The Acclaimed Phoenix Program is Now Accepting Applications

After a very successful launch in British Columbia in 2017, the renowned Phoenix program is now open to applicants from across Canada. Mid-career music managers, label owners, and senior music business executives are encouraged to apply.

The Phoenix program is an intensive professional development course for owners or senior management working in the Canadian music business, who want to grow their operations locally and internationally. Participants will focus on developing tools to analyze the viability and growth of their business, skills to create a detailed business plan, and business and financial modelling. The program will be presented by Music Nova Scotia, and is funded by MusicactionFACTOR and the Government of Canada

Phoenix is designed for time poor, music professionals who want to review their business models and grow their businesses” said Scott Long, Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia, “the training is intensive, provides practical business guidance and is well worth the effort judging by the experience of those who’ve completed the program in BC.

Advisers and mentors are drawn from both the music industry and the business world, to give participants a range of perspectives on possibilities and ways forward. The work becomes more and more personalized for each participant as the workshops progress. A blended teaching approach incorporating face-to-face and self-paced learning is used, and psychology sessions are incorporated to give participants tools for working more efficiently and achieving better work/life balance.

Alumni report significant changes to their outlooks and their businesses:

“...The program was incredibly valuable – being with a small group that were open + engaged in a setting away from daily life was great. The content was intense and mind blowing and will impact how I proceed from here. Advisors complemented each other and were all amazing.” - Trish McEvoy, Higherlife Music Group

Phoenix has changed how I think about income, productivity and my team. This change has already increased sales, streamlined staffing and produced future planning.” - Kate Wattie, Tonic Records

“The advisors involved in the program were exceptional. The community that it developed within the attendees was really awesome!” - Anonymous 

Entry to Phoenix is competitive and based on an applicant’s professional achievements. There are no course fees, and the cost of air travel, food, and accommodations to attend the training will be covered by the program. All course materials and information disclosed during the program are treated strictly as commercial in confidence.

Phoenix will run over a four month period beginning and ending with a residential workshop hosted at the Oak Island Resort near Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the first workshop being held November 22nd-25th, 2018.

The application form and guidelines are available HERE.

The application deadline is September 14th, 2018.

Spotlight on Night Time Economy at Nova Scotia Music Week 2018

(Halifax, NS - July 26th, 2018) Nova Scotia Music Week will host the first Nocturnal Cities Forum produced in partnership with international music agency Sound Diplomacy on Saturday, November 3rd, in Truro, Nova Scotia. 
The Nocturnal Cities Forum will explore the relationship between city planning, strategy, development and the night time economy with the top minds from municipalities, regions, academics, consultancies and the music and creative industries in attendance to discuss, debate and introduce new thinking, action and structure to develop more vibrant, night time economies in Canada and around the world. 

With renowned speakers and moderators from across the globe, the Nocturnal Cities Forum will include panels and presentations with topics ranging from harassment prevention, health and wellness, night time strategy, and curating community, all keeping with the overall theme of Nova Scotia Music Week 2018, Building Stronger Music Communities. 

With decades of experience in the music industry, Sound Diplomacy bridges the gap between music and the world of policy and urban planning. They are trusted by organisations around the world to create and deliver strategies for economic and cultural growth. Sound Diplomacy is the leader of the Music Cities movement, which sees culture built into the urban environment through policy. They help governments develop healthy music ecosystems to create vibrant, exciting communities, and have helped over 500 artists and companies break into new markets around the world.

Delegates from all over Canada and the world will attend Nova Scotia Music Week, where the Nocturnal Cities Forum will makeup one of three Nova Scotia Music Week conference components, the rest of which will be announced in the coming weeks. 

With the support of Music Cities Events, The Province of Nova Scotia, FACTOR, and the Government of Canada, this will be the inaugural presentation of the Nocturnal Cities Forum, which is sure to become an internationally recognized and revered program. 

Click here to learn more about the Nocturnal Cities Forum, Sound Diplomacy, and see the initial list of guest delegates.

Early Bird delegate passes are now available for the Nocturnal Cities Forum and Nova Scotia Music Week 2018. Group rates available. Click here to purchase. 

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Music Nova Scotia Now Hiring 

Looking for a fun, dynamic, fast-paced, and exciting career in the music industry? Are you a music fan, who enjoys meeting interesting people, and wants to get to know the Nova Scotia music industry? Music Nova Scotia is currently hiring for the following positions:

Investment Programs and Member Training Manager
Conference Coordinator (JCP Position)
Festival Production Coordinator (JCP Position)
Job Title: Marketing Coordinator (JCP Position)

To learn more about these positions and to apply, CLICK HERE.


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