July 27, 2023

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Taking place in Saskatoon and Wanuskewin, August 18-20, 2023
Deadline to submit July 27/2023

Presented by SaskMusic, funded in part by Creative Saskatchewan and FACTOR Canada
With gratitude to SaskMusic's Indigenous Advisory

Through this submission process, 10 Indigenous songwriters/artists will be selected to participate in an all-expenses-paid creative retreat. If there are more than 10 eligible applicants, a jury will select the 10. All genders and musical genres are invited to apply.

What to expect:

Throughout the weekend, two established national Indigenous mentors / music professionals will provide songwriting guidance and info on various music industry topics. A knowledge keeper is being consulted in the planning of this weekend and will be in attendance for portions of the event. Additional local music industry reps will come to provide information on additional topics - such as live performance, marketing, and so on.

Each songwriter will have one-on-one time with the mentors. A sacred site and gathering place, Wanuskewin offers a beautiful location and amazing Indigenous-focused cuisine.

SaskMusic will cover all costs of the participants, including gas allowances for those travelling to get to Saskatoon, accommodations, and meals.

The goal of this weekend is to have participants come away with stronger songwriting skills, co-writing experience, some music industry tips, a network of peers to potentially collaborate with in the future, and overall inspiration to apply to your musical career and artistic work.


A detailed schedule will be provided to all selected participants.

Friday August 18, evening: arrival in Saskatoon between 3-7pm,
7-10pm meet and greet, opening remarks/workshop

Saturday August 19, morning: to Wanuskewin 930am-5pm, for a day of writing and learning (transportation to and from Saskatoon can be arranged)
evening: return to Saskatoon for supper, evening workshop and sharing of songs at hotel

Sunday August 20, morning: to Wanuskewin 9am-4pm for writing and learning
4pm: departures. (A Sunday night hotel will be provided to those travelling more than 4 hours to return home.)

Criteria to apply:

  • You have been developing your skills as a songwriter and are interested in learning new writing skills as well as working on co-writing
  • You are interested in expanding your knowledge on the music industry side of things - You are age 19+
  • You are committed to attending the whole schedule for the weekend
  • You do not have to be a performing artist, but you do need to be interested in developing the songwriting/storyteller aspect of your music.

Please note this event will be fully drug and alcohol-free and all participants and mentors will be expected to honour this.

Participation costs for 10 selected participants will be covered. A deposit of $100 will be required to hold your spot if you are selected. This deposit will be refunded to you following your attendance at the event. It is being requested to ensure that all participants are committed to attending, and so that we are able to plan our mentors' time appropriately.

Apply here!




This full-time position will be responsible for the general marketing of SaskMusic’s programs and services, managing the SaskMusic brand and connections across social media and other marketing avenues, monitoring and collecting data on Saskatchewan music news and developments, and various other communications duties. Reporting to and collaborating with the Executive Director, the Communications Coordinator will be responsible for providing strategic communications advice and support to the organization, and will also assist in the planning and delivery of our varied programs and services. 

A key member of our small and dedicated team, the ideal candidate would share our commitment to helping Saskatchewan music thrive. They’ll be interested in an opportunity to support the creative industries, would love to learn more about the music industry in particular, and are committed to providing excellent member services and marketing reach.  

For full posting details, please see: https://www.saskmusic.org/news/the-latest/view,article/7397/saskmusic-seeking-communications-coordinator


Live Music Listings!

We've been hard at work adding all the live shows we can find to our provincial calendar: https://www.saskmusic.org/events/live-music-listings

Have we got yours? Login to your SaskMusic profile to add them yourself or email us all your upcoming dates to gigs@saskmusic.org!


SaskMusic Artist Features!

Have you released new music since January 2023? We would love to receive your new single, album, or music video projects for feature consideration on our Instagram and Facebook pages. 

To submit for an album feature, use this link: https://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/p1j5txnh11l7bht/

For a single or music video feature, use this link: https://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/p1b5aft60baybgl/





August 14-18, 2023 at The Ness Creek Site, Big River SK.
More details & register: CLICK HERE

Music camp isn't just for adults! Bring the whole family and enrolled you young ones in our FUNGRASS class.

About Steph: Polaris Music Prize nominee Steph Cameron is pleased to host this year’s Children’s Music Class! Steph is a finger-picking guitar player and singer-song writer who has performed across Europe and the UK, toured with legendary artist Buffy Sainte-Marie and performed at international festivals such as Celtic Connections and Folk Alliance.

