Tunes at Noon Summer Concert Series Call for Submissions

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC), DaVinci College, and Music Nova Scotia will once again present Tunes at Noon, a summer concert series featuring Nova Scotian performers of all genres of music Wednesday to Friday, from July 4 to August 17, 2018.

“Tunes at Noon is entering its 11th year,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “Downtown employees as well as visitors to the area look forward to the concert series every summer. The performers bring Grand Parade alive and the music creates a welcoming atmosphere for Downtown Halifax.”

The call for submissions seeks musicians available to perform an hour-long concert in July and August. The Tunes at Noon concerts will be held on July 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and August 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in Grand Parade in Downtown Halifax. This call is open to all genres of music. Performances will be solo acts, duos, and trios and acoustic in nature with no backline provided. Tunes at Noon will provide the following:

  • PA + sound equipment (set-up and tear-down): Mixer (12 analog channels and 14 channels total), 2 main speakers, 2 monitors, 4 mics, 4 stands, 4 DI’s and cables
  • Sound engineer •    Flat rate of $250 per act
  • Marketing and promotion
  • An opportunity to perform a midday concert in historic Grand Parade

To express interest in this opportunity, performers must send the following to Ivy Ho at

  • A short bio
  • Artist website (may consist of Reverbnation, Bandcamp, Sonicbids, official artist website, etc.)
  • Any website is acceptable, but it must house music that can be easily found and played for the jury.
  • A list of dates, in the noted time period, when the artist would be unavailable to perform
  • Stage plot
  • Contact information (phone number, email address, and mailing address)
  • Name to make cheque payable to

Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 4, 2018, by 12:00 noon.

For more information, please contact:
Ivy Ho, Director of Communications
Downtown Halifax Business Commission
Tel: (902) 428-5433

Casino Nova Scotia Announces Fifth Annual Artist in Residence Program - $20,000 to support the winner’s career!

Submissions for the Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Program are now closed. Good Luck!

Casino Nova Scotia is calling on emerging Nova Scotian musicians to compete for the fifth annual Artist in Residence program. The $20,000 prize will provide an emerging Nova Scotian musician or group with financial, career training and showcase performance support through Casino Nova Scotia and partner Music Nova Scotia. 

“The inherent talent of east coast musicians is well known across Canada, but to watch it blossom before your eyes is a privilege,” said Chris Roberts, Executive Director of Casino Nova Scotia.  “The Artist In Residence program is all about giving local talent a leg-up. We’re honoured to have played a small role in the development of what are sure to be future stars.”

Applicants can apply online HERE. Submissions are open now and will close on Monday April 30th, at 5:00PM. To download and review the rules and regulations please CLICK HERE.

The evaluation process will be conducted by an esteemed panel of industry professionals (to be announced soon) and will include an assessment of artists’ goals and career path, demos and an interview with selected applicants. 

The contest will culminate with a live performance of the finalists at the Casino Nova Scotia Schooner Showroom on Friday, June 15 featuring the current Casino Nova Scotia artist in residence Devarrow

The Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program will provide the winning musician/group with $20,000.00 to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities. Music Nova Scotia is administering the program on behalf of Casino Nova Scotia and will provide career path support and exciting industry showcase opportunities such as Nova Scotia Music Week and Canadian Music Week. 

For more information or to apply to Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program please CLICK HERE

Music Nova Scotia Job Opportunity: Events and Marketing Manager

Location: Music Nova Scotia
 2169 Gottingen Street
 Halifax, Nova Scotia
 B3K 3B5

Supervisor: Executive Director

Hours: 37.5 per week; occasional weekend/evening work in response to special events

Salary: To commensurate with experience

Benefits: A medical plan is available for all full-time employees of Music Nova Scotia; The Events and Marketing Manager is entitled to this plan on a cost share basis, 50% paid for by the employee and 50% paid for by Music Nova Scotia.

Vacation: 3 weeks and statutory holidays

Job Summary

Working under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Events and Marketing Manager is responsible for the production and marketing of all Music Nova Scotia special events and signature properties including Nova Scotia Music Week. The Events and Marketing Manager is responsible for the overall management and marketing of this signature event.

International music industry conference experience is also considered an asset. The Events and Marketing Manager will work directly with the Executive Director in supporting exporting initiatives for Music Nova Scotia members.

Self-motivation and independence balanced with a team orientated approach with a commitment to the values and policies of Music Nova Scotia must be demonstrated.

Some travel is required.

• Provide logistical and creative support for Music Nova Scotia special events and signature properties (NSMW)
• Coordination of juries for Music Nova Scotia member showcasing opportunities
• Budget planning for Music Nova Scotia special events and signature properties
• Contract negotiations with artists and vendors
• Special event and signature properties technical production coordination
• Special event and signature properties marketing and partnership fulfillment
• Design of Requests for Proposals for various 3rd party services required for special event and signature properties production
• Assisting the Executive Director with the preparation of funding applications and final reports for special events and signature properties
• Assisting the Executive Director with development of exporting opportunities for Music Nova Scotia members
• Preparation of reports for the Executive Director upon request
• Any other duties within the scope of the organization to be agreed upon in consultation with the Executive Director Required Skills/Qualifications

Required Skills/Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or Public Relations a preferred asset
• Excellent working knowledge of Google Docs, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and various project planning software
• Excellent working knowledge of Mac OS
• Knowledge of local, regional, national, and international music industry
• Managing events in a fast paced environment
• Experience in artistic and technical production
• Knowledge of government and corporate funding relationships
• Understanding of exporting cultural products from Nova Scotia
• Budget planning and management
• Excellent communications, time management, and organizational skills
• Knowledge in the development and execution of event marketing plans
• Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, content management platforms and email marketing tools
• Knowledge of multiple social media channels and social media strategies
involving Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat
• Knowledge and experience in the tenants of traditional marketing (print and
• Experience writing press releases
• Must have the ability to work creatively with limited resources

How to Apply
To apply please click the following link:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 no later than 5:00 PM
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Music Nova Scotia Employment Equity

Music Nova Scotia will proactively engage measures to eliminate discrimination and to reverse the historic under-representation within its workforce of:

  • Indigenous peoples (especially Mi’kmaq)
  • Members of racialized minority groups (especially historic African Nova Scotians)
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Women 
  • Persons belonging to sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI) minority groups 

Music Nova Scotia Equal Opportunity Employer

Except in the context of equity in employment, there shall be no discrimination in employment at Music Nova Scotia on any ground prohibited by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act.

Music Nova Scotia is committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Music Nova Scotia are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, age, physical disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, family or parental status. Music Nova Scotia will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Music Nova Scotia encourages applicants of all ages.


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