August 10, 2023

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Submissions open for the SOCAN Song House Songwriting Workshop at BreakOut West 2023!

Twelve songwriters will be selected to participate in this 2-day interactive songwriting workshop. Participants from Western Canada will be selected to participate based on their songwriting skill and will gain valuable insight into the craft of writing a hit song. This initiative aligns with SOCAN’s Creative strategy to help members with craft development opportunities to reach new heights in their careers. See the BreakOut West website for more details on how to apply.

Songwriter participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be SOCAN member
  • Must be a WCMA member, or, a member of one of the six Western Canadian Music Industry Associations (Alberta Music, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, Music BC, Music Yukon, Music NWT)
  • Must be attending BreakOut West, and be available to participate October 11/12
  • Willing to take their writing craft to the next level

Submissions will be evaluated based on following criteria:

  • Songwriting
  • Rationale for how SOCAN Song House fits your development plan.

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:

For a single or music video feature, use this link:


Breaking Down Racial Barriers In The SK Music Industry: A Roundtable

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The Breaking Down Racial Barriers (BDRB) initiative is facilitating a roundtable panel discussion on anti-Black racism in Saskatchewan’s music and entertainment industry. This Roundtable is presented by SaskMusic and supported by BreakOut West and The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and ADVANCE, Canada’s new Black Music Business Collective, with additional support from FACTOR.

Initiated, curated and coordinated by Canadian music and entertainment community mainstays Ian Andre Espinet and David “Click” Cox, BDRB discussions are centred in the voices and lived experiences of working Black music professionals. To build an inclusive, economically viable Canadian music and entertainment industry, it is critical to address the anti-Black racism that exists in the systems and working environments within which Black music professionals and creatives operate.

Featuring the following participants: - KYRIEL (PIMPTON) ROBERTS (Artist & Video Director) - PRINCE BANKS (Artist Manager/Producer) - FIYINFOLUWA OBAYAN (Artist) - ZOCHI (Artist)

In an effort to advance equity in the region's music industry, SaskMusic has supported the BDRB facilitated event to have difficult, yet critical, conversations in an effort to identify the structures and behaviours that perpetuate anti-Black racism.

The Roundtable will address key areas of the entertainment industry and barriers faced by Black music professionals - with highlighted themes and key take-aways captured.




Digital Recording Academy by SHURE & Byta/ 

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

A free 1-day course:
Recording & Production Best Practices in the Digital Age
Anyone can register here free:

On Tuesday, August 22nd 2023, Byta / and Shure are partnering to present the first Digital Recording Academy. A 1-day course consisting of four individual 45-minute sessions focused on Recording & Production Best Practices.

Before you can share your music you have to create your music. From audio and digital file best practices to planning and recording your audio in every environment. These four sessions will help you understand how to properly capture and coordinate whatever sounds you need to record. Today most people get their start in their bedroom "studio". What are the best ways to approach audio recording even at this early stage? 
What are the tips and tricks that lead to audio wins and being ready to share your work?


Canada's Music Incubator: Artist Entrepreneur Professional Development Program

Artist Entrepreneur Professional Development Program
Presented by Canada's Music Incubator
Deadline to Apply: July 2, 2023

Canada Music Incubator's highly regarded Artist Entrepreneur professional development program is accepting applications for the Aug 28-Sept 29 session. For the first time since its launch in 2012, AE will take place in downtown Toronto and run for five weeks. Artists from all musical genres are welcome.

The applications window for this session closes on July 2. Early applications are strongly encouraged. 

Program Fee $2,000 + HST

For more information please contact:


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SHOWCASE OPPORTUNITY: Coup de coeur francophone

Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone de l’Ouest canadien, s'associe avec Coup de coeur francophone pour présenter Rame à la rencontre, une vitrine en personne dans le cadre du festival Coup de Coeur à Montréal, le 3 novembre 2023. C'est une opportunité pour trois artistes (musiciens solos ou groupes) pour interpréter du matériel original pour les professionnels de l'industrie musicale francophone. Les artistes sélectionnés auront également la chance de participer à des rencontres professionnelles avec l'industrie présente au festival. L’objectif de cet événement est de rapprocher des artistes-entrepreneurs francophones de l’Ouest canadien avec des professionnels et professionnelles de l’industrie de la musique francophone.

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CCMA Artist Mentorship Applications are now OPEN!

Deadline for application submission is Monday, August 14th.

WHAT: CCMA Artist Mentorship 

WHEN: Saturday, September 16th, 9:00AM - 10:30AM

WHERE: Country Music Week 2023 - Hamilton, ON

CCMA Artist Mentorship has been purposefully developed for new and emerging artists, songwriters and producers to gain access to industry leaders in Radio, Distribution, Promotion, Digital Service Providers (DSPs), Marketing, Publicity, Production and Songwriting. This thoughtfully curated environment exists for you to build meaningful relationships, ask critical questions and have your professional assets critiqued by industry mentors.