Class Description: In this class, students will explore music through the use of rhythm, dance, play, singing and song writing. Children will learn and sing about the many animals that call the Boreal Forest home, see an array of musical instruments by visiting the various classes held around the site and make homemade instruments too! Children who are staying Friday evening will have a chance to kick off the festival by performing a rehearsed song on stage. 


Sync Masterclass

This is an exciting opportunity to learn how to write and produce music for sync, with the goal of having your songs pitched and placed in current TV shows, movies, advertising, and trailers.

Attendees will be establishing new relationships with music supervisors, who are actively looking for songs to place within their projects.

As a result of this program, our participants have expanded their sync catalogues and broadened their network of collaborators and supervisors. 


During this program you will:

Learn critical skills and knowledge required to build a successful sync career, to include the unique elements for each sync segment ( TV, film, advertising, trailers/promos)

Learn how to read and better understand a sync brief

Expand your network of collaborators while building new relationships with music supervisors

Receive guided mentoring on camp songs from SWC faculty during and following camp

Retain ownership of the copyrights

Have your songs from the camp, represented and administered by PEN Music Group to enable one stop clearance and to maximize future sync opportunities worldwide

NOTE - "SaskMusic is not specifically endorsing this camp, but we wanted to make you aware of it. Please use your own due diligence when deciding whether to apply."

Read more details here: https://www.songwritercamps.com/sync-mastercamp


INDIE WEEKLY - simple insights to protect your music and career

EVERY TUES • 4pm est (Toronto time)


Hosted By
Darryl Hurs (INDIE WEEK / CD Baby)

Online conversations featuring leading experts in the music industry, discussing vital topics for today's artists and professionals.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone that has an interest in learning about the music industry, business development, digital adaptability, networking and education.


INDIE WEEKLY is a virtual conversation featuring international and local professionals in the music industry, discussing relevant topics for today’s ever-changing climate. With a focus on business development, digital adaptability, networking and education, artists and industry professionals can take part in important conversations and learn new practices from leading forces.

For dates, topics, and to register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/indie-week-30701806716


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Orion Program Open for Submissions

The Orion Program is open to accept applications this round. See the Orion Program section of our website to get more details on the program and apply.

All applications must be filed online prior to the next deadline of Thursday, August 17th, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST. The ability to file an application will automatically be shut down at that time. Please ensure your application has been completed and submitted before this deadline. Thank you in advance.


Upcoming Funding Deadlines 

See https://www.saskmusic.org/funding/funding-options for full details & deadlines.


Sound Recording Grant: Upcoming Deadlines for 2023: August 2, 2023 at 4pm CST

Tour Support Grant: Upcoming Deadlines for 2023: August 2, 2023 at 4pm CST

Market and Export Development: 

​Upcoming Deadlines for Major Stream 2023: 

  • August 2, 2023 at 4pm CST

Business Capacity Grant: Upcoming Deadlines for 2023: August 2, 2023 at 4pm CST

Research Grant: Upcoming Deadlines for 2023: August 2, 2023 at 4pm CST

For more information, visit the Creative Saskatchewan website at www.creativesask.ca.


Applications Open: CIMA's Business & Showcase Mission to UK Americana Music Week 2024

January 22-25, 2024 in Hackney, UK

Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2023

Apply Now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CIMAUKAMA24

This January, CIMA will return to Hackney for the 2024 edition of UK Americana Music Week taking place from January 22-25. UK Americana Music Week is a conference, awards show and music festival with live Americana music from the US, Austria, Spain, Denmark, the UK and more. The day conference consists of 200+ international promoters, artists and festival owners.

As a growing genre, and one very popular in Canada, Americana (a combination of roots, blues, folk and alt country music) is an important market to expand on in the UK for the Canadian Music industry. AmericanaFest UK is keen to build the Canadian presence in the UK with a showcase and business initiative. This presents a lucrative opportunity for the vast number of Canadian music companies who represent this genre of music in Canada.


Folk Music Ontario Showcases!

Folk Music Ontario has announced their 2023 showcase artists for the October 12-15 event in London ON. Congrats to Berk Jodoin and Ellen Froese on their selection!  

See the artists at https://folkmusicontario.org/2023-showcase-artists




Unsigned Only 2023 Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to all semi-finalists of the Unsigned Only annual international music competition, including these Saskatchewan folks! The contest proceeds to selecting finalists which will be announced in a few weeks.

  • Alex Runions, "Settling Up"...



SaskMusic and artists at Canada House - AmericanaFest 2023

SaskMusic and artists The North Sound and Jake Vaadeland & The Sturgeon River Boys will be participating in the 2023 Canada House at AmericanaFest. We’ll be partnering with colleagues CIMA and Alberta Music, Manitoba Music, and MusicOntario to present ...



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