May 18, 2023

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Brittney group

Farewell, Brittney!

Our Program and Education Manager, Brittney MacFarlane, has departed SaskMusic to take on a new career challenge. 

Brittney notes, "Over the past nine years at SaskMusic, I’ve had the privilege to work with and learn from so many incredibly talented artists and industry pals, and I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity. The art being created in this province is so special, and having had the chance to help support and educate folks through workshops, panels, grant reviews, export missions and one on one mentorship as they follow their dreams has been truly inspiring and rewarding to me. Although I’m excited to be moving into a new role supporting the arts in a different capacity, I’m also very sad to be leaving the team at SaskMusic.

Thank you all for the many years of music, friendship and trust, I wish you huge success in everything that’s yet to come!"

While we are very sad to be losing Brittney as a team member here at SaskMusic, we are super grateful for the years she has contributed her skills toward growing our association, and we look forward to continuing to work with her in her new position at Creative Saskatchewan.


Ben Valiaho

Congratulations, Ben!
We are pleased to announce that Ben Valiaho will be moving from Program and Administrative Coordinator into the role of Program and Education Manager with SaskMusic. Ben will be overseeing all of our educational initiatives from consults and workshops, to high school visits and Very Prairie 2024.

Ben has been working with us since 2016 and has contributed to all areas of our programming, and has often been the first person you’ll chat with over the phone and email.

Ben Valiaho got his start as a producer and volunteer host at 91.3FM CJTR Regina Community Radio over fifteen years ago, contributing to their Board in various capacities and receiving the "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2020 from the station. His commitment to music continued within the halls of the University of Regina where he enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studies Masters Program with a focus on live performance. While at the U of R, Ben was also Research Assistant at the Interactive Media & Performances Labs, teaching workshops and hosting community hours for those who wanted to learn how to make electronic music, scratch records, or record. Ben has been a turntablist for over fifteen years, DJing at events around the city, and is an enthusiastic lover of many musical styles.


SaskMusic x  Amigos May 25 open mic

Saskatoon Open Mic: SaskMusic x Amigos
May 25/2023, 8-10pm

Join us in hosting our first open mic night with Amigos Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave)! Those attending and performing will be curated by Aurora Wolfe, our host and kick-off performer for the evening!

Sign-ups happens HERE

Facebook event page

We'll be taking a limited number of sign-ups at the door, so if you want to perform, advanced sign-ups is a great way to snag your spot! Not all who pre-register will be considered for a performance to ensure diversity.

NO COVER! This open mic is a collaboration between SaskMusic and Amigos Cantina and offers a space for everyone to showcase their ability to entertain. Maybe you can inspire others, make some hearts beat faster, or make people groove!

Participants of the open mic will be entered to win a door prize of swag and a complimentary 1-year individual membership to SaskMusic drawn at 10pm. SaskMusic staff will be on site to answer any questions you may have about the industry and how we can help your music career!


WCMA Submissions Closing

Western Canadian Music Award submissions closing soon!

October 11-15/2023, Kelowna BC

Artists and industry members, submissions are closing soon for the Western Canadian Music Awards! Award categories cover a diverse array of both music genres and industry roles such as Excellence in Visual Design, Impact in Artist Development, Community Excellence and much more.

Read the Awards guidelines to see if you qualify, and submit your work for consideration. Need help with the new application process? Watch this step-by-step video tutorial!

The deadline is 11:59PM PST on Friday, May 22, 2023.





Canada Council

Saskatchewan Information Sessions and Q&As with Canada Council for the Arts

  • Regina, May 23, 7:00-9:00 PM at Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, Stitchery Room, 2420 Elphinstone Street
  • Saskatoon, May 27, 1:00-2:30 PM at AKA Artist Run/PAVED Arts event space, 424 20th Street West, 2nd Floor
  • North Battleford, May 30, 7:00-8:30 PM at The Chapel Gallery, 891 - 99th St - Don Ross Centre Door #1
  • La Ronge, May 31, 6:00-9:00 PM at Alex Robertson Public Library, 1212 Hildebrand Drive
  • Prince Albert, June 1, 7:00-9:00 PM at Prince Albert Arts Centre Boardroom, 1010 Central Avenue

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder. The Canada Council contributes to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene through grants, services, prizes and payments to Canadian artists and arts organizations.  

Join them to learn how to put together a grant application for the Canada Council for the Arts. Program Officers from the Creating, Knowing and Sharing program and the Explore and Create program will walk you through: how to create an artist profile on the Council’s portal, what types of grants are available, what to expect through the application process, and how to put your best foot forward.

