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Are you a member of your provincial music industry association?
- Music NL – www.musicnl.ca
- Music NS – www.musicnovascotia.ca
- Music PEI – www.musicpei.ca
- Music NB – www.musicnb.org
- Folquébec – www.folquebec.com
- Ontario Council of Folk Festivals – www.ocff.ca/
- Manitoba Music – www.manitobamusic.com
- SaskMusic – www.saskmusic.org
- Alberta Music – www.amia.ca
- Music BC – www.musicbc.org
- MusicYukon – www.musicyukon.com
Ontario Council of Folk Festivals
Marriott Gateway, Niagara Fall, ON
October 13-16, 2011
Showcase submissions deadline: May 16, 2011
Canadian Folk Music Awards
December 3-4, 2011
Award submission deadline: June 30th, 2011
April 13th-17th, 2011
CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association)
November 4-7, 2011
A four-day gathering of members and stakeholders from the national and international touring performing arts sector, with an emphasis on professional development, networking, and advocacy. The conference brings together over 200 cultural entrepreneurs and key industry stakeholders working in the national and International performing arts sector. The conference includes an exhibit hall, live artistic performances, peer-to-peer meetings, keynote speakers, workshops and other activities that advance and unite the sector.
La Bourse RIDEAU
(organized by RIDEAU)
February 13th – 17th, 2011
La Bourse RIDEAU est le plus important rendez-vous francophone de la création et de la diffusion des arts de la scène en Amérique. Y sont associés, de précieux partenaires des milieux artistique et médiatique. La Bourse RIDEAU permet aux producteurs et agents de spectacles de présenter des artistes d’envergure, établis ou en émergence, et aux diffuseurs nationaux et internationaux de porter les œuvres de ces derniers devant public, sur les scènes d’ici ou à l’étranger.
(organized by Réseau Ontario)
January 11 – 14th, 2012
Showcase submission deadline: August 2011
Contact ontarois célèbre les arts de la scène en réunissant des centaines d’artistes et de diffuseurs de partout au Canada. Venez découvrir et redécouvrir les artistes de l’Ontario français et d’ailleurs et soyez témoin d’un milieu en pleine effervescence !
(organized by BCTC – BC Touring Council)
April 1-3, 2011
2012 showcase submission deadline: TBC
Now in its 35th year, Pacific Contact is the BC Touring Council’s annual west coast tradeshow and booking conference for the performing arts. It includes showcases, a contact room (tradeshow booths of artists and industry) workshops and networking opportunities for artists and performing arts presenters. Pacific Contact 2011 runs from April 1 – 3, 2011. The conference takes place at the Hilton Vancouver, Metrotown. The showcases are at the Michael J Fox Theatre, and at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
October 14-17, 2011
Showcase submission deadline: April 29th, 2010
(organized by the Manitoba Arts Network)
October 14th – 16th, 2011
Showcase submission deadline: April 15, 2011
Manitoba Showcase is an annual event, held in a different location each year, where a selection of artists perform for an audience of up to 100 Manitoba rural and northern presenters seeking to book acts to tour to their communities. Following the performance, artists (or their representation) have the opportunity to meet presenters and distribute their promotional material in the Contact Room. It is not uncommon for an artist who is well received at the Manitoba Showcase to book a sizable performance tour throughout rural and northern Manitoba. Additionally, many Showcase artists have found that they receive up to four years of on-going booking enquiries based on a single slot at our Showcase.
Canadian Music Week
March 7-11, 2012
Now in its 29th year, CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. We bring together Sound Recording, New Media and Broadcast for one spectacular week of events… Combining informative, intensive conferences, cutting edge trade exhibition, award shows, film festival and Canada’s biggest New Music Festival. Canadian Music Fest spans 5 nights of performances, with more than 800 showcasing bands at 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
June 13 – 19, 2011
Now in its 17th year, North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for unsigned bands, indie favorites, and major-label headlining artists alike. Seen as the most anticipated summer music event in Canada, NXNE Music, NXNE Film, and NXNE Interactive are an essential gathering for artists, industry, and fans. We’re based in Toronto, but bring a global perspective to our programming.
In all, NXNE runs 7 days and nights, draws 280,000 attendees, and generates an annual economic impact of more than $45 million on the city of Toronto.
