April 12, 2024

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Drop-In Afternoon April 13

Wondering what resources are available to help you release your music to the world?
Representatives from Creative Saskatchewan, SaskMusic and the Regina Public Library's Digital Media Studio will be hanging out to answer questions and discuss opportunities, including release tips and planning, and grants available.

At the Regina Public Library (Downtown, 12th Avenue Regina), Saturday, April 13, 1:00-4:00PM in the Community Commons space.


Feature Submissions

Submit for Featured Videos - Singles - EPs/Albums 

Have you got a new or upcoming release in any genre? Let us know your release date, and other news, so we can consider featuring it. Learn more here.

Check out our expanding playlists of recently featured tracks on
Spotify and YouTube!


Live Music

Submit your live shows!

Did you know that for the past 2 decades, we've been running live show listings? Our goal is to have every live music show in the province included!

Things are ramping up for spring/summer, so now's the time to get your shows listed in our Live Music Listings so we can help promote 'em! Just login to your SaskMusic account to add your shows. Visit the calendar to see if your shows are already listed.


Regina Songwriters April 24

Regina Songwriters Monthly Meeting: Guest speaker Merv xx Gotti

SaskMusic's Regina Offices, 1831 College Avenue
Attendees for this event, use the WEST side door off the parking lot (only)

SaskMusic and Regina Songwriters welcome songwriters of all skill levels and genres to join us for this month's meeting, which will centre around a chat by artist/songwriter Merv xx Gotti.

He will discuss his organic approach to songwriting, his artistic path and release strategy, and  how collaborations with others (both in his own artistic practice, and in his work through the Trifecta Sound collective) inform his approach to life and music. Merv has a wealth of experience to share as a critically-acclaimed songwriter, as well as an export-ready artist with substantial performance credits at festivals around the world. 

Following the chat we'll have a song share - bring your latest pieces or those that you'd like feedback on to share with the group. 

All skill levels & styles welcome! 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 take notes, water bottle, guitar (optional).


Merv xx Gotti is the award-winning Canadian multi-genre artist behind the solo singer-songwriter dream-pop project, "Guitar Songs.” He is also the singer of hip-hop/R&B duo, Samurai Champs, as well as alternative-emo band, GHOSTFORM. Additionally, he is the Founder and Artistic Director of Canadian DJ & artist collective, Trifecta Sound Co.

His debut solo singer-songwriter release, Guitar Songs EP, was released March 2024 in anticipation of his debut performance at SXSW (Austin, TX). The EP explores a more minimal sound, emphasizing his androgynous, dreamy vocals to deliver vulnerable, sincere songwriting. The EP has since amassed over 150,000 streams on Spotify, with the project’s first single, “Jiujitsu,” being played on 21 CBC stations across the country, the biggest syndication pick-up for a Saskatchewan artist in the past 5 years.

With Samurai Champs, Merv xx Gotti has toured internationally, performing at festivals such as SXSW (US), Music Matters Live (Singapore), NXNE (Canada), The Great Escape (UK), Reeperbahn (Germany), Tallinn Music Week (Estonia), and more. His music has been featured on CBC Canada, Gigwise, Exclaim!, and VICE Noisey. He has also received multiple artistic awards and nominations from both the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs) and Saskatchewan Music Awards (SMAs).

In his role as Artistic Director of Trifecta Sound Co., Merv xx Gotti has been recognized for his work in community building. He has spoken at conferences such as BreakOut West (Kelowna BC), Wavelength Festival (Toronto ON), and the Congress of Humanities & Social Sciences (Regina SK), as well as received accolades from CBC's Future 40 and TD Bank's Creative Entrepreneurship Incubator. 

In 2023, he was featured nationally on CBC Canada during Asian Heritage Month. The same year, Trifecta Sound Co. was awarded a double-win at the Saskatchewan Music Awards for both Industry Achievement and Music Organization of the Year.



Summer Songwriting Classes Coming

We're pleased to announce a new partnership with the City of Regina. This summer, we'll be offering two beginner songwriting courses at the Neil Balkwill Centre:

  • Introduction to Songwriting, 13-18 years (August 12-16, 1-3:30pm daily)
  • Introduction to Songwriting, 18 years and up (Saturdays, July 27-August 17, 1-3:30pm)

These classes will be geared to those with minimal, to no previous songwriting experience. Registration for the classes will be part of the launch of the city's Summer Leisure Guide programming, starting May 14. Stay tuned for more details, and please help us spread the word!


