February 3, 2016

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New Economic Impact Survey: Please Give Us Your Voice!

We're calling on all artists, musicians, music business and industry professionals to participate in the new Creative Saskatchewan Economic Impact Survey. How much money really goes around in our industry? The results of the survey will help us build a stronger, healthier industry for all of us. Anyone who made ANY income in 2014 and/or 2015 from gigs, royalties, teaching music lessons, running a music business should participate - even if you spent more money than you earned on music! We also want to hear from any business that regularly hires musicians (venues, talent buyers, etc).

This survey will better position Creative Saskatchewan (and those funded by Creative Saskatchewan, including SaskMusic and our members) to demonstrate and celebrate the full value and importance of the creative industries to Saskatchewan’s economic growth.

Click here to participate in the Economic Impact Survey

The survey will close February 29, 2016. For privacy purposes, information is being collected by an independent third party (Praxis Consulting) and will remain strictly confidential. 


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SaskMusic proudly presents our next educational event


Tuesday, February 9, 7pm

SASKATOON: With Lorne Horning, Chartered Accountant
The Starlight Room, Sheraton (612 Spadina Cres E)

REGINA: With Bill Waynert, Chartered Accountant
The United Way, 1440 Scarth St

It’s tax preparation time! SaskMusic is happy to present our annual workshop on the subject of taxes as they pertain to artists and creative businesses. “Music, Money and Taxes!” will take place in both Regina and Saskatoon on Tuesday February 9 beginning at 7pm. We encourage Saskatchewan musicians and music industry professionals, as well as other creative industry professionals, to attend and benefit from this FREE information session!

We will be providing information to help you prepare your tax return, with topics such as:

  • When do I need to file taxes as a musician?
  • Do we need to register our band as a business?
  • Am I self-employed or an employee?
  • Good record keeping practices;
  • Business income, and what to do when grants are received;
  • Eligible deductions and maximizing potential refunds;
  • Business use-of-home and travel;
  • GST: when to start collecting andremitting;
  • Donating services;
  • Audits; and
  • Dispelling tax myths.

This presentation will provide you with the information necessary to keep your music activities/small business, paperwork and taxes up to date, above board and accurate. Bring your questions and your notebook!

This event is FREE, but kindly pre-register. Simply contact SaskMusic at 1-800-347-0676 or email info@saskmusic.org before 12pm, February 9.


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BreakOut West and Western Canadian Music Awards Submissions Open Now!

Deadline: March 21, 2016

The WCMA Staff and Board have been hard at work to improve Western Canadian Music Award opportunities and have revitalized the award categories and guidelines for 2016. These newly updated categories will allow for a more inclusive and modern approach to recognizing the artists, industry and organizations in western Canada.

Among the changes, artists can now submit if they've released as few as 3 songs during the eligibility period.

Check out all the new categories & guidelines and submit by March 21! The 2016 WCMAs will be held Thursday, October 13 in Regina.

Also, Jurors for Western Canadian Music Awards: 


The WCMAs are always looking for new jury members. Jury members are volunteering members of the music industry who are experts within their field and genre and represent the industry at large. Their knowledge and ability to interpret the current music landscape regionally and nationally makes them best qualified to help WCMA select the Western Canadian Music Awards.

If you are interested in becoming a juror, or know someone who would be a great addition to the jury, click above to fill out the 2016 Juror Application form. Any questions about the jury process, please contact Johnny Marlow at johnny@breakoutwest.ca or 204-943-8485.


Have you released a single recently?

We want to know about it! 
Please send MP3s to info@saskmusic.org along with
- date released-to-radio/social media, or date released for sale on iTunes, etc; 
- description or press release;
- artist photo or a promotional image for the single

This is an ongoing call. For more information on our submission opportunities in general, visit http://www.saskmusic.org/about-us/submissions.



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JUNO Award Nominees Announced

Congrats to The Sheepdogs, ‪2016 ‎JUNO‬ nominees for Rock Album of the Year! It's their seventh nomination; so far, the group has taken home 3 JUNOs.

As well, big congratulations to Buffy Sainte-Marie, nominated for 3 ‪‎JUNO‬s this year - Songwriter of the Year, Aboriginal Album of the Year, and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year (Power In The Blood)

We were fortunate to have Michael Phillip Wojewoda, who worked on Power In The Blood, join us as a presenter at the recent Songwriting Master Class 2016 and The Art of Listening Masterclass in Saskatoon!


Vote Rah Rah!

Rah Rah is a finalist in the Jack Daniels Supporting Act contest, in the running for $7000 in prizes. Go show them some love! You can vote daily!