INDIE (Independent) Music Awards
Nomination submission deadline: December 2011
This Grammys-of-the-Indie scene, the closing party of Canadian Music Week, has quickly become a media flashpoint and major trolling ground for music fans and tastemakers searching for the next wave of music superstars. Celebrating the successes of indie artists – both from home and abroad – The Indies have become an annual must-attend event. Featuring appearances and performances by some of Canada’s – and the world’s – emerging artists, and broadcast live to air on XM Satellite Radio
March 21 – 27, 2011
Landmark year, landmark city: Canada’s Music Awards returns home to celebrate in grand style. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), along with broadcast partner CTV, are pleased to announce Toronto, Ontario, as the Host City for the 2011 JUNO Awards, marking its 40th anniversary next year. The Awards’ celebration dubbed JUNO Week will take place March 21-27, 2011, culminating in the live CTV broadcast of The JUNO Awards, Sunday, March 27 from the Air Canada Centre.
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards/Festival
The Blues Summit / Maple Blues Awards
(organized by the Toronto Blues Society)
Toronto Blues Society hosts a music conference called The Blues Summit, which is a not-to-be-missed forum for all blues music industry members, artists, presenters, agents, and the like. It is an opportunity for the blues community to network as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry members. It is held every two years in conjunction with the annual Maple Blues Awards. In 2009, Blues Summit Four was a very successful conference.
The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.
Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA)
BreakOut West Festival
(organized by the Western Canadian Music Alliance)
October 20th – 23rd, 2011
Showcase and award submission deadline: April 15th, 2011
Canadian Country Music Awards / Country Music Week
(organized by the Canadian Country Music Association)
September 9th – 12th, 2011
New Artist Showcase / CCMA Songwriters’ Café submission deadline: April 30th, 2011
Canadian Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Awards make up a four day conference and celebration culminating in the nationally broadcast CCMA Awards. Country Music Week is one of the largest music events in Canada each year with a combination of activities for both community and industry attendees including showcase opportunities for newcomers, educational seminars and an all day FanFest that delivers Canada’s stars to the community.
Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week (in conjunction with the COCA Eastern Regional Conference)
November 3-6, 2011
Showcase Submission deadline: TBC
Since 2008, Music PEI has hosted an annual buyers conference. Showcase PEI has grown to become the most important export development conference for members of the PEI music industry. Music PEI brings together 30 buyers and showcases over 20 exporting or export ready Island artists over the course of two days in beautiful Prince Edward Island. Buyers include festival and venue programmers, labels, agents, promoters, press and other key industry members. In the past delegates have come from Japan, the UK, US and across Canada.
Music New Brunswick Awards / Music Week
Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA)
June 20th – 24th, 2011
Showcase submissions via Sonicbids
Showcase submission deadline: March 4th, 2011
The Canadian Organization of Campus Activities, represents more than 65 member post-secondary institutions across Canada from Vancouver, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland. COCA also has more than 100 artist and associate members.
COCA Central Regional Conference
November 6th – 9th, 2011
COCA Eastern Regional Conference
See Music Nova Scotia Week
COCA Western Regional Conference
ADISQ (Association québecoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la video)
April 12th and 13th, 2011
Parce que la lumière naît du débat, les Rencontres québécoises de l’industrie de la musique vous invitent ce printemps à deux jours de conférences et d’échanges où vous pourrez discuter directement avec les autres acteurs de l’industrie.
Dans une formule renouvelée qui allie présentations, échanges simultanés et ateliers de discussion, vous aurez l’occasion non seulement d’enrichir votre réflexion sur l’avenir de l’industrie, mais aussi de découvrir et de partager des renseignements pratiques sur votre travail au quotidien dans le domaine de la musique.
International Conference & Showcase Events
Folk Alliance International Conference
Showcase submission deadline: November 19th (check for extensions)
The International Folk Alliance conference is an annual event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music and dance. It is an event of celebration, education, and entertainment.
Held over five days, the Conference includes:
Over 2000 registered attendees
Over 50 workshops, panel discussions, and peer group meetings that address critical issues relating to presenting, promoting, and preserving folk and traditional music and dance.
100+ industry exhibitors
Special events, such as the Folk Music & Business Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards, networking receptions, official Performance Alley and private showcase performances, feature shows, exhibit hall, block booking sessions, Memphis Tours, community outreach concerts, etc.
200 official juried performances (Performance Alley)
300+ unofficial private showcases
SWRFA – South Western Regional Folk Alliance
September 29 – October 3, 2011
The 12th Annual Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference will be in Austin, Texas at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown on Sept 29 – Oct 3, 2011. The seminar topics address many facets of the music business – booking and tour planning, agents and managers, music law, the internet, getting airplay, studio know how, song sharing and discussion, wellness while on the road and looking fo alternate ways to get our music to the world – such as in schools and films. Artists, managers, agents, venue operators as well as folks who come to listen enthusiastically find a common bond, make new friends, discover new music, have fun and learn.
