Music Nova Scotia Funding Update

As mentioned previously, after consultation with the province, industry leaders, and artists we have created two new one-time Investment Programs:

COVID-19 Response Program (available to Artists II, III, and Export Ready Companies)

Songwriter Mentorship Program (available to all Artists)

The guidelines for these programs have been written and we wanted to share them with you so that you can review them and begin to plan your application (should you decide to apply).

Please note:

- The deadline for applications for these programs will be July 15, 2020
- The applications are currently closed; they will be open next week. We will announce when they have opened
- The hyperlinks in the program guidelines are currently dead; they will be working by the time applications open

As these programs are brand new, it is strongly advised that you set up a meeting (via phone or zoom) with the Investment Program Manager, Darryl Smith, to discuss your project and eligibility.

Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Search Now Open

Music Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit association that encourages the creation, development, growth, and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. They do this by providing education, information and resources to their members; by advocating for the industry to all levels of government and private sector; and by promoting the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally, and internationally. On their behalf, we are seeking an experienced professional as its Executive Director.

In this role, you will assume overall responsibility for providing leadership and direction to the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors and operating within a strategic planning framework, you will manage all day-to-day operations of the organization, including programming, administration, event management, member services, funding, sponsorship, human resources, advocacy, and public affairs. 

What will it take to be successful in this role?

Ideally, you have management experience in the arts and culture sector with music industry experience strongly preferred. You have a solid grasp of board governance principles and the demonstrated ability to work with and communicate proactively and effectively with a volunteer board of directors.

You possess high-level strategic thinking and planning skills and the ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors. A collaborative leader and facilitator, you will provide proper guidance, coaching and support to an experienced staff and help them set and achieve their performance objectives.

As several programs are funded through government channels, you will liaise with key government officials to ensure open and communicative relationships exist and funding deadlines are met. You will also build and maintain linkages with other stakeholders, including the corporate community, sponsors, volunteers, and regional, national and international associations.

You understand the challenges of running an industry association.  You have a generalist background, including skills in finance, administration, human resources, policy development and program management. Your fundraising and sponsorship skills are well developed, and you enjoy excellent contacts within all sectors. 

You have excellent communication skills and are known for your ability to motivate people to meet sometimes difficult and challenging objectives.

Moreover, you possess significant cross-cultural awareness and understanding, coupled with demonstrated experience building strong interpersonal relationships with a wide and diverse range of individuals and communities.

We are looking for an exceptional individual to fulfill this ambitious mission. If you have interest in this opportunity, please forward your resume and thoughtful letter explaining why you are qualified and how you could contribute to the growth and development of Music Nova Scotia. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1840 in the subject line.

Music Nova Scotia values diversity and inclusiveness and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including Indigenous persons, racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, women and identities that are outside the gender binary.

Applicants from these communities wishing to self-identify may do so in their cover letter.

If we contact you for an interview and you are a person with a disability who requires technical aids or alternative arrangements, please let us know of these needs and any way in which we can be of assistance.

Music Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting Now Online

The Music Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting, scheduled for June 23, at 5:30pm, will now be taking place online. 

Anyone wishing to attend must register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration is now open and can be accessed HERE.

All members are welcome to attend the 2020 Annual General Meeting, where the results of the election will be announced. 

Eight nominees, including 3 incumbents, are vying for four spots on the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors.

All Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to vote online for the Board of Directors, who will act as guidance for all Music Nova Scotia activities. 

Voting closes June 22nd, 2020 at 5:00PM. 


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