In February 2009, Manitoba Music and the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI Manitoba) launched a new program aimed at Manitoba youth interested in careers in the music industry. Over the span of three months, the Youth Mentorship Program provided 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.
Students participated in a series of workshops facilitated by local industry professionals covering different aspects of the music business, from touring to releasing records to marketing and publicity. The impressive list of mentors included: Neil Cameron (Private Ear Recording), Amelia Curran (Outside Music), Adam Hannibal (Balanced Records), Grant Johnson (live sound engineer), Todd Jordan (Paquin Entertainment), Dominic Lloyd (West End Cultural Centre), Melissa Martin (Canstar News), Grant Paley (Paquin Entertainment / Moses Mayes), John Paul Peters (Private Ear Recording), and Mandy Wallman (West End Cultural Centre).
The workshops helped to develop the students’ practical skills, put to the test with an ambitious CD compilation project....
From a marketing perspective, free music may already be overdone.
Seth Godin writes: The first time a previously expensive good or service is made free, we’re drawn to it precisely because of the freeness. The fifth time or tenth time, not so much.On value in music and "the new free", Kate at Outlandos Music writes:
Things to think about:
What’s the effectiveness of your free? To lure in new fans? To solidify current fans?
What’s the strategy of your free? Is your free creative? Why do I want it over someone else’s?
What’s the bottom line of your free? To get me to pay for something else? Free can’t be JUST free anymore. And how the hell can you beat free?
So that’s my question: What’s the new free? Thinking that the answer is in fact the opposite of free. The complete opposite. Fucking expensive.
Take the new food for example (thanks Erik!). $5 Kashi anyone? $4 local, farm-raised, cage-free eggs? $8 Pom Wonderful? $5 rice milk? Are we (me included) out of our minds? Perhaps. But clearly, somehow those foodies did it. We’re willing to pay ridiculously high prices for incredible quality. What’s more is we often drive way out of our way to get it...
The winners for the APCMA are selected by Aboriginal music fans who vote for their favorite artists on aboriginalpeopleschoice.com. The voting occurs in two rounds according to the following schedule:
ROUND 1 BEGINS: July 7, 2009
ROUND 1 ENDS: August 13, 2009
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED: August 20, 2009
ROUND 2 BEGINS: August 20, 2009
ROUND 2 ENDS: October 1, 2009
The APCMA have implemented a new voting structure this year and music industry professionals will adjudicate the first round of voting for the following categories:
Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year
Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year
Best Aboriginal Music Radio...
Kevin Kelly has written extensively on find new values to create value in the age of digital media reproduction. In a recent essay on his blog The Technium, he explores the value of things that can't be digitally reproduced, and therefore maintain their value in a file-sharing, free music environment.
When copies are super abundant, they become worthless. When copies are super abundant, stuff which can't be copied becomes scarce and valuable.
These eight things are better than free. Eight uncopyable values:
Canadian musicians and music industry workers are often met with looks of envy and astonishment when talking to international counterparts about the support that the industry receives from the Canadian government. The UK Government is also heavily invested, financially and culturally, the music industry and this part week has brought a couple of announcements of increased support from the British parliament.
The government has made a commitment to support creative businesses with measures that could provide tax breaks on royalty and other creative industry income. In addition, Chancellor Alistair Darling set aside 10m pounds for the Government's international business development organisation, UK Trade and Investment, which works closely with the BPI and AIM. This at a time when the Canadian Government has cut international assistance for the music industry to the bone, and yet to replace it.
The big announcement is 26million pounds for job creation, mostly in the live music sector through 200 music festivals jobs.
At the same time, the British government is paying some due to the grass roots and to musicians themselves, with an inovative, youth-targetted rehearsal...
The eleventh annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards gala will be staged at the Hamilton Place Theatre on Friday, November 27.
All submissions must be post dated June 30, 2009.
The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards' mission is to acknowledge and honour the keepers, teachers, promoters, creators and performers of Aboriginal music; to continue to develop and promote the diversity of all Aboriginal music and celebrate the excellence of Aboriginal music and to recognize the unique vision of Aboriginal musicians and encourage this rich cultural voice.
ELIGIBILITY PERIOD: January 1, 2008 - May 30, 2009
On May 13, the music community is coming together to help Manitoba flood victims. The MTS Centre will host Rise Again 2009: The Red Cross Manitoba Flood Relief Concert, featuring performances by a diverse group of artists including another expat, Tom Cochrane, R&B singer Deborah Cox, former INXS frontman JD Fortune, funk act Bet.e, roots quartet Nathan, country acts One More Girl and Beverley Mahood, funk fusion outfit Moses Mayes, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and East Coast Celtic band The Barra MacNeils.
