January 12, 2024

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Regina Songwriters January 25

“Writing to a Live Groove” Songwriting Workshop

Thursday, Jan 25/2024, 7-9:30 pm
Neil Balkwill Centre, 2420 Elphinstone St, Regina

The Regina Songwriters Group and SaskMusic welcome songwriters of all skill levels and genres to join for a fun, casual, and free workshop where we'll be writing to a live beat. This month’s workshop features long-time Saskatchewan MC Brad Bellegarde (InfoRed) to talk about and demonstrate freestyling and writing for hip-hop - sure to provide some inspiration no matter what style you typically write in! We'll also be joined by veteran musicians Cyprian Henry (Drums) & Erik Mehlsen (Guitar/Bass) to provide a number of short live grooves and vibes for attendees to try writing to. Later in the evening songwriters will be invited to share writings created at the session or other material they have been working on for feedback. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Whether you're just getting started or a veteran songwriter, join us and meet up with other local songwriters!

Things you may want to bring: Something to write lyrics on, water bottle, guitar (optional). A keyboard will be available for the sharing portion.


Numbers behind the music workshop

  • Regina Workshop: Thursday, Feb 1/2024, 7-9pm.
    SaskMusic Regina, 1831 College Ave (use west side doors off parking lot)
  • Saskatoon Workshop: Thursday, Feb 8/2024, 6:30-8:30pm
    Rusty Macdonald Public Library (225 Primrose Dr - Meeting Room 
  • Zoom session date to be announced

This FREE session is intended for musical creatives including songwriters, musicians, artists, bands, studios, producers, visual creators, marketing folks and more.

Whatever your role now or planning for the future, and whether you are DIY or have a team, understanding the "numbers" behind your creations will help your decision-making and buy back time to focus on your art.

Join mentor Martina of BackBeat Bookkeeping for an interactive and fun (yes we said fun!) session to better understand your artistic financial questions, including:

  • What are the Canada Revenue Agency's tracking and reporting requirements?
  • What roles do bookkeepers, accountants, and lawyers play?
  • What is my business "entity" for tax purposes?
  • What are accounting terms such as assets or budgets, and why do they help make better decisions?
  • Are audits the "scariest" thing in the world?

Visit www.saskmusic.org/workshops to register.


Evolution Summit

Evolution Youth Music Summit

Attend FREE in Regina, Friday February 23 or Saturday, February 24/24
Registration is open until February 10 or until we reach capacity

Are you interested in music – maybe a musician, singer, or songwriter - and curious to learn more about performing and the music business? SaskMusic is offering an exciting opportunity for youth (age 14 to 25) to learn more about performing and professional music options.

Our Evolution Youth Music Summit will be a unique opportunity for you to receive information and guidance to get started in the right direction, and meet others who are passionate about music. We’re gathering working artists and industry professionals to mentor you through topics such as musicianship (with separate sessions for vocal, bass, guitar, etc), promotions, professionalism, stage skills, and other topics geared to those getting started in the music scene.

This one-day summit will be offered on two dates. You can attend on Friday, February 23 or Saturday, February 24. Thanks to the support of our sponsors The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) and Creative Sask, we are able to offer free registration! Applications are also accepted for a number of travel bursaries that will be offered for those travelling from outside Regina.

Learn more, and register here: 


Be a Music Champion - FACTOR

Spread the word about the Canada Music Fund (CMF)

We need your help to raise the voice of the music community and get the federal government’s attention. You can do that in seconds by using this action page to email Liberal MPs and Canada’s Ministers of Heritage and Finance. Call on them to be Music Champions and remind them to keep their promise to increase the budget of the Canada Music Fund. Additionally, PLEASE tell your networks about the #canadamusicfund and use these images to share on social media!

Here’s why: The Liberal government, which has been a strong supporter of Canada’s music sector throughout the pandemic, promised in the last federal election to increase the annual contribution to the Canada Music Fund to $50 million by 2024-2025.

