May 7, 2020

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Open House

Second wave of artists announced in the Open House series!

For the months of April and May, SaskMusic and CBC Saskatchewan will be presenting a series of Saskatchewan-based artists live on Facebook. You can join us every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for an eclectic mix of music from across the province! You can revisit past live streams on our Facebook page, and join us in real time for the next few weeks!

Patient Hands

Tonight, our featured performer is Patient Hands! Patient Hands is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Alexander Stooshinoff. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Grouper, Sun Kil Moon, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, their live show incorporates modular synthesis, fingerstyle guitar, vocals, and field recordings. 2020 will see a reissue of their debut album "Stoic" on Japanese label Moorworks and supporting 13-date Japanese tour, as well as the release of their sophomore album "There Are No Graves Here" on Spanish experimental label, Piano & Coffee Records, in September.

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Virtual tip jars

Virtual Tipjars (new article up)

As the world hunkers down and stays in for the pandemic, many artists are turning hard into streaming their live performances, and to online marketing. Without a door charge attached to these virtual shows, the artist is still left without a source of timely income. With that in mind we've collected some options for artists who wish to request virtual ticket donations or subscriptions from fans online.

Check out the article HERE


Online Music Lessons

Are You Offering Online Music Lessons?

We are looking to collect a list of teachers providing lessons. We know many of you have transitioned to providing Skype/Whatsapp/Zoom etc lessons and we’d like to know if you are accepting new students. Please email with a description of your services including instrument(s) taught, musical styles, level of instructions, how the general public can reach you, and any other pertinent information. A photo or logo would be very helpful as well. Information will be posted on our website.

If you're interested in taking online lessons, check out the list of instructors we've collected so far! Online Music Lessons 


Live Stream Sask

Are You Doing A Streaming Concert? Let Us Know!

We are also looking to help promote your upcoming streaming concerts/release parties, and to help provide this information for media. Please tag your social posts with #LiveStreamSask; you can also send details directly to (graphics appreciated!). The more notice you can provide us with the better, with some media outlets preparing "coming up this week" announcements!



We are working on an introductory level FACTOR webinar for our members, but, if you have any questions please send them in the meantime. For those who have never applied for FACTOR funding your first step will be to create an Artist and Applicant Profile on their website , and you can do this at any time now. In fact if you're looking at applying soon, we recommend you do it ASAP. With FACTOR programs, the first step is to create these profiles and have them give you a 'rating,' before you can continue on to starting a grant application. In 95%+ of cases, artists receive a "general" rating, so you can use that level as a reference if you're looking into the funding programs they offer.

There is an upcoming deadline of May 28 for one of FACTOR's entry level programs, the Artist Development Program. It offers a $2,000* subsidy toward one year of artist development activities which can include recording, (future) touring & showcasing, video production, marketing and promotion. These activities must be detailed in an artist development plan that you upload. For this program you need an MP3 of a recent demo along with lyrics, known as the assessment track; a current artist biography (which gets uploaded to your artist profile); and an artist development plan, which sets out all the intended artist development activities to be undertaken if the project is approved for funding (this in particular is something SaskMusic can help you develop if needed.) At the end of the Artist Development year, successful applicants must provide one new recorded song as part of their final report.

There is also an upcoming deadline of May 28 for the more advanced level Juried Sound Recording.

*FACTOR will reimburse 75% of the eligible costs on your budget up to $2,000, meaning you would need to spend at least $2667 including Donated Services towards your plan.

Here is more info on how to get started:




New workshops and webinars being added at!


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Career Tracks

Featured Career Tracks Mentor: Robyn Dell'Unto

Songwriter and producer Robyn Dell'Unto is dedicated to helping artists achieve their creative goals. Her distinctive artist-relations style and interconnected approach to songwriting and production has resulted in over 100 commercial cuts since 2013 including SOCAN #1 I See Gold for Good Lovelies, recent Canadian pop radio add DCMO for LU KALA, Cause You Did for Willa and I Don’t Sleep for Emma Lamontagne, as well as recent singles for Emma-Lee, Jadea Kelly, Virago, Rosie & the Riveters, Stacey Kay, Leah Daniels and more. Originally from Toronto, she is currently based in Nashville with her photographer husband and two cats.

As a solo artist, Dell'Unto's songs have been featured in 50+ television episodes, films and commercial campaigns including Wynonna Earp, Being Erica, Kim's Convenience, Degrassi, Harriet The Spy, Time Freak (staring Sophie Turner) and campaigns for Smart Set and Zara. Singles from her self-produced 2017 record Beaconsfield remain in heavy rotation on CBC national programs. Her 2014 record Little Lines was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award and her 2010 debut single Just A Bird (Orange Lounge/Universal Music) spent 35 weeks in the Top 10 on South Africa’s Algoa FM.

Dell'Unto founded A Song Of My Own songwriting workshops for kids (formerly offered in Toronto District School Board and Montessori schools) as well as Logic X production workshops for women.

Robyn is available to discuss anything related to music industry navigation including artist development, branding, licensing, co-writing, production, networking, fundraising, radio promotions and mental health.

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 with Robyn or to read more about our mentors, click HERE


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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.

Saskatoon group info:

Regina group info:


M for Montreal

The call for artists to apply for M POUR MONTRÉAL/M FOR MONTREAL has been extended until June 1! M for Montreal takes place from Nov. 18 - 21, 2020. It's an opportunity to perform in front of more than 200 music industry professionals from around the world, eager to make discoveries and new connections.

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Side Door is offering an opportunity for artists to set up private, ticketed streaming events as a means to generate revenue. They are also waiving any commission fees for the month of April, ensuring all ticket sales go directly back to the performers. To create your online show with Side Door, browse shows, and read live stream tips, click HERE


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