Applications Now Open for Casino Nova Scotia's Artist In Residence Program


Casino Nova Scotia has created an innovative Artist in Residence Program designed to support emerging Nova Scotian musicians. The $20,000 program will provide a local musician or group with support and opportunities to develop their career. The program will be administered by Music Nova Scotia. Applications are now open, and close on April 30 at 5:00pm ADT.

Applicants must fill out an online application form, which can be found here.

Along with general contact information, web and social media links, applicants must have the following prepared before beginning the application; these elements are mandatory and must accompany your submission:

  1. Current biography.
  2. Current press photo.
  3. Statement on artists’ goals and career plan. You must provide an extensive plan outlining the coming year’s goals, plans, and career trajectory. Please use the career plan template provided here. Once you have completed the plan, attach the document to the application via the “attachments” tab at the bottom of the application form. 
  4. Web link to a music streaming site where a maximum of 3 songs are available; these songs will be evaluated by the jury. Please only link 3 songs - do not provide a link to a player which features more than 3 songs (e.g. a full album). 
  5. Lyric sheets for the 3 songs you will be submitting.

To review the Program's rules and regulations, click here.

For further information contact:

Serge Samson
Music Nova Scotia
Event and Member Training Manager
2157 Gottingen St. Halifax, NS  B3J 1G6
(902) 423-6271 ext. 103
(902) 423-8841  fax

Musicians: Your Instrument Could Be Contraband, Subject To Immediate Seizure When Travelling to the US

A new Obama administration ruling aimed at protecting Africa's endangered elephants is sending shock waves through the music community. Under the new regulations which take effect in June, instruments with even the smallest amount of ivory inlay or string rests are banned without proof that they were purchased prior to 1976. Many violin bows also have small ivory tips. The concern is particularly acute for musicians performing abroad. 

Read more info, as well as the new regulations here.

Jimmy Mac Interview – Lorde’s Player


What’s it like backing one of the biggest artists in the world and witnessing her meteoric rise to the top? Andy Jones gets the inside story from Jimmy Mac who plays keyboards and percussion for the Billboard Number One artist and Grammy Award winner Lorde…


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Request for Proposals for Technical Director Services: Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2014

(April 9, 2014 - Halifax, Nova Scotia) Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2014, (NSMW), to be held in Truro, Nova Scotia from November 6 to 9, is now requesting proposals for Technical Director Services.
The successful applicant/company will take overall responsibility to oversee all technical requirements for Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week with input from the Music Nova Scotia Executive Director, the Music Nova Scotia Event Manager (herein defined as Principles), or designates.
*** Please note – all proposals must be submitted online via our webform available here ***
Resumes, CVs, and other supplementary documents should be uploaded and included with your submission by using the ‘attachments’ tab at the bottom of the webform. 
Please quote your total fee. Include transportation, per diems and other out-of-pocket costs. DO NOT include accommodations. Music Nova Scotia provides accommodations through partner properties and pre-negotiated rates. Music Nova Scotia recommends you quote a daily fee times the number of days required. Please include at least two on-site visits prior to the event. 
Proposals must be received prior to 5pm ADT, April 28, 2014.
The following is a list of events and the responsibilities associated with each specific case (may be subject to change):
  • Arena Show: In collaboration and through consultation with the Event Manager and Principles, define and produce Request for Proposals (RFP) for sound and lighting equipment, staging and extraneous supplies. Determine and select, with Principles, the winning proposal.
  • Showcases: Define and produce RFP for sound and light equipment including backdrops/piping/drape and other extraneous supplies. Define and produce RFP for sound and light operators (may be supplied by winning company on approval.)  Determine and select, with Principles, the winning proposal(s).
  • Music and Industry Awards Brunch: Available for consultation with Event Manager for technical and backline needs.
  • Conference Seminars and Buyer’s Program: Available for consultation with Event Manager for all technical/operator needs and secure same.
  • Songwriters Circle: Available for consultation with Principles for all technical/operator needs and secure same.
  • Opening Reception: Available for consultation with the Principle for all technical/operator needs and secure same.
  • Late Night Stage/Closing Reception: Available for consultation with the Principles for all technical/operator needs and secure same.
  • Backline: The Technical Director in consultation with the Principles will define and produce the RFP for backline services for all components.
  • Labour and Scheduling: The Technical Director will procure and schedule all technical and support crews,including Stage Managers, Stage Hands, Loaders, etc., and will coordinate load-ins/load-outs with venue operators, trucking companies, Principles, etc.
NSMW Technical Director, in conjunction with the Principles, is responsible for other requirements such as sourcing professional and/or volunteer stage managers, identifying experienced volunteer stagehands, back stage manager and assistants. Please note that the NSMW 2014 volunteer base can supply all runners, and non-technical personnel. The NSMW Technical Director must interact with many staff and volunteers within the event structure, and requires someone with excellent multi-tasking and communications skills.
Principles will negotiate all final contract(s) with supplier(s).
Important Notes:
Successful applicant must be prepared to work within a defined budget and must be available for onsite consultation as needed prior to the event and during the week of November 6-9, 2014
A comprehensive written report to the Executive Director is expected within one month following the event.
  • The total cost of the proposal including all transportation and out-of-pocket costs
  • The experience and reputation of the person/company
  • References
Music Nova Scotia will acknowledge all proposals at the time of receipt and may contact the company for further information to assist in its deliberations. All respondents will be informed of the selection decisions should Music Nova Scotia proceed with any one or more of the proposals. Please note that the lowest cost proposal may not necessarily be chosen as the winner.
By issuing this RFP, Music Nova Scotia has made no commitment that it will form a contractual relationship with any of the respondents. Music Nova Scotia retains the absolute discretion to use the information submitted to it in any manner it chooses. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Music Nova Scotia will not divulge any proprietary or commercially confidential information contained in the proposals.
For more information, please contact:
Serge Samson
Music Nova Scotia
Event and Member Training Manager
2157 Gottingen St.
Halifax, NS  B3J 1G6
(902) 423-6271 ext. 4
(902) 423-8841 fax