That’s huge because the Canada Music Fund (CMF) is a key part of what funds FACTOR’s ground-breaking investments in Canadian artists and music companies - including songwriters and music publishers. Last year alone FACTOR invested $21 million in the music sector. 6,500 artists have had support through FACTOR in the last five years. 

But FACTOR’s budget can’t keep up with the growing demands for its programming. The other part of FACTOR’s annual budget comes from contributions from private radio broadcasters and those contributions are falling fast. For example, in 2020, FACTOR received $16 million in radio contributions. In 2024-25 those contributions could be as low as $2 million. This is why the CMF increase is so crucial. But look, that $50 million would only ensure that existing programming continues and is insufficient to create new programming for the live sector. That’s why most music associations across the country have called for an increase to $60 million.  
So if the government does not make good even on their $50 million promise to our sector, FACTOR’s budget could be cut in half over the next couple of years. If that happens companies will close, jobs will be lost, and artists won’t get the investments they need to record or tour which will harm an already precarious local live music scene.

We don’t want that. So, let’s remind them to keep their promise.

Let's do this! Visit the action page


SMA show

Watch the SMAs online!

The recording of the 2023 Saskatchewan Music Awards is up on our YouTube channel. Tune in to see all the winner announcements and performances from the night!

Thank you to Rogers TV / Shaw Spotlight community TV for filming.




Good Night Out: Safer Spaces Training

January 25, 2024

An interactive workshop on preventing & responding to sexual violence in live music industry settings, led by Stacey Forrester.

January 25, 2024
1-4pm ET

$149.00 + tax (or Free for CLMA Members*)

*If you are unsure of your membership status, ...



SOCAN 101 – Breaking Down Music Rights and Royalties

January 25, 2024

The world of music rights and royalties is often complex. 

In this free seminar you'll get an overview of what SOCAN does as Canada's largest music rights organization and the role it plays within the larger music industry and ecosystem. 

SOCAN r...



CIMA Neighbouring Rights Webinar

January 26, 2024

Date:  Friday, January 26 2023, 13:30PM-15:30PM EST (Online session)

Join this Webinar as Soproq offers a comprehensive understanding of the royalties you receive

This session will cover neighbouring rights, delving into its history in Canada, ta...



SCREENxSCREEN (Online Conference)

February 6, 2024

February 6 - 8 2024, Online
3 Days/75+ Speakers/25 Sessions/B2Bs/Breakouts and more,

Join SCREENxSCREEN for a tech-infused experience, uncovering the latest industry trends and winning strategies. Connect with a dynamic community of like-minded ind...



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Please visit the Opportunities section of our website for more information on the following, as well as additional opportunities as they are added.


Award Opportunity: Independent Blues Awards 2024

The independent Blues Awards celebrate the diversity and power of the music that is created by those artists that acknowledge their inspiration and roots are in the blues. These awards will represent not only those “touring” artists who work within the established blues community, but embrace working artists who work in other markets but still acknowledge and honor their roots in the blues.

Deadline: January 15, 2024



Festival Opportunity - Salt Shaker 2024

Since 2018, the Salt Shaker Festival is an annual weekend music festival at Manitou Beach, SK. In 2024, the festival will happen on July 12-14.

Apply here!

Deadline: January 15, 2024



SHOWCASE OPPORTUNITY: NXNE Music Festival 2024 in Toronto!

NXNE is Canada’s most important discovery music festival, presenting thousands of essential emerging artists, often just before they break, from across Canada and around the world - since 1995. And applications to play the festival are now open.

Deadline: January 15, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: BREAKOUT WEST FESTIVAL 2024


Full Details & submit online at: https://breakoutwest.ca/music-festival/showcase-submissions



The Western Canadian Music Alliance is an inclusive organization and BreakOut West is open to submissio...