You can also sign-up for a half-hour one-on-one session with Program Officers Isidra Cruz and Michael Peterson in most locations:

Contact or 1-800-263-5588 ext. 5207 if you have any questions

Isidra Cruz - Program Officer, Creating, Knowing and Sharing

Michael Peterson - Program Officer, Explore and Create


Intro to Blast Beats - Drum Clinic by Jordan Perry

May 20, 2023

Long & McQuade Musical Instruments has invited Drummer Jordan Perry to host a drum clinic as part of their Drum and Percussion month promotion. 

The focus will be on blast beats and will take place at 2pm on May 20th at the 721 43 St E, Saskatoon. J...



Mastering TikTok: Free workshop SMMART 2.0

May 25, 2023

Creative City Centre's SMMART 2.0 presents social media marketing for artists, to enable artists of all social media levels to learn how to manage their own marketing campaigns.

All workshops are free to attend, but advance registration is required....



How To Get A Record Deal - Free Webinar

May 25, 2023

How To Get A Record Deal

Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 12pm SaskTime, Online via Zoom

In this free webinar from Canadian Musician and NWC, they are talking about getting a record deal!

The 'Getting a Record Deal' webinar will enable you to acquire...



C.A.M.P. Sask Arts: Trauma and Cultural Sensitivity Training (T.A.C.T.)

May 26, 2023

Community Arts Mentorship Program (CAMP Sask Arts) is very excited to announce Trauma-Informed and Cultural-Sensitivity Training (TACT) at The Refinery in Saskatoon May 26-29, 2023. 

Trauma and Cultural Sensitivity Training (TACT) is for everyone! I...



Sonia Reid Studios presents Live the Music Workshop

May 27, 2023

Sonia Reid Studios welcomes Stephen Maguire to this workshop on Stage Presence. How do you cultivate connection with your audience? Come out and learn more about how you can develop the dynamic artist you are to command the stage and the attention of y...



Demo Recording Workshop - Beginner

May 28, 2023

Beginner Workshop - Sunday, May 28, 1-4pm

Learn the basics of setting up and using a Home Studio. You'll learn what equipment you need and how to use it, using the Presonus USB 96 Studio One Software. This includes a live recording session featuring...



Mastering YouTube - Free workshop SMMART 2.0

May 30, 2023

Creative City Centre's SMMART 2.0 presents social media marketing for artists, to enable artists of all social media levels to learn how to manage their own marketing campaigns.

All workshops are free to attend, but advance registration is required....



Demo Recording Workshop: Intermediate

June 4, 2023

Intermediate Demo Recording Workshop: Sunday, June 4, 1-4pm

Presented by Studio 12, Saskatoon

With the basic info out of the way in the last session, you'll spend time learning more in-depth info on Professional Software (using Logic Pro), improv...



Master the Art of Official Showcase applications with Folk Alliance

June 7, 2023

Attention, artists! It's time to learn the secrets to submitting an outstanding Official Showcase application.

On Wednesday, June 7, at 10 am CT, join "What Makes a Great Showcase Application" and discover how to make your application stand out. Don...



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Creative Sask 2023-2024 Grant Program Dates

Creative Sask Intakes Open!

Creative Sask has just recently announced their 2023-2024 Grant Program Dates!

Sound Recording Grant Deadlines:

  • June 7, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • August 2, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • September 27, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • December 6, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • February 7, 2024 at 4pm CST

Tour Support Grant Deadlines:

  • June 7, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • August 2, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • September 27, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • December 6, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • February 7, 2024 at 4pm CST

Market and Export Development Deadlines:

Upcoming Deadlines for Micro Stream 2023: 

  • July 5, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • September 13, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • November 22, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • February 7, 2024 at 4pm CST

​Upcoming Deadlines for Major Stream 2023: 

  • June 7, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • August 2, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • September 27, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • December 6, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • February 7, 2024 at 4pm CST

Business Capacity Grant Deadlines

  • June 7, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • August 2, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • September 27, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • December 6, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • February 7, 2024 at 4pm CST

Research Grant Deadlines

  • June 7, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • August 2, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • September 27, 2023 at 4pm CST
  • December 6, 2023 at 4pm CST 
  • February 7, 2024 at 4pm CST

Head over to their website to see when the various music grants open, what funding is available for your next project, and the deadlines to submit throughout the year!