The event is being spearheaded by a familiar former Manitoban, internationally-acclaimed musician and actor Tom Jackson.
"I currently live in Alberta,” Jackson said in a recent media release, “and as much as I think Alberta is wonderful, my heart is in Manitoba: my history is in Manitoba. As I have been blessed with the gift to help others, I feel a pride and responsibility to help my family and friends—literally and figuratively—when the need calls."
The concert is presented by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. with the support of the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, as well as Paquin Entertainment, APTN, CBC Manitoba, CBC Radio Two, Epic, Long & McQuade, MTS...
Last May, we wrote about EMI Music's appointment of former Google CIO Douglas Merrill as head of digital strategy. Then in March of this year, Merrill moved on with a claim from EMI that digital was becoming central to all of their operations, rather than it's own stand alone department.
Now, the numbers coming out of EMI's year of digital confusion seem to indicate that profits are up significantly (£163 million over 2008's £51 million) and digital is to thank. The numbers show that while physical sales were down 10%, digital sales have moved in to represent 35% of the company's income, up from 20% last year.
Their digital activity in the last year has included a number of quirky licensing deals including a deal with The Fairmont Hotel chain, music-themed scratch-off lottery games, and a music Visa card.
In fact, the real secret to increased profits at EMI may well be the strong British Pound (against the US dollar) and internal cost cutting (such as letting go their head of digital strategy?).
Manitoba Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival present
OPEN MIC NIGHTS at THE FOLK EXCHANGE
with Daniel ROA
Friday, May 29, 2009 | 7pm
Winnipeg Folk Festival and Manitoba Music are happy to announce the next Open Mic Night @ The Folk Exchange. The exciting line-up of guest hosts continues this month with Daniel ROA.
On Open Mic Nights, musicians and music-lovers unite to share songs, inspiration and just plain old good times in the casual, intimate atmosphere of the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Folk Exchange venue, located at 211 Bannatyne Avenue (behind the Festival Music Store @ Albert Street).
Bring your instrument and take your turn on the Folk Exchange stage–or just come to listen (non-players will be charged a $2 cover).
Call the Festival at (204) 231-0096 for more information.
The Songwriters Association of Canada has announced it will stage its first local Bluebird North event in Winnipeg on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne Street). Showtime is 7:30pm.
Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is a musical showcase that brings together Canada’s most inspiring songwriters during an intimate and interactive evening. The audience will hear each performer share their songs and stories in an acoustic, informal environment.
"It’s an insider’s look at what inspired their original songs, straight from the artist’s mouth," explains event producer, Chris Burke-Gaffney (CBG Artist Development/Vatikan Records). Burke-Gaffney is working closely with his S.A.C. colleagues to organize the Winnipeg evening, keeping it consistent with Bluebird North events in other cities like Vancouver, Ottawa and St. John’s.
Bluebird North is based on Nashville's famed Bluebird Café, which opened in 1982. The venue is well-known for helping launch the careers of Garth Brooks, Ashley Cleveland and Pam Tillis.
Hosted by veteran radio host, Howard Mandshein (92 CITI FM, 101.5 UMFM), this year’s Bluebird North at the Park Theatre will...
St. Laurent’s breakout Métis band, The Gaudry Boys, just launched a new website. Visit www.gaudryboys.com for booking info, performance dates, bios and photos.
The Gaudry Boys have been playing since 2002 and have performed for audiences at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC, the Asham Stompers Festival in Reedy Creek, and the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg based hip hop emcee Sadie is one of seven Aboriginal artists who will receive a cut of $120,000 that the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has earmarked for the production of music videos. The funding falls under the network’s “First Tracks” program, which posted an open call for applications in July of 2008.
“There is an outstanding range of new music being generated by Aboriginal musicians,” says Jean LaRose, APTN Chief Executive Officer. “As Canada’s only Aboriginal broadcaster, APTN is proud to support these musicians through First Tracks. The range of musical styles and the calibre of the submissions reflect the exceptional quality of Aboriginal talent in Canada today. The jury had a very difficult task in selecting the successful applicants. There were many great submissions and bringing it down to these seven individuals was a huge challenge for them.”
The other funding recipients are George Leach (BC), Ry Moran (BC), Janet Panic (BC), Melissa Pash (QC), Lucie Idlout (ON) and Digging Roots (ON).
