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Manitoba Artists Land 14 Indigenous Music Award Nominations

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Dee Erin Band

Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations for the Indigenous Music Awards, which changed from the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards earlier this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 23 at Portage Place. The hardware will be handed out at the 10th annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 11, 2015 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on September 10. Nominees include Indian City, Dee Erin Band, The Deeds, NCI FM, and more.

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Manitoba Music and APTN Launch Aboriginal Day Live Mentor Sessions

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Chuck Copenace

Manitoba Music and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are joining forces this month to connect local Aboriginal artists and music entrepreneurs with key industry pros from across Canada and beyond. Running June 20-22 in Winnipeg through Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program, the new project provides a unique opportunity to meet with and learn from a delegation of managers, presenters, and mentors during APTN’s annual Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration.

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Aboriginal Trade Mission to Planet IndigenUs

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is leading a small trade mission to Planet IndigenUs in Toronto this summer. The project will provide up to three First Nation, Métis, or Inuit music professionals with a chance to connect with international buyers and artists at a series of showcases and networking events set for August 6-10. 2015. DEADLINE: June 11, 2015

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Manitoba Artists & Industry Earn 27 Western Canadian Music Award Nods

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Indian City

There will be plenty of chances to celebrate Manitoba talent when the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) make their way to Victoria this fall. The 2015 nominees were revealed at the official media conference at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse and at simultaneous announcements across Western Canada, including Winnipeg’s event at Manitoba Music. Manitoba artists and industry earned 27 nominations in 17 categories for the 13th annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories. The hardware will be handed out at a gala event on September 20.

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CANADIAN SONGWRITER CHALLENGE: Manitoba Music Connects Heavy-Hitters with Local Acts for Co-writing Retreat

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Clockwise from top left: Dondrea Erauw, Chad Richardson, Tyler Tasson, Andy Stochansky

Manitoba Music is gearing up for the latest edition in its songwriter development series with the help of a national songwriters initiative. Slated for July 5-8, the Manitoba Music Summer Songwriter Retreat will combine co-writing opportunities with creative and business mentorship, connecting industry heavy-hitters with emerging Manitoba talent to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration. DEADLINE: May 14, 2015

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Showcase Opportunity: National Aboriginal Day

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is producing a showcase for a delegation of music presenters and managers in Winnipeg during the National Aboriginal Day weekend. The showcase is set for June 20, 2015 at the Pyramid Cabaret and up to five First Nation, Métis, or Inuit acts will be selected to perform. DEADLINE: May 20, 2015

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Call for Submissions: Promotional Video Series for Aboriginal Artists

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Manitoba Music is producing a second round of videos in its AMP Sessions video series. The videos will feature live performances of new music by First Nation, Métis, or Inuit members of Manitoba Music. The videos will be distributed online by Manitoba Music and used in promoting showcases, trade show booths, and events. They will be targeted to music fans, industry professionals, and media and can be used by the artists for marketing purposes. DEADLINE: April 23, 2015

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Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program Heads to Las Vegas for Economic Summit

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Iskwé

Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) is headed to the "entertainment capital of the world" to connect with some of North America's major players in the U.S.-based Indigenous music scene. AMP will hit Las Vegas March 9-12 for the Reservation Economic Summit, which plays host to tribal leaders, talent buyers, media, representatives from Native American casinos, and business leaders from across America.

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Performance Opportunity: Manitoba Live at The Cube

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The Exchange District BIZ and Manitoba Music are partnering once again to present a series of noon hour concerts at The Cube stage in Old Market Square. The series will celebrate Manitoba artists over the month of August in the setting of Winnipeg’s historic and bustling Exchange District. All events are free and open to the public. DEADLINE: March 20, 2015

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Manitoba Music Intern Opportunity: Music Industry Research Intern

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Manitoba Music is seeking an organized, personable, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual to assist our staff in music industry research such as collecting vital information on the activities of Manitoba artists and companies, updating international music industry information, and creating web and social media content. DEADLINE: March 5, 2015

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat

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Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive are teaming up to present the Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat 2015. The three-day co-writing retreat will bring nine emerging songwriters together to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration at a secluded lakeside field station and architecturally unique cabins at FortWhyte Alive, March 29-31, 2015. DEADLINE: March 5, 2015

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Performance Opportunity: Canada Day at The Forks

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Manitoba Music is coordinating live performances on multiple stages including the main stage at The Forks on Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. One of Manitoba’s most popular summer destinations, The Forks attracts thousands of visitors on Canada Day. This year’s concerts will celebrate and promote Manitoba artists with multi-genre concerts featuring solo artists, bands, and DJs, on stages around The Forks. DEADLINE: February 26, 2015

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Manitoba Music and Canada Council Launch Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry

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Leonard Sumner

Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are set to launch a new project, the Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry. Running February 8-13, 2015 in Toronto through Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program, Market Builder provides a unique opportunity for seven export ready artists and four music entrepreneurs from across Canada to connect with industry leaders and exceptional creators in Toronto.

