September 24, 2020

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Venues, Festivals and related Tourism-friendly spaces: Urgent Grant Deadline

We have been informed that there are COVID-relief grant funds available which can still be accessed through a tourism sector initiative and for which music spaces may be eligible. However the deadline is SOON – October 1.

Under the program, eligible tourism businesses include "Attraction or Tour Sector Businesses" ie that normally attract at least 20% of audience from a distance of at least 40 km; and (events) could not or cannot be held in 2020 due to restrictions on public gatherings (see guidelines for details).
This is one time funding intended for those in the "event business sector" and can be doubled up with other supports you may have applied for. If you need support but are unsure whether you quality for this grant, advice has been offered by the Tourism Saskatoon team, 306 931 7571, Contact them to see if you should apply.


Ongoing Change

Working With Ongoing Change: Embracing Creative Flow To Cope and Thrive
Online October 7, 7pm

Change & uncertainty—two words that have taken on a whole new depth in our current global situation. As we step into what has been called the "new normal" we are still faced with change and uncertainty every day. That takes a toll on the body, mind, our creative flow, and our ability to cope.

Whether you identify as a musician, industry creative, administrator, music lover, somewhere in between those roles or someone else, this workshop is created for you. It is natural to be feeling stress, fatigue, or noticing surprising emotions in the not-knowing of change. This workshop aims to offer a variety of experiences to tap into your inner wisdom by tapping into your creative flow.

We will learn how to support the nervous system (our brain and body) through ongoing change and learn coping skills that will help us to feel more grounded and in flow. We will access our creativity and inner vision through sound meditation and process with drawing and journaling to create intuitively.  These processes help to anchor into the receptive and creative process that can reveal to us hidden wisdom.

This workshop is part education, part meditation, and part creation. The intention is that you will leave feeling a little bit lighter and a lot more inspired by your own inner potential.

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Culture Days

Culture Days x SaskMusic Present: Free Workshops

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. 

Reimagined to engage and delight despite the times, Culture Days has extended beyond the traditional Weekend to a 4-week interactive, immersive arts and culture experience happening across Canada in-person where possible, and online.

This year, SaskMusic is proud to present four FREE workshops as part of Culture Days.

Tuesday, October 6 - The Vocal Routine: How to Achieve Your Best Vocal Performances
Learn the most effective strategies and exercises for warming up your voice, increasing stamina and strength and exploring the true potential of your big voice!
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Thursday, October 8 - Introduction to Songwriting
Have you always wanted to write a song? This workshop will be geared to those who are interested in songwriting fundamentals, and those in the early stages of their songwriting habit.
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Tuesday, October 13 - Artist Bios 101: How to Write A Bio That Gets You Noticed
Every artist wants a great bio because it can be a powerful part of your marketing toolkit. In this session we'll dive into the basics - you'll learn about what should and shouldn't be included, what parts of your backstory are interesting to your audience, and how to highlight your best achievements. Get started with a bio you feel proud to post and send!
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Thursday, October 15 - Rhythms At Home
Come and join Jayson Brinkworth as he takes you on a fun journey in percussion. We will explore some everyday items and found sounds that are great percussion instruments, make an amazing sounding tape drum and work on drumming techniques to make your everyday plastic bucket sound incredible!
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Please contact with questions or for help with registration



SaskMusic Opens 2020 Saskatchewan Music Award Nominations

SaskMusic is excited to announce the opening of the nomination submission period for the 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards. The third annual awards will honour excellence in the Saskatchewan music industry and celebrate the achievements of our music industry members over the past year. An awards event announcing the winners will be streamed online on January 24, 2021, in conjunction with the Very Prairie: Saskatchewan Music Summit.

​“We invite artists and industry from across the province to make submissions, and are hoping to see representation that reflects the diverse range of musical styles, cultural backgrounds, and individual experiences of those contributing to the Saskatchewan music scene. It’s an immensely challenging time for our industry, and we look forward to celebrating and sharing the work of our talented artists and industry members from the past year.”

​Submissions for the SMAs will close at 4pm CST on October 30, 2020.

