitement to continue to be a part of the music industry and try to carve out a place in it in Canada and beyond." – RIELL, Halifax summit participant 2020
"This program was perfect on many levels, and more people need to be aware of PASSPORT." – Michael Warren, manager for Tanika Charles, Winnipeg summit participant 2020
"I learned what I need to do and steps to take to build my team, how to gain access to my royalties, and build my music as a business." – Mouraine, Halifax summit participant 2020
"The Passport program has helped me immensely to figure out how to prep for the upcoming conferences and showcases I am engaging. Further I have concrete actionable information as to how to pick up the pieces from my current project and push it forward another year and keep thinking about international development." – Liam Prost, Soaring Eagle Records, Winnipeg summit participant 2020


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