First Tracks was launched in 2007 under the “Open Call” banner and seven Aboriginal artists walked away with great videos. Last year’s recipients...
The Banff Centre is accepting applications for the week-long voice intensive workshop. Participants will explore singing as physical experience, breath control capacity and resonance, understanding the vocal apparatus, care of the voice, and solo and group composition. Led by renowned Aboriginal musicians, participants will receive practical hands-on development that will enhance their confidence and skills as musicians.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 22, 2009
Enrollment is limited to 20 Aboriginal women and men (18 years and older).
Those accepted to the program will receive scholarship for tuition, room, and meals. Travel to and from The Banff Centre will be the responsibility of participants.
All applicants must submit:
• A completed application form;
• A non-refundable processing fee of $31(applications will not be processed or adjudicated until the fee is received by the Office of the Registrar);
• A brief statement of why you would like to participate and your expectations and goals for the program (one page maximum);
• A resume of your previous musical activities and/or accomplishments (one page maximum);
• A sample of work in either CD or DVD format...
Manitoba Music presents
Songwriter in Residence: Emm Gryner
Monday, May 11 | 7pm
Manitoba Music Resource Centre
Full Registration: $30 members, $50 non-members (one-on-one songwriting session plus the evening songwriting workshop) Workshop Registration: $20 members, $40 non-members (evening workshop)
with: Emm Gryner
A songwriting workshop with the critically-acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Emm Gryner, this program features one-on-one afternoon sessions with Emm, as well as an evening songwriting workshop. A limited number of one-on-one songwriting mentor sessions are available during the afternoon. These 30 minute sessions can be used for song editing and completion, song critique, or discussions about the craft of songwriting. Specific topics for the evening workshop will be announced in advance. The workshop will address topics such as the art and craft of songwriting, finding inspiration, and editing and refining song ideas.
Emm Gryner has carved out an enviable career completely on her own terms over the past decade, long before current music-industry trends sent many artists down an independent path. She has released eleven full length records,...
The next Market Access Program deadline is for North by Northeast (NXNE). If you have a showcase at NXNE, please get your Market Access application in no later than Wednesday, May 27. Click here to download a PDF of the application form. You can also pick up applications at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre. For more info, please contact Danielle Strueby, email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: Until program funding is confirmed for this fiscal year, Manitoba Music will only accept applications for approved events. See application form for list of approved events.
On April 27, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will launch its first Indigenous Festival. The four-night festival is a celebration of several different cultures from around the globe, featuring music from Europe, Australia, China and North American, with a special focus on Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.
The festival will explore different elements of music, rhythm, and film, with performances by a diverse group of artists including Juno Award-winning group Eagle & Hawk, choral ensemble Camerata Nova, drummer Corey Campbell, and the WSO itself.
The festival will kick off its first night at Circle of Life Thunderbird House with a drum circle and traditional greeting, followed by performances of work by composers Sara Hopkins, Anthony Niiganii, and Andrew Balfour.
Night two will include an Inuit art display in the lobby of the Park Theatre and a screen of Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), the first Inuktitut-language feature film that was also an official selection at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. There will also be a pre-film talk with Inuit art collector Fred Ford.
Night three at the Burton Cummings Theatre will showcase world folk music by Barbara Croall, Zoltan...
On April 1, 2009, a new law was passed in Stockholm; that being the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) law. It gives copyright holders the opportunity to receive information about file sharers released from an Internet Service Provider through a court order.
The law was the result of the much publicized Pirate Bay trial in Sweden. Just this morning, Pirate Bay’s four co-founders were found guilty of assisting the distribution of illegal content online. They’ve been sentenced to a year in jail and a hefty $3.6 million dollar fine.
Since the implementation of this new law, there’s been a few interesting statistics floating around the interweb. An example -- “The first week after the introduction of IPRED, (legal online and mobile phone file downloading services) sales increased by 100 percent compared to the previous weeks. I don’t know if this is only because of IPRED, but it is definitely a sign of a major change,” said InProdicon’s managing director Klas Brannstrom. InProdicon is one of Sweden’s main legal file download services.
Now it’s expected that the outcome of this trial could spawn a variety of other trials as both the music and film...
Manitoba will be well represented in Albuquerque, New Mexico next week for the 26th annual Gathering of Nations. Five Manitoban acts will be showcasing at Stage 49 and “The Pit,” while Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program, Travel Manitoba and the Manito Ahbee Festival will be hosting a Manitoba Reception and participating in the trade show.