Saskatoon Songwriters Group

Sunday, May 5, 1pm
Studio 12, 9 - 1025 Boychuk Dr., Saskatoon
Host: Shelley Neumeier

Topic: Speed Writing

This songwriting group typically meets the first Sunday of every month. It's a great way to connect more intimately with other songwriters in the community. The time is spent working on songwriting skills together and sharing songs. Open floor for sharing 3-4pm.

All genres and skill levels are welcome to attend these free events!

Coordinator: Michael Lander
RSVPs are requested to admin@s12.ca. You can also email to join their mailing list for updates. 


SaskMusic Next Wave UK/EU Mentorship Program

NEXT WAVE UK/EU Export Mentorship Program

We're pleased to announce the artists selected to participate in our 2024 Next Wave cohort.

Following a call for submissions that went out to our members in February, the following were selected by our program partners, ENKI Music, based on their export readiness, stated export strategy, and anticipated program outcomes.

Two of the participants (*) were automatically selected for Next Wave based on their official showcase status for The Great Escape Festival 2024, in order to maximize their returns at that event.

  • Jake Vaadeland*
  • Marissa Burwell*
  • Merv xx Gotti
  • Nick Faye
  • Softlung
  • The Garrys
  • The Radiant
  • TOVA

NEXT WAVE, offered by SaskMusic in partnership with ENKI Music (UK) is intended to provide Saskatchewan-based export-ready artists with knowledge, strategies, and resources to develop and accelerate their careers internationally, primarily in the EU/UK market.

The program consists of an introductory workshop about the program and developing an international strategy, followed by a series of one-on-one mentorship and feedback sessions for the artists.

If you are export-ready or are interested in expanding your audiences outside of Canada, you're encouraged to direct questions to our Export and Program Manager Kaelen Klypak, kaelen@saskmusic.org

We are thankful to Creative Saskatchewan and FACTOR Canada, the Government of Canada, and Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters for their support of our export activities.


Creative Sask deadlines

Creative Sask Deadlines 2024-2025

Check out the new deadlines announced by Creative Saskatchewan! A reminder that SaskMusic and mentors are available to assist with strategies and grant reviews to help you prepare your best application - especially recommended for first-time applicants. Following the opening dates, check out the criteria for the grant(s) you're interested in, and book your consult times well in advance of the deadline (don't wait til the week before!)

Marketing Grant (previously called the "Market & Export Development Grant") - this grant provides support for marketing and publicity to improve visibility and generate sales.

Micro Stream: Up to a maximum of $5,000 per applicant per fiscal year (or 50% of the budget whichever is the lesser). Opening date May 7.
Deadline 1 - June 26, 2024 at 4 PM SK time
Deadline 2 - September 11, 2024 at 4 PM SK time
Deadline 3 - November 20, 2024 at 4 PM SK time
Deadline 4 - January 29, 2025 at 4 PM SK time

Major Stream: Up to a maximum of $25,000 per applicant per fiscal year (or 50% of the budget whichever is the lesser). Opening date May 7.
Music Deadline 1 - September 18, 2024 at 4PM SK time
Music Deadline 2 - January 15, 2025 at 4PM SK time

Showcase or Sell Travel Grant (previously called the "Market Travel Grant") -  this grant provides support to individuals and businesses to attend markets, industry showcases, and pitch events. In most cases, your project begins with an invitation to participate in a particular market. Opening date May 7.
Deadline: Continuous intake until funds are exhausted

Tour Support Grant - This grant supports commercially viable touring opportunities for eligible Saskatchewan musicians and theatre companies touring in Canada and abroad. There are two streams of funding: Music and Live Performing Arts. Opening date May 21.
Music Deadline 1 - September 18, 2024 at 4 PM SK time
Music Deadline 2 - January 15, 2025 at 4 PM SK time

Business Improvement Grant (previously called the "Business Capacity Grant") - this grant supports projects that focus on professional development, increasing workforce capacity, and improving business efficiencies through technology infrastructure updates which result in growth, market expansion and improved profitability. Opening date May 9.
Music Deadline 1 - September 18, 2024 at 4PM SK time
Music Deadline 2 - January 15, 2025 at 4PM SK time

