Music Nova Scotia Brings You the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest

PotashCorp Country Music Week® 2017, being held this year in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from September 7-10 is just around the corner – and we want to help you get there.

Music Nova Scotia is once again running a contest in tandem with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) for your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside Canada’s brightest country music stars and most cherished legends during the Canadian country music industry’s largest annual event.

 

How It Works

Each province has been asked to select one country music act/artist (Act) to represent their province in the annual “CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest” (National Contest).

Once all the participating provincial Acts from across Canada are chosen for the National Contest, the selected Acts will be highlighted via an online poll (which will not be administered through a social media platform, but rather a stand-alone URL), set to go live on June 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET. That’s the time for Nova Scotia to shine! Each province will promote their Act and encourage the public to vote. Each voter can only place one (1) vote for whom they would like to see perform during PotashCorp Country Music Week (only one vote per IP address will be accepted).

The National Contest will run for 10 days, and will close on June 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Act that receives the most votes on the poll by the time the National Contest closes will win a performance spot at a public, official CCMA-sanctioned event during PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017. The winner of the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest will be announced on June 23, 2017.

 

Acts that are interested in representing our province on this National Contest are required to apply by clicking HERE. All submissions must be in no later than May 1st, 2017.

 

Submission Requirements

To submit your Act for the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest, please email the following:

  • A website where your latest music can be streamed
  • Biography (no more than 50 words)
  • One (1) professional publicity photograph (high resolution, JPEG file format required)
  • Social Media Platforms (please include links to social media outlets you use (i.e., links to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)

Submissions will be juried by Music Nova Scotia, and one successful Act will be selected to move on to the National Contest for their chance to win a performance spot during PotashCorp Country Music Week® in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at a public, official CCMA-sanctioned event.

 

National Contest Winner Prizing

There is only one (1) prize awarded, which goes to the National Contest Winner. The prize consists of:

  • One (1) performance spot at a public, official CCMA-sanctioned event during PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017
  • One (1) CCMA membership (one-year duration)
  • One (1) MIA membership to the association the Winner qualified through (one-year duration)
  • One (1) complimentary delegate pass to PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017 (non-transferable)
  • One (1) hotel room for four (4) nights of accommodation during PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017 (the evenings of September 7-10) at the Holiday Inn in Saskatoon
  • Transportation (economy class) to and from the Winner’s hometown to Saskatoon (up to a maximum of $1,000 CDN)

 

Note: In the case that the winner is a duo or band, the CCMA will review the prize package on a case by case basis.

 

Best of luck to all contestants!

 

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For more information please contact:

Blaise Theriault

Events and Marketing Manager

Music Nova Scotia

(902) 423-6271 ext. 103

blaise@musicnovascotia.ca

 

 

Important Update to the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program #2

Please be advised of the following important update to the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program:

  1. All Music Nova Scotia Investment Program applications are once again online and feature our new and improved forms to better serve our clients. These new forms allow applicants to save their work and return at a later time to finish and submit the application. Please read all of the instructions carefully as you fill out the forms. 
  2. This update features new, separate applications to the Live Performance - Tour Support and Marketing Support programs for our new Eligible Applicant category: “Developing Artist Level II”. Applicants who meet this category’s required criteria will be eligible to submit to the Live Performance - Tour Support and Marketing Stream programs with a maximum of $5000 per applicant, per deadline. Developing Artist Level II applicants are also eligible to submit to the Showcase Component, in addition to Developing Artist and Export Ready applicants.

Developing Artist Level II criteria (must meet all of the following):

• Must have a current marketing and business plan
• One (1) Qualifying Release within the past two (2) years
• Minimum of 500 lifetime units sold of all releases combined. 500 streams (audio and video) = 1 unit sold, 6 single downloads = 1 unit sold
• Upcoming booking or contract outside of Nova Scotia for a current musical
Production (i.e. live performance; stage production, songwriting collaboration,
composition/soundtrack interest from film/TV, etc.)
• Strong professional history within Nova Scotia
Strong record of self-management and prior project execution, or established team infrastructure
• Updated and complete online presence, including professional website, content assets, social media accounts, fans and views
• For groups band member agreements are mandatory

 

These changes are effective immediately and will be recognized for all upcoming deadlines, including the March 15, 2017 round.

 

For more information, please contact:

Serge Samson
Investment Program and Member Training Manager
Regional Education Coordinator - FACTOR
Office: 902-423-6271 Ext. 107
Direct Line: 902-800-2047
Mobile: 902-499-9880
serge@musicnovascotia.ca

Important Changes to the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program

Please be advised of the following important changes to the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program:

  1. All Music Nova Scotia Investment Program applications are currently offline and suspended while we prepare the website with new and improved forms to better serve our clients. These new forms will allow applicants to save their work and return at a later time to finish and submit the application. The new forms will be activated and online by February 15, 2017. Please contact the Program Manager if you had planned on submitting an application during this offline period in order to incur eligible expenses earlier than the March 15 deadline. The deadline of March 15 2017 will be unaffected by this suspension.
     
  2. New Eligible Applicant category: “Developing Artist II”. This new eligible applicant category provides an opportunity for applicants who have achieved notable success within Nova Scotia and who are prepared to begin export activities outside the province. Applicants who meet this category’s required criteria will be eligible to submit to the Live Performance - Tour Support and Marketing Stream programs with a maximum of $5000 per applicant, per deadline. Developing Artist II applicants are also eligible to submit to the Showcase Component stream, in addition to Developing Artist and Export Ready applicants. Required criteria for this new category can be viewed in the updated Definition of Eligible Applicants PDF document found on the Music Nova Scotia website.
     
  3. Deal memos for Hired Musicians and/or Eligible Crew’s fees will no longer per required for the initial applications to the Showcase Component and Tour Support streams. They will be required as part of the Completion Reports should your application be successful.

These changes are effective immediately and will be recognized for all upcoming deadlines, including the March 15, 2017 round.

For more information, please contact:

Serge Samson
Investment Program and Member Training Manager
Regional Education Coordinator - FACTOR
Office: 902-423-6271 Ext. 107
Direct Line: 902-800-2047
Mobile: 902-499-9880
serge@musicnovascotia.ca

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