January 26, 2018

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Music Contracts 101!

Join us for a new Skills Lab with entertainment lawyer and musician Kurt Dahl!

We'll examine the essential contracts artists are likely to encounter throughout their musical careers, and cover the major deal points and possible red flags in each. Kurt will walk participants through:

  • Recording Agreements (Licensing or full Record deal)
  • Publishing Agreements (3 types)
  • Management Agreements
  • Artist Development Agreements
  • Producer Agreements

This event will appeal to artists at all levels of their careers, whether emerging or established. FREE for SaskMusic members, $20 for non-members.

REGINA Wed Jan 31
ONLINE Wed Jan 31

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We have more workshop announcement coming very soon - stay tuned!

Thank you to Creative Saskatchewan for their support!


Save the DateWe'll be opening registrations for these events soon:

with Bill Waynert, CPA, CA, CMA with MNP

Be prepared for filing your income taxes as a musician, band, label, etc! This one is always a member favourite!

March 7 Regina and online
March 8 Saskatoon

"The Artist Voice – How to Draw it Out and let it Land"

with Tamara Beatty, performance coach, vocal coach on NBC's The Voice

We'll be hosting a not-to-be-missed master class - especially for all the vocalists! 

March 25 Saskatoon only 

ARTIST & LABEL KEYNOTE at the Sask. Country Music Awards Weekend
with TBA
April 28 Prince Albert


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Music PEI Canadian Song Conference 2018 Submissions!

We invite submissions from advanced Saskatchewan songwriters for a unique collaborative, educational, and performance event in Charlottetown PEI this May! One fortunate writer will be chosen to participate, all expenses paid. Application deadline February 15, 2018.

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BOW Submissions

BreakOut West: Kelowna BC, October 10-14, 2018

1. BreakOut West Festival &
Western Canadian Music Award Submissions
Deadline: Midnight CST March 21, 2018

Award Nominations – Artistic and Industry:
Award Qualifying Period: January 1, 2016-March 21, 2018
The fees, FAQs, Categories, and Guidelines are found here. https://breakoutwest.ca/awards/guidelines-and-categories

For the artistic awards, the release requirements are that you need to have released a minimum of 3 songs to radio, retail, or online between January 1, 2016 and March 21, 2018. The exception is Recording of the year, which requires an album release of at least 30 minutes or 6 songs.

Please also remember that SaskMusic members can nominate deserving Industry professionals for FREE! The categories are Audio Engineering, Community Excellence, Excellence in Visual Design, Impact in Artist Development, Impact in Live Music, and Impact in Music Marketing.

Festival Showcase Submissions
You’ll need to provide 3 tracks for evaluation, but you don’t have to have a current album release. All genres are invited to apply!

Award Jurors
Each year, WCMA solicits help from its membership and key industry persons regionally and nationally to act as qualified jurors. Jury members are volunteering members of the music industry who are experts within their field and genre and represent the industry at large. Their knowledge and ability to interpret the current music landscape regionally and nationally makes them qualified to help select the WCMA nominees.

Former and new jurists are encouraged to apply.

1st round jury reviews will start April 2 and end April 20. 2nd round jury and member voting will start May 2 and end May 16 (dates subject to change).

2. Conference Registration
Right now the extra-early bird discount is 20%, until March 21. Early bird rate follows from March 22–Aug 7.

This once-a-year event includes a 4-Day Conference, the Festival, and Western Canadian Music Awards. BreakOut West is the primary event hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance.

Surround yourself with hundreds of like-minded career musicians, and international industry professionals for a weekend of career boosting opportunities. Gain valuable insights and connections through speaker panels, one-on-one networking, and live industry showcases. Early bird pricing is on, and remember to register for one-on-one spots as soon as they're announced, as they fill up quickly!

3. Need help?
All the info on the above can be found at www.breakoutwest.ca. If you have questions about anything, contact the WCMA's Johnny Marlow, johnny@breakoutwest.ca or 204-943-8485.



