Aboriginal Music Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find a number of answers to some of the general questions you may have about our Association and our website.

Resource

What is Manitoba Music?

Manitoba Music, formerly the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA), is a member based not-for-profit association whose membership is comprised of participants in the music business in Manitoba. We provide services in these main areas: Information, education, communication, advocacy and representation, Aboriginal music development, and industry and association development.

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Does the Manitoba Music Industry Resource Centre cost anything to use?

Members get access to the resource centre free of charge. There are some small charges for photocopying, faxing and postage, but these charges are competitive with retail printers. This is one of your benefits of membership.

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May I borrow a book from the music industry library?

The Manitoba Music Industry library is not a lending library. We do have comfortable couches and coffee tables and encourage you to hang out in the "Lounge" while conducting research.

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May I advertise on manitobamusic.com?

Yes! Advertisements are welcome and members even receive preferred advertising rates. Contact us info@manitobamusic.com for more rates and info.

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Can Manitoba Music recommend which studio I should record my next record?

Manitoba Music provides a wealth of resources which can help you make an informed decision about which studio in Manitoba to work with. We have lists of studios, producers, which projects they've worked on and which artists have recorded where. The Manitoba music collection lets you hear the results for yourself. Check out the Studio Database at http://www.manitobamusic.com/industry for a list of Manitoba studios.

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Can Manitoba Music help me book my next tour?

In our resource library we have contact lists of bookers and media from across Canada and the United States. These lists are available for use in our centre in both a standard book and on-line format. We also make available for purchase the Essential Contact Guide. This guide features everyone you ever wanted to find in Canada. This book is available at a reduced price for the membership. Contact Manitoba Music at 204.942.8650 for details on purchasing this important tool. 

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Will Manitoba Music give me money for my next CD or tour?

Manitoba Music doesn't provide money for recording or touring assistance. We do provide assistance with your applications to FACTOR and Manitoba Film & Music for Recording Loans and Touring Support. We do have funds available to help you showcase your music in new markets. See the Funding Programs section for more information.

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Can Manitoba Music help me with my FACTOR applications?

Yes! Manitoba Music is the regional affiliate for FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings), a national funding body. FACTOR has programs available for album loans, demos, tour support, marketing support, showcase support and more. You can book an appointment with our Training Coordinator, Roland Deschambault. Help with FACTOR applications and information on FACTOR programs is available to all, regardless of Manitoba Music membership.

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Can Manitoba Music help me with other funding applications?

Yes! Manitoba Music's Training Coordinator, Roland Deschambault, is available for appointments to consult on all music-related funding (including Manitoba Film & MusicCanada CouncilManitoba Arts CouncilPromoFACT, MuchFACT, and more). You must be a Manitoba Music member to book consultations about these funding bodies.

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Membership

What are the benefits of having a Manitoba Music membership?

Manitoba Music membership benefits include access to workshops and training, the Resource Centre, and a profile page on manitobamusic.com along with a login to the site with ability to edit and update information. 

PLUS...

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When is my membership due for renewal?

Your membership is due for renewal once per year on the anniversary of the date you joined Manitoba Music. Memberships remain active for one calendar year from date of receipt. Upon processing of membership, you will receive a membership package by mail and your manitobamusic.com login via email. Membership dues are not refundable.

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How can I perform at a Manitoba Music showcase?

Periodically, Manitoba Music produces local, national, and international showcase events and public performance events. We distribute a call for submissions for most performance initiatives and participation is subject to the selection process. View Manitoba Music's Selection Process for Adjudicated Activities.

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How can I showcase at music conferences like North by Northeast, BreakOut West, Canadian Music Week, and South by Southwest?

Music conferences accept applications for their showcase spots. Manitoba Music posts deadlines for applications in its weekly enewsletter for members and in the Important Deadlines section in the Members Only section of this site.

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How do I get my music on the Manitoba Music compilation CD?

Manitoba Music produces a variety of compilation CDs and digital music products. These are distributed to key local, national, and international industry, media, and stakeholders in order to promote and market Manitoba's vibrant music industry and community. We distribute a call for submissions for compilation CD and digital music product initiatives and participation is subject to the selection process. View Manitoba Music's Selection Process for Adjudicated Activities.

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About the Aboriginal Music Program

What is the Aboriginal Music Program?

The Aboriginal Music Program is one program that Manitoba Music operates. The Aboriginal Music Program is designed to help Aboriginal people build sustainable careers in Manitoba's music industry and runs a number of projects each year to accomplish its main goal. A Manitoba Music membership is required for participation in most projects. Please contact Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Program Manager if you have any questions.

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How did the Aboriginal Music Program start?

The development of the Aboriginal Music Program was a function of demand. With a youthful demographic and a vibrant and growing music scene, the Aboriginal community in Manitoba offered an excellent opportunity for Manitoba Music to support growth within Manitoba's music industry. The Aboriginal Music Program was launched on April 1, 2004.

