Unsigned singer-songwriters compete for mentoring opportunity with multiple Juno Award-winning artist

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Beginning October 8, 2013, unsigned Canadian singer-songwriters can enter one original song in the 2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience, sponsored by Aspiring Canadian Writers Contests Inc. and supported by Industry Partner, Songwriters Association of Canada.
Entries will be reviewed by a panel of singer-songwriter judges: Lesley Pike, Gibson's featured artist, 2013 Sundance London film and music festival; Luther Mallory, former frontman of Crush Luther, pop-rock band with two #1 hits on Much More Music; Katie Rox, former lead singer of Jakalope, industrial-rock band with multiple MMVA nominations; Melanie Durrant, 2013 Juno Award-nominated artist for Reggae Single of the Year; and Theo Tams, Gemini Award-nominated artist and 2008 Canadian Idol champion.
The Top 3 Grand Prize Winners will receive private online songwriting mentoring sessions with multiple Juno Award-winning artist, Luba. "I'm very proud to be associated with the 2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience," says Luba. "I believe it will help foster great, homegrown talent and I look forward to mentoring the Top 3."
As part of the Top 25 Finalists, the Top 3 Grand Prize Winners will also receive annual memberships to the Songwriters Association of Canada.
The 2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience will run for one year only and is modelled after the Aspiring Canadian Writers Contests Inc.'s annual poetry contest for unpublished writers (www.aspiringpoetscontest.org) whose Top 3 winners receive private online mentoring sessions with a published poet.
Video entries for the singer-songwriter contest can be submitted at www.songwritermentorexperience.org from October 8, 2013 to December 22, 2013, or until 300 eligible entries are received.
For additional prize information and entry guidelines, visit www.songwritermentorexperience.org.
SOURCE Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest
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Invitation to Tender for Technical Production Services

Invitation to Tender for Technical Production Services - Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2013
Sydney, November 7-10
Deadline: Friday, October 4th, 5 p.m. ADT
Please see the PDF for the full Invitation to Tender description for Technical Production Services at Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2013.  
This invitation to tender aims to establish the contracting of an entertainment technical production company or companies (audio, lighting, A/V) that can provide a complete range of professional services associated with the technical execution of Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2013. The successful bidder or bidders will be required to work closely with Music Nova Scotia and the Technical Director in contributing to the achievement of the objectives of the conference and showcases. The successful applicant must be prepared to work within a defined budget and must be available for onsite consultation as needed prior to the event and during the week of November 7-10, 2013.
Tenders must be sent to Bill Appleby (Technical Director) prior to 5 p.m. ADT on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the following email address: bappleby@ns.sympatico.ca.
For more information, please contact: 
Serge Samson 
Events and Member Training Manager
Music Nova Scotia 
(902) 423-6271 ext. x 103

NSMW Update #3

Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week News:  Conference Program Unveiled 
and The NSLC Gala Award Show Hosts and More Artists Announced
Music industry professionals representing ten countries will converge in Sydney, Nova Scotia this November for Nova Scotia Music Week. The NSMW Mind Over Music Conference (#MOM2013) will feature guest delegates from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, the UK and the US.
Music Nova Scotia has made it easy to customize your #MOM2013 conference experience by identifying four unique tracks designed to help you target sessions and guest delegates. The conference tracks are Export Training, Navigating Nashville, Domestic Buyers Summit and Business Academy. The tracks will offer a series of speed meetings, presentations, panels, workshops, round tables, interviews, pitch sessions, mixers and keynote speakers. 
UK music industry legend Peter Jenner will present the #MOM2013 Conference Keynote Address.  Jenner has managed Pink Floyd, T Rex, The Clash, Eddi Reader and currently manages Billy Bragg. Jenner is a frequent commentator on the future digital music delivery systems and the subsequent effect on artist revenue streams.
Grammy winning songwriter Gordie Sampson will lead a delegation from Nashville in a focus on the business of songwriting. From September until May, Sampson lives and writes in Nashville, where the Cape Breton native has become an established member of the community. Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, and Faith Hill are just a few American artists who have covered Sampson's songs. 
The Domestic Buyers Summit, designed for community presenters and festivals from the Atlantic region, will address challenges and success stories of presenting music in smaller markets. 
The Business Academy Track, which targets emerging music professionals, will provide insight to a wide range of topics including collection of performance royalties, music streaming services and the relevance of traditional radio in music discovery.
View the full conference schedule here.   
Jeremy Webb and Jill Chappell to Host The NSLC Gala Award Show
Erin Costelo and The Stanfields Added to Lineup
Theatre and television professionals Jeremy Webb and Jill Chappell will host The NSLC Gala Awards Show on Sunday, November 10 at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. Webb is an arts correspondent on radio and TV with Off The Leash and a seasoned stage actor. Chappell co-hosts Global TV’s Morning News, with a history of acting with Shakespeare by the Sea and Mermaid Theatre.
The latest musical talent added to the lineup includes singer-songwriter Erin Costelo and east coast rock-n-rollers The Stanfields.
Visit this link for more information on the show. 
Details for delegates:
Pre-registration for
5 Minute Pitches, Speed Meetings, Pool Sharks & One on Ones 
In order to attend the following events, you must pre-register by Monday, October 14th at 5pm.  Preference will be given to exporting or export-ready artists and showcasing artists. Space is limited. Your confirmation will be sent via email after October 14.
5 Minute Pitch
The best 5 minute show you’ll ever play. Here is your opportunity to “pitch” your music to music buyers attending the conference with only one mic and one DI.
Pool Sharks
An evening of business and billiards, complete with live music.  This is an entertaining way to meet our international guests and “break” the ice. 
Speed Meetings
Three rounds of speed meetings with Nordic, German/UK and Nashville delegates.
Domestic Buyers Summit
Pre-registration required for the following round table sessions:
  • Rural Presenting on a Budget
  • Breaking Out of the Box
  • Rural Presenting Case Study: Festival of Small Halls
The NSLC Perfect Pitch
Submit your song to be a part of The NSLC ‘Social Occasion’ campaign and you can win a professional shoot, be featured in a full page ad in Occasions Magazine and featured on www.mynslc.com
One on One Consultations
USA Immigration - Liana White, Canadian Federation of Musicians 
How to Collect Neighbouring Rights - Julia Train, MROC
Get Your Music on Rdio - Rich Masio, Rdio
How to Collect from SOCAN - Tim Hardy, SOCAN
Thank you to our partners
Music Nova Scotia would like to acknowledge the support of Molson Canadian, The Province of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation, CBMIC, Cape Breton Post, The Coast 89.7FM, The NSLC, Cape Breton University - Shannon School of Business, Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront, Marcato Digital, Ticketpro, Canadian Country Music Association, Canadian Independent Music Association, Music Managers Forum, FéCANE and SOCAN.
For more information, please visit nsmw.ca or contact:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations / Operations Manager
Music Nova Scotia
nsmw.ca /@musicnovascotia #NSMW


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