NSMW 2018 Announces First Round of Artists

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Over 100 artists will take to the stage during Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro, Nova Scotia, November 1 to 4 with over 80 acts included in today’s first of two artist announcements. The first round of artists includes representation from Country to Hip Hop and everything in between. The second round of artists will be announced on Tuesday, September 11 along with the full festival schedule. CLICK HERE for more information on this year's artists. 

Nova Scotia Music Week will shine the spotlight on Country music this year with Canadian Country star and Pictou County native George Canyon performing at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, in Truro, Friday November 2nd. 

Throughout his career Canyon has won multiple Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. Canyon has also been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, regularly performs all over the world, and has acted in a number of films, television shows, and stage plays. 

Tickets for George Canyon and festival wristbands go on sale August 17th, at www.nsmw.ca.

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Second Wave of Nova Scotia Music Week International Guest Delegates Announced

Since the inception of Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) in 1997, the music community has gathered together to participate in a range of business training and networking opportunities, celebrating and advancing Nova Scotian artists and industry professionals. 

NSMW 2018 will once again host delegates from around the world in Truro, Nova Scotia, November 1st-4th, while showcasing and highlighting over 100 Nova Scotian musical acts from a variety of genres. Delegates and artists will come together to host panels, round tables, and discussions about the current state of the industry, influencing positive change, education, international export, and developing strong music ecosystems. 

The NSMW 2018 conference theme is Building Stronger Music Communities and will focus on three globally trending topics: the night-time economy, music synchronization, and the global meteoric rise of Urban music genres. 

Each of these streams will include renowned experts in their fields, delegates from, the “biggest international urban music conference and festival” New Skool Rules (The Netherlands) and A3C (Atlanta), as well as BBDO (Coca-Cola, Bayer, Bud Light, etc), All Media Music Group(McDonalds, Grey’s Anatomy, etc), Walker (Nike, Old Spice, Google, etc), and Revolt TV & Media(Apple, Atlantic Records, Def Jam Records, etc), to name a few.

Get to Know the Nova Scotia Music Week 2018 Delegates 
More Delegates To Be Announced

Delegates, artists, and industry professionals attending NSMW will have the chance to expand their networks and their knowledge. They’ll be provided with the opportunity to learn more about important, topical, and complex components of the music industry, impacting their ability to do business on a global stage and further develop their careers and brand. 

The entire conference will also include peer-to-peer support through one-on-one meetings, mentorships, and various networking opportunities and receptions.

Delegate Passes Available Now 
Early Bird Pricing Available Until Friday, August 31st

The Acclaimed Phoenix Program is Now Accepting Applications



After a very successful launch in British Columbia in 2017, the renowned Phoenix program is now open to applicants from across Canada. Mid-career music managers, label owners, and senior music business executives are encouraged to apply.

The Phoenix program is an intensive professional development course for owners or senior management working in the Canadian music business, who want to grow their operations locally and internationally. Participants will focus on developing tools to analyze the viability and growth of their business, skills to create a detailed business plan, and business and financial modelling. The program will be presented by Music Nova Scotia, and is funded by MusicactionFACTOR and the Government of Canada

Phoenix is designed for time poor, music professionals who want to review their business models and grow their businesses” said Scott Long, Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia, “the training is intensive, provides practical business guidance and is well worth the effort judging by the experience of those who’ve completed the program in BC.

Advisers and mentors are drawn from both the music industry and the business world, to give participants a range of perspectives on possibilities and ways forward. The work becomes more and more personalized for each participant as the workshops progress. A blended teaching approach incorporating face-to-face and self-paced learning is used, and psychology sessions are incorporated to give participants tools for working more efficiently and achieving better work/life balance.

Alumni report significant changes to their outlooks and their businesses:

“...The program was incredibly valuable – being with a small group that were open + engaged in a setting away from daily life was great. The content was intense and mind blowing and will impact how I proceed from here. Advisors complemented each other and were all amazing.” - Trish McEvoy, Higherlife Music Group

Phoenix has changed how I think about income, productivity and my team. This change has already increased sales, streamlined staffing and produced future planning.” - Kate Wattie, Tonic Records

“The advisors involved in the program were exceptional. The community that it developed within the attendees was really awesome!” - Anonymous 

Entry to Phoenix is competitive and based on an applicant’s professional achievements. There are no course fees, and the cost of air travel, food, and accommodations to attend the training will be covered by the program. All course materials and information disclosed during the program are treated strictly as commercial in confidence.

Phoenix will run over a four month period beginning and ending with a residential workshop hosted at the Oak Island Resort near Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the first workshop being held November 22nd-25th, 2018.

The application form and guidelines are available HERE.

The application deadline is August, 31st 2018.

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