Music Nova Scotia Bids Farewell to Long-Time Executive Director Scott Long

Lisa Stitt Appointed Interim Executive Director.  

After ten years of service, Music Nova Scotia announces the departure of Scott Long as Executive Director, effective February 27th, 2019. Long has accepted the position of Managing Director/Executive Producer of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Under Long’s leadership, Music Nova Scotia has become one of the largest and most successful provincial music industry associations in Canada. During his tenure, Long established Music Nova Scotia as an internationally recognized brand and trusted partner, and has been paramount in providing a global stage for Nova Scotia music. 

“On behalf of the board of directors, membership and staff of Music Nova Scotia, I would like to wish Scott the very best of good fortune in his new adventure and thank him for his service to all things musical in our province”, says Brian Doherty, President of Music Nova Scotia.

Lisa Stitt, the current Music Nova Scotia Member Relations/Operations Manager has accepted the position of Interim Executive Director, until such time as the board selects a new Executive Director. According to Doherty, “Lisa has the necessary experience in the day to day operations of Music Nova Scotia, and has the full confidence of the Board in her ability to carry out the duties required to execute the important work of the organization.”

“I would like to extend my most sincere thank you to the board and staff of Music Nova Scotia for all of the guidance and support over the last ten years”, says Long, “It has been a tremendous pleasure to serve the membership of Music Nova Scotia. Working with some of the best musicians and industry professionals in the world made my job easy. I will miss working with such great talent but I am looking forward to new challenges and exciting opportunities with the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.”

Long has played a crucial role in the development and success of the organization, and we’re eternally grateful for his dedication, passion, and enthusiasm. We look forward to following the success of Long’s career, and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of Music Nova Scotia, as we continue to support our members and the Nova Scotia music community. 

Music Nova Scotia Presents International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated every year, and is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political. Music Nova Scotia is proud to join the many other music industry associations across the country dedicating March 8th to celebrating women's achievements. 

With the support of FACTOR and the Government of Canada, Music Nova Scotia presents International Women’s Day, a full day of programming that will include a safer spaces workshop, educational sessions, a mentorship cafe, and will culminate with two live shows.

We look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day with the wonderful and supportive musical community here in Nova Scotia.

For more information, including a complete schedule, RSVP links, and tickets links, please see below. 

Holding Space + Taking Care 
Radstorm - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Hosted by 
Not Your Boys Club
RSVP HERE *Please RSVP by March 4th, capacity is limited*
Please Note: This session is meant for everyone. Men are encouraged to take part in the session to allow a teaching moment about the importance of holding space and taking care*

holding space + taking care is an accessible three-hour introductory workshop that empowers attendees to build an understanding of, and tool-kit for, facilitating safer spaces. 

Emerging & Developing Artist Training Day 
Music Nova Scotia - 11am - 6:30pm

RSVP HERE *Please RSVP by March 4th, capacity is limited*
Please Note: This training day aims to be a comprehensive and safe space, all femme, trans, or gender non-conforming emerging or developing artists are invited to apply 

The Basics: Starting Your Music Business, Social Media, & Marketing for Artists
Hosted by: Music Nova Scotia
Topics include: Setting up your business name, accounting basics, branding & consistency, utilizing your social media, and online advertising

Setting Yourself Up
Hosted by: Kailyn Macdonald
It can be difficult to ask for what you need, or sometimes sound people aren’t trained in talking to non-men, so getting what you need out of a soundcheck or your show, can be a frustrating and tiring experience. This session aims to be a comprehensive and safe space to learn how to get the best out of a soundcheck and show. 

Mentorship Cafe & Dinner
Hosted by: Music Nova Scotia
This is an opportunity for emerging and developing artists and industry to come together with more experienced artists and established industry professionals to talk about the music industry, personal experiences, and expertise. 

Join us for a full night of music, celebrating International Women's Day! These shows are open to everyone. 

Radstorm (2177 Gottingen St)
6:30pm - $7 or pay-what-you-can
All ages and dry venue
Zamani Miller
Mia Cathleen
Maura Whitman
Jody Upshaw

The Seahorse Tavern (2037 Gottingen St)
10pm - $10 (+ fee) in advance / $15 at the door
Kim Harris

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, a feminist organization working to eliminate sexual assault/abuse, and to change the current socio-political culture that fosters sexism, social injustice and other forms of oppression.

Music Nova Scotia Office Closure

Due to the winter storm Music Nova Scotia will be closed all day. We’ll reopen tomorrow morning at 9am. Stay safe out there!


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