October 15, 2021

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Sask Music Awards

SaskMusic Opens 2021 Saskatchewan Music Award Nominations

SaskMusic is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination submission period for the 2021 Saskatchewan Music Awards. The fourth 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 20, 2022, in conjunction with the Very Prairie: Saskatchewan Music Summit.

SaskMusic notes, "We invite artists and industry members from all across the province to make submissions. There has been so much exciting music coming from Saskatchewan this year, with creativity continuing despite the challenges of the pandemic. We hope to see representation from a wide range of musical styles, cultural backgrounds, and artistic experiences of those working in our music scene. We look forward to a wonderful celebration honouring the hard work of our talented artists and industry members this past year."

Submissions for the SMAs will close at 11:59pm CST on November 2, 2021.

More info and eligibility critera


Export Program


Developing Your UK Market: Apply Now for Mentorship!

We are working with the UK-based Enki Music to provide direct information about the UK music market to SaskMusic members.

While touring internationally is difficult at the current time, progress can still be made in learning about options to release, market, tour and develop your team overseas. Topics of discussion may include things such as industry trends, how to market yourself as a foreign artist overseas, tour routing and festival markets, logistics, information on the publishing network, and more.

This program will be of interest to artists, bands, songwriters, and others. Spots will be provided in this intake to a range of artists, from emerging to export-ready artists.

More info and application form


Showcase Filming

SaskMusic Showcase Filming, Intake 2
Deadline 5pm Friday, October 22, 2021

We are seeking submissions from Saskatchewan-resident artists who are interested in having a live performance professionally filmed for the purposes of marketing their music and/or for export development opportunities. These performances will be filmed without an audience present, and following government-recommended pandemic protocols. Artists will be filmed in either Regina or Saskatoon with a professional sound and video crew on a date to be discussed with artists, beginning in November 2021 and running into 2022.

The footage will be used by SaskMusic for promoting the selected artists, and the Saskatchewan music industry as a whole, in domestic and international markets. The footage will be later available to the artists for their own use. Our first intake of this program saw artist footage utilized at virtual showcase events including M for Montreal, Folk Alliance International (Folk Unlocked), New Colossus Festival (Upstairs Neighbours), Liverpool Sound City Digital, and Canadian Music Week, as well as the Saskatchewan Music Awards.

More info


Juno Awards


2022 JUNO Award Nominations: Submissions Bursary
Deadline: December 10, 2021

Making a JUNO Awards nomination submission this year? We want to help!

SaskMusic will accept applications from Saskatchewan-resident artists and music industry professionals to have the costs of their CARAS voting membership plus up to two nomination submissions for the 2022 JUNO Awards reimbursed (to a total maximum reimbursement of $225 plus tax per applicant).

More info


CS new grant

*NEW* Music Video Production Grant Workshop with Creative Sask

Join the Creative Saskatchewan team as they announce the NEW Music Video Production Grant. Learn all about this how this collaborative program pairs emerging Saskatchewan talent from the screen-based and music sectors.

They’ll chat about the new Music Video Production Grant program, the guidelines, review the assessment criteria, discuss the application process, and help you determine if this grant is right for your project. Joining them in the lunchroom will be musician Jeffery Straker and Producer/Director Christopher Triffo of Wavelength Entertainment Group, who will share their music video success stories.

The Music Video Production Grant opens October 27, 2021 and the first deadline for the music sector is November 24, 2021. The grant will be open to filmmakers from December 15-January 4, 2022, with a deadline of January 18, 2022. This lunchroom series workshop is a great chance to get all the info you need in order to apply!

More info and to register



One-On-One Mentorship Sessions with CMI: Canada’s Music Incubator
Presented by Creative Saskatchewan

Calling Saskatchewan musicians! Creative Saskatchewan invites you to apply for a One-On-One Mentorship Session with CMI: Canada’s Music Incubator. Applications are now being accepted to receive a 60-minute online mentorship session with a CMI industry mentor. Selected participants will be scheduled to meet with a CMI mentor and will have the opportunity to discuss areas of development specific to their music businesses. The mentorship sessions are first come-first served for applicants who meet the requirements. The fee for the session is covered by Creative Saskatchewan, so there is no cost to selected participants!

