ECMA & BreakOut West

ECMA & BreakOut West "East Meets West" Spotlight - Showcase Opportunity

Two export ready artists will be selected for two showcase performances at the 2018 ECMAs in Halifax, May 2-6/2018

Deadline: December 1, 2017

ECMA and BreakOut West (BOW) are excited to partner together to present the “East Meets West” collaborative initiative at the 30th anniversary celebration of the East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 2-6, 2018.

The ECMAs is one of Canada’s premiere music industry trade events and brings together some of the industry’s biggest and best minds to lead four days of seminars, workshops, mentorship programs, showcases, and business meetings.

Celebrating its 17th edition, the 2018 ECMA International Export Buyers Program will welcome more than 100 international and Canadian music talent buyers, booking agents, promoters, festivals, event programmers, presenters, music supervisors, sync agents, publishers, publicists, and media from around the world.

The “East Meets West” collaborative initiative is designed to offer reciprocal business opportunities and provides access to new markets for Atlantic Canadian and Western Canadian exporting artists.

Two export ready BOW artists/groups will be selected for two showcase performances at the 2018 ECMAs. Artists of all genres are encouraged to submit via this submission form. Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 1. The successful applicants will be notified by December 14, 2017.

Criteria & Process

Select artists must demonstrate they are export-ready and/or have exporting experience and the ability and team to maximize on this showcase opportunity. Artists must demonstrate current touring experience in the Canadian music market. This partnered initiative includes showcase opportunities at the ECMAs (and BOW), songwriting collaborations and touring exchanges between the two markets.

The ECMA award and stages programming committee will make the final selection on which BOW artists will be involved to showcase at the 2018 ECMAs.

For more information and to submit: CLICK HERE

If you have any questions, please contact BOW Festival Manager, Johnny Marlow at or ECMA Export Manager Shelley Nordstrom at