Up-and-coming country songstress Ali Fontaine picked up a Native American Music Award (NAMA) over the weekend. Fontaine, who was also up for Songwriter of the Year and Best Female Artist, won for Best Country Recording for her self-titled album. A double winner at the APCMAs in 2011, she has six nominations already for her first recording.
Manitoba Music is now accepting applications for the 2014 edition of Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities. Running February 9-14, 2014 at Falcon Trails Resort, AMP Camp will invite 20 Canadian artists from the pool of applicants to participate.
Manitoba Music is coordinating an afternoon and evening of live performances on multiple stages including the main Scotiabank Stage at The Forks on Canada Day – Monday, July 1, 2013. One of Manitoba’s most popular summer destinations, The Forks attracts thousands of visitors on Canada Day. This year’s event will celebrate and promote Manitoba artists with multi-genre concerts featuring solo artists, bands, and DJs, on stages around The Forks. This event is free and open to the public. The deadling for submissions is Thursday, March 14.
Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program will release a new promotional music sampler in August 2013. This multi-genre collection will represent new Manitoba releases by export-ready artists of Aboriginal ancestry, and will be targeted to music industry professionals and media in all areas of popular music. The compilation will be distributed digitally and as a CD to industry professionals and journalists including at music industry conferences and in support of Manitoba Aboriginal Artist export trade missions. Submission deadline is 4pm, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Click "read more" for complete details.
Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program recently conducted an informal survey to identify some Aboriginal recording artist preferences and priorities. The survey was very simple and it included six quick questions, with three specific to the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA).
The results will be used by Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program to inform decisions about projects that serve Aboriginal artists across Canada. The results will also be shared with the Manito Ahbee Festival, which produces the APCMA.