Research Grant - This grant supports projects that focus on market research and intelligence activities identifying commercial opportunities and/or emerging technologies. Opening dates May 9.
Music Deadline 1 - September 18, 2024 at 4PM SK time
Music Deadline 2 - January 15, 2025 at 4PM SK time

Sound Recording Grant - This grant supports the production of commercially-viable sound recordings for promotional use and/or commercial release. Opening date May 21.
Deadline 1: September 18, 2024 at 4 PM SK time
Deadline 2: January 15, 2025 at 4 PM SK time


Music Video Grants

Deadline May 3, 2024, 3pm (5PM EST)

The MVP Project, with support from the RBC Foundation, was established to promote the intersection of emerging Canadian recording artists, and filmmakers, through Music Video Production Grants valued between $5,000 and $15,000.

The Music Video Production Project, a joint RBCxMusic & Prism Prize initiative, is committed to supporting emerging artists. The MVP Project is administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Learn more and apply: https://www.mvpproject.ca/


The Great Escape

Saskatchewan Artists at The Great Escape, Brighton UK

Jake Vaadeland & the Sturgeon River Boys and Marissa Burwell have been selected for official The Great Escape showcases, and will participate as part of an 18-artist lineup performing at CIMA's Canada House, presented in partnership with SaskMusic and friends.

As the UK’s premier new music and industry gathering, The Great Escape Festival is where sectors from the entire UK music industry come to network, make deals, and generally grease the wheels of industry. Stay tuned for our upcoming bulletin on SaskMusic's additional activities surrounding TGE.


To see more grants available to the Saskatchewan music industry,
visit our Funding Options page.




Beyond the educational events included in this e-release,
visit our website for our regularly updated list!


CIMA and CCMAU present: Leveraging Data for Success: The Data-Driven Road Map to Building Your Audience

April 12, 2024

About: In today's music landscape, data has become an invaluable tool for artists and their teams, guiding everything from creative decisions to strategic marketing plans and audience growth strategies. Join us for an enlightening panel discussion wher...




April 16, 2024

This month, Music Production for Women has teamed up with Metropolis Studios to bring you a unique Mastering Mixer event, live from the world-renowned studio itself! Join us for a special workshop with mastering engineer, Natalie Bibby, to learn more a...



Navigating Music Copyright with AI

April 17, 2024

Navigating Music Copyright with AI

Featuring: Virginie Berger, Thomas Guillaud, Ben Porter, Moderated by Marc Brown

Music and Technology’s Front Line

In an era where the line between originality and infringement blurs, the battleground of musi...



Business Resources Information Session for Creative Entrepreneurs

April 23, 2024

Creative Saskatchewan has partnered with Community Futures to present a business resources information webinar for Saskatchewan’s creative entrepreneurs.

Did you know that Community Futures offers a plethora of resources for rural Saskatchewan resid...



Lyric Alchemy: A Lyric Writing Workshop

April 27, 2024

Workshop: 1:00pm - 5:45pm
Social: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Workshop: The Studio in The Midtown Plaza
Social: Penrose YXE (255 3rd Ave S)

Price: $60

An immersive lyric writing workshop on April 27th led by decorated Saskatchewan hip...



Music In The House: 3 Hour Drum Masterclass with Todd Sucherman

May 7, 2024

Music in the House & Jayson Brinkworth Present: Todd Sucherman Masterclass

Join them Tuesday, May 7th 6-9pm

Come out and learn from the one and only Todd Sucherman in this very interactive and hands-on 3-hour masterclass.

This is a small group...



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indie 101

indie101 Online Music Conference

3 days, 50+ speakers, 20+ sessions B2Bs, breakouts, meet-ups and more!

Here is your roadmap to a solid foundation for your career in music.
Discover how to run your music venture while being creative!
indie101 is not just a conference; it's your guide to mastering the keystones of the music business without compromising your artistry.

Past speakers from: Bandcamp • CMRRA • CD Baby • Music Publishers Canada • LyricFind • Seneca Music • and more.

SPECIAL OFFER! The first 20 of our subscribers to register get free registration! See below.

• Day 1 focuses on Songwriting and Production education
• Day 2 explores the ins and outs of the Music Business
• Day 3 delves into Promoting and Marketing strategies

More details, buy tickets and check updates at: https://indie101.indieweek.com/

3-day pass - $100
1-day ticket - $50

BUT the first 20 subscribers to register get free registration! (Please use our code only if you can attend all 3 days).
1. Use Link https://buytickets.at/indieweek/1099426/r/indie101-sask-music and click "Buy Tickets"
2. When prompted "Do You Have Access Code" paste Access Code SKfree24 and click Apply
3. Pull down 1 beside indie101 $0.00 ticket, click next and complete form.  



