March 26, 2020

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Managing anxiety

Managing Pandemic Anxiety in the Arts: Online workshop March 30

This informative webinar will be led by Cara Taylor. Learn practical strategies for managing COVID19-related anxiety in the arts community. Each registrant will receive a customized PDF of resources to accompany the webinar. This event is open to everyone who wishes to participate.

To register:
You may enter a pseudonym in the 'name' field to join anonymously.

Please email with any questions about this event.



SaskMusic COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Fund

SaskMusic stands behind artists, venues, and the music industry at large who have made the difficult decision to, or have been required to, postpone or cancel concerts, events, and provision of music industry services 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, and other industry members. This fund is intended to help offset a small portion of some of the income lost by working music professionals.

This fund is not intended to replace all of an individual’s lost income, nor to replace lost income for an extended period of time; we realize our limitations. We do hope to be able to contribute towards alleviating the financial stress on affected individuals as an emergency response. We recognize that the demand for this fund may well exceed our own resources, and that we may only be able to assist a small percentage of those who are requesting help. (Essentially, if you aren’t in great need of help at this time, please leave the funds for someone who is.) Deadline for submission is March 30, 2020. 

Note: If you are having trouble getting documentation, for example fees for cancelled shows, consider the option we provide to upload info from your 2018 or 2019 tax return to calculate an estimate (we only need to see the line(s) directly related to your music income.)

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Unison Benevolent Fund Announces COVID-19 Relief Program

The world is facing one of its greatest challenges. People from all walks of life are facing health risks and financial uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Musicians are unable to tour, leaving numerous entertainment professionals suddenly out of work, venue owners have closed their doors, and laid off staff and the trickle-down effect is extraordinary. Since the outbreak, Unison has received an overwhelming number of requests for assistance from the music community. Registrations have increased by 1,900% or nearly $200,000 per week.

Now more than ever, Unison’s emergency relief assistance is a critical safety-net for members of the Canadian music industry deeply affected by the COVID-19 virus itself and the precautions and protocols surrounding it. As a response, Unison are proud to launch the Unison COVID-19 Relief Program.

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FACTOR deadline

COVID-19 Upcoming FACTOR Deadlines Extension

Due to the impact of COVID19 on their music community FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Records) is extending two of their upcoming deadlines.

The Artist Development and Juried Sound Recording deadline will be extended by two weeks. The new deadline is Thursday May 28.

For eligible music companies looking to apply for support through the Support for Eligible Music Companies program, the Business Development deadline will be extended by 4 weeks. The new deadline is Thursday May 21.

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Nigel Jenkins

Featured Career Tracks Mentor - Nigel Jenkins

Nigel P. Jenkins is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, with a Certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. Nigel is an artist manager and record label owner based in Steady Brook, NL. Through his company, Laughing Heart Music/LHM Records, Nigel has worked with Classified, Heather Rankin, Ben Caplan, Hillsburn, The Lytics, and many other artists as a manager, label owner, and consultant. Nigel has sat on the boards of the Halifax Pop Explosion Music Festival and the Halifax Urban Folk Festival. He was nominated for the 2018 Nova Scotia Music Week Artist Manager of the Year Award, and the 2017 East Coast Music Award for Artist Manager of the Year.

Career Tracks offers confidential, one-on-one assistance to artists and music professionals. SaskMusic members can meet with our team to discuss career plans, marketing strategies, touring, songwriting and copyright, funding and grant applications, demo critiques/reviews, industry trends, or other relevant music topics.

To book a consult or to read more about our mentors, click HERE


CD Baby

CD Baby offering promo code to SaskMusic members 

COVID-19 has hit the indie artist community hard, with many suffering a loss of income from cancelled shows and tours. CD Baby would like to help by offering a promo code as there is a good chance a lot of new music is being created and they would like to help get it out to the world. Use the promo code below for a FREE PRO SINGLE world-wide distribution (value: $29.95US)*.

CODE: SASKMUSIC19 (one time use per account)

DEADLINE: Mon May 18, 2020

About: CD Baby, Inc. is the largest online distributor of independent music in the world. The company is the only digital aggregator with top preferred partner status with both Spotify and Apple Music, and it is home to more than 800,000+ artists and 9 million tracks that are made available to over 150 digital services and platforms around the globe.

 CD Baby's Services

  • Streams and download sales on over 150 popular digital music platforms (like Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Pandora, etc.)
  • CD and vinyl sales
  • YouTube, Facebook, TikTok and Instagram ad revenue
  • Sync licensing catalog
  • Worldwide publishing royalty collection, including mechanical royalties for streams
  • Marketing tools, and more

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With the live gathering shutdown, we understand it's tough out there for musicians and music companies. Performance royalties from broadcast airplay is one of the strongest ways to continue generating revenue from music, and radio and TV broadcasters are still programming new music. Music has the power to heal both mentally and physically, and helps unite communities in spirit.

To help keep the music flowing, Yangaroo is happy to announce 25% off all promotional deliveries. Simply input the following code when sending releases from now through April 10th, 2020: CRUSHCOVID

Looking for more info? email or visit


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The monthly Songwriters groups are currently meeting online via Zoom. Please check out their Facebook groups for more information about the next meeting.

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