Casino Nova Scotia’s new music program

Our executive director Scott Long and AIR program judge Sheri Jones appeared this morning on Global Halifax, talking about the Casino's Artist In Residence Program.



Music Nova Scotia's 2014 Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations

Music Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting will be held Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen Street. The meeting will go from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are invited and encouraged to attend.
Music Nova Scotia is holding its annual election for its board of directors. There are seven (7) incumbents re-offering and eight (8) positions in total to fill.
Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to nominate anyone who, in their opinion, would be a good candidate for the Music Nova Scotia board of directors. We also invite anyone interested in being nominated to declare their interest by contacting Music Nova Scotia Nominations Committee Chair James Stewart.
Nominations open May 14, 2014 and close on May 28, 2014.
In each case, contact will be made with each nominee to ensure that we have the permission of the nominee to let his/her name stand.
To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must meet the following qualifications:
  • Be a Music Nova Scotia Member in good standing (you may sign up and then be nominated) –
  • Have sufficient time to devote to doing the board’s work
  • Believe in the mission, vision, and work of the Society
  • Comprehend and accept the fiduciary duties and responsibilities associated with the actions of the Society
  • Understand the job of a board member
  • Possess the skills needed by the Society
Before May 28, 2014, the candidate must deliver to the Nomination Committee:
  • A completed web form available here. (scroll down after clicking)
  • Three (3) letters of support from Music Nova Scotia members in good standing
  • 200 word bio for the ballot
  • Photo
All nominees must provide three letters of support from members in good standing and must be willing to participate in an interview conducted by the Nominations Committee in person or via telecommunications.
Nominations must be submitted via the web form. (scroll down after clicking)
Please direct all inquiries and questions to James Stewart.
*Music Nova Scotia board of directors positions are two (2) year terms.
The Music Nova Scotia Nominations Committee will prepare a list of nominees. The election will be conducted electronically through from June 3, 2014 through June 17, 2014. Details on voting procedures will be forwarded to the membership shortly.
Voting Eligibility
All members in good standing are eligible to vote with the exception of honorary members. Student members are not entitled to a vote.
All Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to vote online for the Board of Directors, who will act as guidance for all Music Nova Scotia activities. All members are also welcome to attend the 2014 Annual General Meeting, where the results of the election will be announced.
AGM Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Music Nova Scotia, 2169 Gottingen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
AGM Agenda Considerations:
Minutes of preceding general meeting;
Consideration of the annual report of the Directors;
Consideration of the financial statements, including balance sheet and operating statement and the report of the auditors therein;
Election of Directors for the ensuing year;
Appointment of Auditors
Call for Nominations: May 14, 2014
Nominations Close: May 28, 2014
Candidates Notified: May 30, 2014
Candidates Right to Withdraw: June 2, 2014
E-Voting Opens: June 3, 2014
E-Voting Closes: June 17, 2014
Results: June 19, 2014
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For more information:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations/Operations Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-0291

Casino Nova Scotia Announces Jury for Artist in Residence Program

(May 13, 2014, Halifax, NS) – Casino Nova Scotia is thrilled to announce the jury for the Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program. The jury will be led by Dartmouth-based music sensation Joel Plaskett.
“I was happy to be asked to help judge the Artist in Residence program applicants. There is so much great music in Nova Scotia that I don’t always get to hear, and this helps bring me up to speed. The Artist in Residence program provides a great opportunity for a young artist or band to really focus on their music and to accelerate their development,” said Plaskett.
 “We thought the Artist in Residence program would be well-received, but I don’t think we were entirely prepared for the buzz this program is generating!” says a beaming Helen MacMillan, Regional Vice President and General Manger of Casino Nova Scotia. “Everyone we speak with recognizes how transformational the Artist in Residence program will be for the successful candidate. Casino Nova Scotia has been a long-time supporter of the music industry. We love the music from this region and feel so lucky to live in a province with such a rich pool of talent. This program highlights our community leadership and support beyond what our guests, employees, and public might expect.”
Casino Nova Scotia worked with Music Nova Scotia, program administrator, to recruit music industry leaders from across the province to form the jury that will select the Artist in Residence. The chosen jurors bring a wide range of expertise to the selection process. Helen MacMillan and Joel Plaskett are joined by people who, while largely unknown to the public, work behind the scenes to make the music industry in Nova Scotia so vital.
•    Louis Thomas, President and owner of Sonic Entertainment Group (SEG) 
•    Sheri Jones, President and founder of Jones & Co. Artist Management 
Applications closed on April 30. The next phase of the evaluation process includes an interview for the shortlisted candidates, a fan vote, and a live performance. 
Music lovers should plan to be at Casino Nova Scotia on June 6 for the finalists’ showcase at 9 pm in the Harbourfront Lounge. Admission is free. Must be 19+. 
Casino Nova Scotia is pleased to offer free music every Friday and Saturday in Halifax. Casino Nova Scotia Sydney has free outdoor entertainment on June 30th with the Andrew Doyle Band and Kintyre for Canada Day celebrations and on August 3rd with the Andrew Doyle Band and Matt Minglewood, in celebration of Casino Nova Scotia Sydney 19th Anniversary. Ticketed shows featuring some of the most popular national and international artists are also offered at both properties.
For more information go to: and
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For information on Casino Nova Scotia
Contact: Emily Richards
Marketing Specialist
1983 Upper Water Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-496-6659
For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
Executive Director
2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101


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