Music Nova Scotia Award Nominations Now Open

Deadline: August 3, 2016, 5:00 p.m. ADT.
(July 7, Halifax, NS) Music Nova Scotia is now accepting applications for music and industry award nominations for the 2016 Music Nova Scotia Awards until Wednesday, August 3 at 5:00 p.m. ADT. No extensions will be given so all applications must be in on time. To submit an application for an award nomination for any category, please visit:


Please click the following link to read the 2016 Music Nova Scotia Awards Manual and ensure your submission(s) fulfill the criteria required for your nominee. The cost to submit is $30, HST included. Submissions can be paid online through PayPal. If you do not have Paypal you can also pay by debit or cash in the Music Nova Scotia office (at 2169 Gottingen Street), or by Visa or MasterCard over the phone by contacting our Festival Coordinator Matt Kliffer (902) 423-6271 Ext 109.
Music Nova Scotia may present awards in fifty (50) categories.

Music Awards (29 categories)
All Nova Scotian artists who are members in good standing and have released recordings between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 are eligible to submit for the 2016 Music Nova Scotia Awards. There are eight (8) categories that do not require a recording: Aboriginal Artist of the Year, Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year, African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year, DJ of the Year, Electronic Artist of the Year,  Entertainer of the Year, Musician of the Year & Digital Artist of the Year. You are not eligible to be nominated for the same recording two years in a row.
Industry Awards (21 categories)
The Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of our industry professionals and leaders from across Nova Scotia over the past year. These awards celebrate the people and companies who are working to build a strong and vibrant Nova Scotia music industry. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are eligible to submit.
The final Music and Industry nominees will be decided upon by a peer jury of esteemed local professionals with expertise in the music industry of Nova Scotia. Music Nova Scotia staff are not members of this jury, and do not contribute to the selection of the final ballot for nominees.


Nominees who are members of Music Nova Scotia will receive a complimentary delegate pass to Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2016 (NSMW), which offers access to all showcases (subject to capacity), the conference and the Late Night Stage, as well as the special NSMW delegate rate from our hotel partners (see for details).  

The nominees in each category will be announced on September 8, 2016. Voting for all awards will also open on this date. Only current members are eligible to nominate and vote. Update your Music Nova Scotia membership now -
Winners will be announced at Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro, NS, November 3-6, 2016.
For more information on NSMW, please visit


For any other submission enquiries, please contact:
Blaise Theriault
Events & Marketing Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-4153



Music Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting Board of Directors Election Results and Music Nova Scotia Annual Report

The 2016 election for Music Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors resulted in ten candidates competing for seven seats to be filled. Four of six incumbents reoffered and six additional nominations competed for seven seats with terms ending in 2018. 

The board members elected this year are:

Amie Moore
Gail Ferguson
Jamie Robinson
Jason Michael MacIsaac
Krista Keough
Marc Perry
Melanie Stone

They will join the existing board members:

Brian Doherty
Ian McKinnon
Mike Campbell
Heather Frantsi
Troy Arseneault
Doug Taylor
Josh Hogan
Stephen MacDougall

The board members were officially sworn in at the Annual General Meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 2169 Gottingen St.

The executive positions elected for the 2016-2017 year are as follows:
President – Brian Doherty
First Vice President – Ian McKinnon
Second Vice President – Amie Moore
Third Vice President – Heather Frantsi
Secretary – Melanie Stone
Treasurer – Jamie Robinson
Music Nova Scotia would like to express our most sincere gratitude to our outgoing board members Kris McCann, Andrea Dawson-Thomas and Christine Buiteman for their years of dedication and valuable service to the Association. Music Nova Scotia would like to welcome our new incoming board members Amie Moore, Gail Ferguson, Marc Perry and Melanie Stone

The full Annual General Meeting report can be viewed online.


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

2016 Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announced at Brand New Sydney Hall of Fame Location

(June 16, 8:30pm, Halifax) Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia announced the newest slate of inductees into the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame tonight in its second and newest location at the Casino in Sydney.  The Music Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions of east coast musicians and industry movers and shakers who have had an impact on the development and promotion of Canada’s East Coast culture and music.  Each year one representative from each of the Atlantic Canadian Provinces is inducted with one additional industry builder representative inducted as well.

“Since opening in 1995 we have embraced and supported our east coast culture. Live music featuring local artists has been a significant part of the entertainment experience for our guests, including tourists, as well as our employees,” said Chris Roberts, Executive Director of Casino Nova Scotia. “We created the Hall of Fame as a legacy project in celebration of 20 years of being a long-time supporter of east coast music and culture.  We are very excited to be announcing this year’s inductees in our newly created Hall of Fame space in the Sydney Casino.  Last year’s induction ceremony was an amazing tribute to the inaugural inductees Rita MacNeil, John Allen Cameron, Portia White, Anne Murray, and Brookes and Fiona Diamond.”
This year’s inductees:

·         Natalie MacMaster, Nova Scotia

·         Ken Tobias, New Brunswick

·         Harry Hibbs, Newfoundland

·         Gene MacLellan, Prince Edward Island

·         Joella Foulds, Nova Scotia (Industry Builder)

Scott Long, Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia notes, “Music is a significant part of our culture. When people from outside of the region think of the East Coast, it is often our great musical artists that come to mind. Our region is understood through our music, which reflects the history and experience of the people. We are fortunate to have a corporate patron that recognizes the importance of promoting east coast culture and music as a vital resource. Having the Music Hall of Fame located at two casinos is a natural fit as the casino is a leading entertainment industry partner. This year’s inductees capture the history of our music, and the contributions our musicians and industry professionals have made to establish our region’s reputation nationally and internationally.”

The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame is funded by Casino Nova Scotia with locations at the casinos’ properties in both Halifax and Sydney. Music Nova Scotia, along with the three other music industry associations from Atlantic Canada, identifies the people who will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame ensuring the process is industry-driven.  Over the last 20 years Casino Nova Scotia has provided a stage for many of Atlantic Canada’s rising stars as well as many popular performers such as Bruce Guthro, Alan Doyle, Lennie Gallant, Matt Andersen, Jimmy Rankin, Heather Rankin, Raylene Rankin, Rita MacNeil, Sloan, The Trews, Matt Mays, Matt Minglewood, Joel Plaskett, Carmen Townsend, Dutch Robinson, Ronald Bourgeois, and Measha Brueggergosman to name a few.


For information on Casino Nova Scotia                                                            
Contact: Sean Coyle
Phone: 902-430-7170

For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101
About Casino Nova Scotia
Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2013 we contributed over $27 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 invest 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.
About 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


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