April 6, 2023

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We're Hiring


SaskMusic (The Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association) is looking for a dynamic, energetic and experienced individual for the role of Executive Director.

We are a forward-thinking, member-based non-profit organization that works in conjunction with Creative Saskatchewan to stimulate the growth and development of the Saskatchewan music industry through leadership, promotion, training, advocacy and partnerships. SaskMusic represents, promotes and develops the Saskatchewan commercial music industry with programming including career consultations, workshops, marketing, networking opportunities, export development, showcases, and more. Our artists and music professionals come from across the province, and work in all genres. We are a source of information and resources for both the public and the music industry, and provide a voice for Saskatchewan’s music industry to FACTOR, CARAS, SOCAN, SXSW, Breakout West, CCMAs, WCMAs and other industry events and organizations, including the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA).

The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be both a leader and a team player.
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated capacity to identify current issues and propose appropriate solutions.
  • Superior understanding of arts organizations or complex businesses that operate with multiple staff and pressing deadlines while managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Extensive grant-writing and financial management experience.
  • Successful experience in sponsorship development and fundraising.
  • Experience in dealing with media and public relations, as well as dealing with government ministries or agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage complex projects.
  • Awareness of and ability to integrate the principles, values and Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as the ability to include diverse peoples, viewpoints or experiences into the day-to-day operations and programming of SaskMusic.
  • High levels of comfort with current technologies including social media channels, Zoom meetings, and Microsoft Office platforms.
  • Post-secondary education in business, music or the arts, or a demonstrated background of continuous independent learning or leadership in related areas.
  • Experience within the Canadian music industry, with ample networking connections already established.
  • A proven track record of working successfully with a Board of Directors.
  • Preference will be given to internal candidates and to candidates with leadership experience in a music industry association.

The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $80,000, plus benefits including medical/dental, pension, and four weeks paid vacation annually.

SaskMusic is an inclusive workspace, and we welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage applications from members of racialized groups/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

SaskMusic has offices in both Regina and Saskatoon, with the head office located in Regina. Residency in Saskatchewan is required for this position. International travel may be required, so a valid Canadian passport and the ability to comply with international COVID vaccine requirements is necessary.  A complete job description is available here (PDF).

To pursue this opportunity please forward your application and cover letter by April 14, 2023 to saskmusiccareers@gmail.com.  Any inquiries regarding this position should be made via email; no phone inquiries please. 

We thank all who apply and will contact successful candidates for interviews and references. 


Open Mic

 University of Regina Students' Union x SaskMusic Open Mic Night

This month's University of Regina Students' Union x SaskMusic Open Mic Night is coming up Thursday, April 13 with a guest performance by Pacifique. We'll be at the Lazy Owl , U of R main campus for a night of live music. Come to listen or to perform a song yourself. All styles & genres are welcome, great opportunity to practice your stage skills and connect with other local singers/artists!

Sign up for a spot: https://ca.cglink.me/2g6/r840

We'll be on hand if you have music industry questions too. 7-10pm, no cover.



The Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) Performer Applications Now Open! Deadline May 9, 2023

Each October, the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils presents its annual Showcase Conference. OSAC Showcase is a booking conference for visual and performing arts, and includes a trade show area (Exhibitor Exchange), opportunities for networking, and professional development.

Artists come to Showcase from across Saskatchewan, Canada, and the United States. Attendees include performing arts and school presenters, visual artists, managers, agents, OSAC Members, industry representatives, and government funding partners.
Showcase 2023 will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan, October 13-15, 2023!

Performing Arts Showcases are 20 minutes long. There are 14 showcases, juried and curated, and all performances will be held at Darke Hall, Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th. The host hotel is the Ramada Plaza.

More info and to apply

Thinking about applying for OSAC Showcase? Have questions about the application or what touring with OSAC looks like? Join OSAC Performing Arts Coordinator Skip Taylor for a webinar to answer all your questions!

Skip will walk you through an application, suggest best practices, and explain some of the specific requirements that make a successful OSAC application.

Date: April 10, 2023
Time: 7:00PM Saskatchewan
Register in advance for this meeting
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Sask Arts Alliance

SAA Spring Arts Gathering 2023 - May 18, 2023

On May 18, 2023, the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA) invites artists, arts administrators, and arts supporters to join in a day of online discussion and professional development. The day will centre on two main themes, reimaging non-profit governance and understanding how to take action toward decolonizing institutions while caring for collaborators.

Exciting public thinkers, artists and administrators will guide discussions and challenge perceptions about governance and decolonization in the arts in Saskatchewan and beyond. 

The first panel, led by renowned playwright, director, dramaturg and scholar Yvette Nolan, features exciting guest contributors. What Are We Doing? – Radical Thinking About Non-Profit Governance will explore what we do with our arts organizations and how our governance models serve or hinder the work. The panel will consider if it is possible to create new models that will allow us to stop going through the motions of board-led governance. Join a panel of public thinkers who are imagining new ways forward. 