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Does the Aboriginal Music Program only allow Aboriginal people with legal documentation to participate in its projects?

Aboriginal people without legal documentation are still able to participate in projects run by the Aboriginal Music Program (for example: Non-Status Indians or individuals who have been adopted by an Aboriginal community).

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Is the Aboriginal Music Program only for people living in Manitoba?

Yes and no. The Aboriginal Music Program's mandate is Manitoba, but it has partnered with other organizations and agencies to implement a project called "AMP Camp" that includes Aboriginal participants from other parts of Canada. 

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What is AMP Camp?

AMP Camp is a one-week professional and artistic development project that gives emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists a chance to develop their understanding of the music industry along with their ability to succeed in it. The project includes 12-hour days of business workshops, vocal coaching, marketing plan consultations, guitar lessons, and performance coaching. Up to 30 participants from across Canada get the chance to learn from senior artists and industry professionals at a hotel/resort in Manitoba each year. AMP Camp is made possible through a working partnership between Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts. The project was launched in February of 2006 and has seen a number of participants go on to complete albums, play for capacity crowds and rack up award nominations and wins.

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Can the Aboriginal Music Program help me get money to record my music?

The Aboriginal Music Program is able to help Aboriginal members of Manitoba Music complete their funding applications for sound recording projects. Consultations regarding FACTOR funding programs are available for all people, regardless of membership. See the Funding Programs section for more information.

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Manitobamusic.com

Help! I'm having trouble updating my profile!

If you need any help updating your profile or are experiencing a technical problem, please contact us at info@manitobamusic.com. We can help!

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Help! I've lost my login for manitobamusic.com!

There's a password recovery program on the login page. Simply input your email address and your login will be emailed to you. If you get an error, please contact info@manitobamusic.com.

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How do I get included in the online Directory?

All Manitoba Music members are automatically included in the online Directory. If you do not see yourself displaying in the Directory, you may have indicated that you did not wish your profile to display publicly when you joined Manitoba Music, or you may not have indicated an industry role. Please contact info@manitobamusic.com for assistance.

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How do I get my CD in the New Music Releases?

The New Music Releases section highlights new commercially-available albums and EPs by Manitoba artists. You do not have to be a member of Manitoba Music to have your album included. Simply submit your album to the Manitoba Music office including release date, album art, and liner notes. Albums will also be automatically cataloged and included in the Manitoba Music library. Members can upload their own albums through their profile editors, which is the fastest way to get your album displaying.

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How do I get my gig in the Live Music Calendar?

If you are a Manitoba Music member, you can upload gigs through the editing system on your online profile. All gigs within Manitoba are automatically included in the main Live Music Calendar while out-of-province gigs will remain on your profile page. For step-by-step directions, click here.

If you are not a Manitoba Music member, email information on your gig to listings@manitobamusic.com, including time, date, venue, performers, and ticket price.

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How do I get my news in the Manitoba Music News?

Please be sure to add info@manitobamusic.com to your email list and contact us whenever you have news. Manitoba Music News is reserved primarily for high profile news such as award and nominations, showcases, important deals, song placements, etc. but all news is considered and should be submitted.

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How do I get my news in the Member News?

All Manitoba Music members can upload their news through the editing system on their online profiles. News items are automatically added to Member News.

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How do I get my pictures in the Photo Gallery?

Manitoba Music members can submit photos from live events and concerts to info@manitobamusic.com. Photos must be JPEG or GIFs, 480 pixels x 320 pixels. Please include photo credit if required.

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How do I get my song featured as the download of the week?

The download of the week, which offers  free mp3 downloads, is a function used primarily to promote artists, labels, and local industry and their events, particularly CD releases and other major events. It is updated every Thursday. Slots are subject to availability and are first come, first served. You must be a Manitoba Music member or attached to a record label that is a Manitoba Music member to be eligible. If you would like to be considered for inclusion, please contact info@manitobamusic.com.

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How do I get my song in the Manitoba Music streaming radio?

The Manitoba Music Radio is a great way to get your songs heard. The first step is to get your CD to the Manitoba Music office. You can also submit unreleased mp3s. You must be a Manitoba Music member or be attached to a record label that is a Manitoba Music member. All songs are considered for overall sound quality, although demos may be acceptable. Contact info@manitobamusic.com.

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How do I get my video in the video gallery?

All Manitoba Music members can upload videos to their profiles through the editing system on your online profile. The editors only accept links to videos on YouTube, Vimeo, or MySpace. If uploaded correct, videos will be automatically added to your profile page. To get the video to display in the main video gallery, please alert us to a newly uploaded video ready for review by emailing video@manitobamusic.com.

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