Curious about SaskMusic membership? If you have question, please
drop us a line or give us a phone call (toll free in Sask: 1-800-347-0676).
What we do (the short explanation)
SaskMusic is a non-profit, member-based organization that represents, promotes and develops the music industry of Saskatchewan. We work for Saskatchewan music artists and the music industry on provincial, national and international levels. Essentially, we do as much as we can to help you get where you need to go. That means we help our members develop their skills and we provide the resources they need to succeed in the music business.
We offer programming including artist listings, career consultations, workshops, marketing and export assistance, networking opportunities and much more. Our artists and music professionals hail from across the province, and work in pretty much every genre you can imagine. We are a source of information and resources for both the public, and the music industry. If you have questions about the scene here, we can help.
Our members include musicians, recording engineers, graphic designers, songwriters, sound techs, music teachers, and so on. Whether you play guitar occasionally, or have three albums under your belt, we invite you to join our association.
Membership Benefits (paid members)
Consultations, aka Career Tracks
Your career is unique. Our staff is available to meet with you to discuss whatever you need to tackle and we have an arsenal of music professionals available to chat with you as well. Members receive unlimited consults, as needed, or simply give us a call when you've got an urgent question. Just one consult is worth the price of membership!
Our workshop series usually runs between January and June of each year, with others coming up throughout the year. Depending on the current needs of the industry, workshop topics vary, but generally include such things as how to market yourself, how to apply for grants, songwriting, publishing, landing TV/Film placements, and much much more. Workshops are usually offered free for members, or at an enormous discount.
SaskMusic is the provincial representative for national funding organization FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings), and can offer guidance with applications to other agencies.
Our highly acclaimed newsletter, The Session, provides news, information on local, national and international organizations and events, performance opportunities, tips, interviews, and articles on business and creative topics. Membership receive a digital copy (hard copy upon request) and preferential placement in the artist news, Featured Artist, and new album release sections.
Through the SaskMusic E-Release and additional special bulletins, members also receive advance notice of opportunities, submission deadlines, and special members-only events and projects. Our e-release was one of the first of its kind in Canada and offers members preferential placement in our Featured Single and Featured Video areas.
We have one of the busiest websites in the Canadian music industry (1.86 million pageviews in the last year). Two of our most-viewed sections are the Events Calendar, listing live music happenings in Saskatchewan, as well as gig listings for Saskatchewan artists on tour, and the Saskatchewan Music Directory, a "yellow pages" for all things music. Members receive enhanced listings in both, as well as have the ability to submit press releases directly into our system.
We are constantly promoting Saskatchewan music to media right across Canada, for example, Saskatchewan artists showcasing at major events like Canadian Music Week, NXNE, SXSW; award nominees; album releases, and generally cool stuff happening with Saskatchewan music. We are out there working on behalf of Saskatchewan artists at many national and international events.
Free Legal Services
Free legal services are provided to members for music-related concerns, such as review of label contracts and negotiations.
Just a few of our special projects recently included:
- the InTune double-compilation album of Saskatchewan music, which has been distributed to industry VIPS at events such as the WCMAs, CMW, NXNE, SXSW, and many many more;
- Producing the JUNO 2013 Host Committee event at the 2012 JUNOs in Ottawa (featuring Saskatchewan performers);
- Producing the Next Big Thing talent competition for Big Dog 92-7;
- Sponsoring Aboriginal Day Live festivities in Regina, June 2012;
- Co-presenting CBC's "On a Cold Road" concert, recorded for later broadcast;
- Co-presenting the "Prairie Social" showcase in Ottawa for Prairie Scene;
- Sponsoring showcases at Aboriginal Music Week, Canadian Music Week, The Great Escape (London UK), PrimaveraPro (Barcelona Spain), an export mission to Los Angeles for film and television music supervisors, and more.
We represent the Saskatchewan music industry’s interests to a wide variety of provincial and national panels and stakeholder groups. We speak for your interests and update you on information that could affect you and your career.
BreakoutWest/Western Canadian Music Awards
As one of the founders of this event, SaskMusic members receive discounted rates to attend the conference, apply to showcase, submit award nominations and more. Members receive voting privileges.
Members receive nomination and voting eligibility for the SaskMusic Board of Directors.
We pass on a variety of perks, such as draws for delegate passes for NXNE and CMW, as they arise.
Members also receive free faxing and photocopying (up to 100 pages per month per member)
- At Regina or Saskatoon offices.
Members receive discounts on paid advertising (such as ads in The Session, and digital banner ads on www.saskmusic.org or the e-release).
For signup information/current membership rates, please visit the Join Us page.