REMINDER: December 15 Investment Program Deadline

Friendly reminder to all Music Nova Scotia Investment Program clients that there is an upcoming December 15, 2017 deadline for the following investment program components:

Please be sure to update your applicant profile prior to submitting an application, especially if you are seeking a new Eligible Applicant status designation of either "Developing Artist Level II", or "Export Ready".

For more information, please contact:

Serge Samson
Investment Programs & Member Training Manager
Regional Education Coordinator - FACTOR
Music Nova Scotia

serge (at)

off: +1 9024236271 x 107

direct: 902-800-2047

PASSPORT: Music Export Summit


PASSPORT: Music Export Summit will deliver intensive training sessions to prepare export-ready Canadian artists and music entrepreneurs with business skills and artistic product development to increase international trade and export market development. The project is aimed at self-managed artists and artist managers (along with other music company entrepreneurs active in artist development) who are export-ready or engaged in the process of becoming export-ready.


To assist export-ready Canadian artists and music entrepreneurs develop export markets and increase international trade.


Preparing your business for global release of product in diversified export markets.


Parallel events in Winnipeg and Halifax will provide participants with information and skills development on the topics of export market development and global release. The Winnipeg Summit will also include a stream for Indigenous artists/companies.

A follow-up Masterclass event at Calgary’s National Music Centre will be offered to select participants from the initial session, and will incorporate follow-ups of indivdual export plans, streamed live performances, and the creation of media assets for use in international marketing.


Participants must be available to participate in one of the following events. In the case of self managed bands, one member of the group will attend the Summit.  

  • Music Export Summit West – Winnipeg – February 21-25, 2018
  • Music Export Summit Indigenous – Winnipeg – February 21-25, 2018 
  • Music Export Summit East – Halifax – February 28 – March 4, 2018 

Selected artists will be invited to participate in the Music Export Summit Masterclass. Full bands and artists represented by artist managers in the program will attend. The masterclass will include live performance, recording, and creation of media assets. Artist selection for the Masterclass event will be based on engagement and progress made in the Summit, confirmed upcoming export development activity (showcases, tours, etc.), and selection by international industry committee.

  • Export Masterclass – National Music Centre, Calgary – April 8-12

More details on all PASSPORT events COMING SOON!


  1. Importance and value of export for the Canadian music industry
  2. The challenges and opportunities of the global release landscape
  3. Market intelligence and specifics for target markets (UK, EU, USA)
  4. Developing an export marketing plan


  • Business administration skills
  • Market intelligence and research strategies
  • International marketing plan development
  • Financial planning and access to funding
  • Copyright and IP management
  • Live performance development
  • Style and brand consultations
  • International business structures and team building
  • Revenue streams, business projections
  • International touring practices
  • International label, distribution practices
  • International publishing, licensing practices
  • International media and PR practices
  • Pitching strategies and showcase/conference preparation
  • Customs, immigration, taxes, duties
  • Creation of media assets


Export market consultants from a variety of the target markets will present market intelligence and best practices for business in their market, including:

  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • Germany, Switzerland, Austria (GSA)
  • Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg (Benelux)
  • Central/Eastern Europe
  • United States (USA)



Submissions will be accepted from export-ready artists and artist managers who are preparing for market development and export activities. Participants will have made initial inroads into international markets or are preparing for their first international showcase festival or tour in the coming 6-18 months. Participants will have taken part in foundational business training through their provincial music industry association, Canada’s Music Incubator, or regional music conferences, and have experience with basic administrative and music marketing tasks.

Participants must:

  • Have a current release (released no longer than 24 months prior to the submission date) or an upcoming release in the next 6-12 months
  • Be available to attend the events listed above
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be an artist or representative for an artist who is export-ready or working towards export-readiness. This can include experience with regional touring, success with music industry grants, significant radio play or sales on a previous release, award recognition, industry team members.


There is no fee to participate in the PASSPORT: Music Export Summit. Successful applicants will receive financial assistance for travel, accommodations and per diems.


Submissions will be evaluated based on:

  • Rationale for how this program fits your export development plan.
  • Export-readiness and track record
  • Current team

Artist selection for the Masterclass event will be based on engagement and progress made in the Summit, confirmed upcoming export development activity (showcases, tours, etc.), and selection by international industry committee. 


Announcing The 2017 Music Nova Scotia Award Winners

Fifty Music Nova Scotia Awards in Forty-nine categories were handed out on Sunday, November 5 at the Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn Truro. 