Festival Opportunity - POP Montréal International Music Festival

POP Montreal is returning September 25th - 29th, 2024, and is now accepting applications for artists! 

POP Montreal International Music Festival is an annual not-for-profit curated cultural event that champions independence in the arts by presenting ...

Deadline: April 13, 2024



Artist opportunity - 2024 Folk Music Ontario Developing Artist Program

The FMO Developing Artist Program (formerly known as the FMO Youth Program) is a unique career development opportunity for emerging artists ages 18-25. Participants learn directly through one-on-one mentorship with established artists, collaborate with...

Deadline: April 15, 2024



Youth Showcase & Workshop Opportunity: Winnipeg Folk Festival 2024

Each year, the Winnipeg Folk Festival presents the Young Performers Program during the Festival weekend, showcasing young talent from across Canada, the US and abroad.

The program hosts upwards of 35 multi-talented youth musicians aged 14-24. Partic...

Deadline: April 15, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: BIGSOUND

Run across three game-changing days and three fun-filled nights, showcasing artists can connect with, listen to and play in front of some of the most influential players in music. Now in its 23rd year, BIGSOUND has grown to become the biggest A&R music...

Deadline: April 16, 2024




The National Music Centre, in partnership with the Calgary Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary, will host the Violins of Hope exhibition at Studio Bell from May 3 to June 16, 2024.

Violins of Hope is a poignant collectio...

Deadline: April 21, 2024



Awards Opportunity; Nominations Now Open for 2024 Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year

Radiodays North America and Canadian Music Week invite the broadcasting industry to nominate Canada's outstanding young broadcasters for the Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year Award in memory of the legendary Radio Programmer Steve Young until ...

Deadline: April 22, 2024



Performance Opportunity: CCMA SONGWRITERS' UNPLUGGED for the 2024 COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK

CCMA Songwriters' Unplugged allows fans to hear the stories behind their favourite country songs and learn more about the artistry behind songwriting.

2024 will see the CCMA presenting three Songwriters' Unplugged sessions across three days — Wednes...

Deadline: April 22, 2024



Award Opportunity: CANADIAN SYNC AWARDS 2024

The Guild of Music Supervisors, Canada (GMSC) and Canadian Music Week (CMW) are proud to announce submissions are now open for the 2024 Canadian Sync Awards!

Celebrating music supervisor excellence and the sync community across Canada, the Canadian ...

Deadline: April 23, 2024



Residency Opportunity: Classical Indigenous Music Residency

This residency brings together Indigenous musicians working with the Classical genre to cultivate relationships, personal craft and build strong networks that propel careers forward with an opportunity to showcase their works in progress. The program welcomes themes of listening, frequencies of land and connections to one’s culture.

Deadline: April 24, 2024



Award & Mentoring Opportunity: HENRY ARMSTRONG AWARD 2024

The Henry Armstrong Award (HAA) is a newly launched bursary and mentorship program, created to develop, elevate, and support Indigenous artists within the Canadian music industry. Named for MDM Recordings Inc. president and founder Mike Denney’s grandf...

Deadline: April 26, 2024



Performance Opportunity: Casino Dene in Cold Lake Alberta

Casino Dene in Cold Lake Alberta is looking for bands or live entertainment bookings. Email inquiries to foodandbeverage@casinodene.com

Deadline: April 28, 2024



Mentorship and Funding Opportunity: TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship

The TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship is an exciting, new program that provides emerging music creators with seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to participate in a progressive webinar series that will hone their skills of entreprene...

Deadline: April 30, 2024



Festival Opportunity - All Folk'd Up Music Festival 2024

The AFU2024 Artist and Band Applications are now open!

Are you ready to rock the prairies of Montmartre, Saskatchewan this June? We are!
The AFU Board has been steadily reviewing early applications and checking out some of Western Canada's best act...

Deadline: April 30, 2024



Artscan Circle - 2024 Indigenous Youth Guitar Residency Program

The Indigenous Youth Guitar Residency Program is a one-month residency that supports the practice of a young Indigenous artist by offering mentorship by Sergie De Jong as well as the opportunity to workshop with like-minded individuals.

