About the Aboriginal Music Program
Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) was launched in 2004 to help First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. The program delivers projects and services that respond to the needs of the industry as identified by a steering committee.
AMP is recognized both home and abroad as the driving force behind a vibrant Aboriginal music community in Manitoba.
To assist people in the Aboriginal community in Manitoba to develop sustainable careers in music by connecting them with opportunities within Manitoba Music and beyond.
AMP Projects and Services
- Workshops about the business side of the music industry
- Aboriginal Songwriters in Residence
- Career consultations
- Aboriginal artist compilation CDs
- Aboriginal artist contact directories
- Manitoba Aboriginal artist showcases
- The Aboriginal Music Performers Camp (AMP Camp)
- The Native America North Showcases
- AMP Mentors in Residence
- The aboriginalmusic.ca website
The AMP Steering Committee includes 10 Aboriginal people involved in Manitoba’s music industry. The committee receives reports about the program and ensures that it responds to the needs of Aboriginal artists and industry. The committee advises staff on project delivery and on the industry itself, foregrounding trends and key issues as they arise.
The Aboriginal Music Program Steering Committee members are Stuart Desnomie, Tim Hill, Jerry Sereda, Desiree Dorion, JC Campbell, Leroy Constant, Vince Fontaine, Dave McLeod, Tracy Bone, and Melissa Spence.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Aboriginal Music Development Manager
1-376 Donald Street
About the Aboriginal Music Development Manager
Alan Greyeyes is employed full time as Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Development Manager. His role includes the planning and delivery of workshops, showcases, marketing initiatives, and development projects to help First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people build careers in Manitoba's music industry.
Greyeyes takes direction from the Aboriginal Music Program Steering Committee for all programming decisions and utilises the experience and insight of music industry experts to adjudicate all showcasing, marketing, and development opportunities.
Greyeyes is a member of the music committee for MuchFACT and the chair of the screening committee for the Aboriginal Album of the Year at the JUNO Awards.
As a volunteer, Greyeyes is the chairperson for a non-profit organization called Aboriginal Music Manitoba, which produces the Aboriginal Music Week festival. The festival is not a project that Manitoba Music produces and Greyeyes' role with Aboriginal Music Manitoba is not a part of his duties at Manitoba Music.
In 2013, Greyeyes was honoured with the Future Leaders of Manitoba award for his contributions to the arts.
Greyeyes is a member of the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. He graduated from Trent University in 2002 with a B.A. majoring in Economics and was featured on the cover of the Spring 2013 edition of the university's alumni magazine.