Love Sucks vs Love Rocks

In honour of Valentine's Day, we are building our annual playlists that take sides regarding the trials and triumphs of #LOVE: 
We're looking for new love-themed tracks to add to our  Love Rocks or Love Sucks playlists now!

More info and to submit songs


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The Making of a Marketing Plan: Update

In addition to our marketing plan workshop being available on YouTube, with the accompany English work document, we have just added a French version of the document as well!  

CREATING A MARKETING PLAN: For the Artist, English
Pour l'artiste: CRÉER UN PLAN DE MARKETING, French



FACTOR Info Session Now Online

Our January event is now available for viewing on YouTube, with the accompanying document available here. 


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Just a reminder we are also on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. 




See Above. New ones will be added at www.saskmusic.org/workshops!


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Music Heals

A Night Out For Music Heals: March 3

On the first Saturday of March, we celebrate Music Therapy Awareness Month with A Night Out for Music Heals.

This annual event brings together the nightlife and bar industry to raise funds and awareness for music therapy programs across Canada. In 2017 Music Heals raised over $19,900, with 90 venues participating coast to coast!

Saskatchewan venues can get involved with a great cause: participating venues donate $1 from each admission charge on March 3. Register your venue now: nightout@musicheals.ca. Venues on board so far include Bushwakker Brewing Company, Lot Club, and Revival Music Room in Regina, and The Root Bistro in Lloydminster. 

The Music Heals Charitable Foundation helps raise awareness of the healing powers of Music and to help fundraise for Music Therapy and related services across Canada.


A few quick artist highlights. Congrats to:

Tenille Arts, who will be performing her new song "Moment of Weakness," co-written with Adam Wheeler and Rick Huckaby, on ABC's The Bachelor, airing January 29. The song will be available everywhere following the show. 

The Dead South on an amazing week last week - gaining 999,000+ more video views on their YouTube channel!

The Sheepdogs on their #1 song at Canadian Rock radio this week, with "I've Got a Hole Where My Heart Should Be". Their new album "Changing Colours" drops next week!


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Monthly Songwriters Groups

Saskatoon: Next meeting is Sunday, February 4, 1pm at Studio XII (9-1025 Boychuk Dr.) The group meets the first Sunday of each month. Everyone welcome.

Group info: https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonsongwriters/

Regina: Next meeting is Thursday, February 15, 7pm at SaskMusic Regina (1831 College Ave). The group meets the third Thursday of each month. Everyone welcome!

Group info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/258208420940008/


We have listed some upcoming submission deadlines here, but be sure to bookmark our Sound Opportunities page as it's frequently updated!


Folk On The Rocks Music Festival - Performance Opportunity

July 20-22, 2018, Yellowknife NWT
Deadline: January 30, 2018

FOTR is one of Canada’s top summertime music and cultural festivals, drawing performers from the NWT, Nunavut and all across Canada for the North’s biggest party under the midnight sun. The festival boasts more than 24 hours of programming on five stages, including a children's area and a beer garden, promising fun and enjoyment for all ages. Family-friendly acts only. 

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Canada Plays: Up Stream Music Fest & Summit - Showcase Opportunity

June 1-3, 2018 in Seattle WA
Deadline: January 31, 2018

Canadian artists are invited to apply to showcase at Upstream Music Festival + Summit in the heart of downtown Seattle. Upstream is a three-day music festival and industry summit where attendees can discover acclaimed national artists performing alongside rising stars from the Northwest. Upstream transforms Seattle's Pioneer Square neighbourhood into a walkable mixtape June 1-3 and includes a main stage experience, and over 15 intimate venues throughout Pioneer Square. Canada has been invited to showcase the best of our country among 200+ other emerging artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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Canadian Songwriting Competition

Deadline: January 31, 2018

You can use member discount code MASK17188 for the remainder of the competition! 

Songwriters are invited to enter the second annual Canadian Songwriting Competition. This year’s competition will be bigger and better, with a cash prize of $10,000, and over $40,000 in prizes to be won. Judges include acclaimed artists, and industry tastemakers in A&R, radio, festival programming, publishing and more. CSC is also thrilled to partner with the SickKids Foundation to help raise funds for in-hospital music programming. 