The One-On-One Mentorship Sessions are customized to each selected participants’ needs. Possible topics of discussion include:

  • New releases
  • Marketing & branding
  • Digital strategy & social media
  • Funding & grant writing
  • Copyright & royalties
  • Negotiation & contracts
  • Improving gigs
  • Pitching
  • Communication & conflict resolution
  • Registering your business
  • Revenue & expenses
  • Publicity
  • Touring
  • Show Advancing
  • Festivals
  • Goal Setting/Action Plans
  • Song Analysis/Songwriting
  • Contracts
  • Negotiation
  • Finances
  • Team Building
  • Endorsements & Sponsorships
  • Anything else you'd like to discuss!

Applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis from Saskatchewan musicians who would be considered developing or emerging, along with Saskatchewan managers and music industry professionals. To apply, visit: https://canadasmusicincubator.com/creativesask1-on-1/



Watch the Western Canadian Music Awards live tonight, October 15!

Celebrate this year's Western Canadian Music Award nominees and winners at a special viewing party, livestreamed on BreakOut West and SaskMusic's Facebook pages from the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg tonight, Friday October 15 at 5PM SK time!

Nominees list https://breakoutwest.ca/awards



Seeking Music Instructors for the Sask Music Directory

Are you teaching music lessons of any kind this fall, and have openings? You can submit yourself into the Sask Music Directory, with categories for both in-person music instruction (https://www.saskmusic.org/directory/search-directory/category:music-instruction) or the newer Online Music Lessons category (https://www.saskmusic.org/directory/search-directory/category:online-music-lessons)

It's free to submit. Just login to your SaskMusic account at www.saskmusic.org/login and go to Listings!


Closing the Gap

National Survey: Closing the Gap

“Closing the Gap: Impact and Representation of Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) Live Music Workers in Canada” is a national research project led by the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) and its partners. 

The study is designed to provide a more detailed picture of the opportunities for, and barriers to, addressing racism and discrimination in the live music sector. The study’s findings and recommendations will inform the development of an industry-wide action plan to implement more inclusive practices nationwide.

Anyone and everyone working in the live music community across Canada is encouraged to participate. Those completing the survey will have a chance to win a random draw for a $200 gift card every week the survey is open. A final report outlining the study’s findings and recommendations will be made publicly available at the conclusion of the research later this year at: www.canadianlivemusic.ca.

To take the survey: https://ca1se.voxco.com/S2/114/clmaclosingthegap/




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


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!Earshot Distro New Offer:
SaskMusic Members get up to 50% off uploads now through January 31/2022

The NCRA/ANREC (Non-profit radio in Canada) has set up the !Earshot Distro system to allow artists and labels to upload their music and submit it directly to 75+ radio stations (Campus/Community/Indigenous and Podcasters) and their programmers (and growing). This is a non-profit system that eliminates the need to send out CDs or unsolicited emails.

SaskMusic members have access to the system from now through January 31/2022 at up to a 50% discount. You are encouraged to upload both your new and back catalogue releases onto the system. Their is no cost to create an account, the only cost occurs when you have completed uploading your material and wish to push the finished product into the library/catalogue. Pre-discount costs are $7.00 Canadian +Tax per song or $50.00 Canadian +Tax per album (8-20 songs).  Once a release is live in the system, there are no additional costs to keep it in the library. To obtain the discount code, login to your SaskMusic account (www.saskmusic.org/login) and in the Backstage area, go to Member Resources.



Call for SaskMusic Jurors!

Would you like to participate in future SaskMusic juries? Let us know and we'll keep you on our contact list for the next year.

Selection for any given jury (which might include showcase events/opportunities; awards; or other) will be dependent on the number of people interested, a pool drawn from local and national industry members, our desire to achieve a diverse jury, and the experience you indicate.

Sign up at: https://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/saskmusic-juror-signup-2021/



Featured Singles/Videoshttps://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/p1b5aft60baybgl/

Submit Albums/Newshttps://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/p1j5txnh11l7bht/

Have you recently released or will soon be releasing an official single, music video, or album, in any genre? Have some exciting music news to share?We want to know what you've got going on! Even if we follow your socials, we (and other media) don't see, or catch everything you post about. Please let us know your release date and/or other activities. Just follow the links above!


RWG promo

Please check out the monthly songwriter groups Facebook pages for more information about upcoming meetings and whether they will be online or in-person.

Saskatoon group info: https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonsongwriters/

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


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Got gigs? Whether they're streaming concerts or live shows as things begin to open up - pls send your show details to gigs@saskmusic.org so we can add them to our calendar!


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