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Free Artist Submissions Open for NXNE 2016

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Alvvays performing at NXNE [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

Alvvays performing at NXNE [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

Band submissions for NXNE 2016 are now open until April 14, 2016. For the first time, NXNE is making the submission process free for all artists. NXNE will not charge any submission fee and it is possible to use the Sonicbids band submission service free of charge as well. Sonicbids is inviting people to sign up for free for 30 days. If a band or musicians decide to stay with the service, they will be charged going forward but there is no obligation when they sign up.


Michael Geist: Secrecy Around $30M Ontario Music Fund Strikes Wrong Notes

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

OMFMichael Geist, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, recently wrote the below article for his website and also for the Toronto Star

By Michael Geist

Earlier this month, the British Columbia government unveiled a new $15 million music fund to support the local music industry. The fund matches a similar Ontario initiative that has doled out nearly $30 million over the past two years with a commitment from Premier Kathleen Wynne to make the Ontario Music Fund a permanent program to support the industry.


CM #SittinHeavey Sweepstakes Winner Announced

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

sweeps BG1After a great response in the last week to the Canadian Musician #SITTINHEAVY Sweepstakes, our winner is Dylan Maidansky of Belleville, ON.

Dylan won:

– Monster Truck T-shirt

– Latest Album, Sittin’ Heavy

– Monster Truck Hockey Puck

– Don’t Tell Me How to Live Download Card

– Jan/Feb edition of Canadian Musician magazine featuring Monster Truck

For all current and future Canadian Musician Sweepstakes, go to Currently running in the Canadian Music Week Sweepstakes, which is offering the winner at CMW 2016 package of two complete Delegate passes for the CMW Music Conference (May 5-7, 2016) and two seven-day festival wristbands (May 2-8, 2016).

Showcase Submissions Open for Contact East 2016

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Contact EastThe Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) is now accepting submissions for Contact East 2016, which takes place from Sept. 22 – 25 Saint John, NB. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 31, 2016.

APA is accepting applications through the I Want to Showcase (IWTS) platform; a multi-conference registration site allowing artists to apply to several Contact events across North America.

Since 1975, Contact East, performing arts booking conference for Atlantic Canada, has brought together performing arts presenters and in-demand, tour ready artists to showcase popular and classical music, dance, theatre, and youth-oriented programming. Past showcasing artists include Matt Andersen, Barney Bentall, Dufflebag Theatre, Maria Osende Flamenco, and David Myles.


Bob Ezrin Vents About Kanye West

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Bob-EzrinWith Kanye West showing up in the media for one reason or another on a seemingly hourly basis lately, it appears Canadian super-producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, etc.) has had enough. He wrote an open letter to Bob Lefsetz’s e-newsletter, “The Lefsetz Letter,” to vent his frustration. It reads:

“Kanye West Is Fixing His Album in Public. You’ll Want to Read the Edits”

Kanye in the NYT? WTF???


Canadian Country Music Week 2016 Songwriters’ Series Applications Being Accepted

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Gord Bamford performing at the 2015 CCMAs. [Photo: Grant Martin Photography]

Gord Bamford performing at the 2015 CCMAs. [Photo: Grant Martin Photography]

Canadian country songwriters have until Friday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. to  apply to perform as part of the Songwriters’ Series at Canadian Country Music Week (CCMW) 2016. This year’s CCMW, presented by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), will be held Sept. 8-11 in London, ON.

There are 12 submission-based spots are available as part of the three sessions of the CCMA Songwriters’ Series listed below:


Digital Music News: How To Get All of the Royalties You Never Knew Existed

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

PROsThe following is from Ari Herstand at Digital Music News. All information is based on U.S. figures: 

A 2015 Berklee College of Music report found that anywhere from 20-50% of music payments do not make it to their rightful owners.  The indie publishing powerhouse Kobalt calculated that there are “over 900,000 distinct royalty payments for artists and songwriters.”  What are these royalties?  Where do they come from?  And most importantly, how do you get them?

I’m not gonna lie, it’s complicated, but I’m going to attempt to lay all of this out as simply as possible.  In plain English.  I’m here for you.  We’ll get through this together.  Bookmark this page and take a deep breath.

(more…) Searchlight Contest Back & Bigger for 2016

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

2015 Searchlight winners Orange O’Clock

2015 Searchlight winners Orange O’Clock’s annual Searchlight contest is back, and this year it’s even bigger. Beginning Monday, Feb. 29, musicians of all types – including solo artists, duos, and groups from all genres – are encouraged to enter via All applicants must submit a video of themselves performing one original song, as well as one high-quality MP3, before Wednesday, March 23.


Register Now for NWC’s Free ‘Be Impossible To Ignore – Self Promotion 101’ Webinar

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Presenters Andrew King (left) & Jim Norris

Presenters Andrew King (left) & Jim Norris

Jim Norris, who has over four decades’ experience in the music, entertainment, and marketing industries, will be offering a free ‘Be Impossible To Ignore – Self Promotion 101’ webinar on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. To register, just go to

This free webinar will show you how to promote your band, your business, or your career. Learn insider, no B.S. tips that you can put into practice right away.


Will SoundCloud’s Finances Force It To Shut Down?

Friday, February 12th, 2016

SoundCloudAlan Cross points us to this article from FactMag stating the SoundCloud, one of the most popular online services for music creators, may be in a lot of financial trouble:

A report casts “significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

SoundCloud struck a landmark deal with Universal Music Group last month, but its latest financial filings suggest the company is in dire financial straits.


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