Don't forget SaskMusic members can book a grant consult with staff or one of our mentors to help you through the process of applying and writing your grant.



FACTOR Deadlines Open!

SaskMusic is the Saskatchewan representative for The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings; please call us for more information, assistance, or if you would like to participate in the next round of juries.

Songwriter’s Workshop Program: Rolling Deadlines.

Juried Sound Recording Program: 

  • ALBUM: September 7, 2023 5pm EDT.
  • SINGLE/EP: May 25, 2023 5pm EDT

Marketing & Promotion for Non-FACTOR Supported Sound Recordings: Rolling Deadlines. 

Songwriter Development: Rolling Deadlines. 

Sponsorship: Rolling Deadlines. 

Video Program: Rolling Deadlines.

Artist Development Program: September 14, 2023 by 5pm EDT

Live Performance Program: Rolling Deadlines. 

Support for Eligible Music Companies: TBA. 

Business Travel: Rolling Deadlines. 

Collective Initiatives Support: September 15, 2023; January 15, 2024; May 1, 2024. 

Comprehensive Artist Program: Rolling Deadlines. 

Support for Live Music Events - FACTOR Canada: Rolling Deadlines.

 For more information and program applications please visit


Congratulations to these nominees!

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards will be held June 6, 2023 at The National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON.

Special congratulations to Sask nominees:

  • Patrick Moon Bird, “Going Through the Motions” nominated for Rap/Hip Hop/Electronica Album of the Year
  • Jarrid Lee, Chief & Council, “It’s Time” nominated for Country Album of the Year

See the full list at


Congratulations to Chris Atkinson and Paul Runalls (songwriters) for receiving an Honourable Mention in the International Songwriting Competition 2022 for "Dinos of the World" (performed by Cam Zoller and Emma Wood) in the Children's Music category.


Two Saskatchewan artists have been given the nod as Finalists in the 2023 ISSA awards (International Singer Songwriters Association Inc.):

  • International Entertainer – Will Ardell
  • International Male Singer – Shawn Adams, “Take Your Halo Off”, and Will Ardell, “Songs in the Dark”
  • International Male Music Video - Shawn Adams, “Take Your Halo Off”

Winners will be announced at the Awards Show in Atlanta GA on August 5, with most of the categories providing Gold, Silver and Bronze level wins. 

You can learn more at


The Live Music Industry Awards are being held June 9/2023 from Toronto ON. The awards were created by Canadian Music Week in partnership with the Canadian Live Music Association, the trade association for the live music sector.

Congrats to The Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon for their nomination in "Best Teamwork in a Soft Seat Theatre/Performing Arts Centre."


The 9th Annual Josie Music Awards will be held on October 22, 2023 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville TN. ​The mission of the awards is "to honor, recognize and reward excellence, outstanding talents, and remain focused on the creativity across the independent music industry."

Congratulations to Jarrid Lee, whose EP “Its Time” is nominated for EP of the Year.


The 22nd Annual Jim Beam® INDIES are taking place June 8, 2023 in Toronto ON. The INDIES are a celebration of new music and the artists and teams who inspire the independent spirit, both nationally and internationally.

Congrats to nominees:

  • Country Artist/Group or Duo of the Year - Jess Moskaluke
  • Roots/Folk Artist of the Year - The Dead South (and an additional shout out to Sask-born Andy Shauf)

Public voting on the awards is currently open at



Apply for Canada House at the Americana Music Festival and Conference

September 19-23, 2023 Nashville TN
Deadline: May 26, 2023
Apply here

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) will be returning for an in-person showcase and business mission to Nashville this September! This year we're excited to announce that we'll once again be partnering with Alberta Music, Manitoba Music, MusicOntario and SaskMusic to present a full afternoon of Canada House showcases on September 22 at the Americana Music Festival & Conference. 

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.

Deadline to submit an application for this opportunity: May 26, 2023


M for Montreal

Apply for M for Montreal Showcases

November 15-18, 2023, Montreal QC
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.

More details & to apply

Please note that Saskatchewan artists selected for M for Montreal 2023 will receive on-the-ground showcase support from SaskMusic.



Apply for Canada House Showcase at Reeperbahn 2023

September 20-23, 2023, Hamburg Germany
Deadline: June 16, 2023

CIMA is excited to be heading back to Germany for Reeperbahn 2023 to host Canada House and presenting showcases. This is a fantastic opportunity to access the 4th largest worldwide music market with Reeperbahn attracting thousands of artists and music industry professionals from across the globe. 