Port Cities won five awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Digital Artist of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year, and Recording of the Year. Jules Bangsworth and Rose Cousins walked away with two awards each. Rose Cousins won Americana Recording of the Year and Solo Recording of the Year, and Jules Bangsworth won DJ of the Year and Electronic Artist of the Year. Quake Matthews also received two awards which, include SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and Hip Hop Recording of the Year for his project “The Search” with Kayo. On the industry side, Sonic Entertainment group won two awards, Company of the Year and Promoter of the Year. CKDU also received two industry awards for Radio Program of the Year and Radio Station of the Year.


Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year: Port Cities

Solo Recording of the Year (presented by Cody Custom Guitars): Rose Cousins - "Natural Conclusion"

Group Recording of the Year (presented by Boston Pizza): Port Cities - “Port Cities”

Music Video of the Year (presented by Vintage Mouldings): Jessie Brown - "DEBT (We Ain't Got No Money)" Director: Gavin Maclean

New Artist Recording of the Year (presented by O'Healthy Market): Hello Delaware - "My Mistake"

Recording of the Year (presented by My Home Apparel): Port Cities - "Port Cities"

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN): Quake Matthews - "Confessions (featuring Neon Dreams)” (Songwriters: Matthew Arab, Gordie Sampson, J Wellington)

Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year (presented by Grant Thornton): Maxim Cormier

African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year (presented by Town of Truro Diversity Advisory Committee): Reeny Smith

Alternative Recording of the Year (presented by Culinary Creations by Ellen): Walrus - "Family Hangover"

Americana Recording of the Year (presented by Masstown Market): Rose Cousins - "Natural Conclusion"

Blues Recording of the Year (presented by Belly Up BBQ & Grill): Caribou Run - "Something Organic Will Happen"

Children’s Artist of the Year (presented by CARSTAR Express): Keith Mullins

Classical Recording of the Year: Scott Macmillan - "Currents of Sable Island" and Symphony Nova Scotia - "Schubert"

Country Recording of the Year (presented by Best Western Glengarry Plus Hotel): Makayla Lynn - "On a Dare and a Prayer"

Digital Artist of the Year (presented by HAF Skate and Tattoo/ Jimolly's Bakery Cafe): Port Cities

DJ of the Year: Jules Bangsworth

Electronic Artist of the Year (presented by Ticketpro): Jules Bangsworth

Folk Recording of the Year (presented by The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse): Bill & Joel Plaskett - "Solidarity"

Hip Hop Recording of the Year (presented by Cobequid Dance Academy): The Search (Quake Matthews & Kayo) - "Lost and Found”

Indigenous Artist of the Year (presented by Millbrook First Nation): City Natives

Inspirational Recording of the Year: Nova Scotia Mass Choir - "Immanuel"

Jazz Recording of the Year (presented by Sugar Moon Farm): The Blue Lane - "Blind EP"

Loud Recording of the Year (presented by Noyes Records): Oceanic - "Trappist"

Musician of the Year (presented by Sea Shell Design): Ron Hynes

Pop Recording of the Year (presented by Open Hearth Park): Port Cities - "Port Cities"

Rock Recording of the Year (presented by Aggregate Equipment): Like A Motorcycle - "High Hopes"

Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (presented by Warner Music Canada): Cassie and Maggie - "The Willow Collection"


Booking Agent of the Year (presented by CBDC NOBL): Jason MacIsaac

Community Presenter of the Year (presented by MacQuarries Pharmasave): The Pavilion

Company of the Year (presented by Burchell MacDougall LLP): Sonic Entertainment Group

Corporate Sponsor of the Year (presented by Hampton Inn & Suites): TD

Educator of the Year: Craig Mercer

Event of the Year (presented by Events Truro Colchester): Halifax Jazz Festival

Industry Professional of the Year (presented by Ticketpro)Mike Campbell

Live Technician of the Year: Trevor DeSouza

Manager of the Year: Melanie Stone

Media Professional of the Year: Stephen Cooke

Producer of the Year: Erin Costelo

Production Company of the Year: groundSOUND

Promoter of the Year (presented by Truro Mall): Sonic Concerts

Publicist of the Year: Trevor Murphy

Radio Program of the Year: Halifax Is Burning (CKDU-FM)

Radio Station of the Year (presented by Theriault Financial): CKDU-FM

Recording Studio of the Year: Codapop Studios

Studio Engineer of the Year: Michael "Sheppy" Shepherd

Venue of the Year (presented by CMW)The Carleton Music Bar & Grill 

Visual Artist of the Year: Abracazebra Productions

Volunteer of the Year (presented by Local Love Truro): C.J. Hill

Music Nova Scotia’s board and staff wish to thank all of the individuals that helped make this event a success, including but not limited to performers, delegates, sponsors, committees, fans, family, and the entire Truro community. 




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