Evolution Youth Music Summit presented by SaskMusic


  • February 23, 2024 - Showtime: 8:30am
  • February 24, 2024 - Showtime: 8:30am


University of Regina

    Evolution Youth Music Summit

    Calling young artists and aspiring music professionals!

    Attend FREE in Regina, Friday February 23 or Saturday, February 24/2024

    We have room for additional participants, so are now leaving registration open for walkups on Saturday February 24.

    Are you interested in music – maybe a musician, singer, or songwriter - and curious to learn more about performing and the music business? SaskMusic is offering an exciting opportunity for youth (age 14 to 25) to learn more about performing and professional music options. 

    Our Evolution Youth Music Summit will be a unique opportunity for you to receive information and guidance to get started in the right direction, and meet others who are passionate about music. We’re gathering working artists and industry professionals to mentor you through topics such as musicianship (with separate sessions for vocal, bass, guitar, etc), promotions, professionalism, stage skills, and other topics geared to those getting started in the music scene.

    This one-day summit will be offered on two dates. You can attend on Friday, February 23 or Saturday, February 24.

    Thanks to the support of our sponsors FACTOR Canada and Creative Saskatchewan, we are able to offer free registration! Attendees are responsible for their own travel to Regina and accommodations if required. We are also offering a limited number of bursaries for those who need financial assistance to attend (bursary applications are closed as of February 10).

    Summit Schedule

    Each day is a standalone summit.

    At University of Regina Main Campus (La Cité Building)
    La Cité Building Address: 3727 Sagittaire Lane, Regina
    (Wascana Parkway to University Drive North turn right on Sagittaire Lane)
    Paid parking in Lot 14 - Right across from La Cité front entrance
    See PDF for Building & Parking Locations


    For minors attending, a parent or guardian must register with and attend events with the attendee(s) they are registering. Please bring a refillable water bottle, and something to take notes with.

    8:30-9:00am     Registration, coffee and juice

    9:00-9:15     Welcome and acknowledgements

    9:15-10:45    Overview of the Music Business

    • How artists earn money – royalties and copyright 101
    • Things you need to do first
    • How to build your image/promote yourself
    • Professionalism and building your career
    • Protecting yourself from scams
    • Q & A

    10:45-11:00 Break

    11:00-12:15 CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS: Choose one. Instrument workshops will discuss warm ups / technique, professionalism, practice habits, attitude and freelancing and related topics. 

    • Vocal workshop
    • Guitar workshop 
    • Bass workshop 
    • Drums workshop 
    • Behind the Board workshop: Overview of how to get started in live sound or studio recording work (audio engineer or producer), professionalism and best practices, ‘Day in the life’ of a live or recording professional.

    12:20-1:20pm    Lunch break (A seating area will be available for those bringing a bagged lunch. There are also take-out restaurant options around the U of R.)

    1:20-2:35      Booking shows: How to book/negotiate – fair pricing and pay; Promoting your gigs; Professionalism

    2:35-3:50     Releasing Music: How to prepare for your first time in a recording studio; How to get your music online and promote it to fans; Overview of grants available to artists

    3:50-5:00      Performing Tips: Creating a great show, Stage plots and soundchecks

    5:00-6:30      Break for supper
    *Artists performing that evening, and Behind the Board class attendees if desired, participate in evening setup.

    7:00-9:00pm   Live Demonstration Performances and industry panel feedback (Doors open 6:30pm)

    4 acts, 2 songs each with time for discussion.
    Behind the Board group attendees have the opportunity to shadow the live crew during setup and the show.
    All summit attendees and their guardians are encouraged to attend the show to hear feedback provided to the performers, as much of it will apply to other artists. All attendees are welcome to attend either/both evenings.

    9:00             Parting and thank yous



    About SaskMusic

    SaskMusic is a non-profit, member-based creative association. We represent, promote and develop the artists and music industry of Saskatchewan. We offer one-on-one guidance, workshops, marketing and export assistance, career development opportunities, peer sessions, artists/services directory, and much more. From songwriters and freelance musicians to studios, we work with artists and industry members from across our province, in an extensive range of genres and skill levels. We provide information and resources to the public and the music industry, and are the presenters of the Saskatchewan Music Awards. If you have questions, we want to help. You can subscribe to our (free) e-release for updates on the Saskatchewan music scene, or join as a paid member for as little as $30 for an annual youth membership.

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