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#LightUpLive #WeBuildEntertainment #EclaironsLesScenes

On September 22, live event venues across Canada were lit up in red to raise awareness for an industry that is largely unable to return to normal operations. Tens of thousands of people who work in events cannot yet return to work, including the many in Saskatchewan whose primary source of income is through live music events, from musicians to sound techs to wait staff. Our Regina office lit up in red to stand in solidarity with the live event industry. Check out the hashtags above on social media to see photos from across the country.


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Registration Reminder, BreakOut West: Home Edition

A reminder that BreakOut West: Home Edition begins tomorrow, September 25, and runs until October 9. This is an online experience including informative keynotes and panel discussions, mentorship meetings, networking mixers, wellness moments, and new music discovery.
Register here:

The 2020 Western Canadian Music Award winners will be announced live on FB this FRIDAY, Sept 25 at 5pm Sask/6pm CDT! As part of the BreakOut West: Home Edition digital conference. The full list of WCMA nominees can be found here

Congrats to our Saskatchewan nominees!

  • Country Artist of the Year: Hunter Brothers, and Jess Moskaluke
  • Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year: Rumpus
  • Francophone Artist of the Year: Ponteix
  • Jazz Artist of the Year: Regina Jazz Society
  • Rock Artist of the Year: The Radiant
  • Roots Artist of the Year: Kacy & Clayton
  • Songwriter(s) of the Year: Kacy Anderson & Clayton Linthicum
  • Spiritual Artist of the Year: Jay Semko
  • Video Director of the Year: Dustin Wilson, Zach Wilson for The Dead South, “Diamond Ring”
  • Visual Media Composer of the Year: Wolf Willow, Etthén Heldeli: “Caribou Eaters”
  • Excellence in Visual Design: Logan Tanner & Ron Baldoza, Trifecta Sound Co.
  • Impact in Artist Development: Regina Jazz Society
  • Impact in Music Marketing: Susan Busse PR


2020 CCMA Celebration Moved Online

Airing September 27 at 9 p.m. on Global in partnership with TD, Country Music’s biggest celebration will be broadcast from two locations, Nashville, Tennessee and rural Ontario and will honour and showcase the biggest names in Canadian country music.  It will feature performances, collaborations and some heartfelt surprise moments. This year’s Awards will be a musical love letter; uniting fans and an entire nation.  With a backdrop of rolling hills and wide-open spaces, they are bringing country music back to the country for this incredibly special show.

Be sure to look out for Saskatchewan artists Jess Moskaluke and Hunter Brothers, who will be performing as part of the show.

We send congratulations to the 2020 CCMA Award nominees. Most especially, representatives from Saskatchewan:

  • Album of the Year: Love, Heartbreak, & Everything In Between – Tenille Arts
  • Fans’ Choice: Hunter Brothers (public voting open now at
  • Female Artist of the Year: Jess Moskaluke
  • Group of the Year: Hunter Brothers
  • Rising Star: Tenille Arts
  • Video of the Year: Silver Lining – Hunter Brothers
  • Music Director of the Year (Medium/Small Market): Cal Gratton – CJVR-FM Melfort
  • Recording Studio of the Year: Bart McKay Productions – Saskatoon
  • Record Producers) of the Year: Jacob Durrett, Brett Kissel, Bart McKay for Now Or Never (Artist: Brett Kissel)

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PASSPORT: Music Export Summit, Submissions Now Open

Applications are now open for a new edition of PASSPORT: Music Export Summit. The intensive professional development program is geared at career expansion for artist managers, music companies, and export-ready, self-managed artists in Canada.

Taking place in February 2021, PASSPORT will prepare music entrepreneurs with business skills and product development to help bring Canadian music to the world. PASSPORT is an opportunity to learn from experienced professionals with extensive knowledge and success in preparing artists for international export, and also from their peers.

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Career Tracks

Featured Career Tracks Mentor: Adrienne LaBelle

Adrienne LaBelle is the Project Coordinator at Mint Records and a musician based out of Vancouver, BC. She has been involved in the Vancouver music community since 2007 as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, recording artist, and performer. She has played in several projects over the years, including Aunts & Uncles, Movieland, Cult Babies, Supermoon, Energy Slime, Jay Arner and most recently, Garbage Dreams.

Adrienne joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including: DIY touring, showcasing, grant writing, and A&R.

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 industry topics.

To book a consult with Adrienne, or to read more about our other 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.

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