Music Nova Scotia Award Nominations Now Open

Deadline: July 22, 2013, 5:00 p.m. ADT.
Music Nova Scotia is now accepting music and industry award nominations for the 2013 Music Nova Scotia Awards until Monday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m. No extensions will be given so all nominations must be in on time. To submit an award nomination for any category, please visit:
Please click the following link to read the 2013 Music Nova Scotia Awards Manual and ensure your submission(s) fulfill the criteria required for your nominee. The cost to submit is $25, HST included. Submissions can be paid online through PayPal. If you do not have Paypal you can pay also pay by cheque, debit, or cash in the office, or by Visa or MasterCard over the phone by contacting our Member Relations/Operations Manager Lisa Stitt (902-423-06271 ext. 2).
Music Nova Scotia may present awards in forty-nine (49) categories.
Music Awards (28 categories)
All Nova Scotian artists who are members in good standing and have released recordings between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 are eligible to submit for the 2013 Music Nova Scotia Awards. The only exceptions for providing recordings are DJ of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Musician of the Year and Digital Artist of the Year, which do not require a recording. You are not eligible to be nominated for the same recording in the same category two years in a row.
Note: This year “Pop Recording of the Year” has been added as a new category to the Music Awards.
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 narrowed down by a jury of esteemed local music industry professionals with a keen sense of the current market. All nominees will receive a complimentary delegate pass to Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2013, which offers access to all showcases (subject to capacity), the educational conference and the Late Night Stage. This is a $85.00 value.
The nominees in each category will be announced on September 5, 2013. Voting for all awards will also open on this date. Only current members are eligible to nominate and vote. Update your Music Nova Scotia membership now -
Winners will be announced during Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney, NS, November 7-10th, 2013.
For more information on Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week, please visit
For any other submission enquiries, please contact:
Serge Samson
Event and Member Training Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902)423-6271 ext. 4

FACTOR Job Opportunity - Senior Project Coordinator

FACTOR, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings, is hiring a Senior Project 
Coordinator – Collective Initiatives for its downtown Toronto office.  This is a full-time, salaried 
Reporting to the Director of Operations, the SPC is responsible for the professional and efficient 
administration of funding requests in the Collective Initiatives and Sponsorships Programs. Clients 
in these programs are major Canadian event producers, music conferences, industry organizations, 
festivals and music exporters, and digital developers.  
Responsibilities include administering files from receipt of application to approval or rejection by the 
Board of Directors, through to completion; creating a positive client experience by understanding 
and meeting their unique needs quickly, professionally and accurately; collecting and analyzing 
success metrics and deliverables; researching and writing reports to the executive and Board; 
assisting with application processing on an overflow basis for other programs as needed.
The successful candidate will have a post-secondary education and a professional background in 
non-profit arts administration and/or public funding administration, and production and delivery of 
cultural programming.  Must have knowledge of the business side of the Canadian music industry 
and experience in funding applications for large productions either as a client or as an administrator.   
Must have demonstrable ability to interpret cultural policy.  Experience in large-scale arts event 
production is an asset.  Bilingualism is also an asset.
Additional assets could include: project management, research and writing in cultural policy, data 
collection and analysis, event promotion.
To apply:
Please forward your resume by email, with the subject line “Senior Project Coordinator”, along with 
a cover letter indicating salary expectations by 5 pm ET on Monday July 15, 2013, to  
You will be contacted only if selected for an interview.

Job Opportunity - Technical Producer/Director Media Production

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Job Location: Halifax City

Learning Resources & Technology Services
Please quote Competition #BT-0648MP-CB

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or on your resume.

Under the general supervision of the Coordinator Media Production, Learning Resources & Technology Services (LRTS) division, the Planning Technician 3 (Technical Producer/Director Media Production) is responsible for maintaining and operating the audio and video production facilities; selecting and directing production crews; and assisting in establishing and working within a studio equipment budget.

Responsibilities include:
Providing technical direction for all audio and video productions; performing technical production tasks, including camera operation, sound recording, lighting, digital editing of sound and visuals, as well as the creation of computer graphics and animation. You will be responsible, in both studio and field locations, for the technical and aesthetic quality of all video images, graphics, special effects, transitions, computer images, and multi-track audio recordings, including voice, music and sound effects that contribute to LRTS audio and video productions.

Managing and scheduling spaces and equipment in the audio and video production facilities, including its control room; compiling and administering the equipment and supply budget of the LRTS Media Production facility, including purchases, rentals, maintenance services, and casual crew remuneration; and the technical supervision of production crews in house and on location.
Evaluating the technical aspects of the production and post-production process, including all elements of editing and mixing, to ensure that LRTS audio and video products meet current broadcast standards and the various current requirements of online distribution through the LRTS Digital Video Library and elsewhere.

