Music Nova Scotia Set to Unveil New Music Sector Investment Programs June 7

First Deadline July 15 For Live Performance and Marketing Streams

Program Information Sessions June 13, 14

(May 30, 2016 Halifax, NS) Music Nova Scotia will launch a new suite of music sector investment streams under the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016. The new investment program is designed to encourage the creation, development and growth of small Nova Scotian music businesses around artists and their intellectual property. The program is also designed to align with FACTOR programs and the new provincial Creative Industries Fund.

Details on eligibility and investment stream criteria along with online applications will be available on Tuesday, June 7. The first deadline will be July 15 for the Live Performance and Marketing streams. Due to the timing of the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program launch, applicants who apply starting June 7 for the July 15 deadline will be allowed to retroactively claim expenses dating back to April 1, 2016. Please note that the July 15 deadline is a special deadline date for the current fiscal year due to the timing of the program launch.

IMPORTANT -  PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSIONS

Music Nova Scotia will host two (2) information sessions on the new investment program on Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14. Music Nova Scotia Investment Programs and Member Training Manager Serge Samson and Executive Director Scott Long will be on hand to provide an overview of the program streams and components and to answer questions about the program. Times for both sessions will be 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Music Nova Scotia Investment Program Information Sessions - With Investment Program and Member Training Manager Serge Samson and Executive Director Scott Long

Date(s): Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Music Nova Scotia - 2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax

RSVP to Serge Samson

Music Nova Scotia will also stream the sessions. Streaming details will be provided soon.

An overview of the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program streams follows as an appendix below.

 

For more information on the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program please contact:
Serge Samson
Investment Program and Member Training Manager
Music Nova Scotia
902-800-2047

For media inquiries please contact:
Scott Long
Executive Director
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 Ext. 101

 

Appendix - Music Nova Scotia Investment Program Overview (specific details on eligibility and criteria to be announced on June 7)

1. Artist Development Stream
The Artist Development Program offers a $4,000.00 investment toward one year of artist development activities including sound recording, touring and showcasing, video production, marketing and promotion. These activities must be detailed in an Artist Development Plan, which will be submitted to Music Nova Scotia as a required element of the application.

With your application, you must submit:

  • An MP3 of a recent demo along with lyrics, known as the Assessment Track

  • A current Artist Biography (uploaded to your artist profile)

  • An Artist Development Plan, which sets out all the intended artist development activities to be undertaken if the project is approved for funding

  • A Guardian Consent Form if under the age of 18
     

At the end of the Artist Development year, successful applicants are required to deliver to Music Nova Scotia one new, previously unreleased, professional quality sound recording, called the Delivery Track.

Who is Eligible?
Developing Artists (formerly Emerging Artist)
Professional Songwriters
Export-Ready Artists are not eligible for this investment stream

An Artist or Professional Songwriter may receive one Artist Development investment per Music Nova Scotia fiscal year, to a maximum of three (3) Artist Development investments in the lifetime of the Artist Development stream.

First-time applicants must submit their Applicant Profile at least one (1) week before the application deadline.

Deadline(s)
Starting in March 2017, there will only be one (1) deadline per year

  • September 15 (2016 only) - $2,000.00 maximum for this deadline only

  • March 15, 2017

Assessment Process
Assessment materials, including the mandatory Artist Development Plan, are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by Music Nova Scotia staff, which assesses the eligibility of the projects. Assessment time is up to six (6) weeks from the deadline.

Level of Investment - $4,000.00 maximum

Percentage of Investment – 75%

 

2. Business Development Stream
The Business Development stream provides an investment for corporate development projects and other initiatives geared toward the marketing and promotion of the applicant company and its services.

Who is Eligible?
Developing Company/Entrepreneur
Export Ready Company/Entrepreneur

Investment in this stream supports the company’s whole business and may not be artist-specific.

Deadline(s)
Starting in March 2017, there will only be one (1) deadline per year

  • September 15 (2016 only)

  • March 15, 2017

Assessment Process
Assessment materials, including the mandatory Business Plan, are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by Music Nova Scotia staff, which assesses the eligibility of the projects. Assessment time is up to six (6) weeks from the deadline.

Level of Investment - $5,000.00 maximum

Percentage of Investment – 50%

 

3. Business Travel Stream
The Business Travel Stream provides investment for domestic and international music industry conferences and events, as well as business trips for the company’s general market development.

Who is Eligible?
Export-Ready Company/Entrepreneur

Investment in this stream supports the company’s whole business and may not be artist-specific.

Deadline(s)
This investment stream has rolling deadlines. You can apply multiple times throughout the year, up to the investment maximum. Applications must be submitted at least one day prior to the start of the trip.

Assessment Process
Music Nova Scotia staff assesses applications to this investment stream. Assessment time is up to two (2) weeks from time of final completion.

Level of Investment - $5,000.00 annual cap per applicant

Percentage of Investment – 50%

 

4. Live Performance Stream
The Live Performance stream provides an investment for domestic and international performances including showcases, tours and community presentations.

