Nova Scotia Music Week Call for Volunteers

(May 16, 2017, Halifax, NS)  Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 (NSMW) is heading back to Truro November 2-5 and Music Nova Scotia is recruiting volunteers for the festival. If you are interested in music and would like to work behind the scenes with one of the fastest growing music festivals in Atlantic Canada this volunteer opportunity is for you.
Volunteer Applications Now Open
By volunteering with NSMW you not only become part of a growing and internationally recognized event, but you also open yourself up to opportunities for personal development. The festival provides a great opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable skills and experience. It also provides great benefits in exchange for your time and efforts, including the chance to hear some of the best music Nova Scotia has to offer.
With volunteering you also gain a number of benefits such as a NSMW volunteer t-shirt, an identification badge, and access to all showcasing venues throughout the weekend, subject to capacity. This excludes the Opening Reception, Late-Night Suite, Conference and Awards Celebration. 

If you are interested in volunteering for NSMW, applications are now open. Click HERE to apply, or for more information contact:

Gerald Coleman
Conference Coordinator/Volunteer Manager
902.423.6271 x 106
For more information contact:
Blaise Theriault
Events & Marketing Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-4153

Music Nova Scotia's 2017 Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations

Music Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen Street. The meeting will go from 5:30 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 eight (8) 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 12, 2017 and close on May 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM.  

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 26, 2017 the candidate must deliver to the Nomination Committee:

  • A completed web form available here.
  • 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.  

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 5th through June 23th, 2017.  Details on voting procedures will be forwarded to the membership on June 5th.  


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 2017 Annual General Meeting, where the results of the election will be announced.  

AGM Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Time: 5:30 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 12, 2017
Nominations Close: May 26, 2017
Candidates Notified: May 30, 2017
Candidates Right to Withdraw: June 1, 2017
E-Voting Opens: June 5, 2017
E-Voting Closes: June 23, 2017
Results: June 27, 2017  
AGM: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:30 PM                                                             


For more information:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations/Operations Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-0291

Casino Nova Scotia Announces Fourth Annual Artist in Residence Program - $20,000 to support the winner’s career!

(May 11th, 2017, Halifax, NS) – Once again Casino Nova Scotia is calling on emerging Nova Scotian musicians to compete for the annual Artist in Residence program! The $20,000 program will provide a local emerging musician or group with financial and professional support through Casino Nova Scotia and partners Music Nova Scotia as well as opportunities to develop their career through performance opportunities.

“The inherent talent of east coast musicians is well known across Canada, but to watch it blossom before your eyes is a privilege that we hope to continue for many years to come,” said Chris Roberts, Executive Director of Casino Nova Scotia.  “The Artist In Residence program is all about giving local talent a leg-up.  We’re honoured to have played a small role in the development of what are sure to be future stars.”
Artist in Residence for 2016/2017, Port Cities, has had a stellar year. Their first single, Back to the Bottom, is #22 this week at A/C radio, Top 40 at Hot A/C and has 375K streams on Spotify. Back to the Bottom received a SOCAN #1 Award for hitting the #1 spot on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20. The band has a growing audience as a result of tours in BC, Alberta, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces at home in Canada and have performed as far afield as Germany and Trinidad. Port Cities is setting off for a week in the UK with showcases at Focus Wales and the Great Escape and shows in London, Sheffield and Manchester.  Upon their return, they will open for the Sheep Dogs and for the Joel Plaskett Emergency and will perform at prestigious events such as the Cavendish Beach Festival, Tall Ships, and the CNE opening for Colin James.
Applicants can apply online through the Music Nova Scotia website from May 11 to May 29. The evaluation process will include a review of online applications and demos, interview with selected applicants and will conclude with a live performance of the finalists at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Showroom on Friday, June 23. This program will provide the selected musician/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 and exciting industry showcase opportunities such as Nova Scotia Music Week and Canadian Music Week. Stay tuned for announcements in the coming week.
For more information or to apply to Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program go to:  or


For information on Artist in Residence
Contact: Amie Moore
Phone: 902-496-4668

For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101

Casino Nova Scotia 
Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2015 we contributed over $25 million to the Province of Nova Scotia and its programs. As an entertainment destination we are proud to showcase Atlantic Canadian, national, and international talent and invests over $1,000,000 in entertainment annually.  Casino Nova Scotia is a tourism driver and supporter. Each year we welcome over one million visitors, many of whom arrived from outside the province. Ensuring we have a positive impact on the quality of life in our province is important to us. With a focus on the arts, culture and entertainment we support organizations and events that help make our province a vibrant place to live.

Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by: 

  • Providing education, information and resources to members.
  • Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise
  • Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally


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