Six Aboriginal artists and businesses have accessed support from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) this year. A total of $87,634 has been invested in tours, marketing campaigns, business travel, business development, and recordings by the Aboriginal music community in Canada.
Three of Canada’s top Aboriginal recording artists are headed to Quebec to showcase for industry at world music conference and festival, Mundial Montreal. The showcases are part of the Native America North project, which also includes networking and professional development opportunities during the event, running November 19-22. The project is made possible by a partnership between Manitoba Music, through its Aboriginal Music Program, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Manitoba Music will be presenting a showcase in Winnipeg in partnership with the Big Fun Festival for guest speakers from our upcoming January Music Meeting workshops (January 24-26, 2014). The January Music Meeting will host several of Canada’s top independent music industry professionals including representatives from labels, agencies, management companies, and publicity firms. Presented as part of the Big Fun Festival, this showcase will offer artists a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba. Submission deadline is November 7, 2013.
Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are proud to announce that 20 Aboriginal artists from across Canada have been selected for the 2014 edition of the Aboriginal Music Performers Camp (AMP Camp). The week-long residency will include more than 50 hours of professional and artistic development sessions at the Falcon Trails Resort in Manitoba. The project begins on February 9th and ends on the 14th.
Don Amero's latest album, Heart On My Sleeve, has earned him the hardware for Aboriginal Recording of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards. The winners in 21 artistic categories were announced at a Gala Awards Show in Calgary, Alberta on October 6.
Leonard Sumner, Don Amero, and Marijosée are three of the seven Aboriginal artists set to showcase at BreakOut West in Calgary this weekend. The showcases run Ocotber 3 to 6 and they provide each artist with an opportunity to connect with industry leaders attending the annual conference or music award show.
Indian City performing for Aboriginal Music Live at The Cube, Sep 20
Manitoba artists have a few chances to hear their names called when the hardware is handed out at the Canadian Folk Music Awards next month. Four homegrown acts -- Don Amero, Vince Fontaine, Ruth Moody, and Madame Diva -- landed nominations this year. The envelopes will be opened at the University of Calgary's University Theatre on November 10 at a gala hosted by CBC's Shelagh Rogers and musician Benoit Bourque.
Manitoba Music is bringing together some of Canada's most experienced music presenters for a unique event aimed at increasing opportunities for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis musicians from Manitoba. The Aboriginal Music Presenters Summit will include a day of panel discussions and mentor sessions at the Manitoba Music office on September 20, as well two showcases of local talent at The Cube in Old Market Square.
We're pleased to announce the new fall/winter season of MusicWorks, our professional development workshops for the music industry. Kicking off September 11, MusicWorks presents experienced music industry pros, hot new trend setters, and tastemakers speaking on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs. Once again, we will host some of the most influential music professionals from across Canada and beyond for the Industry Panel Series. We're also launching a new MusicWorks segment: the DIY Series, which offers emerging artists and entrepreneurs, as well as veterans looking to update their skills, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the music business.
Ali Fontaine accepts her APCMA (Photo: Manitoba Film & Music)
Manitoba talent picked up five Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. Hardware went to Don Amero, Ali Fontaine, Ray St. Germain, Jade Turner, and NCI FM's National Aboriginal Music Countdown. The winners were revealed at a nationally-televised gala at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on August 18 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery the night before.
Two Manitoba singer/songwriters have landed nominations for this year's Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). Don Amero and Desiree Dorion each earned nods for songs off their latest albums, dominating the country category.
Manitoba Music is looking for artists interested in participating in Manitoba Music showcases at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals conference in Mississauga, Ontario, October 17-20, 2013. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from the Canadian and international folk, roots, and traditional music community. The conference includes speakers and seminars, performer showcases, and jam sessions. Approximately 800 delegates attend the conference, including artistic directors, presenters, and provincial, national, and international industry organizations. Submission deadline is August 8.