The Technical Producer/Director frequently must interpret the visual and audio needs of clients during participation in program planning meetings; select, supervise and train contract technical staff involved in LRTS audio and video productions; evaluate equipment as a basis for preparing  technical specifications for audio & video equipment used at LRTS for production, duplication or display; and provide technical research support to LRTS colleagues and other government clients for whom LRTS undertakes projects. This includes periodically advising Department of Education and Early Childhood Development staff and Regional School Board officials on specifications for equipment purchased for administrative and school use. Such activities require the Technical Producer/Director to maintain a current understanding of new types and formats of relevant equipment and software. The position is also responsible for cost/benefit analysis to determine whether existing equipment should be repaired or replaced.
The Technical Producer/Director must be able to travel within the province to work with clients to obtain audio and video as needed. Must have a strong background in audio and video production and a keen interest in new technologies.

• Grade 12 plus a 2-year planning technician course (post-secondary certification in audio and video production)
• Minimum of 6 years related experience (technical production); an equivalent combination of training and production experience may be accepted
• Strong general knowledge of current production/post production processes and business practices; strong industry background in media production
• Detailed knowledge and skill in the operation of all equipment associated with broadcast-quality production and distribution (particularly, but not exclusively, ENG/EFP and studio video cameras and control units; digital video recording and editing systems; time-base correctors; special effects devices; digital audio recording/mixing systems; audio tape decks, consoles and mixers; microphones; routing/ switching equipment; wave form and vector scopes; time code equipment; computer graphic and animation equipment and software; and lighting and grip systems)
• Specific knowledge and experience with image recording using Sony XD Cam PMW 350 and PMW EX3 technology; post production using a Mac-based Final Cut Studio Suite; LightWave 3-D, Motion Graphics, and digital effects and animation, using  LightWave, Photoshop, After Effects, Motion  Graphics, and Sorensen transcoding software
• Knowledge and experience with stereo and multi-track sound engineering using particularly, but not exclusively, Sound Forge; Pro Tools; Vegas; and Waves software
• Sound judgment and proven initiative
• Creativity and innovation demonstrated through past production projects
• Ability to integrate emerging technology seamlessly into existing systems, processes, & productions
• Ability to solve technical problems independently
• Superior attention to detail and multitasking skills
• Ability to deal with a wide variety of people with tact and diplomacy

Please identify in your cover letter and/or resume the specific equipment and software (based on the above requirements) that you are experienced in using.
We seek someone who is a proven team player in the field of media production, who wants to be part of an innovative team and who wants to make a difference.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer or will result in termination of your employment. 

Pay Grade:      TE 24

Salary Range:   $50,049 - $58,949

Closing Date:  July 12, 2013

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union. Applicants applying for this opportunity must clearly indicate in their covering letter or resume that he/she is currently a Nova Scotia Government Civil Service Employee and a member of the NSGEU and include their Employee ID.  Failure to do so means that your application will not be given first consideration and will only be included if external applications are pursued. Your Employee Self-Serve access will allow you to confirm what your employment status and ID number are prior to applying for this restricted position.

External applicants and current casual Nova Scotia Government employees will only be considered if there are no qualified Nova Scotia Government Civil Service NSGEU bargaining unit candidates.

To Apply:
• Please demonstrate in your application how you meet the above qualifications. In your cover letter identify the competition number, position and department.
• To apply for this position, simply click on the “Apply Online Now” button. To serve you better, we are using a user-friendly on-line application system through Career Beacon. Online applications are required and will provide benefits for you, as outlined below.  All submissions must be received by midnight on the closing date.
• First time users to this on-line application system simply need to complete a quick basic registration to receive a username and password. If an email is not immediately received, please check your junk mail folder to ensure that it did not get directed there. Once registered, you will be able to upload your resume and cover letter in seconds or create them using the editor option in the system. Clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button will bring you to the registration or sign on screen. If you encounter any difficulties with your registration or technical issues, simply call1-888-878-7637 for assistance (Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30).
• If after speaking with Career Beacon you are still unable to apply using this online system (check with your local library or CAP (Community Access Program site for free computer/internet access), please call (902) 424-4394 to make other arrangements to submit your application. It is important that you contact us prior to the closing date
• Benefits of applying online - The system will allow us to send an immediate confirmation email that your application was received. In addition, you can store your application on the system and access a copy of it as well as the posting at a later date if needed.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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