April 14, 2015

SaskMusic's Latest


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Presented by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI), SaskMusic and Creative Saskatchewan

7pm Friday, April 17, 2015
Ramada Hotel, Maple Room, Regina SK

Now, more than ever before, it appears that artists are spending much of their time running their businesses. This panel will address and discuss the new reality that artists must not only be creative, but to also have a mind for business. There's a lot to learn, from setting up your business structure, to understanding taxes and budgets, to preparing yourself for the reality that in today's industry, managers are looking for "Export Ready" product and artists.

This panel will provide self-managed artists and emerging artist managers with information on negotiating the path to a successful career in music from day one. CMI’s Vel Omazic and Liam Killeen will offer insight on what it means to manage your music business efficiently and effectively.

Topics covered in this panel will include:

  • Understanding what it means to be “Export Ready”
  • Operating your career as a business
  • How to appeal to managers
  • Pitching to potential partners such as managers, agents, publishers, labels, promoters, etc.

Immediately following the event, SaskMusic will be hosting an open networking mixer and meet-and-greet with our new Executive Director, Mike Dawson, 9-11pm.


Artists and managers who wish to register for this music business panel, call 1-800-347-0676 or email info@saskmusic.org. It's free for SaskMusic members, or $20 each for non-members to attend.


Western Canadian Music Awards Voting Opens Soon

Voting for the Western Canadian Music Awards will open in less than a month! To receive voting rights, you'll need to hold a current Individual, Band or Corporate membership with SaskMusic (or one of the other Western music industry associations). See bottom of this erelease to check your current status.

Nominees will be announced on May 5, then voting will be open to our membership and WCMA jurors (50% membership weight, 50% juror weight).
*Jazz, Francophone and Classical categories are selected solely by jurors.

We'll be happy to process your new membership or renewal by phone at 1-800-347-0676 or online at www.saskmusic.org (see Login/Join button at top right hand corner).


Kurt Dahl

SaskMusic Relaunches Legal Program 

SaskMusic is pleased to announce the relaunch of its Legal Services program, with lawyer Kurt Dahl of Murphy & Company (Saskatoon and Vancouver) providing pro bono services to our members. Free legal services will be available to SaskMusic individual and corporate members beginning April 1, 2015. This is a first-come, first-served program and services are limited to issues relating to your career in the music industry.

Kurt Dahl of Murphy and Company Law has been actively involved in the Canadian music industry for the past 15 years, as a touring musician, board member, and entertainment lawyer. He wrote his Master of Laws thesis in 2009 on the future of the music industry, and has practiced entertainment law in Vancouver starting in 2010, recently returning home to Saskatoon. He tours the country regularly with his band One Bad Son, working with some of the biggest names in the music business. One Bad Son recently pushed its fourth single, Black Buffalo, into the Canadian Top 10 and just finished a six-week headlining tour. He recently launched his website www.LawyerDrummer.com. Kurt served on the SaskMusic Board from 2008-2012, being re-elected in 2014; in 2013, he was invited to sit on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan.

For more information and/or to access this program, please visit www.saskmusic.org/how-to/legal-service-program or call SaskMusic, 1-800-347-0676.


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In Tune 2015

SaskMusic’s newest compilation album set has been released! In Tune 2015 is a double album featuring 40 amazing tracks by some of Saskatchewan’s best musical artists, many of whom are currently engaged in national and/or international export initiatives. The albums have been created for promotion and distribution primarily to music industry professionals around the world, including to media, talent buyers, music supervisors and labels. It will travel with SaskMusic and our artists to international market events such as SXSW (Austin TX), Canadian Music Week (Toronto ON), The Great Escape (Brighton UK), and many other events that SaskMusic will have a presence at during the coming year. Manufactured both as a dropcard (for digital downloads) and a physical album set, it includes representation from a broad diversity of genres, and from artists residing across Saskatchewan. Artists were selected for inclusion by a music industry jury, following a general call for submissions that resulted in our largest pool of submissions to date, with over 160 entries!

The In Tune series began in 2007 and has continued since, with Saskatchewan music from all genres travelling the world with SaskMusic.

In Tune is not available for sale, however, you can learn more and stream the albums by visiting our website: www.intune2015.com. Watch for album giveaways coming up on our Facebook and Twitter feeds!




Stickman Drum Experience
July 1-5, 2015

An amazing event and it happens right here in Sask!

Stickman Drum Experience (July 1-5, 2015) is an amazing multi-day drum retreat providing a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience for drummers of a wide range of ages and abilities. Players learn, jam and hang with world-class musicians in an inspiring, creative, non-competitive environment. Eat, sleep and breathe drums for 3 days and 4 nights at Cedar Lodge, overlooking beautiful Blackstrap Lake.

This year's instructor lineup includes Chris Johnson (Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Seal, Nelly Furtado, Chrisette Michele, Heather Headley, Lalah Hathaway, Anastasia, Darius Rucker), Daniel Glass - Drummer, Author, Educator (Brian Setzer, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Gene Simmons, Modern Drummer's "top five R&B drummers" list), Mike Johnston, Gergo Borlai, Ronn Dunnett (Dunnett Classic Drums),YoungPete Alexander, and hosts Jayson Brinkworth and Chris Dimas (Music in the House).

Info and registration is at http://www.stickmandrumexperience.com/


SaskMusic's Latest


The Regina Regional Songwriters Group

The Regina Regional Songwriters Group meets again this Thursday, April 16, 7pm at our Regina office, 210-2300 Dewdney Ave. Everyone is welcome to come. Songwriting tips, sharing songs, writing exercises! 

Bring a guitar if you play one, and a notebook! 

Affiliated with the Songwriters Association of Canada and moderated by members Scott Anthony Andrews and Wanda Gronhovd..


Grilledcheesapolooza Music Festival
accepting artist submissions!
Deadline April 15/2015

This year's festival will take place August 7-8 in Kindersley. Applications will be reviewed based on their key objectives of bringing the finest and most interesting content to their audience while also nurturing and developing less established artists in the region. Info: http://www.gcpmusicfest.com/artist-application


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CBC Searchlight

The CBC Searchlight is entering the next phase: The Top 25 Regional Semi-Finalists will be posted April 14. 

(Congrats to Nick Faye and the Deputies, given a shoutout by Grant Lawrence in his "Round 1" standouts list!)

There were many stunning Saskatchewan tracks posted - good luck to all! Be sure to take a look on Tuesday to see who has advanced and show them your love with your votes, through April 20!


YXE People Connect
May 4, Saskatoon

Seeking performers for YXE People Connect, May 4, Saskatoon (charity event).
Saskatoon hosts its first annual “YXE People Connect” event, bringing together community agencies, companies, and service providers to deliver housing supports, health care, and services to those who may be facing housing instability, homelessness or who may be at risk of homelessness.

Similar events are held across the country and are considered a one-stop shop for vulnerable members of our community to access services in one place, on one day. Saskatoon’s YXE Connect is organized by a group of individuals who represent the following organizations: City Centre Church,Connect Church, Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre, The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc., Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership, Saskatoon Health Region, Saskatoon Regional Intersectoral Committee, and United Way of Saskatoon & Area.

To register as a performer, you have to go to the registration page and then register as a free stage performer (it's free) and then fill out your information and they will be in touch with you. It's the same form you would use to volunteer if you had a different skill you wanted to donate like a hairdresser. 


SaskMusic's Latest


This is just a sample of upcoming live events.Visit our Events calendar for full listings! 


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