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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Music Nova Scotia Job Opportunity - Conference Coordinator 

Deadline for Applications: June 28, 2019 5:00 PM

Term will be July 8, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Looking to work in the music industry? If so, this is an exciting opportunity for you! Music Nova Scotia is in the process of arranging a contract hire under the provincial Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) program. The Job Creation Partnership (JCP) is a program designed to support projects that will provide LMDA eligible participants with meaningful work experience that will improve their employment prospects.  While project activities should benefit both the participant and the community, the focus of JCP is to aid participants in acquiring work experience that will assist them in finding full time employment.

This position is offered as part of the Job Creation Partnerships program of the Government of Nova Scotia. The JCP program must only be used to assist eligible individuals who:

  • are Canadian citizens or permanent residents legally entitled to work in Canada
  • meet the definition of an insured participant
  • are approved by Employment Nova Scotia under Section 25 of the Employment Insurance Act as LMDA eligible participants who are active EI claimants and
  • have a Return to Work Action Plan that identifies that the JCP work experience being considered supports a reasonable occupational goal for them.

To be LMDA eligible for Job Creation Partnership you must meet one of the following:

  • have a current Employment Insurance (EI) claim
  • have had an EI claim that ended within the last 60 months
  • have been employed with gross insurable earnings of $2000 or higher annually, in at least 5 of the last 10 years.
  • Other criteria may apply.

View the full details on the JCP program here

Job Title: Conference Coordinator 

Location: Halifax, NS 

Hours: 5 months – 37.5 hours weekly, with some evenings and weekends

Job Description:

The Conference Coordinator will provide support for the conference component of Nova Scotia Music Week 2019. Under the supervision and direction of the Conference Manager and the Events Manager, the Conference Coordinator will work independently and will liaise with the committee members and stakeholders to deliver the project. This person's main focus will be managing the volunteer base, coordinating delegate registration for NSMW.

Primary duties:

  • Assist in the coordination of NSMW conference seminars and workshops
  • Manage volunteer scheduling  (100+ volunteers) & Transportation
  • Oversee volunteer intake and liaise with the local Host Committee Volunteer Coordinator
  • Maintain accurate registration, contact and transportation databases
  • Coordinate registration campaigns
  • Monitor event registration
  • Set up, operate, and supervise the registration desk onsite
  • Conduct and enter data from evaluations from conference participants

Additional duties:

  • Adhere to the project's critical path and update it weekly
  • Prepare registration reports as requested
  • As requested, attend project activities and respond to any conference inquiries onsite during the events
  • Provide assistance in the distribution of NSMW promotional materials prior to and onsite
  • Contribute to the project's final report
  • Instruct volunteers for any conference related activities
  • Attend all professional development educational workshops Music Nova Scotia produces during employment period

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong literacy skills (reading/writing/comprehension/spelling & grammar)
  • Strong proficiency in Excel, Word
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Recommended Qualifications:

  • Event/conference production/management experience
  • Experience in human resources or hospitality
  • Mac OS X experience
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Drive) experience
  • Music industry experience
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Ability to work well in groups
  • Comfort in a fast-paced environment

Apply through application link only, please attach your resume in PDF format when applying. 

Music Nova Scotia is an equal opportunity employer; thank you for your interest, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Stitt

Interim Executive Director / Operations 


Music Nova Scotia Job Opportunity - Canada Summer Jobs

Graphic Design Coordinator

Deadline for Applications: June 24, 2019. 5pm ADT. 

Start date July 2 - End date August 23rd. 30hrs/wk

Pay - $17/hr


Music Nova Scotia is currently seeking a like-minded, enthusiastic, and results driven Graphic Design Coordinator to join our team.

Reporting to the Events & Marketing Manager, and working closely with the entire marketing team, the Graphic Design Coordinator will design and create print, digital, and multi-media products to support the communication, branding, and marketing needs of the organization. 

A willingness to be adaptable from a creative design perspective, is vital in this role. The Coordinator will be part of a small team that values initiative, ideas, creativity, and problem-solving as we work together to deliver the products, services, and events produced by Music Nova Scotia, including Nova Scotia Music Week. 

The ideal candidate will excel in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and will be able to pivot quickly. To be successful in this role, you must possess strong communication skills, organizational abilities, demonstrate passion and commitment on a daily basis, and be an excellent team member. 

Graphic Design Coordinator: 

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Creation of graphics for digital and print purposes.
  • Assist with creating and updating marketing materials, and campaign planning.
  • Execute approved digital and print marketing campaigns that support MNS/NSMW strategic initiatives.
  • Help to develop and maintain social media content calendar, including proofreading blogs, writing status updates, tweets, posts, etc.
  • Gather, report, and analyze digital media metrics and results using various tools, and provide insights from the industry and overall marketing campaign.
  • Work on special projects and other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 2+ years of experience in creative design for digital and print media
  • 2+ years of Social Media platforms (including paid advertising)
  • 2+ years' experience with Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and E-Commerce
  • Post-secondary education in Design, Marketing or related field, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Strong communication, copywriting, and editing skills.
  • Highly organized, able to work independently with minimal supervision, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail, an eye for good design, and a solid understanding of branding and visual identity best practices.
  • A team player with a positive attitude, a desire to continue learning, and the ability to take and give feedback.

Eligibility Criteria

The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada’s interdepartmental initiative that seeks to help young people aged 15 to 30 years gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain quality employment. Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is delivered by Employment and Social Development Canada and falls under one of the Youth Employment Strategy program streams (Summer Work Experience).

CSJ 2019 includes new expanded eligibility to include all youth aged 15 to 30, which means youth who are not students are eligible. This change has been made to complement the Government's renewal of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES), announced in Budget 2018. A modernized YES will be implemented over five years to ensure that youth, including those who face unique barriers, achieve their potential in an evolving labour market.

To be eligible, participants must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment;
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada.

Apply through the application link only. Please attached your resume in PDF when applying, and be prepared to submit a design portfolio. 

If you have any questions please contact:
Events & Marketing Manager
Grace Russell
Direct: 902 223 1460


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