July 9, 2020

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SaskMusic Indigenous Advisory - Seeking Members

We are currently seeking volunteer members for our new Indigenous Advisory, which will provide advice and make recommendations to the SaskMusic Board of Directors regarding the activities and direction of the organization. The SaskMusic Board is currently seeking Advisory members from Saskatchewan Indigenous communities. Representatives may also come from national, regional or community-based organizations to give fair and equal voice to the diverse cultural perspectives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples from Treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10. SaskMusic aims to be inclusive of diverse voices, where Indigenous Advisory members can contribute based on their professional and personal experiences as well as from artists and musicians in the music industry within Saskatchewan.

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Phase 2

Canada Music Fund (CMF): Phase 2 Now Open

The Department of Canadian Heritage announced Phase 2 of the Emergency Support Fund on July 7, 2020. This phase aims to support Canada’s live music industry as well as recording studios and other companies and organizations that did not receive funding under Phase 1. FACTOR will be launching Phase 2 support in two steps. They are now accepting applications from venues, booking agents, artist managers and for-profit festivals. The deadline to apply is July 29, 2020. The funds will be delivered through the Canada Music Fund (CMF). FACTOR and Musicaction will administer these resources to the Anglophone and Francophone music communities respectively.

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Saskatchewan Recording Studios: Features

We’re working on a new Studios Spotlight! For this update, studios who are SaskMusic members will be profiled across our socials and website. If you’re interested in a feature, just login to our website (www.saskmusic.org/login) and update or create your Listing in the Saskatchewan Music Directory.
Preview: https://www.saskmusic.org/directory/search-directory/category:studios

(Be sure to edit/update your Directory listings in other categories such as Producers, Sound & Light or other applicable areas while you’re there!) Thanks in advance and we look forward to hearing from you.


Dead South

JUNO Nominees and Winners Update

The JUNO Awards winners in all 42 categories were announced in a virtual event held June 29. Congratulations to The Dead Southwinners for Traditional Roots Album of the Year for Sugar & Joy, and to nominees Hunter Brothers for Breakthrough Group of the Year and Country Album of the Year; Foxwarren for Alternative Album of the Year; and Terri Fidelak and Carey Shaw for Album Artwork of the Year (Belle Plaine - "Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath").

The show was broadcast on the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music's Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages, and at CBCMusic.ca/junos. The show maintained a lineup of guest presenters and special performances, but did not include acceptance speeches.

Due to the escalation of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on communities across the country and around the world, the difficult decision was made to cancel the 49th annual JUNO Awards that were set to take place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in March 2020.





FACTOR 101 Info Session for Indigenous Artists

Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs are encouraged to join this virtual FACTOR 101: Info Session to learn more about FACTOR and how you can get started to apply for funding on Wednesday, July 29th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST!

This virtual session is designed to provide an overview of FACTOR programs, application process, and eligibility requirements. They will cover in detail the two juried programs, Artist Development and Juried Sound Recording. We will also discuss our Marketing & Promotion for Non-FACTOR-Funded Sound Recordings program - artists may be eligible for this program if a song on an already released album has reached the top 10 on the Indigenous Music Countdown.

We will also be joined by a FACTOR-funded artist (TBC) who will share their experience applying to our programs. In the end we will leave some time for Q&A session!

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NWC Presents 'Run a Successful Remote Songwriting Session' July 28, 5PM

Well before the COVID-19 crisis, remote songwriting sessions were gaining steam as a convenient, cost-effective way to bring artists together for creative collaboration regardless of geographic limitations. Now, they’re more prevalent than ever – and the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

Canadian songwriter, producer, and engineer Karen Kosowski has been based in Nashville for years, outputting hits with a wide and diverse array of successful artists including Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks, Mickey Guyton, and more – sometimes in her own studio and sometimes from several locations at once.

In this free webinar, Karen shares tips and best-practices she’s gained over the years that will help you run productive remote writing sessions, regardless of your genre or who you’re working with.

  • The pros & cons of co-writing remotely
  • How to keep your session running smoothly & stay productive
  • Which tools & technologies are best for remote sessions

You'll Learn:

  • What to expect with a remote writing workflow

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New workshops and webinars are being added at www.saskmusic.org/workshops!


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Call for Export-Ready Artists (non-Regina, non-Saskatoon residents)

We are seeking submissions from export-ready artists who are non-Regina and non-Saskatoon located and are interested in participating in one of three special live performances taking place on August 6, 7 and 8 in Saskatoon (artists will only need to be available for one of the dates). The performances are taking place at TCU Place and will be filmed by SaskTel, to be aired at a later date. Artists will perform a full set, with at least 75% original music. Selected artists will be compensated.

Applicants must have a current SaskMusic membership to be considered for this opportunity. Deadline to submit is July 15 at midnight. Please contact Kaelen Klypak with any questions.

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Career Tracks

Featured Career Tracks Mentor: Melissa MacMaster

Melissa MacMaster has gained valuable business management experience from her previous roles working in Atlantic Canada’s entrepreneurial eco-system and start-up community for over 7 years, where youth entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, and also co-founding the Global Youth Innovation Network in Benin, West Africa. Transferring her high caliber business skill set to the music industry, Melissa successfully launched 902HipHop, operating as an artist management and music licensing and sync company.

Melissa joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions concerning:  artist management, music licensing and sync placements, building international partnerships in the U.S and Europe and the Canadian hip-hop industry in general.

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 Melissa 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: https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonsongwriters/

Regina group info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/258208420940008/


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CFCR Radio Summer Camp for youth aged 12-16

The CFCR Radio Summer Camp will be a youth empowerment project focused on skill-building in the realms of Radio, Media, and Podcasting. Participants will be immersed in a creative, supportive online atmosphere where they will learn and be challenged through daily activities. The intended outcome will be for the youth to walk away feeling empowered, with all of the skills to host their own live radio or spoken word program. The final projects produced during camp will hit the airwaves, with downloads available online. Due to COVID-19, they are hosting the camp online via zoom. Youth will be encouraged to remain engaged with the station, and when CFCR is able to onboard new volunteers in person for live studio training, participants will be welcomed to come to the station in person.

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