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Artist Call: Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry

The deadline is this Thursday for the Aboriginal Music Program‘s new Market Builder Residency! It’s an exciting opportunity for artist development, both creatively and professionally. 

The Market Builder Residency (a partnership between Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts) will provide export-ready artists and up to five mid-career industry with a week of networking and development opportunities in Toronto, Canada (you must hold a valid Canadian passport and be of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit ancestry to apply.)

The Aboriginal Music Program provides fantastic support for artists through AMP Camp, Native America North showcases, their new AMP Sessions video series, and more. This new residency is geared towards mid-career artists and industry, which can be a challenging territory to navigate.

The residency will run February 9-13, 2015 and each day will consist of round table discussions, self-directed mentor sessions, networking dinners, and meetings with established labels, music media, and managers.

See details below and apply at http://www.manitobamusic.com/mbuilder-artists.

Submission guidelines from aboriginalmusic.ca:

Important Dates
November 20: Submission deadline
November 24: Invitations sent to successful applicants
December 2: Registration deadline (registration fee due in full)
December 4: Participants announced

Roundtrip economy fights (if needed), accommodations, ground transportation, and some meals will be provided for participants.

It is free to apply. A registration fee of $150 ($75 for members of music industry associations) will be required from all artists and industry who are invited to participate.

Artists considered for this opportunity must:

  • Have a history of at least eight paid performances each year that stretches back a minimum of three years (i.e. October 2011 to October 2014)
  • Have a significant regional profile as demonstrated by album reviews and/or artist profiles in print and online media
  • Have a professional website that features high resolution promotional photographs, quality video content, booking information, and links to social media page
  • Have a minimum of 14 recorded songs available for purchase or free download online
  • Be of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit ancestry
  • Be a solo artist or the band member responsible for the majority of business operations and networking
  • Have attended at least one music industry conference outside of their home city or community in the past three years (i.e. October 2011 to October 2014)
  • Be registered with SOCAN
  • Have a valid Canadian passport
  • Be 18 years of age or older

Industry professionals considered for this opportunity must:

  • Have a signed contract that identifies you as the manager, agent, publicist, publisher, or label for at least one music artist (self-managed artists and radio hosts do not qualify)
  • Be dedicated to building a career in the music industry as demonstrated by conference attendance, music industry association membership, and business-related accomplishments
  • Have a business registered
  • Be of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit ancestry
  • Have a valid Canadian passport
  • Be 18 years of age or older

To submit, fill out the appropriate submission form online at the link below (artists must also update their websites for the jury):

Artist submissions will be evaluated based on:

  • Music
  • Creative goals
  • Business goals
  • Profile ,as demonstrated by album reviews and/or media coverage and online media
  • Website quality

Industry professional submission will be evaluated based on:

  • Business goals
  • Dedication to building a career in the music industry as demonstrated by conference attendance, music industry association membership, and experience
  • The success of the applicant’s client(s) as demonstrated by regional profile, performance history, and music-related accomplishments

Submissions will be rejected if incomplete.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Program Manager
Manitoba Music
P: 204.975.0284
E: [email protected]