A second panel, entitled Sâkitawâhk – where the rivers meet: Collaborations, individuals, and Decolonizing the arts will focus on how crucial feedback is when evaluating programs centring on an anti-colonial agenda. Join artists from the 2023 Storytellers annual festival in conversation with Sâkêwêwak’s Artistic Director, Holly Aubichon. This conversation and panel discussion will further your understanding of alternative methodologies and ways to show care for your collaborators and take action toward decolonizing the arts. 

How to pronounce: Sâkitawâhk (saw-g/k -id-ah-wahk)

Details about panellists will be announced in the coming weeks – stay tuned!

The SAA is also sponsoring several in-person networking events in partnership with arts organizations around the province in various locations (Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Weyburn, North Battleford, Prince Albert, etc.) These events will provide an important chance to connect with people in your local arts community. Please stay tuned for an announcement with further details about the in-person networking events as they are announced.

Honorariums to Attend

The SAA values the time of our community members, and to recognize this, we invite you to apply for an honorarium when you register if you would benefit from it. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that everyone who applies for the honorarium will receive one. 

We are prioritizing independent artists, self-employed people, partially employed people and people who belong to historically underrepresented groups, identified through a confidential, voluntary self-declaration during registration. 

You will be notified if you are selected to receive an honorarium no later than May 12, 2023. Honorariums will be paid via e-transfer, after May 18th unless other arrangements are required. If you have questions or concerns about the honorariums, please contact SAA ED, Em Ironstar, at director@saskartsalliance.ca

More info



Indie 101 Music Conference May 1-3, 2023
Limited Number of Free Passes for SaskMusic members

indie101 is an online music conference for artists and music industry professionals looking to build a sustainable career in the music industry. 

Covering EVERYTHING you need to know before, during, and after releasing new music, including how to monetize your music. 

Learn while making connections with speakers and other attendees that can have a significant impact on your career.

We are currently offering a LIMITED number of free passes to attend, please follow the instructions below to claim yours.
If the code no longer works, it's likely all passes have been claimed.

Link for passes: https://buytickets.at/indieweek/816916/r/indie101-saskmusic

Access Code: SKfree23

1. Click link

2. Click "Buy Tickets"

3. When prompted "Do You Have Access Code" paste Access Code

4. Click Apply

5. Pull down 1 beside indie101 $0.00 ticket. 

6. Click next 

7.Complete form 

Check out indie101 here: https://indie101.com/


Sask arts alliance

Are you an arts contractor? Take this quick, 1 minute survey!

Edith Rattary is busy writing an essay series for the SAA about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on contractors in the creative sectors, precariousness in the sector, and the experience of working as a freelance employee in the sector. 

Share your voice if you exhibit as an artist, facilitate residencies, teach, are a freelance arts admin, curator, preparator, grant writer, or do any arts-based contract work (often or occasionally)! 

Take the Survey



Film/TV Composer Registry

We are looking to renew our list of film composers in the province who are available to work to spec. This will allow us to quickly provide accurate information to productions looking to hire Sask talent for film, TV, or commercial scoring usages.

Please get in touch with us at info@saskmusic.org with your current resume, types of projects you are currently looking for/availability, weblinks and contact information. You are welcome to post this same information publicly in the Saskatchewan Music Directory by logging in to your profile or creating a free basic profile (under Join) at www.saskmusic.org.

This is an ongoing call.




Trauma and Cultural Sensitivity Training (TACT)

IN-PERSON: May 26-28 (Saskatoon SK)

Trauma and Cultural Sensitivity Training (TACT) is for everyone! If yourself, your organization, or anyone you know is seeking a further understanding about cultural appropriation, cultural protocol, white privilege,Treaties, land acknowledgments, trauma, vicarious trauma, intergenerational trauma, reconciliation, what to do with suicide and abuse disclosures or how to make meaningful community connections, TACT is for you and/or your organization. 

Seeing a need for artists working with vulnerable and remote populations to be educated in these areas, TACT was originally designed as an artist training course delivered to enhance the understanding of arts delivery through a culturally-sensitive and mental health perspective while building well-being and resilience for arts facilitators. They are now offering training to all organizations wanting to expand their knowledge in these areas. 

A course that enhances understanding of arts delivery through a culturally-sensitive/mental-health perspective, while building well-being/resilience for facilitators, which enables future residencies with remote/under-served Indigenous communities. 

Having artists and community members acquire this training will enable more people to work confidently and closely with remote and under-served Indigenous and Metis communities in Saskatchewan. This will result in strengthening and addressing the need for Reconciliation in our province, as well as providing opportunity for intergenerational and intercultural connections in these communities during workshops and residencies. 

Register for any of these workshops by filling out the form

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New music workshops and webinars are constantly being added at www.saskmusic.org/workshops! Check out more upcoming offerings at the link.


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Upcoming Export Events

 The Great Escape

SaskMusic and Artists at The Great Escape
May 10-13/2023, Brighton UK

Congratulations to Ellen Froese and Katie Tupper on their official showcase selections at The Great Escape 2023. SaskMusic will be on hand networking and presenting additional opportunities for the artists at and around TGE. More details to come.

The Great Escape is the festival for new music, showcasing 500 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across the city and a pop-up festival site on Brighton Beach. It’s the first place to discover your new favourite artist and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages.