Music Nova Scotia and Casino Nova Scotia Talk AIR Program on Global TV

Music Nova Scotia's Scott Long and Helen MacMillan of Casino Nova Scotia visited Global TV this morning to talk about the new Artist in Residence Program. Applications open April 14, 2014. Watch the video below:


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Q&A: Kim Deal On Her Solo 7″ Series, Making New Breeders Music, And Her Lifelong Obsession With Gear

It is not possible to overstate the importance of Kim Deal. As a member of the Pixies and a founding member of the Breeders, she has made some of the most deeply compelling — not to mention some of the most compellingly influential — music of the past three decades. Though she is not currently playing in the Pixies (a subject that she is very happy not to talk about), she is no less busy than she has ever been.

The Breeders recently wrapped up a lengthy tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary their seminal 1993 album, Last Splash. The tour proved to be such a success (and apparently such a good time) that the band — featuring the Last Splash-era lineup of Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson — are currently working on music together for an all-new Breeders record. In addition, Kim continues to release music in her ongoing 7″ solo series.

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Casino Nova Scotia Announces New $20,000 Artist in Residence Program

(April 5, 2014, Halifax, NS) – Casino Nova Scotia has created an innovative Artist in Residence Program designed to support emerging Nova Scotian musicians. The $20,000 program was announced on Friday at the Nova Scotia Stage during East Coast Music Week and will provide a local musician or group with support and opportunities to develop their career. The program will be administered by Music Nova Scotia.

“We love, embrace and celebrate everything that is music in Nova Scotia,” says Helen MacMillan, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Casino Nova Scotia. “Live music is a significant part of the entertainment experience at Casino Nova Scotia for our customers, tourists, and employees. Investing in our Artist in Residence Program is a natural extension of our partnership with Music Nova Scotia. Throughout the year we provide opportunities to showcase established and emerging musicians such as: Bruce Guthro, Dave Gunning, Heather Green, Jessie Brown, and Floodland.”

Scott Long, Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia states that, “This Artist in Residence Program is extremely beneficial for the continued development of our music industry.” Adding, “Casino Nova Scotia has provided an opportunity that rarely comes along for our local musicians. With the funding and the exposure provided by Casino Nova Scotia combined with career support and performance opportunities through Music Nova Scotia, this program will open a lot of doors for the chosen artist.”

Applicants can apply online through the Music Nova Scotia website from April 14 to April 30. The evaluation process will conclude with a live performance of the finalists at Casino Nova Scotia’s Harbourfront Lounge on Friday, June 6. This program will provide the selected musician/group with funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities.  Music Nova Scotia is administering the program and will provide career path support and exciting industry showcase opportunities such as Canadian Music Week, South by Southwest, and Reeperbahn Festival.

For more information or to apply to Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program go to: or

BandPage Raises $9.25 Million To Help Musicians Monetize

BandPage, a San Francisco-based startup that aims to help musicians monetize by consolidating their online presence, has raised a $9.25 million Series C round to expand partnerships with the industry’s dominant music services and expand revenue streams for the 500,000 musicians using it.


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Five Juno Wins for Nova Scotia

Nova Scotians took home five Juno Awards handed out Saturday night in Winnipeg during the Juno gala dinner. The winners are:

Matt Mays - Rock Album of the Year (Coyote)

JRDN - R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (Can't Choose)

Dean Brody - Country Album of the Year (Crop Circles)

Ryan Hensworth - Electronic Album of the Year (Guilt Trips)

Henry "Cirkut" Walter - Producer of the Year (Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus and Give it 2 U by Robin Thicke)

Click here to read more and see all the Juno 2014 winners.


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