Deadline: January 30, 2024



2024 JUNOfest Presented by CBC Music


For two jam-packed nights, JUNOfest Presented by CBC Music will showcase artists of all genres, from across the country. Featuring over 50 artists across the city, performing for fans, media ...

Deadline: January 31, 2024



Mentorship Opportunity: 2024 Girl Connected - Applications Now Open

Girl Connected seeks to empower women working in the performing & art space with a platform that provides tools and resources necessary to inspire success and growth.

Deadline: January 31, 2024



Residency Opportunity: Chamber Music and Opera: Interplay

June 4 - June 29, 2024 | Apply by January 31 This innovative and collaborative new residency is for classically trained singers, musicians, composers, librettists, stage directors, and arts writers committed to chamber music and opera. With the common goal to capture the emotional essence of chamber work, whether that be in the form of instrumental pieces or new operas, this residency will foster the potential of unique voices and creative visions that culminate in live performances that create excitement and growth.

Deadline: January 31, 2024



Festival Opportunity - Sled Island Music & Arts Festival 2024

This is your chance to play the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival (June 19-23, 2024 in Calgary, Alberta)!

If selected: artists/bands from Calgary will receive $200 for a first show; artists/bands from the rest of Alberta will receive $350 for a fi...

Deadline: February 2, 2024



Residency Opportunity: Jazz & Sonic Arts: Gather Listen Hear

August 6 - August 24, 2024 | Apply by February 14 This three-week program brings together early career artists from around the world to work with exciting, internationally celebrated performers, creators, and mentors that have made significant contributions to artistic innovation in Jazz and Sonic Arts. The goal is to build community that feels the inspirational energy of making creative music in an immersive, inclusive and transformative learning environment.

Deadline: February 14, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: Canadian Music Week Showcase 2024

Applications for the 42nd Annual Canadian Music Week Festival are now open! The CMW Festival takes place June 2-8 2024 in Toronto, Canada.

Artists and industry professionals from around the world who gather in Toronto for five days of live music, ne...

Deadline: February 15, 2024




Calling all artists. Artist registration for The Great Escape 2024 in partnership with Sentric Music is now open. Whether you are a band, a singer-songwriter, a rapper, DJ, collective or duo, it doesn’t matter, we want to hear from you.

The Great Es...

Deadline: February 16, 2024



Performance Opportunity: Ness Creek Music Festival 2024 Daytime stages

The Ness Creek Music Festival offers incredible live music from Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world. Join over 3,000 people in the forest of northern Saskatchewan, be part of a tent-city community and enjoy Indie, Roots & Folk music from a...

Deadline: February 25, 2024



Contest Opportunity: Womens Freedom Song Contest

Womens Freedome Song Contest is seeking Female Anthems, Music videos and Lyric/Poems that deal with issues of concern to women. (Open to all genders)

Deadline: March 1, 2024



Festival Opportunity - SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival 2024

Saskatchewan artist applications for the 37th Annual SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival are now open. To complete the Saskatchewan artist application form CLICK HERE. Saskatchewan artist applications close on March 8, 2024.

Please note: This form is...

Deadline: March 8, 2024



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Cultural Careers



Application Deadline: February 15, 2024
Swift Current, SK
5 months commencing March 1, 2024 to July 31, 2024.

Cultural Festivals produces a series of cultural events, including an international kite festival and music festival in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.


Application Deadline: February 24, 2024
Swift Current, SK
Full Time – 8 or 16 week term, April 2024 to August 2024 inclusive

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CAMP Sask Arts: Paid Mentorship Opportunity

Application for musicians in Saskatchewan to receive paid mentorship in remote and underserved Indigenous communities as part of our ongoing mentorship program to increase the capacity of our artist residencies. 

CAMP is a non-profit in Saskatchewan dedicated to procuring arts experiences, mentorship, and training opportunities in remote and under-served communities across the province.

Learn more


Check out many more current postings on the SaskCulture job board.



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