Leanne Goose, Wab Kinew, Rik Leaf & Tribe of One, JC Campbell and Tracy Bone have showcases spots at the actual event, while Highway 373 will be performing for Native American business and community leaders at the Manitoba Reception on April 23.
The Gathering of Nations is now in its 26th year. The event is anchored by the biggest competition pow wow in the world, which draws thousands of visitors to the Indian Trader’s Market and Stage 49 each year.
Stage 49 is the main showcasing venue at the Gathering of Nations. The acts are programmed by Emergence Productions, a full service Native American music event production and artist management company based in Albuquerque.
The performance times and locations for each of these artists are:
Metric released it's new record in March. The band is still affiliated with Last Gang records in Canada. But this time around, they went without a label in the US, and did a deal directly with iTunes. Two weeks in, it seems to be paying off.
The following is an excerpt from the LA Times Business section:
The 10-track "Fantasies" has sold 24,000 digital downloads since its release March 31. With direct access to iTunes, as well as sales via the band's website, Metric has already brought in more gross revenue than it did on 2005's "Live It Out," which sold more than 45,000 copies.
According to Mathieu Drouin, the band's co-manager, "without any intermediary, we're making 77 cents on the dollar for every record we sell" on iTunes. Under a label deal, based on Drouin's estimate, Metric would have earned closer to 22 cents.
Metric also took a page from album rollouts employed by much bigger artists such as Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails. Fans could purchase the album directly from Metric's own site (www.ilovemetric.com), which sold "Fantasies" at five price points, ranging from an $8.99 album download -- with an extra track not available on iTunes -- to a $64.99...
Manitoba Music Presents
MENTOR SESSIONS: One-on-One Consultation Opportunities
Monday, April 27 to May 1
Free for members
Manitoba Music Resource Centre, 1-376 Donald
Manitoba Music presents a week of mentor meeting opportunities with some of Manitoba's most experienced artists and music industry veterans. This is a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with local mentors, to talk and ask questions about your music career. Meetings are available throughout the week, and are open to Manitoba Music members only.
Monday, April 27 & Tuesday, April 28
Glen Willows - Grant Writing, Artist Management, Team Building, Touring
Glen is an experienced artist and artist manager. For the past 12 years, he has worked with talented emerging artists to help bring their music to the world. He recently stewarded Inward Eye and Ash Koley through major deals and has experience with everything from grant writing and advancing shows, to showcasing artists and and brokering deals. www.burningcircusmgmt.com" class="shorten">http:///www.burningcircusmgmt.com
Wednesday, April 29
Dale Penner - Production and Demo Critique
For the past 20 years, Dale has worked as a music producer, and has been fortunate enough to work with...
Artists from Manitoba picked up three nominations for the 2009 North American Indigenous Image Awards (NAIIA). Tracy Bone is in the running for Best Country Album, Team Rezofficial has a chance to bring home the hardware from the Best Music Video category and local comedian and NCI FM radio personality Ryan McMahon is up for Best Comedian of the Year.
Arbor Records artists were also named in a couple categories with Stevie Salas up for Best Rock Song, Northern Wind up for Pow Wow Album and Derek Miller up for Best Actor, Best Music Video, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Metal Album.
The first annual NAIIA will be held at Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 23. The show will acknowledge and celebrate the talent and accomplishments of Indigenous North Americans working in music, film, television, modeling, media and comedy.
The Gathering of Nations (GON) takes place in Albuquerque on the same weekend as the NAIIA show, with the Miss Indian World Pageant in direct competition on April 23. As one of the marquis festivals for the Native American community, several other events run concurrent to the Gathering. The events during GON include:...
The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) and the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) are implementing some big changes this year. The Winnipeg-based APCMA will introduce a new voting structure while the CAMA show will be moving to Hamilton, Ontario.
The new voting structure for the APCMA sets aside nine categories for music industry professionals to adjudicate in the first round. These categories include:
Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year
Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year
Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station/Program
Best Album Cover Design
Best International Artist
Best Music Video
Best New Artist
Best Television Program/Promotion of Aboriginal Music
Aboriginal music fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists in each of these categories in the second round, ultimately putting them in control of who wins in each category.
Now in its 11th year, the CAMA will be moving out of downtown Toronto to the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. The move includes a new venue for the Canadian Aboriginal Festival’s competition pow wow, which will be held at the Copps Coliseum.
iTunes Canada announced back in January that it had reached a deal with labels, allowing variable pricing by the labels in exchange for dropping DRM.