FARM – Folk Alliance Regional Midwest
October 13 – 16, 2011
SERFA – Southeast Regional Folk Alliance
Montreat, North Carolina
May 19 – 22, 2011
Far-West – Folk Alliance Region West
October 20 – 23, 2011
Far-West, one of the five Folk Alliance regions, celebrates folk music through our annual conference. We would like to invite you to join us this October — to listen, celebrate, recognize, and enjoy the richness of folk music in the West. This event is a central part of our mission as a volunteer-led 501(c)3 — to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music, dance, and related performing arts in the Western states of the U.S. and Canada.
Partner, network, learn from each other, and be ready to be inspired and to bring the magic of folk music out into all of our worlds. The benefits from attending Far West unfold over time…and multiply each year.
NERFA – Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
November 10 -13, 2011
SXSW – South by Southwest
March 9 – 18, 2012
Showcase submission deadline: TBC
Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the SXSW Trade Show: The Exhibition for Creative Industries and global networking opportunities abound. Austin serves as the perfect backdrop for SXSW®, where career development flourishes amid the relaxed atmosphere. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.
American Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)
January 6 – 10, 2012
New York, NY
APAP|NYC is the place to get connected, find solutions and build your enterprise. For the individual participant and organization team, APAP|NYC offers 5 crackling days of networking, business exchanges, knowledge sharing and more – more performances (showcases, curated festivals, and special events) by more artists in more genres and styles, and more interaction with industry leaders — the presenters, producers, managers, agents and supporters — who bring artists together with audiences in every way possible and engage communities in the live performance experience.
More than 3,900 performing arts professionals and artists from 49 states in the U.S. and 30 countries attend APAP|NYC, making it the largest performing arts industry event.
The Americana Music Association Conference & Festival
October 12-15, 2011
Showcase Submission Deadline: April 18th, 2011
Each year, the Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together legendary artists and the next generation of rising stars for four days of music and education. Artists like Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, The Avett Brothers and more have graced the Americana Festival stages, making it both the critics’ darling and place where artists want to be. For four nights, the Americana Music Festival features approximately 100 live performances in the intimate setting of five downtown Nashville clubs. Our capstone event – the Americana Honors & Awards show held at the historically cool Ryman Auditorium – is widely considered to be the finest awards show in the land.
Western Arts Alliance (WAA)
August 29 – September 2, 2011
Showcase submission deadline: March 25, 2011
The WAA Conference convenes presenters, artists, and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances. The five-day schedule is filled with exhibits, performances, networking, speakers, classes and workshops. Unlike traditional trade shows, The Commons – our combination meeting, event and exhibit space – is where it all happens. With everything right at your fingertips in the vibrant city of Seattle, the WAA Conference is a hub of activity, full of opportunities for artistic exploration and gaining insight and expertise from dedicated professionals.
October 17 – 20, 2011
Share your work with western based performing arts presenting organizations – theatres, festivals, community concert associations, college presenters and more. Spend time with the presenters, widening your network of connections, educating them as to your work, or that of the artists you represent. Broaden your skills and take advantage of the possibilities that will allow you to plan tours, performances and residency activities in the many communities they represent.
WOMEX – World Music Expo
October 16 – 30, 2011
Showcase Submission deadline: April 15, 2011
“The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers.”
UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity
2012 Conference details TBC
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If you have any questions about these events, please contact us and we will help connect you with the answers.
- Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Council – www.nlfolk.com
- Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council – www.nlac.nf.ca
- Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Partnership Council – www.nsacpc.com
- The Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts – www.peiartscouncil.com
- New Brunswick Arts Board – www.artsnb.ca
- Conseil des arts et des lettres de Québec -
- Ontario Arts Council – www.arts.on.ca
- Manitoba Arts Council – www.artscouncil.mb.ca
- Saskatchewan Arts Board – www.artsboard.sk.ca
- Alberta Foundation for the Arts – www.affta.ab.ca
- BC Arts Council – www.bcartscouncil.ca
- Yukon Arts Advisory Council – www.tc.gov.yk.ca
- NWT Arts Council – www.pwnhc.ca
- The Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (Nunavut) – www.cley.gov.nu.ca
- Penguin Eggs – www.penguineggs.ab.ca
- Roots Music Canada – www.rootsmusic.ca
- Mapleblues – www.mapleblues.ca
- Danny Barnes – www.dannybarnes.com/blog
One of the most witty and down to earth music bloggers…and an incredible musician too.