Queen City Rocks Contest

Deadline: February 2, 2018

Rock Station 104.9 The Wolf, The Exchange, and Long and McQuade Musical Instruments present Queen City Rocks. There will be up to 5 run-off performance weeks. The band scoring the highest total of points during their run-off will advance to the Grand Finale on March 29. Five bands perform each night in randomly selected order. Each band receives 20 minutes on the clock (with a maximum of 1 cover song). Bands will be awarded points by an adjudication panel based on a number of categories (stagecraft, songcraft, vocal performance, etc).  Professionalism play a factor in the points process. 

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CBCMusic.ca Searchlight Competition

Deadline: 3pm EST February 6, 2018

Searchlight is CBC Music's annual contest to determine Canada's best undiscovered musical talent. Listener feedback and online voting determines the artists who advance to the final four. This year's incredible prizes include a spot in the prestigious Allan Slaight Juno Master Class in Toronto, Canada’s premiere talent development program,  a week-long residency at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Calgary, and performances at JunoFest 2019 and the 2018 CBC Music Festival at Echo Beach, Toronto.

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Voting and judging begin Feb. 13. The winner will be declared March 19.


Frogfest 2018 - Performance Opportunity

June 29-July 2/18, Clearwater County AB
Deadline: February 9, 2018

FrogFest Music and Arts Festival is a registered non-profit in Alberta. The festival occurs annually on the Canada Day long weekend in the beautiful boreal forest of Clearwater County, Alberta. A stage emerges from the flora, featuring independent artists and stunning art installations. FrogFest proudly focuses on community, sustainability, and inclusiveness. It is a chance for people to connect in a natural setting that supports metamorphosis on a cultural level. All genres welcome.

More Info.


The Great Escape - Showcasing 

May 17-19, 2018, Brighton UK
Deadline: February 12, 2018

The Great Escape is the festival for new music, showcasing 450 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across Brighton. TGE is attended by the music industry who are on the hunt for the next big thing. A convention runs alongside the gigs featuring insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and networking opportunities in abundance.

SaskMusic will be on hand supporting any Sask artists who are invited to perform this year. Artists are encouraged to apply ASAP as submissions are reviewed as they come in. 


Indigenous Music Awards Nominations

May 18, 2018, Winnipeg MB
Deadline: February 14, 2018

Submissions are accepted from Indigenous recording artists and music industry professionals from around the world; voting is conducted by music industry professionals. Submissions must have been released between February 15/16 to February 14/18 to be eligible.

The 2018 Indigenous Music Awards along with the IMA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on May 18 in Winnipeg MB. Traditional categories of the awards will be presented at the Manito Ahbee International Pow Wow. 2018

Categories include: Best Blues, Best Country, Best Folk, Best Gospel, Best Inuit, Indigenous Language or Francophone, Best Instrumental, Best Hand Drum, Best Peyote, Best Pow Wow - Traditional, Best Pow Wow - Contemporary, Best Pop, Best Rap/Hip Hop, Best Rock, Best Music Radio Program, Best Television Music Program, Best International Indigenous Release, Best Music Video, Best New Artist, Best Producer/Engineer, Best Radio Single. 

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Manitoba Music and Canada Council Celebrate Ninth Edition of Indigenous Music Residency

Twenty Indigenous artists from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for the Indigenous Music Residency (formerly AMP Camp), which kicks off January 28. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency...



Prince Albert to Host the 29th Annual Saskatchewan Country Music Awards

The Saskatchewan Country Music Association is pleased to announce the 29th Annual Saskatchewan Country Music Awards and Country Music Festival will take place April 27, 28 and 29 in Prince Albert.

Officially announced Jan 23, SCMA President, Arron R...



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The following is a small sample of listings you can find in our Saskatchewan Events Calendar - one of the biggest resources for live shows around the province, plus Saskatchewan artists show dates across Canada.

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