That change happens today.
Starting today, many major label tracks will jump to $1.29 from the standard $.99. Many will stay at the just under a buck price, and supposedly others still will drop to $.69. iTunes has said that for every song raised to $1.29, ten songs would be lowered in price to $.69. I did a quick search this morning and I couldn't find any tunes at $.69.
Last week I wrote about a downward trend in peer-to-peer downloading - many observers see this in part as a result of the increased use of free and easy streaming music services such as imeem, Pandora, Last.fm, and Spotify. Why download and store files, when you can have access to anything you want, from any location, on demand?
Well, in the last few days, much has been written about the sorry state of business for these services. In the UK, where the artists are much more organized and active in demanding that they be written into the deals (not just as a footnote in their labels' deals with these services), google/youtube is currently in a battle with the PRS, claiming that they can't afford to pay artists for content. Other streaming music companies are lining up behind google, hoping to benefit from the behemoth's bargaining clout. Meanwhile, the companies themselves are still scrambling to come up with a homerun service that users actually like and use. The much heralded MySpace music, for example, was a major flop and is in the process of re-inventing itself again.
In many cases, it seems to me that it's inking deals with the major labels that is at the heart of...
The Aboriginal Album of the Year category received a lot of profile at the JUNO Awards this past weekend. There was an outstanding Honouring Ceremony, a standing ovation for the category winner and great support from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
The Honouring Ceremony was held for Tracy Bone, Billy Joe Green, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Team Rezofficial, Tagaq and Crystal Shawanda on Saturday afternoon at the Chief Joe Matthias Recreation Centre on Squamish Territory. The event was organized by the Aboriginal Initiatives Committee of the Music from Sea to Sky Host Committee for the 2009 JUNO Awards and included traditional honouring songs and the presentation of blankets and painted hand drums. The Spakwus Slulem were the first to sing and their song accompanied the presentation of the Coast Salish blankets made by Debbie Sparrow. An honour song by Mike Dangeli & Family followed, bringing the drums painted by Mike Dangeli (Nisga’a, Tlingit and Tsimshian Nations) and Don McIntyre (Anishinabe) to life.
The ceremony was quite moving and a couple of the nominees teared up during the honour songs and gift presentation. “The aboriginal honouring celebration was...
Winnipeg’s own Sonia Eidse is a sweet songwriter with the ability to craft memorable melodies. She’s only 17-years-olds so be sure to watch for her in the next couple of years cause I still can’t get her choruses out of my mind.
Another rising star is Darrelyne Bickel from The Pas in northern Manitoba. She’s got an outstanding voice and a lot of swagger. Her new CD is entitled M.I.A. and it features six great country tracks.
Sadie is a hip hop artist coming out of the Fresh I.E. camp. Her new E.P. entitled Boomboxx Sounds features six tracks with solid rhyme schemes and great production. She’s been performing with Fresh and the Lil' Disciples for a while now, so I’m sure she’s set for big things this year.
History lessons generally aren’t the most exciting of times. The Take the Fort tour successfully changed that. The two-hour show featured Métis multimedia performance combining music, dance, and video, re-telling the story of the Red River Resistance of 1869 (during which Louis Riel led the Métis of Red River to take back their land).
Acts involved in the tour included the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers -a traditional style Metis dance troupe of thirteen-, renowned Manitoba fiddler Darren Lavallee with Marc Arnould, Melissa St. Goddard and Dylan Goudry, and The Puppet Folk, who re-enacted the Red River Resistance via video.
“It’s rare that you’ll see all of these different elements come together for one showcase,” says Production Manager and Creative Director Andre Clement.
The tour kicked off in Winnipeg on Tuesday, February 17. Other stops included Vancouver (February 19, Capilano Performing Arts Theatre), Calgary (February 20, Calgary Public Library), Saskatoon (February 21, Broadway Theatre) and Regina (February 22, Regina Performing Arts Centre).
Clement found that audiences across western Canada took away “a sense of the rich...
Back in May, I wrote about EMI Music's appointment of former Google CIO Douglas Merrill as head of digital strategy. The move seemed to indicate that EMI was serious about rethinking their approach to digital distribution.
But now, less than a year later, EMI has announced in an internal memo that Merrill is "moving on." They have appointed Cory Ondrejka to the position of executive vice president of digital marketing - essentially signaling that they will no longer have a digital department, but that digital strategies will permeate all aspects of the company's business. It's probably the right idea, but many observers seem unconvinced.