CBC Music and ICI Musique are accepting submissions for the 2016 Piano Hero contest, which is open to classical pianists of all ages and skill levels. The winner will be named “Canada’s favourite amateur classical pianist” and will take home a Steinway-designed Boston professional upright piano worth $15,000, courtesy of Steinway Piano Gallery of Canada. As well, the grand price includes a trip for two to Montreal to make a music video from April 21-24, 2016, VIP tickets to a concert by l’Orchestre Métropolitain and give a pre-concert solo performance, a private lesson with David Jalbert, and more.
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Halifax’s The Carleton Music Venue Launches Crowd Funding Campaign To Stay Alive During Nova Centre Construction
The Carleton’s owner, Mike Campbell, says his business has been severely hurt by the drop in foot traffic in the downtown neighbourhood because of the construction. He estimates there has been a 30 per cent drop in business since the construction began. He told the CBC that he lost about $300,000 in revenue in 2015 compared to the year before construction started.
Have you shared your music and story with dozens or even hundreds of media outlets and received little to no response or publicity? There are probably many reasons for that, and what’s more, they likely have little or nothing to do with the quality of the music. To provide some insight for musicians and put them into the mindset of a music journalist, Canadian Musician editors Andrew King and Michael Raine will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. EST.
Regardless of whether they work in print, television, radio, or the blogosphere, every music and arts journalist in the country receives dozens of pitches every week – even every day – and pays attention to only a small fraction of them. So what separates the artists that score coverage from those who don’t?
Submissions are now open for the SOCAN Song House at East Coast Music Week (ECMW) 2016, scheduled for April 13 and 14, 2016, in Sydney, NS.
Ralph Murphy (renowned songwriter, producer, and author of Murphy’s Law of Songwriting) will lead the two-day interactive workshop. Twelve songwriter participants from Atlantic Canada will be selected to participate, gaining insight into the craft of writing a hit song.
The 2016 CCMA Discovery Program, a national initiative launched four years ago to support Canadian country music artists, is now accepting artist submissions until. The program provides educational, mentorship, networking, and exposure opportunities within the country genre.
The 2016 CCMA Discovery Program will include the following components: Music Industry Discovery Week; mentorship; Country Music Week Discovery Showcase; and CCMA Discovery Award.
From CBC Music:
Got your Christmas list all drawn up for Santa? Great. Now you can add these 50 Canadian albums to it! While you were scratching away on the naughty/nice list, our editorial team fought tooth and nail over the 50 best albums of the year — and now you can see who made it out the other side.
As the music industry finds opportunities for growth in the West to be increasingly limited, it’s no surprise that they are focusing plenty of energy on such emerging and high-potential markets as China and India.
According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s 2015 World Ranking report, China ranked No. 19 in global trade revenues, but that positioning will change dramatically, and soon. Ariel Fung, executive vice-president of marketing of Sony Music Entertainment Asia, was recently quoted in chinadaily.com as saying “we believe that China will rank in the top five or even top three in the world music market in the next five years or even sooner. It’s one of the most important markets in our global strategy.”
Artist showcase applications for the 2016 edition of Canadian Music Week (CMW) are still being accepted until the end of the month, Dec. 29th, 2015. CMW 2016 will be held May 4-14 in Toronto. Organizers say it is a chance for indie artists to play in front of thousands of industry insiders, such as talent buyers, booking agents, festival programmers, music publishers, A&R reps, managers, music supervisors, and more from around the world.
Up to 300 performance slots are reserved for Sonicbids artists at CMW 2016. Performing artists receive a complimentary registration to CMW’s Music Summit 2016 (valued at $799 CAD).
Artist showcase applications are now being accepted for Indie Week Canada 2016, which will see over 300 acts perform in more than 20 venues around downtown Toronto from Nov. 15-20, 2016. Participating acts perform in front of industry for a chance to win a showcase in Manchester, UK in 2017 (flights and accommodations paid for by Indie Week).