Nova Scotia Music Week Joins Keychange Initiative Festival Pledges to Achieve 50:50 gender balance by 2022

Nova Scotia Music Week is one of the latest festivals to join the Keychange initiative, a pioneering international initiative supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union which empowers women to transform the future of the music industry and encourages festivals to achieve or maintain a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. 

The announcement was made today in Liverpool, UK during the Liverpool Sound City international festival and conference. Nova Scotia Music Week is amoung 40 festivals from across North America and Europe included in today's announcement. 

This follows the gender balance commitment made in February 2018 by 45 international music festivals and conferences including existing Keychange partners Reeperbahn Festival (Germany), BIME (Spain), Iceland Airwaves, Way Out West (Sweden), Musikcentrum Sweden, Tallinn Music Week (Estonia), and MUTEK (Canada) and new UK Keychange festival partner Liverpool Sound City.

Nova Scotia Music Week will take place in Truro, Nova Scotia November 1-4, 2018 and includes the Music Nova Scotia Awards, a music business conference and international buyers program.

For more information on Keychange please visit here.

To view the Keychange press release visit here.

For more information on Music Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Music Week and media inquiries please contact:

Scott Long
Executive Director 
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 Ext. 101

Music Nova Scotia Members Paid Performance Opportunity Onboard the Fundy Rose

Artist (Solo and Duos) Submissions Now Open

If you are a solo artist or duo who loves to entertain travellers from all over the world, we’d like to hear from you. We are now seeking musicians for our very popular music program onboard the Fundy Rose, sailing from Digby, NS to Saint John, NB. Ideally, you play a variety of folk, Celtic, Acadian and traditional music. It’s a fantastic opportunity to entertain our passengers with the Bay of Fundy as a beautiful backdrop.

Please submit by May 15th, 2018

To submit please CLICK HERE.

Performance Details:

June 24-September 02,2018

Onboard The Fundy Rose
10:00 AM-5:00 PM, five (5) days a week, sailing out of Digby
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Performance Requirements - Musicians will play two (2) sets per crossing:

Digby to Saint John
Set 1 - 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Set 2 - 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Saint John to Digby
Set 1: 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Set 2:  3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Set times are flexible depending on sail conditions and timing.

Compensation details-$7500.00, ($150 per day plus lunch) plus accommodations, per diem and mileage.
Merch can be sold during performances and made available at the onboard gift shop


Stuart Jolliffe was the GM of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel in Toronto but his passion outside his business life was music and the musicians who made it. Stuart was a past board member of Music Nova Scotia, co-chair of the host committee for the Junos in Halifax, heavily involved in the East Coast Music Awards and a big supporter of Unison. His generosity to artists was unsurpassed.

Stuart’s family would like to honour his legacy by requesting that in lieu of flowers, a tribute donation be made to the Unison Benevolent Fund.



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