Debut Atlantic is hiring a Program Officer

Debut Atlantic seeks an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to join the organization as Program Officer (average of 25-30 hours/week)  at our office in Halifax.
Working closely with the Executive Director in a broad range of marketing, administrative, and tour related duties, the Program Officer works to fulfill Debut’s mandate of promoting classical music in the Atlantic Region. This position plays a large part in identifying and mentoring emerging Canadian artists and making them available to Atlantic Canadian Presenters and their audiences, and to music educators, to excite and inspire their students.
The Program Officer will be expected to be able to interact professionally with a wide variety of personalities to get the work accomplished. It is essential that the Officer be well organized and enjoy being a detail-minded multi-tasker.
For a detailed job description, please visit the Debut Atlantic website
To apply, please send resume and cover letter, in confidence, to Mhiran Faraday, Executive Director at Deadline for applications is January 17, 2014. 

Take it to the Tiki Battle Launches January 3rd, 2014 - Presented by Casino Nova Scotia, Lite 92.9 and Delta Hotels and Resorts

Submissions close Friday December, 20, 2013 at 5pm AST

Take it to the Tiki is a five week battle that will see the winning band travel to Toronto to showcase on the Music Nova Scotia Tiki stage at Canadian Music Week in May 2014.

The Tiki Stage during Canadian Music Week provides Nova Scotian artists the opportunity to perform for a targeted audience of influential music industry professionals, including national and international talent buyers, booking agents, managers, and media.

Music Nova Scotia is calling all eligible bands to submit an application to the Take It to the Tiki contest. Twelve bands will be selected from the submissions received to compete during the preliminary rounds Friday, January 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, 2014 at the Harbourfront Lounge, Casino Nova Scotia. The final round to determine the grand prize winner will be held Friday, January 31. A panel of Nova Scotia music industry professionals will determine the winners of each round, including the grand prize winner.

The winner of the final round will receive a prize package consisting of:


  • Showcasing performance on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at The Rivoli during Canadian Music Week

  • Canadian Music Week 2014 Delegate Passes for the performers

  • 1 night hotel accommodations in Toronto (Saturday, May 10)

  • Travel assistance cash prize of $1800


Runner-up prizes for the semi-finalists consisting of:

  • 1st runner-up: cash prize of $600

  • 2nd runner-up: cash prize of $400

  • 3rd runner-up: cash prize of $200


To apply for Take It To The Tiki 2014, log in to your profile account at and click "Apply to Take It To The Tiki 2014" in the "My Projects" block on the left-hand side. Please be sure to read the contest rules and regulations.


Submissions open Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Submissions close Friday December 20, 2013 at 5pm AST


Music Nova Scotia Music & Industry Award Winners 2013

(Sydney, Nova Scotia) - Forty-Six Music Nova Scotia awards were handed out on Sunday, November 10 between the Bell Aliant Community One Music & Industry Awards Brunch at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre and the NSLC Gala Awards Show at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. 
Classified won four awards including Music Video of the Year and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for his platinum single Inner Ninja featuring David Myles.  Matt Mays latest release Coyote earned him Male Artist, Recording and Rock Recording of the Year wins. Mo Kenney’s debut album Mo Kenney won her New Artist, Female Artist and Pop Recording of the Year. The Stanfields were awarded Group Recording of the Year and fans voted the band Music Nova Scotia Entertainer of the Year.
Presented at The NSLC Gala Awards Show:
New Artist Recording of the Year - Mo Kenney, Mo Kenney
Music Video of the Year - Classified/RT!, Inner Ninja
Male Artist Recording of the Year - Matt Mays, Coyote
Female Artist Recording of the Year - Mo Kenney, Mo Kenney
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year - Classified, Inner Ninja - Written by Luke Boyd, Mike Boyd, David Myles, Mark Pellizzer
Group Recording of the Year - The Stanfields, Death & Taxes 
Recording of the Year - Matt Mays, Coyote
Music Nova Scotia Entertainer of the Year - The Stanfields
Presented at the Music & Industry Awards Brunch:
Alternative Recording of the Year - The Tom Fun Orchestra, Earthworm Heart
Blues Recording of the Year - Thom Swift, The Fortunate Few
Children's Recording of the Year - Little Miss Moffat - Wild About Nature
Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year - Ryan Cook, Wrestling With Demons
DJ of the Year - Skratch Bastid
Digital Artist of the Year - Classified
Electronic Recording of the Year - Scientists of Sound, Electric Scissors
Folk Recording of the Year (Tie) - Dave Gunning, No More Pennies, Old Man Luedecke, Tender Is The Night
Francophone Recording of the Year - Maxim Cormier, Maxim Cormier 
Hip Hop Recording of the Year - Classified, Classified
Inspirational Recording of the Year - Elizabeth Deveau, Everything’s Changed
Jazz Recording of the Year - Swingology, Taking A Chance
Loud Recording of the Year - Black Moor, Lethal Waters
Musician of the Year - Erin Costelo
Pop Recording of the Year - Mo Kenney, Mo Kenney
Rock Recording of the Year - Matt Mays, Coyote
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year - Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, Seinn
Booking Agent of the Year - Jason MacIsaac, JJ Bookings
Community Presenter of the Year - Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Company of the Year - Sonic Entertainment Group
Corporate Sponsor of the Year - Casino Nova Scotia
Educator of the Year (Tie) - Erin Costelo, Keith Mullins
Event of the Year - Halifax Pop Explosion
Industry Professional of the Year - Josh White, Halifax Pop Explosion
Manager of the Year - Sheri Jones
Media Professional of the Year - Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald
Promoter of the Year - Mike Campbell
Production Company of the Year - GroundSound
Producer Of The Year - Daniel Ledwell
Publicist of the Year - Matt Charlton, Pigeon Row
Radio Program of the Year - Halifax Is Burning, CKDU 88.1 FM
Radio Station of the Year - CBC
Recording Studio of the Year - The Sonic Temple Recording Studio
Studio Engineer Of The Year - Charles Austin
Technician of the Year - Stephen “Snickers” Smith
Venue of the Year - The Company House
Visual Artist of the Year - Mat Dunlap
Volunteer of the Year - Dana Beeler
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 Cape Breton community. The 17th annual Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week will be held in Truro November 6-9, 2014.
For more information, please contact:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations / Operations Manager
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 x 102


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