Music Nova Scotia Newsletter & COVID - 19 Updates

March 25th - 31st 2020

The well-being of our members and the Nova Scotia music community are our top priority during this time. Please contact us by phone or email if you have any questions or concerns at all. We understand that this is a turbulent time for our members and we are here in help in any way we can. 

Send us your music, playlists, live streaming events, or anything that will help us support you!

The Music Nova Scotia office will be closed this week, March 30 - May 3.

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MNS International Women's Day Workshops

International Women's Day, celebrated globally since 1975, is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. It is a day when all women are recognized and celebrated. Music Nova Scotia is proud to join the many other music industry associations across the country celebrating International Women’s Day.

Music Nova Scotia is pleased to present a day of informative and interactive educational workshops for Women and non-binary folxs this International Women's Day! 

These events are free, and will be hosted Friday, March 6th, in Room 224 at the Dalhousie Student Union Building (6136 University Ave, Halifax).  

unding, Getting Started, and Going Forward - with Sarah Jamer (The Syrup Factory), Tara MacDonald (East Coast Music Association), and Dana Beeler (Music Nova Scotia).

A hands-on session that will help you understand how emerging and developing level funding applications work, how to build a marketing plan, funding best practices, and personal advice.

Join Erin Costelo, Jah'Mila, Kim Carson, and Stephanie Purcell, for a frank and fun discussion - find out who and what has inspired them, how they've overcome obstacles, and their best advice for other women wanting to forge their own path.  


SOLD OUT Showcase with Mo Kenney, Lyris Daye & Jade Bennett

Friday, March 6th at The Women's Council House

Doors at 8:00pm - Show at 8:30pm

*This is a dry all-ages event*

Location Announced For Nova Scotia Music Week 2020 & 2021

(February 4, 2020) Each November, more than 1,000 musicians and music industry professionals from around the world come together in Nova Scotia to showcase and celebrate the incredible musical talent that exists in the province. 

Music Nova Scotia is happy to announce that Sydney, Cape Breton will host the 2020 edition of Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW), taking place from November 5th to 8th. Truro will host the event in 2021. 

"Nova Scotia is overflowing with exceptional talent of all kinds, and we're proud to showcase all that the province has to offer to our international delegation,” says Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Kenney Fitzpatrick. “Nova Scotia Music Week continues to grow year after year and we're excited to continue that trend in these strong and vibrant music communities. Both Sydney and Truro are known for their incredible hospitality and support of local music, and it’s an honour to be welcomed back to both towns.”

Music Nova Scotia estimates the event attracts over 5,000 local and visiting music fans annually, resulting in a $2 million economic spin-off for the province, with an approximate $1 million injected into the host community.

Both Destination Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Music Industry Co-operative will be primary partners in the 2020 edition of the event. 

“CBMIC has always been proud to partner with and attend Nova Scotia Music Week,” says Nigel Kearns, CBMIC Board Chair. “The opportunity to welcome folks from across Nova Scotia and around the world to our home is beyond exciting to us all. We look forward to welcoming you all to Cape Breton Island and Sydney for NSMW 2020.”

Over the next few months, venues, partners, ticketing details, and more information about the NSMW conference and festival will be announced. Follow along on social media or sign up for the NSMW newsletter at


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