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Canada’s Music Incubator & National Music Centre Announce National Call for Submissions for AE West

September 6th, 2017

AEWestCanada’s Music Incubator (CMI) and the National Music Centre (NMC) are launching AE West this fall and have announced a national call for submissions.

AE West, which stands for Artist Entrepreneur West, is a five-week creative entrepreneurship program to help emerging professional artists, of all musical genres, develop sustainable businesses and careers via hands-on mentoring, networking, and collaboration. It will take place at Studio Bell (850 4 Street SE, Calgary, AB) from November 7–December 8, 2017.  

AE West is an extension of CMI’s Toronto-based Artist Entrepreneur program and represents a partnership between CMI, NMC and Alberta Music. Artists will have to pay a $1,600 fee. The program itself is valued at $7,500, with the majority of costs being offset thanks to the support of TD Bank and the Viewpoint Foundation. 

“Over the past three years our outreach programs have regularly visited Alberta and Western Canada. The result has been many artists deciding to travel to Toronto to work with us more extensively. By establishing a presence in Calgary, we will be more easily accessible.” says Vel Omazic, Executive Director, CMI. “We intend to complement the work being done by our partners at the National Music Centre, Alberta Music and the Western Canadian music industry by contributing high-level expertise, access to ongoing mentorship and connectivity to the music industry in Toronto.”

Approximately a dozen artists will have the opportunity to take part in this pilot program. Selected artists and bands will have the chance to use and explore the new artist facilities at Studio Bell. 

“This is another example of National Music Centre investing in our regional music industry, by bringing this level of expertise and support closer to home for western-Canadian artists,” said Adam Fox, Director of Programs, National Music Centre. “Participants will also have access to our incredible artist facilities, including three recording studios, live rooms, classrooms, and our collections.”  

“AE West represents a great opportunity for artists living and working in Alberta,” said Carly Klassen, Executive Director of Alberta Music. “Alberta Music is proud to partner on this pilot program and is excited for the creative support, business development, and networking that artists from Alberta and beyond will have access to.”

Eligible artists must be 18-years-old or over and actively writing, recording, releasing (or about to release) music and performing live. Interviews will be conducted with appropriate candidates prior to program admission. Interested eligible artists can apply now at:


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