Take your artistry to the next level by deepening your knowledge of the country music ecosystem, increase your awareness of best practices, expand your networks, and receive specific mentorship for the overall advancement and development of your career in Canadian country music.

CCMA Artist Mentorship will be taking place during Country Music Week 2023 through an application process. All those interested in attending CCMA Artist Mentorship, please fill out this APPLICATION FORM.

Deadline for application submission is Monday, August 14th.

Apply here!


Create: Live Jazz Edition Deadline August 23, 2023

Create: Live is back for a special Northern partnership with fellow talent development agency Jazz North.

Four people aged 18-25 from across the North will be trained to become the next generation of live jazz music promoters. If you're interested in showcasing music from within the Jazz space whether that's contemporary, traditional, fusion or anything in between, This is an opportunity for you. 

Successful applicants will have a one of a kind opportunity to put on their very own live jazz event in the North and will be provided with £1000 to do so! As well as this, they will receive 1 to 1 mentoring with industry experts, group workshops about all things music and the access to industry events. Overall, participants will receive a plethora of new skills and valuable experience organizing and performing at their very own event.

Apply here before Wednesday 23rd August at 9AM for the opportunity to boost your jazz career. 


Women In Music Canada Entrepreneur Accelerator Program 2023

Applications are now open for the 2023 Entrepreneur Accelerator. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 25. 

Supported by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters, TD Ready Commitment, Ontario Creates, SOCAN Foundation, Creative BC and City of Toronto. 

Women in Music is launching the third annual Entrepreneur Accelerator program, focused on supporting the next wave of female and gender diverse Canadian music industry leaders. Following the success of the winter 2023, third edition of this program, which had a record number of applications they are excited to take the program to a new level yet again. Again this edition, each participant will be paired with a professional mentor throughout the program, matched based on the participants' individual goals and intensions for the program. 

Sessions included in the overall program include the following, all from a female and gender-diverse entrepreneur lens:

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Lean Business Canvas
Brand Building Workshop (Industry Stream)
Marketing and Sales Fundamentals (Industry Stream)
Leadership Fundamentals (Industry Stream)
Financial Literacy and Taxes
Legal Fundamentals 
Fundraising and Grant Writing
Pitching (Industry Stream)
Revenue Streams in Music (Artist Stream)
Discoverability (Artist Stream)
Building a team (Project Management) (Artist Stream)
Sync and Publishing (Artist Stream)

Women in Music Canada values diversity, equity, and inclusion and welcomes and invites female and gender-diverse folks from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Deadline to apply is August 25, 2023
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by September 8, 2023. 

More details & to apply:

The 2023 Entrepreneur Accelerator including the mentorship program will run online from October 3, 2023 through November 2, 2023. Sessions will run from 7:00 PM through 9:00 PM ET (4:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT) Tuesday and Thursday, weekly. Mentorship sessions will run as per specific arranged times by participants. 


Showcase Opportunity - CIMA's Business & Showcase Mission to UK Americana Music Week 2024

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.

Please note: A radius clause will be in effect for this events. Artists cannot perform at a London venue 10 days prior or 10 days after this event.

If you meet the criteria outlined in the following link please submit your applications here

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 25, 2023. If you have any questions please contact


Showcase Opportunity : Ethno USA 2023 by Folk Alliance 

Applications for the 3rd edition of Ethno USA are open!

This year we will be in Greensboro, North Carolina! Ethno USA 2023 will welcome approximately 30-40 participants and between 3-5 artistic mentors. We also aim to have up to 3 guest mentors from the region visiting us on site. Attendees will get to experience a diversity of musical traditions both from within the USA and from around the world! There will be time to get to know each other during the camp, as well as experience the excitement of performing at the North Carolina Folk Festival ( mainstage!

Before you begin, please make sure you have readily available:

1. A clear scan of your passport page(s) (for US applicant: Drivers Licence or US ID are accepted) with your personal details visible (required)

2. A recent photo of yourself, preferably with your instrument (required) You will need to attach all applicable supporting documents for the form to be considered complete and successfully submitted.

For more information on Ethno USA, visit You can also email

Apply here! 


Sask Artists in the CBC Searchlight Top 100!

The Top 100 of the annual CBC Music Searchlight competition have been announced! Big congrats to the Sask artists who made the list:
▪️ Beau Nectar, "Buds
▪️ Daussen, "Don't Feel the Same" 
Elenee Young, "Consistently" 
▪️ Yellowsky, "Redemptio...



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