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2019 Casino Nova Scotia Annual Artist in Residence Program

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED - Casino Nova Scotia Annual Artist in Residence Program – $20,000 to support the winner’s career!

(Halifax, July 12 2019) Once again Casino Nova Scotia is calling on emerging Nova Scotian musicians to compete for the annual Artist in Residence program! This program will provide the selected musician or group with $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities.  Music Nova Scotia is administering the program and will provide career path support.

Applications are now closed. 

Applicants must fill out an online application form, which can be found here.

Along with general contact information, web and social media links, applicants must have the following prepared before beginning the application; these elements are mandatory and must accompany your submission:

  1. Current biography.
  2. Current press photo.
  3. Statement on artists’ goals and career plan. You must provide an extensive plan outlining the coming year’s goals, plans, and career trajectory. Please use the career plan template provided here. Once you have completed the plan, attach the document to the application via the “attachments” tab at the bottom of the application form. 
  4. Web link to a music streaming site where a maximum of 3 songs are available; these songs will be evaluated by the jury. Please only link 3 songs - do not provide a link to a player which features more than 3 songs (e.g. a full album). 
  5. Lyric sheets for the 3 songs you will be submitting.

To review the Program's rules and regulations, click here.

The applicant evaluation process will include:

  1. Review of online applications and demos
  2. Interview with selected applicants
  3. Live performance of the finalists on September 20, 2019

For the latest information concerning the Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program please visit: 
Artist in Residence Contact:
Ashlea Barr
Phone: 902-496-6659

Music Nova Scotia Contact:
Dana Beeler
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 114

Nominations Now Open for Music Nova Scotia Awards 2019

(July 2, 2019 Halifax, NS) Music Nova Scotia is now accepting applications for music and industry award nominations for the 2019 Music Nova Scotia Awards.

Nominations will be open until Tuesday, July 16th at 5:00 p.m. ADT. 

Please click HERE to read the 2019 Music Nova Scotia Awards Manual and ensure your submission(s) fulfill the criteria required for your nominee. The cost to submit is $30, HST included. Submissions can be paid for through Stripe, at the office by any method (debit, cash, etc.), or over the phone with Visa or MasterCard. To pay over the phone, please call (902) 423-6271. 

Music Nova Scotia may present awards in fifty (50) categories.

Music Awards (29 categories) 


All Nova Scotian artists who are members in good standing and have released recordings between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 are eligible to submit for the 2019 Music Nova Scotia Awards. You are not eligible to be nominated for the same recording two years in a row. 

There are nine (9) categories that do not require a recording: Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year, African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year, Children’s Artist of the Year, DJ of the Year, Electronic Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Indigenous Artist of the Year, Musician of the Year & Digital Artist of the Year. 

Industry Awards (21 categories)

The Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of our industry professionals and leaders from across Nova Scotia over the past year. These awards celebrate the people and companies who are working to build a strong and vibrant Nova Scotia music industry. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are eligible to submit.

The final music and industry nominees will be decided upon by a peer jury of esteemed local professionals with expertise in the music industry of Nova Scotia. Music Nova Scotia staff are not members of this jury, and do not contribute to the selection of the final ballot for nominees.

Nominees who are members of Music Nova Scotia will receive a complimentary delegate pass to Nova Scotia Music Week 2019 (NSMW), which offers access to all showcases (subject to capacity) and the conference. 

Winners will be announced at Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro, NS, November 7-10, 2019.

For more information on the Music Nova Scotia awards, please contact: 

Grace Russell
Events and Marketing Manager
Music Nova Scotia
off: +1 902-423-6271 Ext. 115
direct: +1 902-800-8525
mob: +1 902-223-1460


Volunteer Applications Now Open!

We would love to have you join the NSMW 2019 Volunteer Team!

Volunteering has a lot of great benefits, such as a NSMW volunteer t-shirt, an identification badge, access to all showcasing venues throughout the weekend (subject to capacity), and the opportunity to hear some of the very best music Nova Scotia has to offer!!


For more information on being a NSMW volunteer, contact:
Anna Jones
International Delegates & Volunteer Coordinator
902.423.6271 x 109

Megan Burgess
Volunteer Coordinator  - Truro Host Committee


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