Manitoba Music is presenting showcases this fall in Toronto on November 26, and in New York City and Brooklyn November 28-29. These showcases are opportunities to perform for and network with key Toronto and New York music industry professionals, including labels, publishers, music supervisors, program directors and more. Artists can indicate which showcase they are submitting for and should create unique rationales for the Toronto or the New York City/Brooklyn showcase. Manitoba Music will work directly with each selected artist to identify members of the industry they wish to invite. The showcases will be early evening events aimed at industry professionals and will also be open to public. Submission deadline is August 8.
Manitoba Music is partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts to present another edition of Native America North, a showcase of Canadian Aboriginal artists in New York City during the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference, January 10 - 14, 2014. Up to three Aboriginal acts from across Canada who perform any genre of music will be invited to participate. Submission deadline is August 14.
We are now accepting submissions from artists and artist representatives interested in participating in a Manitoba Music showcase at the Americana Music Conference and/or in an industry networking event in Nashville, TN, September 16-22, 2013. These are opportunities to perform for and network with influential American and international music industry professionals. Submission deadline is July 15.
Manitoba talent has netted 24 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 27 at Air Canada Park. The winners will be revealed at the eighth annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on August 18, 2013 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on August 17.
Manitoba Music announced its new Board of Directors for 2013-14 and celebrated another busy and exciting year at its Annual General Meeting on June 25. The event, which took place at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, followed an exciting funding announcement from the Government of Canada earlier that day which outlined its multi-year support for Manitoba Music’s trade and business development programming.
Over the past few years, Manitoba Music has been working hard through industry consultations, external research, and liaising with our government partners to craft a strategy for providing support to the key areas of need in our dynamic industry. The result is an exciting slate of programs that implements a multi-year strategy to grow the Manitoba music industry: the Manitoba Music Industry Trade and Business Development Project. Officially announced on June 25, this new project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada. Click here to read the official media release.
The music industry plays a key role in the economic, cultural, and social life of our province. Musicians, artist managers, record producers, agents, record labels, publicists, promoters, and everyone working in our industry contribute tremendously to the quality of life in our communities; providing a vibrant social environment, a considerable employment base, economic returns, and an honest reflection of our regional and cultural identity. Our federal government has shown great understanding of the importance of the creative industries with this investment and its ongoing commitment to our sector. We sincerely thank the Government of Canada for making these innovative programs possible.
Manitoba Music is a member-based, not-for-profit industry association representing 750 members in all facets of the music industry. Through our programs and services, we provide information, education, communication, advocacy, industry development, and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry. We are seeking a self-motivated individual with a passion for the Franco-Manitoban music community to join our fast-paced and dynamic team as Francophone Music Program Coordinator. The application deadlines is Monday, July 8.
Manitoba Music is partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts to present Native America North, a showcase of Canadian Aboriginal artists, at Mundial Montreal, November 19-22, 2013. Up to three Aboriginal acts from across Canada who perform folk, blues, roots, or traditional fusion music will be invited to participate. Submission deadline is June 26.
We are now accepting submissions from artists and bands interested in participating in a Manitoba Music showcase at M for Montreal, November 20-23, 2013. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential Canadian and international music industry professional.Submission deadline is June 26.
Tanya Tagaq, Jerry Sereda, Frannie Klyne, Tracy Bone, JC Campbell, Desiree Dorion, Dustin Harder, and many other artists are set to perform at National Aboriginal Day celebrations across Manitoba this summer. Check the listing below!
Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program will be presenting showcases in Winnipeg for guest speakers from our upcoming Aboriginal Music Summit (September 20, 2013). Delegate details will be available shortly at manitobamusic.com/workshops. This showcase offers Aboriginal artists and groups a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba. Submission deadlines is June 26.
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.
Aboriginal recording artists from Manitoba continue to rack up the accolades, landing two nominations for the 2013 JUNO Awards. The nominees for the 42nd annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in Toronto early on February 19, streamed live on CTV’s website. This year's nominees include Don Amero and Burnt Project 1.