Hello friends! Our thoughts are entirely with you during this very difficult and anxiety-inducing time. We will be sharing pertinent updates on our social media platforms. Please take all the preventative measures that you are able to in order to stay healthy.
Our statement on the current situation is available here.
- As of today our two offices will be closed to the walk-in public, with staff largely working from home. In-person events such as workshops and gatherings are postponed indefinitely. However, we are working on alternative programming such as webinars. Staff and our career track mentors remain happy to meet with you for one-on-ones via phone or video chat. We are available to answer questions as usual via email.
URGENT: COVID-19 MUSIC INDUSTRY SURVEY, deadline Thursday 12pm EDT
Measuring Impacts on the Music Industry
All music industry workers, from musicians to techs to venues and beyond, please complete this important survey ASAP. The Canadian Independent Music Association - CIMA/Canadian Blast has put together this survey to gather early data on the severity of the impacts of COVID-19 on the music industry.
PLEASE SHARE THE LINK WIDELY. ALL answers will remain confidential, and will be shared them in aggregate only with key decision makers in government. The purpose is to give government a quick snapshot of the impacts, and to encourage them to provide immediate and long-term relief to the industry. Figures will help. Provide your best estimates. Answer the questions that apply to you (there are questions for businesses, and some for individuals.)
Deadline: Thursday, March 19, 12:00 pm EDT
Note: many organizations are distributing this survey. You only have to take it once.
EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND FOR SASKATCHEWAN MUSIC
SaskMusic to launch emergency relief fund for music industry professionals impacted by lost income due to COVID-19, aka Coronavirus
SaskMusic stands behind artists, venues, and the music industry at large who have made the difficult decision to postpone or cancel concerts and events in an effort to slow the spread and reduce the risk of infection of the COVID-19 virus. We also recognize that this decision has the capacity to cause great financial and emotional strain on musicians, technicians, promoters, and other industry members. SaskMusic is currently in the process of reallocating funds in order to launch an emergency financial response fund to help offset some of the income lost by working music professionals. An intake process will be announced in the coming days.
We also recognize that the demand for this fund may far exceed our own resources, and thus have made the decision to accept private donations. 100% of all funds donated (less any bank/transaction fees) will be distributed to applicants of the program. If you are a music fan or patron of the arts whose upcoming social plans have been impacted by the cancellation of live music events, we encourage you to consider a donation to help support Saskatchewan’s musicians and industry.
To donate via PayPal using your PayPal funds, a credit card, or Visa Debit
To donate via cheque, you can mail to:
SaskMusic, 1831 College Ave, Regina SK, S4P 4V5; telephone 306-347-0676