Nova Scotia Music Week Women in Music Conference Program - First Wave of International Guest Delegates Announced

(July 25, 2017, Halifax, NS)  Women working in the music business will be the centre of attention during Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) this November 2-5 in Truro, Nova Scotia.  The 20th annual music festival announced today a conference program track dedicated specifically to women and female identifying people entitled Women in Music (WIM). The WIM program will celebrate the successes and examine the challenges faced by women in the music industry.
Women In Music will give women and female identifying people the opportunity to network with key industry figures and to hear from some of the music industry’s most influential women, including: Louisa Rainbird (The Music Sales Group), Alison Lamb (Prolifica), Sofia Ilyas (FLOAT PR), Vivian Barclay (Warner/Chappell Music), Stefanie Purificati (United Talent Agency), Vanessa Cito (Coalition), Steph Marziano (Producer/Mixer) and many more.
The WIM program includes, peer to peer mentoring, one-on-one sessions with guest industry professionals along with workshops in production, social media, artist development and public speaking and pitching for women. WIM will also address conversations on building safe spaces, diversity, inclusiveness and how to ensure our female artists and industry professionals are numerous and influential on the world stage. 
Men are  encouraged to attend the panels and key discussions. One-on-one mentoring sessions are exclusive to the female and female identifying community. 
The first wave of international guest delegates were also announced today with the United Kingdom being the export focus territory this year. To date, a total of 29 guest delegates have been confirmed to attend with 17 attending from the UK. Other delegates will be attending from Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia, the USA and across Canada. For a full list of international guest delegates confirmed to date please visit

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For festival or media inquires please contact:
Blaise Theriault
Events and Marketing Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-6271 ext. 103

Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 Artist Announcement #1

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For media inquiries please contact:
Scott Long
Executive Director
Music Nova Scotia 
(902) 423-6271 ext. 101

For festival inquires please contact:
Blaise Theriault
Events and Marketing Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-6271 ext. 103

Music Nova Scotia Award Nominations Now Open

Deadline: July 21, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ADT.
Music Nova Scotia is now accepting applications for music and industry award nominations for the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards until Friday, July 21st at 5:00 p.m. ADT. No extensions will be given so all applications must be in on time. To submit an application for an award nomination for any category, please visit:

Please click the following link to read the 2017 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 online through PayPal. If you do not have Paypal you can also pay by debit or cash in the Music Nova Scotia office (at 2169 Gottingen Street), or by Visa or MasterCard over the phone by contacting our Festival Coordinator Dave Sampson (902) 423-6271 Ext 109.
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, 2016 and June 30, 2017 are eligible to submit for the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards. 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. You are not eligible to be nominated for the same recording two years in a row.

Please note: Children’s Recording of the Year has been changed and is now Children’s Artist of the Year. This award no longer requires a recording.
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 2017 (NSMW), which offers access to all showcases (subject to capacity), the conference and the Late Night Stage, as well as the special NSMW delegate rate from our hotel partners (see for details).  

The nominees in each category will be announced on September 6, 2017. Voting for all awards will also open on this date. Only current members are eligible to nominate and vote. Update your Music Nova Scotia membership now -
Winners will be announced at Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro, NS, November 2-5, 2017.
For more information on NSMW, please visit


For any other submission enquiries, please contact:
Blaise Theriault
Events & Marketing Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-4153


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