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

(May 11th, 2017, Halifax, NS) – Once again Casino Nova Scotia is calling on emerging Nova Scotian musicians to compete for the annual Artist in Residence program! The $20,000 program will provide a local emerging musician or group with financial and professional support through Casino Nova Scotia and partners Music Nova Scotia as well as opportunities to develop their career through performance opportunities.

“The inherent talent of east coast musicians is well known across Canada, but to watch it blossom before your eyes is a privilege that we hope to continue for many years to come,” 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.”
Artist in Residence for 2016/2017, Port Cities, has had a stellar year. Their first single, Back to the Bottom, is #22 this week at A/C radio, Top 40 at Hot A/C and has 375K streams on Spotify. Back to the Bottom received a SOCAN #1 Award for hitting the #1 spot on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20. The band has a growing audience as a result of tours in BC, Alberta, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces at home in Canada and have performed as far afield as Germany and Trinidad. Port Cities is setting off for a week in the UK with showcases at Focus Wales and the Great Escape and shows in London, Sheffield and Manchester.  Upon their return, they will open for the Sheep Dogs and for the Joel Plaskett Emergency and will perform at prestigious events such as the Cavendish Beach Festival, Tall Ships, and the CNE opening for Colin James.
Applicants can apply online through the Music Nova Scotia website from May 11 to May 29. The evaluation process will include a review of online applications and demos, interview with selected applicants and will conclude with a live performance of the finalists at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Showroom on Friday, June 23. This program will provide the selected musician/group with $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities.  Music Nova Scotia is administering the program and will provide career path support and exciting industry showcase opportunities such as Nova Scotia Music Week and Canadian Music Week. Stay tuned for announcements in the coming week.
For more information or to apply to Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program go to:  or


For information on Artist in Residence
Contact: Amie Moore
Phone: 902-496-4668

For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101

Casino Nova Scotia 
Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2015 we contributed over $25 million to the Province of Nova Scotia and its programs. As an entertainment destination we are proud to showcase Atlantic Canadian, national, and international talent and invests over $1,000,000 in entertainment annually.  Casino Nova Scotia is a tourism driver and supporter. Each year we welcome over one million visitors, many of whom arrived from outside the province. Ensuring we have a positive impact on the quality of life in our province is important to us. With a focus on the arts, culture and entertainment we support organizations and events that help make our province a vibrant place to live.

Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by: 

  • Providing education, information and resources to members.
  • Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise
  • Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally

NSMW 2017 Artist Showcasing Submissions Now Open

(May 9, 2017 Halifax, NS) Nova Scotia Music Week is heading back to Truro from November 2 to 5 for the 2017 edition of the event. The festival features over 100 Nova Scotian artists across multiple stages throughout Truro.

Artist showcasing submissions to play NSMW 2017 are now open. Artists interested in performing during the festival can click here to review the showcase manual for eligibility requirements, and here to apply to showcase. Showcasing submissions will close Monday, June 5, at 5:00 p.m.

You must be a member of Music Nova Scotia in good standing to apply. If your membership is not up to date by 5:00 p.m. on June 5 your submission will not be considered eligible.

The cost to submit is $30 CAD and is payable via PayPal or credit card over the phone (contact Lisa Stitt by phone 902.423.0291). You can also pay with debit/cash by visiting the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS.

For more information on NSMW and to keep up-to-date on the event, please visit


For more information contact:

Dave Sampson

Festival Coordinator

Music Nova Scotia

(902) 423-6271 ext. 109

Music Nova Scotia Job Opportunities - International Delegates Coordinator (JCP Program)

Music Nova Scotia Job Opportunities

International Delegates Coordinator

Term will be May 7, 2017 - December 2, 2017


Have you collected Employment Insurance in the past three years? Looking to work in the music industry? If so, this is an exciting opportunity for you! Music Nova Scotia is in the process of arranging another series of contract hires under the provincial Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) program. The JCP program is designed to create positions that will provide unemployed, insured participants with opportunities to gain meaningful work experience.

This position is offered as part of the Job Creation Partnerships program of the Government of Nova Scotia. To be eligible for participation in Job Creation Partnerships, you must be an unemployed individual ("insured participant") as defined by Section 58 of the Employment Insurance Act. This means that you are an individual for whom:

  • an unemployment benefit period has been established or has ended within the three years prior to the date of requesting assistance; or
  • a benefit period that included a maternity or parental claim has been established within the five years prior to the date of requesting assistance, after which you remained out of the labour market in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child and are now seeking to re-enter the labour force.

View the full details on the JCP program here

International Delegates Coordinator
Location: Halifax, NS
Hours: 7 months – 37.5 hours weekly, with some evenings and weekends

Job Description:
The International Delegates Coordinator will provide support for the conference component of Nova Scotia Music Week 2017. Under the supervision and direction of the Event Manager and the Executive Director, the International Delegates Coordinator will work independently, and will liaise with the host committee members and stakeholders to deliver the project. This person's main focus will be fulfillment of travel and hospitality requirements for our international delegates. 

Primary Duties:

  • Communicate with international delegates regarding their travel needs 
  • Ensure to confirm availability plus convey tentative itinerary to respective traveler for approval
  • Coordinate and prepare daily itineraries for guest delegates using cloud based project management applications
  • Review travel associated invoices as well as statements for accuracy for Accounts Payable
  • Prepare master hotel rooming list for staff, board, crew, sponsors and guest delegates
  • Liaise with host hotel staff and maintain accurate accommodation database

Additional Duties:

  • Adhere to the project's critical path and update it weekly
  • Prepare travel reports as requested
  • As requested, attend project activities and respond to any conference inquiries onsite during the events
  • Provide assistance in the distribution of NSMW promotional materials prior to and onsite
  • Monitor event registration
  • Set up, operate, and supervise the registration desk onsite
  • Contribute to the project's final report
  • Attend all professional development educational workshops Music Nova Scotia produces during employment period

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong literacy skills (reading/writing/comprehension/spelling & grammar)
  • Strong proficiency in Excel, Word
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially conflict resolution
  • Must demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness           

Recommended Qualifications:

  • Event/conference production/management experience
  • Experience in human resources or hospitality
  • Mac OS X experience
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Drive) experience
  • Music industry experience
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Ability to work well in groups
  • Comfort in a fast-paced environment

Apply through application link only, please attach BOTH your cover letter and resume when applying.   

Music Nova Scotia is an equal opportunity employer; thank you for your interest, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information, please contact:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations / Operations Manager


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