WHO: Eligibl...

Deadline: April 30, 2024



Canadian Music Week Announces Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program

Canadian Music Week, together with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), is proud to announce the return of the Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program, which will be granted to 15 aspiring music industry professionals in 2024. In an effort to continue in...

Deadline: April 30, 2024



Applications Open: Soundstreams' New Voices Mentorship for Aspiring Artistic Leaders

Soundstreams' New Voices mentorship program for Aspiring Artistic Leaders in New Music is now accepting applications. Application Deadline: May 1, 2024 (11:59 EST) 

Do you have an artistic vision, but lack a stage? This is your chance! 
Pitch us yo...

Deadline: May 1, 2024



Showcase Opportunity - CIMA Canada House at Americana Music Festival 2024

Call for Submissions: Canada House at AMERICANAFEST 2024

September 17-21, 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee

Deadline: May 3, 2024

Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CIMA-AMA2024

CIMA is returning to Nashville this September for the 2024 ed...

Deadline: May 3, 2024



Showcase Opportunity - OSAC Showcase 2024

Every 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 networki...

Deadline: May 7, 2024



Showcase / Networking Opportunity: Trade Mission to Australia & SXSW Sydney 2024

Call for Applications: CIMA’s Trade Mission to Australia & SXSW Sydney 2024

October 14-20, 2024, Sydney, Australia

Apply Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CIMAAUS2024

The Canadian Independent Music Association will organize their first ever...

Deadline: May 17, 2024



Contest Opportunity: USA Songwriting Competition

The 29th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is now accepting entries. EARLY ENTRY BONUS: First 1,000 entrants will each receive a complimentary 1 year subscription to Recording magazine.

Deadline: May 31, 2024



OHSOTO'KINO Indigenous Music Incubator

OHSOTO’KINO Indigenous Music Incubator is a five-day intensive artist development program for emerging Indigenous artists in Canada. Each year, four to six Indigenous artists will converge at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC) to lear...

Deadline: May 31, 2024



SHOWCASE AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: Canada House at Reeperbahn 2024

The Canadian Independent Music Association is heading back to Germany for Reeperbahn 2024. They will once again be hosting Canada House showcases. This is a fantastic opportunity to access the 4th largest worldwide music market, with Reeperbahn attract...

Deadline: May 31, 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



Showcase Opportunity: M POUR MONTRÉAL // M FOR MONTREAL 2024

After an undeniably successful 18th edition, M for Montreal is back in 2024! With a record participation rate in 2023 for both its professional and public sections, the M team is thrilled to be back for a 19th edition, from November 20 to 23, 2024. Wit...

Deadline: June 14, 2024



Mentorship Opportunity: Women in Music Canada Mentorship Program Sign-Ups Now Open Women in Music Canada Mentorship Program

WIMC recently announced the launch of its National Mentorship program! Women and gender-diverse artists and industry professionals of all skill levels are invited to apply.



Regina Folk Festival Seeking Board Members

The Regina Folk Festival is seeking up to six nominees for a two-year term on our Board of Directors. Potential nominees can put their names forward before March 28, 2024.



SaskCulture Board nominations open

SaskCulture is seeking talented, dynamic, conscientious and energetic individuals interested in volunteering to assist in the cultural development of Saskatchewan.



OSAC Is Hiring

OSAC is seeking a motivated and creative individual to join our team as a Communications & Administrative Assistant. This position will play a vital role in enhancing OSAC's communications, social media presence, and providing administrative support for our programs and initiatives. The ideal candidate will be highly organized with a passion for the arts, excellent communication skills, expertise in social media, and proficiency in administrative software. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2024.



SCMA Announces 2024 Nominees

The Saskatchewan Country Music Association announces nominees for the 2024 SCMA Awards in Lloydminster Presented by Access Communications Co-operative. Leading the nominations this year is Jake Vaadeland with six in total, including Male Artist of the Year and Fan's Choice. Shantaia is coming off a great 2023 and has five in 2024, including Female Artist and Country Album of the Year.



SOCAN achieves half-billion dollar revenue milestone

SOCAN achieves half-billion dollar revenue milestone

Story shared by SOCAN | March 27, 2024

SOCAN has announced that, for the first time in its history, total annual revenue will exceed half a billion dollars, which was collected in 2023. Similar...



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