The Plot Thickens: What's a stage plot, and how do I make one?

When: Wednesday, July 9th, 6pm
Where: Music Nova Scotia boardroom, 2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
Admission: Free for Music Nova Scotia members, but you must RSVP beforehand (
(Tuesday, June 24, 2014) If your band has played - or even applied to play - at a festival or large event before, you may have been confronted with a request for a stage plot or input list. These are documents that are used to communicate your technical requirements to the festival technical director and stage crew so that they can prepare adequately to meet your needs. 
In this training session, technical director, graphic designer and hired-gun side player Sean MacGillivray will explain what each of these documents is, what they're used for, and how to make one. We'll discuss different tools for creating plots - from pen and paper to Photoshop - and why it's important that this information be clear and accurate, even if you're a solo singer-songwriter who only needs one DI and a mic. 
This session is intended for any artists or other industry professionals who are members in good standing of Music Nova Scotia, and who want to improve their understanding of how to make a stage plot or input list. No graphic design or technical expertise is required. Venue managers, talent buyers, booking agents, audio technicians and artist managers all stand to benefit from a clearer understanding of the role of these documents in the technical advancement process.
This information workshop is free for all Music Nova Scotia members but space is very limited. We ask that you RSVP as soon as possible for your spot so we can hold a seat for you:
Don’t live in Halifax, or can’t make it into the city? No problem! We will be streaming the seminar live through our account. Just go to
at 6pm on the day of the seminar and watch live. You can even interact and submit your questions through the Ustream chatbox.
For more information please contact:
Serge Samson
Music Nova Scotia
Event and Member Training Manager
(902) 423-6271 ext. 103
(902) 423-4153 (direct line)

Youtube's contentious contract for indie artists and labels published online


Digital Music News published the infamous contract offered to all indie artists and labels yesterday, shedding more light on the war being waged between the Google subsidiary and large swaths of the independent music community. Read the full contract here:

You can also read Billboard's analysis here:

And the Guardian's reporting of the developing story here:

Music Nova Scotia's 2014 Annual General Meeting is Tomorrow - June 19, 2014 at 2169 Gottigen Street

(Wednesday, June 18, 2014) Music Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting will be held tomorrow, June 19, in the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen Street. The meeting will go from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are invited and encouraged to attend.
Music Nova Scotia is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2014/2015. All incumbents that re-offered have won by acclamation.    
Board Members (re-offered, won by acclamation): 
  • Andrea Dawson Thomas  
  • Christine Buiteman 
  • Jason Michael MacIsaac 
  • Jonny Stevens 
  • Jamie Robinson  
  • Kris McCann 
  • Krista Keough  
These members join the following Board of Directors: 
  • Bill Appleby  
  • Brian Doherty  
  • Ian McKinnon  
  • Kimberly Sinclair  
  • Mike Campbell  
  • Tiffany Spencer  
  • Troy Arseneault  
Executives for the Board of Directors will be determined during the Annual General Meeting.
AGM Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Music Nova Scotia, 2169 Gottingen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
AGM Agenda Considerations:
  • Minutes of preceding general meeting;
  • Consideration of the annual report of the Directors;
  • Consideration of the financial statements, including balance sheet and operating statement and the report of the auditors therein;
  • Election of Directors for the ensuing year;
  • Appointment of Auditors;
  • Notice of Motion
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For more information, please contact: 
Lisa Stitt 
Member Relations/Operations Manager 
Music Nova Scotia 
(902) 423-0291


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