Annual General Meeting Election Results and Annual Report

After two weeks of voting, the results are in!  Thirty-Eight percent of the Music Nova Scotia membership took part in the online vote for the Board of Directors Election to determine who would fill the seven spots this year.
 The board members elected this year are:
Bill Appleby (incumbent)
Brian Doherty (incumbent)
Ian McKinnon (incumbent)
Mike Campbell (incumbent)
Troy Arseneault (incumbent)
Kimberly Sinclair 
Tiffany Spencer 
They will join the existing board members:
Andrea Thomas - Treasurer
Christine Buiteman - Director
Jamie Robinson - Director
Jason Michael MacIsaac - Director
Jonny Stevens - Director
Josh Hogan - Director

Kris McCann - Director
Krista Keough - Director

The board members were officially sworn in at the Annual General Meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at 5516 Spring Garden Road. 
The executive positions elected for the 2013-2014 year are as follows:
President – Brian Doherty
First Vice President – Bill Appleby
Second Vice President – Mike Campbell
Third Vice President – Jamie Robinson
Secretary – Kimberly Sinclair
Treasurer – Andrea Thomas
Music Nova Scotia would like to thank outgoing board members Louis Thomas and Albert Lionais for their hard work and dedication to the organization. 
The full Annual General Meeting report can be viewed online.


NSMW Update #1

Submit to Showcase Reminder 
We are now accepting showcasing applications for Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney. Artists interested in performing during the festival can apply to showcase by clicking here. Showcasing submissions will close Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m. In order to apply you must be a member of Music Nova Scotia in good standing. You are not eligible to apply if your membership is not up to date by 5 p.m. on June 14th. Please click here to read the Showcase Manual For all eligibility requirements.
International Buyers Program - The Nordic Track
The Nova Scotia Music Week international buyers program will put Nova Scotian artists and industry professionals directly in front of influential music buyers from the Nordic Region marketplace (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). International buyers from the USA, UK and Germany will also be attending. Stay tuned to and our regular updates for more information coming soon.
Domestic Buyers Summit - NEW THIS YEAR!
Nova Scotia Music Week will host dozens of domestic buyers and community presenters from across the region. The Domestic Buyers Summit will feature a keynote address, training sessions, networking opportunities and showcases specifically for community presenters and small venues from across the region. More information coming soon. If you are a community presenter or small venue from the region and would like to have some input on the program please contact Laura Simpson via email at
Export Training Track - Navigating Nashville 
The Navigating Nashville export training track will focus on the essential information you need as a songwriter to tackle Music City, USA and bend the ears of the world’s most famous artists, songwriters, managers, and music publishers. Featuring participants currently at the top of the game living and working in Nashville, this export training track will help prepare you for your first trip to the city, give you an understanding of the business models, explain the culture and habits of successful songwriters and co-writers, and will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to make your mark in the songwriting capital of the world.
The Navigating Nashville export training track will be presented in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA).
More information coming soon.
Along with artists we are going to need volunteers to help us run Nova Scotia Music Week. If you are interested in volunteering please click here to sign up.
Sydney Steal Pass
This year we are offering a ticket package for a limited time that gives festival goers exclusive access to the event. The all new “Sydney Steal Pass” is now on sale for $155.00 with a full retail value of over $300.00. Sydney Steal Passes are only available online via debit or credit card at or by calling 1-888-311-9090.
The Sydney Steal Pass consists of:
  • 2 Delegate Passes (access to all festival showcases, conference,opening and closing receptions, festival shuttle service and exclusive VIP late night parties)
  • 2 Songs and Stories tickets (songwriters circle show- artists TBA)
  • 2 The NSLC Gala Award Show tickets (artists TBA)
Our host hotel is now sold out but not to worry, there are a number of other hotels in the area. Below is a list of hotels:
(902) 562-6500
Delegate Rate $129
(902) 539-6750
Delegate Rate $95
(902) 539-8101
Delegate Rate $ 85
(902) 562-0200
Delegate Rate $99.99
(902) 567-3311
Delegate Rate $65
(902) 562-5747
Delegate Rate $99
Delegate rates are only available to those with Delegate Passes. Make sure let the hotel know that you are a Delegate Pass holder when booking to get the Delegate rate.

Creative Music Workshops In July

Now in its 17th year, the CMW gathers renowned musicians and educators from across North America. As well as Jerry Granelli (drums - Halifax), the CMW core faculty also includes Jay Clayton (voice - New York City), J. Anthony Granelli (electric bass - New York City), David Tronzo (guitar - Boston), Dani Oore (saxophones - Toronto) and Tim Crofts (piano - Halifax). 
This year our guest clinician is two-time Grammy-nominated Dave Douglas. He was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995, and has been recognized for his work by the New York Jazz Awards, Down Beat, JazzTimes, Jazziz and the Italian Jazz Critics’ Society. As well as owning his own internet-based label Greenleaf Music, he was also former director for the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music and founder of the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York. Mr. Douglas cites Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane, and Stevie Wonder as primary influences on his music. 
There are two streams for the program. The half-day Creative Process, July 6-12, is open to artists and musicians from all disciplines who are interested in deepening their practice. The Core Program, July 4-13 with evening and all day sessions, is suitable for musicians who want to take their playing to the next level. Special clinics with visiting jazz festival musicians are offered throughout the program to provide participants with hands-on training in improvisation.
Sessions will take place at the Sacred Heart School of Halifax, 5820 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS. Students of the Core CMW program receive a free all events pass and Creative Process students receive a free festival tent pass to the TD Halifax Jazz Festival.  For more information, including program information and registration click here.


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