There are three (3) components to this investment stream:

a) Tour Support

b) Showcase

c) Community Presenter

Who is Eligible?
Components A & B - Export-Ready Artists
To qualify for either of these components, you must either have a current release (released no longer than 24 months prior to the component submission date) or an upcoming release (due to be released within six months of the latest scheduled tour or showcase date).

Component C - Community Presenter
To qualify for this component a Presenter must be a non-profit organization or society committed to providing musical experiences for their communities.

Deadline(s)
March 15
June 15 (July 15 for 2016 only)
September 15
December 15

Assessment Process
Assessment materials are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by Music Nova Scotia staff, which assesses the eligibility of the projects. Assessment time is up to six (6) weeks from the deadline.

Level of Investment
Component A - $10,000.00 maximum per applicant per deadline
Component B - $5,000.00 maximum per applicant per deadline
Component C - $1,000.00 maximum, $3,000.00 annual cap

Percentage of Investment
Components A & B – 50%
Component C – 25% of Nova Scotian artist fees only

 

5. Marketing Stream
This Marketing stream provides an investment for the marketing of commercially released full-length sound recordings.

Who is Eligible?
Export-Ready Artists
Export-Ready Businesses

Artists may apply on their own behalf if they retain the exploitation rights to the sound recording. If a record label controls the exploitation rights to the sound recording, the record label must apply.

Deadline(s)
March 15
June 15 (July 15 for 2016 only)
September 15
December 15

Applications to this stream will not be accepted twelve (12) months past the commercial release date.

Assessment Process
Assessment materials are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by Music Nova Scotia staff, which assesses the eligibility of the projects. Assessment time is up to six (6) weeks from the deadline.

Level of Investment - $10,000.00 maximum per applicant per deadline

Percentage of Investment - 50%

6. Mentorships
The Mentorship stream provides investment that contributes to an applicant’s business development and acquisition of technical skills via mentor engagement. Mentors may be from outside the province. An application requires a cohesive plan from both applicant and mentor(s).

Who is Eligible?
Developing Artists
Developing Businesses
Export-Ready Artists
Export-Ready Businesses

Deadline(s)
March 15

September 15

Assessment Process
Assessment materials are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by Music Nova Scotia staff, which assesses the eligibility of the projects. Assessment time is up to six (6) weeks from the deadline.

Level of Investment - $15,000.00 maximum

Percentage of Investment – 75%

Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Program Top 5 Artists Announced

Public Voting Now Open 
Final Showcase Performance Taking Place Friday, June 10th

(May 26, 2016 Halifax, NS) Casino Nova Scotia is excited to announce the finalists for the Artist in Residence Program 2016. Jurors made the selection following interviews this week. Five stellar candidates, plus a wild card pick will move onto the performance round of the selection process on Friday, June 10 in The Schooner Room at Casino Nova Scotia at 8:00 PM.

Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Andre Pettipas and the Giants - Antigonish County – Alternative/Rock

Dave Sampson – Sydney – Folk/Pop

Fiona Alone – Albert Bridge  – Singer/Songwriter (Wild Card)

Laurenn Marchand – Louisdale – Folk/Pop

Port Cities – Sydney – Roots/Pop

Quake Matthews – Halifax – Hip Hop

“Casino Nova Scotia is excited to be hosting its 3rd Artist in Resident finale on June 10 in the Schooner Showroom,” stated Ken Murray, Director of Operations of Casino Nova Scotia. “The caliber of musicians who applied this year was incredible, and made the work of selecting the finalists so very difficult for all of the judges. As in previous years, the diversity in musical styles will interest everyone and I encourage you to vote online for your favourite artist and attend  the free finale to cheer them on.”

According to Music Nova Scotia Executive Director, Scott Long the commitment of financial support from Casino Nova Scotia for the program is invaluable for artists in Nova Scotia. “The $20,000 prize provided by Casino Nova Scotia will have a real tangible effect for the winning artist. We have seen it first hand working with The Brood and Reeny Smith. This investment allows the artist to focus on their craft and and take advantage of business opportunities that would not otherwise be possible without this support”.

The Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program will provide the selected musician or group with $20,000 in investment to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities.  Music Nova Scotia is working with Casino Nova Scotia to administer the program.

Music lovers and fans will have their chance to vote online from May 26 – June 9, which counts towards the selection of the finalist. The winner will be announced after the live performance by
our esteemed panel of judges: Mike Greatorex (Sonic Records), Ken Murray & Amie Moore (Casino Nova Scotia), Neil Spence (Radio 96.5 FM) & Steven MacDougall (Slowcoaster).

Please visit www.musicnovascotia.ca/cnsairvoting to vote for your favourite Nova Scotian artist. 

The public is welcome to come to the Showcase on June 10 at Casino Nova Scotia.

Free admission. Must be 19+.

The Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Showcase Finals:
Friday, June 10 
Doors 7:30pm 
Showtime 8:00pm
Schooner Showroom, Casino Nova Scotia
Free admission must be 19+

#CasinoNSAiR 

For more information on Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program go to:

www.casinonovascotia.com/air/ or www.musicnovascotia.ca

 

More information on the 2016 Artist in Residence finalists:

Andre Pettipas and The Giants (Hometown: Antigonish County, Nova Scotia)
Andre Pettipas and The Giants are a three piece rock outfit based out of Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. Brothers, Andre and Travis have been playing together in bands for roughly six years. Completing the trifecta is drummer, Marcus Cosh who has been in their local music scene for roughly ten years. Andre Pettipas and The Giants’ debut album, Stay Gold, a project which; more than anything; speaks to versatility. Over the course of eight songs the audience is treated to a range of styles from the folk rock opener “Answers”, to the 90s alt rock inspired “Tragic Hero”, to the catchy pop hooks of current single “Long Way from Home”, to the bluesy punk mash up that closes out the record, “Common Ground”. There really is something for everyone. This harmony driven trio is a high energy band that is a treat to see live; hair flying, crowd engagement and leaving it on all on the stage is their forte.

Website: http://www.andrepettipasandthegiants.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrepettipasandthegiants/
Twitter: @apandthegiants

Dave Sampson (Hometown: Sydney)
Dave Sampson writes heart-on-your-sleeve folk/pop songs, delivered with a captivating and authentic voice that could blow down a brick house. His knack for crafting simple ear-worms and his high-energy shows have been winning him fans across Atlantic Canada for the past three years. Over this time, he has shared the stage and worked with artists such as Classified, Gordie Sampson, Mo Kenney and Ria Mae.

Website: http://davesampson.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dsampsonmusic/
Twitter: @sampsondave

Fiona Alone (Hometown: Albert Bridge)
At the age of 26, Fiona MacGillivray is already a seasoned veteran of the music industry. Having toured internationally as lead singer of The Cottars for nearly a decade and a half—performing everywhere from Japan to Australia to Denmark, and on the hallowed stages of the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, among others—she is now following in the footsteps of songwriting father Allister MacGillivray in a solo project featuring her own wistful, heartbreaking material.

Website: https://soundcloud.com/fionaalone
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fionaalone/

Laurenn Marchand (Hometown: Louisdale)
Cape Breton artist, Laurenn Marchand, has been catching the attention of audiences across the East Coast with her voice. Along with her East Coast success, which includes performances at festivals such as Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Granville Green concert series and Halifax pride, Marchand has gained National recognition with a Top 10 finish in the Much Music/Coca Cola Covers Contest, as well as slots in various showcases including the Honey Jam Showcase in Toronto and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Galaxie Young Performers Program.

Website: http://laurennmarchand.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurennmarchandmusic/
Twitter: @laurennmarchand

Port Cities (Hometown: Sydney)
Stellar songs, dynamic vocals, and superior musicianship marks the emergence of Port Cities onto the Canadian music scene. An exciting new group from the east coast, Port Cities brings together the award winning talents of Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon, and Dylan Guthro. Making music reminiscent of the best of The Civil Wars, Fleetwood Mac and Crosby Stills Nash, Port Cities promises to offer a harbour for lovers of great music with heart.

Website: http://portcities.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/portcities
Twitter: @port_cities

Quake Matthews (Hometown: Halifax)
Halifax emcee Quake Matthews (formerly Quake) has proven that persistence, hard-work and passion go hand in hand to survive in this music industry. Since emerging from the underground battle rap scene in his early teens, the hungry street savvy lyricist has aimed to create a sound that brings back the classic essence of hip-hop. Within five years, Quake transformed his humble rap beginnings with groups like Fax4, into a slew of critically-acclaimed mixtapes and projects. With a relentless work ethic, Quake is a true testament to his East Coast upbringing. 

Website: http://quakematthews.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuakeMusic/
Twitter: @QuakeMatthews

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

For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax
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. 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
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

About the Artist in Residence Program
Casino Nova Scotia is working with Music Nova Scotia to continue to build the profile of our local music industry. The Artist in Residence program will increase the opportunities for the development of emerging artists in Nova Scotia as well as beneficial for the continued development of our music industry. Casino Nova Scotia is contributing $20,000 to this program to provide a local emerging musician or group with support and opportunities to develop their career. Music Nova Scotia is responsible for administering the fund.
 

Apple Terminating Music Downloads ‘Within 2 Years’

From Digital Music News:

Apple is now preparing to completely terminate music download offerings on the iTunes Store, with an aggressive, two-year termination timetable actively being considered and gaining favor.  According to sources to Digital Music News with close and active business relationships with Apple, discussions are now focused “not on if, but when” music downloads should be retired for good.

The sources insisted on confidentiality and required that all conversations be conducted outside of email or any written medium, given the realistic fear of reprisals for sharing details of internal corporate discussions.

Click here to read the full article.

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