TGE is also attended by the music industry who are on the hunt for the next big thing. A conference runs alongside the gigs featuring insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and networking opportunities in abundance.

The Alternative Escape, Spotlight Shows, secret gigs, club nights and spontaneous collaborations all add to the festivities and make this weekend in Brighton one not to miss.

SaskMusic thanks Creative Saskatchewan for their support of this project.

Focus Wales

Sask Artists at Focus Wales 2023
May 4-6/23, Wrexham Wales

"With 300+ live performances, the festival showcases the very best new talent emerging from the nation alongside established names and a selection of exciting international acts."

Ellen Froese and Grimelda are among the dozen Canadian artists thus far announced as official performers at Focus Wales 2023.

Awarded ‘Best Festival for Emerging Talent’ - UK Festival Awards
‘One of the most vital showcase events in the UK’ - Under The Radar

FOCUS Wales is a not-for-profit organization, established to provide the annual new music showcase event for the Welsh Music Industry. Their core work centers around the delivery of an international multi-venue showcase festival taking place in Wrexham each year, which places the music industry spotlight firmly on the emerging talent that Wales has to offer the world, alongside a selection of the best new acts from across the globe. FOCUS Wales 2023 will mark the festival’s 12th edition, welcoming over 20,000 people to the town, building upon 2022′s record attendance across a jam-packed weekend of events. There’s no place like Wrexham during FOCUS Wales, as they showcase 250+ artists from across the world, fill out a variety of spaces and music venues, using 20 stages, and hosting a full schedule of interactive industry sessions, arts events, and film screenings, throughout the festival. In addition to the delivery of the FOCUS Wales festival, they also deliver a number of international FOCUS Wales events throughout the year.

At this time SaskMusic is not planning to attend/present at Focus Wales 2023.


M for Montreal

Showcase Opportunity: M for Montreal
Deadline: June 11, 2023

After an undeniably successful 17th edition, M for Montreal is back in force in 2023! With a record participation rate in 2022 for both its professional and general public components, the M team is excited to be back for an 18th edition, from November 15 to 18, 2023. With a renewed PRO component and its MARATHON festival open to the general public, M for Montreal 2023 promises to be remarkable.   

Artists and their teams wishing to be part of the Official Selection for this 18th edition can fill out the application form now. The call for artists is presented by the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture and will end at midnight on June 11, 2023.    

Call for artists is presented by the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture.

To submit your project, you need to fill the form available at the link below. Please note that an administrative fee of 45$ CAD is required for each artist application.  

For more details & to apply: https://mpourmontreal.com/en/call-for-artists/


Pop Montreal

Showcase Opportunity Pop Montreal! 
Deadline April 15, 2023

POP Montreal International Music Festival is an annual not-for-profit curated cultural event that champions independence in the arts by presenting emerging and celebrated artistic talents from around the world. For musicians and artists, fans, curators, critics, record labels and industry, POP Montreal is the North American festival that provides a dynamic introduction to the next generation of musical talent and independent art forms. Happening September 27 to October 1st.

More info and to submit: https://popmontreal.com/page/apply-to-play


Horizon Youth Talent Showcase

Horizon Youth Talent Showcase

The Horizon Youth Talent Showcase at the Big Valley Jamboree is looking to highlight the next generation of country stars this summer. This is a showcase type opportunity at the Camrose AB event. Applications accepted now. Submit a live performance link, biography, birthdate (to confirm artist is 18 years of age of younger) and headshot to irma@imacmanagement.com. For more information on the festival visit www.bigvalleyjamboree.com


Saskatchewan Indigenous Music Association

New Saskatchewan Indigenous Music Association

SaskMusic offers big congratulations to the founders and board of the new Saskatchewan Indigenous Music Association, announced January 26 via a press event.

"The Saskatchewan Indigenous Music Association (S.I.M.A.) is a non-profit organization that supports, promotes and advocates for Saskatchewan-based Indigenous artists, groups, and music. We are made up of individuals from across Saskatchewan, with a wealth of diverse and valuable experiences with the music industry. We are committed to raising the profile of Indigenous music in Saskatchewan and making continual improvement to the music community for Indigenous artists, groups, and music. We recognize all genres of music and strive towards supporting all Indigenous artists, groups, and music to achieve success."

Read the full press release here



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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 media outlets) 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!



Musician Seeking Gigs?

The Saskatchewan Music Directory provides listings of freelance players available for live shows and studio recordings, and is our main referral point to those who call looking to hire musicians/singers. We want to know about you! Visit www.saskmusic.org to login to your existing account, or to join (free 'subscriber' option available) and add your listings. (Sask-based players only.)

The more information the better! Remember to include your specific instrument, styles you specialize in/techniques (ie fingerstyle, rhythm, lead), location, description of experience, and links to videos/examples if available for best results. You can create multiple listings with different descriptions if you play multiple instruments! Think about what people would want to know before reaching out to a player, and include that information in your entry.


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Got gigs? Whether they're streaming concerts, live club dates or festivals - please send your show details to gigs@saskmusic.org so we can add them to our calendar!


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