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Call for submissions: National Music Centre Artist in Residence Program

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

02 StudioBellWith the opening of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary just months away, NMC has begun accepting new submissions to its Artist in Residence program.

NMC’s unique approach to having a “living” collection allows artists to access its historic instruments in the composition and recording of new music, while at the same time balancing their preservation.


Nimbus School of Recording & Media Announces 5-Day Songwriters Workshop

Friday, April 15th, 2016
Garth Richardson

Garth Richardson

The Nimbus School of Recording & Media has announced the return of the YVR Songshop. Back for its second year, this exclusive five-day event will take place at Nimbus’s studios in Vancouver, BC from April 26-May 1st 2016.

Sponsored by Music BC, SOCAN, CCMIA, and Bell Media, Nimbus has curated a workshop that provides a practical toolkit to help songwriters develop their skills in the craft of writing unique, commercially aware songs.


Apply Now for 2016 Folk Music Ontario Conference showcases

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

2012 OCFF Conference – Toronto Blues Society sponsored showcase [Photo by Mike Bourgeault]

2012 OCFF Conference – Toronto Blues Society sponsored showcase [Photo by Mike Bourgeault]

Notice from SOCAN:

Folk Music Ontario (FMO) is now accepting official/family showcase applications, Songs from the Heart applications, and members-only advance purchase conference registration from Ontario-based SOCAN members and other artists.

There are 36 official showcase and two family showcase slots available at the conference. Criteria that the jury will consider can be downloaded here, and more information is available on the FMO website’s Conference Showcasing page.


Applications Now Accepted for Inaugural Project Wild Country Artist Development Program

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Good For Grapes winning the Peak Performance Project

Country artists in Alberta can now submit applications for the inaugural Project WILD professional development program, which is designed to educate, promote, develop, and launch the careers of some of up-and-coming country and roots artists from Alberta. Project WILD has been held previous under the Peak Performance Project Alberta banner. The deadline for applications is May 4, 2016.  Top 12 artists will be awarded a $5,000 Development award and will all get to participate in an intense music and  industry bootcamp where, organizers say, “they will be pushed to the very limit of what they can achieve as artists.”


Casino Nova Scotia Announces Third Annual Artist in Residence Program

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Last year's winner Reeny Smith

Last year’s winner Reeny Smith

Casino Nova Scotia announced today that it will select an Artist in Residence for the third year in a row.  The $20,000 program will provide a local emerging musician or group with financial and professional support through Casino Nova Scotia and partners Music Nova Scotia as well as opportunities to develop their career through performance opportunities.


Music Biz Finance: Expensive mistakes that artists make with income taxes

Monday, April 11th, 2016

taxes suckThe website Music Biz Finance has published the following article to inform artists about their taxes as the deadline approaches for the 2015 tax year. This article was also republished at FYI Music News.

By Sam Arraj

When it comes to personal finances, some artists are very creative. For instance, an artist once told me that to record a video for her song, she rented out her couch and worked 12-hour shifts for few months to save enough to make the video. While they are creative in some aspects, many still make expensive mistakes relating to income taxes. Since the personal tax season is here, let’s review some common mistakes that artists and musicians should avoid:


Free CM Webinar “Can You Manage? – How & When A Manager Can Help Your Career” on April 21

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Can you manage bannerNext up in Canadian Musician’s series of free monthly industry webinar will be Can You Manage? – How & When A Manager Can Help Your Career with Pipe & Hat’s Tim Jones, who manages the likes of Attica Riots, The Revival, and Sc Mira. This free webinar will take on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. ET.

To register for free, CLICK HERE

Musicians have to do more than ever before to build their careers and find sustainable success. Having an experienced manager on your team can take a lot of work off of your plate and help push you to new professional heights. But at what point do you actually need a manager? How exactly can a manager help you? What does a manager expect from you to create a mutually beneficial partnership? Join Jones and Canadian Musician Editor Andrew King for those answers and much more.


Mediabase Now Releasing Weekly Shazam Chart in Canada

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

shazam-4-0-14-0-1screenshot-1Mediabase, a music industry subscription service that monitors radio airplay in the U.S. and Canada, and song-identification app Shazam have announced a partnership that will see Shazam release a weekly chart of the top “Shazam-ed” songs in the U.S. and Canada and other data on the Mediabase site every Monday. It is the first time such data is being made available in either country.

The Canadian weekly Shazam chart will include the top 30 songs from 10 Canadian markets.

Mediabase President & CEO Philippe Generali said, “We are excited to be able to provide Shazam data on a weekly basis for our radio and music industry clients. This has been one of the most requested features our subscribers have been asking for and we’re elated to be able to deliver this data is an accessible and timely manner.”


Publishers & Songwriters Can Now Register for PMPA Training Sessions

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

APEM_Courses_2016_CSFrom SOCAN:

Whether you’re a music publisher or want to become one, or you’re a songwriter or composer wanting to learn about the music publishing world, you can now register for one of a series of training sessions presented by Professional Music Publishers’ Association (PMPA, or APEM in French) – and organization whose goal is to ensure that music publishing is done in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and best practices.


Premiere: Nudie “That’s All That I’ve Got”

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Canadian Musician is thrilled to be hosting the exclusive premiere of Nudie’s latest track, “That’s All That I’ve Got.”

The song showcases the PEI-based songsmith’s trademark take on twangy classic country and is featured on his upcoming full-length release, Everything’s Different In The Night, due out April 22, 2016.


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