Sled Island Music & Arts Festival: Call for Artists

Deadline: February 15

Since 2007, Sled Island's thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit have fused with Calgary's youthful energy to produce a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of over 250 bands, visual artists, filmmakers and comedians as well as over 30,000 attendees in more than 30 venues, transforming the city into an arts lover's paradise that has earned rave reviews from artists, fans and media from across the globe.

A diverse listening committee made up of festival staff, musicians and industry professionals from across Western Canada will assess submissions for quality as well as fit with the festival’s vision and schedule. The quality of the music submitted is far more important to our committee than production quality, promotional photos, live footage or media coverage, although these things can help us assess your fit with Sled Island. In short, the listening committee is hoping to be excited by your music and the thought of seeing you at Sled Island 2016.

For more information on how to apply, visit www.sledisland.com/apply/music

For more opportunities, visit our Sound Opportunities page.


Liverpool Sound City 2016: Call for Artists

Deadline: February 16, 2016

Nominated for best UK metropolitan festival for 7 years running, Liverpool Sound City is a 2-day extravaganza of incredible live music and arts, attended by 22,000 music lovers with a one-day music and digital industry conference, Sound City +, running in tandem to the festival.

The Sound City festival will take place on May 28-29, 2016, with Sound City + music and digital industry conference on May 27 in the heart of Liverpool. This is your chance to showcase your music to thousands of music lovers and an international audience of music industry delegates.

Visit www.gigmit.com/apply-to-play-at-liverpool-sound-city-2016#apply-now to apply or contact SaskMusic, 1-800-347-0676 to inquire if this showcase might be appropriate for you.

For more opportunities, visit our Sound Opportunities page.


The Gateway Music Festival: Call for Artists

For more than a decade, thousands of music fans from across the prairies and beyond have flocked to Bengough for the annual Gateway Festival, growing the town's population by tenfold during the last weekend of July. With three stages of concerts and workshops, a children's area with performers and activities, "concerts and culture crawl", and many other events all delivered with small town charm, the Gateway Festival truly has something for everyone.

Past Performers Include:Steve Earle, Corb Lund, The Sheepdogs, The Constantines, Buffy St. Marie, The Sadies, Northern Pikes, Deep Dark Woods, Yukon Blonde, The Wooden Sky

More information: https://www.sonicbids.com/find-gigs/12th-annual-gateway-festival/

Deadline: May 12.


Bulletproof Agency 

Is seeking new artists for their roster. If you play in a country act - band, duo or singer/songwriter - now is the time! Give them a shout at bulletproofagency@outlook.com or by calling 1-306-750-0044


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Regina Regional Writers Group

The next meeting of the RRWG will be Thursday, February 18. Come down to network with other songwriters and talk about songwriting stuff. A guest speaker will be announced shortly! 

Held at SaskMusic, 1831 College Ave., 7-9pm. 


SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival: Call for Volunteers

Volunteer applications are being accepted until March 31. It takes over 400 energetic and dedicated volunteers to make the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival a premier cultural event in Saskatchewan. Volunteers work tirelessly in a variety of positions that include: artist hospitality, transportation, merchandise, promotions, bar-tending, set up, tear down, and venue supervision.

Led by a group of experienced coordinators, your volunteer experience at the Jazz Festival will be like no other. From meeting other friendly and energetic volunteers, and maybe a world class musician or two, festival volunteers from the young to the young at heart, have told (the festival) that volunteering is the highlight of their summer.

Read more: https://saskjazz.com/volunteer


British Music Producer Starts New Record Label in Regina

British music producer Elias "Ellie" Lengé announced January 19 the launch of a new record label, Be Major Music.



Alex Runions Releases "If I Won the Lotto" to Country Radio

Alex Runions is set to release his brand of heartland country that will be embraced by his current fans and impossible to be ignored by new fans.



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This is just a sample of listings from the Saskatchewan Events Calendar, shows happening around the province!

You can add your own shows by logging into your SaskMusic account and clicking "Backstage" (on the top right corner of our homepage.)


Cultural Careers


Saskatchewan Arts Board​ is seeking a Director of Administration 

Read more: http://www.artsboard.sk.ca/news/455-news/jobs-arts/3058-sab-dir-admin


Creative Saskatchewan​ has announced their search for a new Chief Executive Officer:

The purpose of the provincial government agency is “to stimulate the commercialization of creative products and bring Saskatchewan’s creative talent to market”.  

Read more: http://www.conroyross.com/opportunities/chief-executive-officer-3/


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