April 20, 2023

SaskMusic's Latest



Call for Submissions: Canada House at AMERICANAFEST 2023
Deadline: May 26, 2023

Held annually, the Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together thousands of legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars and industry professionals for six days of music and education. The 2023 edition will be taking place between September 19-23.

CIMA, Alberta Music, Manitoba Music, MusicOntario & SaskMusic will be returning for an in person showcase and business mission to Nashville this September. The Canada House showcase will take place on Friday, September 22, 2023. This is an excellent opportunity for 6-8 Canadian bands to showcase to festival delegates and attendees.

CIMA will also be partnering with Sounds Australia and the British Underground to organize business events during AmericanaFest. Company representatives for Canada House showcasing artists will be invited to participate in these business events with costs covered by showcasing partners. SaskMusic will have staff on site to support the selected artists business activities.

Who is eligible for this opportunity?

- Style of music must fit the Americana music genre.

- Canada House showcasing artists must be accompanied by a business representative as these export missions are centered on creating business opportunities.

- Artists who’ve already been accepted by the Americana Music Association for official shows can apply for another showcasing opportunity at Canada House.

- Artists who did not apply directly to the Festival may also apply.

- All showcasing artist submissions will be reviewed by the showcasing partners external committees and the Americana Music Festival selection team.

More info and to apply


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Call for Submissions: 2023 Indigenous Artist in Residence
Deadline: April 24, 2023

The City of Regina's Indigenous Artist in Residence Program celebrates and amplifies the voices of Indigenous artists and the Indigenous artistic and cultural presence in our community. This program creates a part-time residency for an Indigenous artist to explore their practice, facilitate free and accessible community engagement, and create work(s) of art to be included within the City's Civic Art Collection.

The theme for 2023 will explore “Urban Indigeneity.” The artist may work in any medium including but not limited to: 2D, 3D, Indigenous traditional arts, dance, music, spoken or written word, public art or installation.

This opportunity is open only to First Nations, Métis, or Inuit people residing full-time in Regina during the residency, from June to October 2023.

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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

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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



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/



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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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/


unsigned only

Unsigned Only Music Competition Deadline Extended!

If you are an unsigned artist and think you have what it takes to land a record deal, then you should enter the Unsigned Only Music Competition. Since Unsigned Only launched eight years ago, five Grand Prize winners have been signed to record deals, making Unsigned Only a leading source for transitioning new talent into major label record deals. However, getting a record deal isn't the only success Unsigned Only artists have achieved. Many winners have also secured licensing deals, publishing deals, better gigs, and more recognition after winning the competition. This could be your chance!

Unsigned Only is designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are looking for exposure, recognition, and a chance to be noticed by industry professionals. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the “gem” that needs to be discovered. 

Unsigned Only offers many categories/genres for you to enter, including Screen Shot which is geared toward getting your music into film, tv, video games, and other licensing opportunities. You can enter as many songs as you like in as many categories as you like. Since Unsigned Only is looking for an artist, it is advantageous to enter multiple songs so that the listening committee can know who you are as an artist.

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $20,000 (US) in cash plus additional prizes consisting of merchandise and services, all geared toward helping an artist's career. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category and will be awarded prizes. The First Place winner in the Screen Shot category will also be mentored by a group of music execs who place songs in film, tv, ads, and video games. 

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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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