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Submissions Now Open for “Under 25” Music Compilation

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Manitoba Music and ACI Manitoba have teamed up for the seventh edition of the Youth Mentorship Program in Music Management. Aimed at youth interested in careers in the music industry, the three-month program provides a dozen students from various southern Manitoba high schools with a chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and develop their own music business skills. The project is now accepting submissions from young Manitoba bands and solo artists. This multi-genre compilation will feature new music by young Manitoba artists and will help promote young artists to music industry companies and local media. Deadline: February 19, 2015

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Call for Submissions: Aboriginal Artist CDs and One-sheets for the Reservation Economic Summit

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) will be distributing marketing materials for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit members at the 2015 Reservation Economic Summit trade show in Las Vegas, March 9-12, 2015. There will only be enough display space for up to six CDs and 20 one-sheets from AMP participants. The main goal of the trade show booth is to encourage Native American community leaders to book Aboriginal artists from Manitoba for live performances in their communities. DEADLINE: February 26, 2015

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Performance Opportunity: Music PEI Conference and Festival

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Manitoba Music is accepting submissions from performing songwriters or bands interested in participating in a new songwriters conference and festival hosted by Music PEI. The PEI SongWorks Conference and festival will include an opportunity for Manitoba artists to mentor Prince Edward Island songwriters, to perform for PEI audiences, and to showcase and pitch songs to international music supervisors and publishers from across Canada and the U.S. The event will take place May 11-17, 2015 at various locations in PEI. The event will consist of demo writing and recording, songwriting workshops, and showcase performances at various venues in Charlottetown, Summerside, and Georgetown. DEADLINE: January 15, 2015

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Market Builder participants announced

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Don Amero (Joey Visser Photography)

Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are proud to announce that seven artists and four  music entrepreneurs have been selected for the 2015 edition of the Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry (Market Builder). The week-long project will include more than 40 hours of roundtable discussions, mentor sessions, and networking events with industry leaders in and around Toronto. The project begins on February 9th and ends on the 13th.

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AMP SESSIONS Cassidy Mann

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Cassidy Mann filming at Bedside Studios

Our new AMP Sessions video series continues this week with an entry from Western Canadian Music Award nominated singer/songwriter Cassidy Mann!

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AMP SESSIONS Rescued by Dragonflyz

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Rescued By Dragonflyz filming at Beside Studios

Our new AMP Sessions video series continues this week with a blistering entry from rock outfit Rescued by Dragonflyz. 

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Tracy Bone Brings Home a Native American Music Award

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Tracy Bone

Manitoba singer/songwriter Tracy Bone has earned some new hardware, bringing home a Native American Music Award (NAMA) on November 14 for Best Country Recording. This is just the latest accolade for Bone, who was also nominated for Best Female Artist at the NAMA. She has already won a West Coast American Indian Award and Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for her latest recording, Woman Of Red, as well as a Western Canadian Music Award nomination.

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Call for Submissions: Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry

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Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are partnering to produce a new project called the Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry. The residency will provide eight export-ready artists and up to five mid-career industry professionals (managers, agents, publicists, publishers, or label representatives) from across Canada with a week of networking and development opportunities in Toronto. The residency will run February 9-13, 2015 and each day will consist of round table discussions, self-directed mentor sessions, networking dinners, and meetings with established labels, music media, and managers. Please note that all conversations will be held in English. DEADLINE: November 20, 2014

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music Showcase in Winnipeg

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Manitoba Music will be presenting a showcase in Winnipeg for guest speakers from our upcoming Understanding A&R panel (November 22, 2014). These showcases offer artists a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba. DEADLINE: November 3, 2014

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Manitoba Artists Earn Five Native American Music Award Nominations

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Rhonda Head

Three Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba have landed five nominations for this year's Native American Music Awards (NAMA). The 15th annual awards gala takes place November 14 at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Niagara Falls, New York and streamed live on fnx.org with a television broadcast to follow on FNX-TV and New York PBS Stations on November 27.  

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Indigenous artists at BreakOut West

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IsKwé photo by Megan Wilson

IsKwé, Desiree Dorion, Federal Lights, Cassidy Mann, and marijosée are part of the unofficial Indigenous artist delegation that's set to showcase at the BreakOut West Music Festival in Winnipeg this weekend. The festival kicks on October 2 and over 70 of Western Canada’s finest performers will be showcasing for over 350 music industry leaders and delegates from all over the world.

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Manitoba Artists Land 10 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominations

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Indian City

Six acclaimed Manitoba-based artists have landed 10 Canadian Folk Music Award nods, shining a spotlight on the strength and musical diversity of our province's music community. The nominees -- which include Tanya Tagaq, Del Barber, The Bros. Landreth, Fred Penner, Vince Fontaine and Indian City, and Sweet Alibi -- were announced on September 24. 

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Tanya Tagaq's Animism Wins the 2014 Polaris Music Prize

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Tanya Tagaq

After an astonishing live performance that earned her a standing ovation at its gala, Tanya Tagaq won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for her groundbreaking album, Animism. Released on Six Shooter Records, the album has received no shortage of rave reviews and coverage from national and international media for the acclaimed, Cambridge Bay-raised, Brandon-based Inuit throat singer and composer.

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