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MusicOntario & CMI Offering Intensive 2-Day Workshop for Indigenous Performers & Music Professionals

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

six nations music ontarioMusicOntario and Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) are hosting an edition of CMI’s Artist Entrepreneur Bootcamp (AEB) program exclusively for artists and music industry entrepreneurs with First Nations, Inuit, or Métis ancestry, as part of MusicOntario’s Community Connects program.

The two-day workshop, taking place at Thru the RedDoor Studios at Six Nations, is a condensed version of CMI’s eight-week Artist Entrepreneur program, which provides professional development, resources, information, one-one-one and ongoing mentorship to new and emerging artists/professionals looking to build sustainable, thriving careers in the music industry.

CMI surveys all participants registered for the AEB in advance to gain a greater understanding of each person’s needs. CMI and MusicOntario will identify key areas of professional development and customize the session in order to address the specific challenges of each participant.
Topics covered will include:

  • Running Your Business
  • Royalties & Revenue Stream
  • Shows & Touring
  • Team Building
  • Music Licensing
  • Branding & Marketing
  • & more


Benefits of participation include:

  • 2 days of customized music biz coaching
  • Free 1-year membership to MusicOntario
  • Complimentary lunches
  • 1-on-1 mentorship and group networking
  • Ongoing access to CMI mentorship


All participants in this edition of the AEB are invited to join Music Ontario for a showcase mixer on August 25, 2017, where artists will have the opportunity to perform two songs each. This allows everyone get to know each other and connect before the two workshop days. Showcase details and mentors to be announced shortly.

August 25 (TBA): Participant Showcase & Mixer @ (Venue TBA)
August 26 (9am-6pm): Workshop in session
August 27 (9am-3pm): Workshop in session

Each workshop day will be broken into several components: group discussion/activities, guest speakers and one-on-one mentorship sessions. A working lunch will be provided by MusicOntario.

CMI and MusicOntario want to ensure everyone who participates receives significant individual attention. For this reason, bootcamp size will be limited to 15 participants. If you are in a band, only one member (appointed by the group) will be able to attend the workshop. While this program is configured to best suit artists, it is also open to other music business entrepreneurs.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) through the Ontario Music Fund and Slaight Music.

To be considered, please complete this form by August 16, 2017: You must be available to be onsite at Thru the Red Door for both days of the AEB to be eligible. If you have any questions, please contact


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