How to Apply:

  1. Fill out CIMA’s Canada House application form
  2. Complete Reeperbahn’s artist application form HERE. (Note that the deadline is August 11 but artists are encouraged to apply as early as possible, and by mid-June at the latest, if they are interested in a Canada House slot. This allows for adequate time for marketing, promotion and to obtain funding)
  3. Contact your local provincial music association to discuss your export plan for the German market (ex. Alberta Music, Manitoba Music, Music BC, MusicOntario, Music New Brunswick, Music Nova Scotia, Music PEI, Music Yukon, SaskMusic, SODEC etc)

Please note that you must complete both Reeperbahn’s application form and CIMA’s Canada House form in order to be considered for a play at Canada House during Reeperbahn.


USA Songwriting Competition

Deadline: May 31, 2023

Since 1995, the USA Songwriting Competition®, "the world's leading international songwriting event," has been honouring songwriters, composers, bands, and recording artists. This is open to all, regardless of nationality or country origin.

Winners are selected by a Blue Ribbon committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers, A&R from Universal Music, Warner, Sony Music, and other distinguished professionals.

The competition is sponsored by: Michael Kelly Guitars, Samson, Hartke, PreSonus, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Acoustic Guitar magazine, Hal Leonard, Nembrini Audio, FL Studio, Discmakers, School of Rock, Singer Express, Songcraft, Berklee College of Music, Music Gateway, Klevgrand, Melda Production, etc.

Entry fee of $35 US per song.

Read the rules here

Enter at:


Mentorship Opportunity: The Venus Fest Mentorship Program (Deadline to Apply May 17,2023)

The Venus Fest Mentorship Program is an 8-week, Toronto-based program for early-career musicians and music professionals who have faced barriers in the music industry, taking place this year from June 5 to July 28, 2023. Participants receive one-on-one...

Deadline: May 17, 2023



Volunteer Opportunity: The Cathedral Village Arts Festival

The Cathedral Village Arts Festival is coming up fast, May 22–27 in Regina! They look forward to working with you to put together another memorable event for everyone in our community.

After filling out the form linked HERE, you’ll get an email with...

Deadline: May 21, 2023



Contest Opportunity: It's Your Shot 2023

It's Your Shot is back for 2023! 

This year, the first prize winner will receive: 

Production of 6 Master recordings, professionally produced photo shoot & artist biography, website development and social media support, playlist support from Stin...

Deadline: May 31, 2023



Festival Opportunity: Lilla By Festivalen 2023

Lilla By Festivalen is happening 25 to 26 of August 2023 in Rinkaby, outside Kristanstad in South of Sweden.

Lilla By Festivalen is a hybrid a summer festival in the evening and a music industry conference in the daytime. They have had guest speaker...

Deadline: May 31, 2023



Festival Opportunity - Icelandic Airwaves 2023

Iceland Airwaves is an immersive, multi-genre music festival held across a multitude of venues in the country's capital, Reykjavík. International Artist Applications are now open for showcase performances at Iceland Airwaves 2023.

The application pr...

Deadline: June 15, 2023



Awards Opportunity - Western Canadian Music Awards 2024

Western Canadian Music Award submissions are now open!

Early Bird Dates

February 2 - February 27, 2024, 11:59 PM PDT

Are you a Western Canadian artist or industry member? Submissions are now open for the Western Canadian Music Awards (artistic...

Deadline: March 22, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) Official Showcase 2024

Each year, Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) hosts a gathering that spans four days, beginning Thursday afternoon and ending on Sunday.  The Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference is an event where folk and acoustic music professionals gather to mee...

Deadline: June 3, 2024



Trille Or Winners and Nominees 2023

Congratulations to the winners and nominees of Trille Or, in events held over the weekend! An impressive outcome for Saskatchewan artist involved.

CBC article:

  • Beau Nect...



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Cultural Careers


ReginaInfiniteHorizons Job Posting

Community Consultant - Community & Cultural Development
City of Regina

Closing date May 22/2023

This role is involved in furthering the Arts and Culture Sector in the community with a focus on Indigenous Arts and Culture. The knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are typically obtained through the completion of a four (4) year Degree in an arts and cultural discipline or a related field combined with a minimum of three (3) years of related experience including experience in community engagement. Supervisory experience is an asset. Lived experience in the Indigenous community or Indigenous Arts and Culture Sector is an asset. Indigenous cultural competency is an asset of the role and bringing an Indigenous worldview lens.

Learn more:


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