The 14th annual WCMAs and concert is the flagship event of BreakOut West. The awards show is undergoing format update this year, kicking off the BreakOut West weekend on Oct. 13th instead of ending it, and rolling into a more concert-focused event with fewer award presentations and more music. Country star Brett Kissel and blues icon Colin James will be this year’s headliners and James will also be this year’s Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee.
2016 BreakOut West Festival Artists:
A full-schedule is not yet available for the conference portion of BreakOut West, but a few sessions have been announced. Those include a conversation with rising country start Brett Kissel and Invictus Entertainment Group’s Louis O’Reilly hosted by Manitoba Country Music Awards Roots Artist of the Year, Quinton Blair. There will also be a series of Music Business Essentials panels, including the Entertainment Law Discussion with entertainment lawyers Safwan Javed, Kurt Dahl, and Russell D. Dufault. The discussion will focus on intellectual property and business matters as they relate to the intersection between law and music/new media. That, and band agreements.
The Tax Prep, Bookkeeping, & Music Business Admin panel will feature Shane Matthewson and Jesse Matthewson of MKM Management Services. The panel will focus on understanding day-to-day business activities. Matthewson will present an overview of accounting and income tax from the perspective of a typical band and music company. This discussion will also cover common financial issues from daily bookkeeping to cash flowing a tour, organizational strategies for keeping your business affairs in order, and admin tasks.
The FACTOR @BOW2016 event provides an opportunity for one-on-one meetings with FACTOR staff at BreakOut West to talk programs, eligibility, and applying to FACTOR.
For more information as it becomes available, go to www.breakoutwest.ca.