Next week in Port Townsend, WA three BC artists take the stage at THING Festival. Presented by Adam Zacks (Sasquatch! Festival) and the Seattle Theatre Group, THING is a unique event highlighting music from across the Pacific Northwest, as well as theatre, comedy and alike on the banks of the Strait of Juan De Fuca (Salish Sea).
Congratulations to Haley Blais, Teon Gibbs and Jon Bryant on their upcoming performance! Learn more about THING Festival here.
Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia for their assistance in bringing BC acts to stages across the region.
Jumpstart Foundations is an on-demand video series presented by industry professionals and specialists. Join Savannah Wellman as she introduces the world of music conferences and industry showcasing – including key markets and events available, when to start seeking these opportunities and best practices to making the most of your trip. For artists, the session will offer tips on how to tailor your performance for an industry audience. For professionals, the session will offer tips on how to plan and prepare for an upcoming conference as well as common missteps to avoid.
Log on to foundations.musicbc.org and sign up with a -1-step, free registration. Have any feedback to share on the preview? Share your thoughts on this program by completing this short survey.
Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their support in this new training program.
Come Together is an opportunity for export-ready artists from across Canada to meet with, build business relationships, and showcase for key music industry professionals from Toronto and surrounding areas including labels, agents, managers, publishers, music supervisors, publicists, and more.
Artist submissions now close on Wednesday, August 31st.
Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their support in this initiative.
Congratulations to Luca Fogale on his upcoming debut performance at one of the music industry’s most distinct festivals and events, Iceland Airwaves. Luca will be representing BC at the festival this November in Reykjavik, IS, and we are thrilled to be supporting this incredible opportunity. Join us in wishing him well on his journey.
Thank you to Creative BC and The Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their support in this initiative.
Join us next month in Victoria, BC and discover Bridal Party, DACEY, Desirée Dawson, Glass Forest, JJ Adrian, Kimmortal, Lush Fleece, Matt Storm, Mikey Jose, Missy D, Nimkish, Nicky MacKenzie, Post-Modern Connection, Serena Sun and Zoey Leven. The ARC participants are joining the festival lineup and will be sharing their incredible talent on the ARC Stage in the heart of Electric Avenue September 15th – 17th!
Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada and Stingray for supporting the ARC Program.
BREAKOUT FESTIVAL APPLICATIONS Calling all new, emerging and up-and-coming BC-based hip-hop/rap artists! We’ve partnered with Breakout Festival to find four undiscovered acts to debut at the festival from September 17-18th. Selected artists will perform a 15-20 minute set on stage at The PNE Amphitheatre. Applications close August 24th, 2022.
JUMPSTART CAREER CONSULTATIONS Music BC is offering an opportunity for BC-based music professionals, companies and artists to meet 1-on-1 with one of 10 professionals with experience in an array of skills and backgrounds in the industry. Learn more and sign-up for a free consultation to give your music-related project a jumpstart!
FINAL TRAVEL GRANT INTAKE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Music BC Artist and Business Travel applications are open for the last application intake for 2022. For each deadline always make sure to review the Guidelines and Eligibility as we do make adjustments throughout the year based on feedback from our applicants and members. The deadline for our final intake is September 9th, 2022 at 5:00PM (PDT).
RECORD IN BC APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN Record in BC attracts established out-of-province artists to record at B.C. studios, or with B.C.-based producers. Canadian and international artists are eligible to apply. Applications are being accepted now until November 30, 2022, or until funds are no longer available. Applications will be evaluated at the end of each month.
ARTIST DEVELOPMENT WINDOW NOW OPEN FACTOR applications for their Artist Development program are open now! The Artist Development program (AD) offers a $2,000 subsidy toward a year of artist development activities including sound recording, touring, showcasing, video content production, and marketing. The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 8th.
Shortlist Shortcut To Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ ‘Life After’ To help music fans get to know the 10 Polaris Music Prize-nominated albums, CBC Music presents the Shortlist Shortcut series. Every week, we will ask a nominated artist for a recommended track off their shortlisted record. Perhaps it’s a song that best represents the themes on the album, or maybe it’s the most important, difficult or rewarding song they wrote. The question was left to the artist to interpret, but the hope is that the selected track will give us a pathway into their work.– READ MORE
How Grammy Wins and Losses Shape Artists’ Creative Trajectories A new study by Balázs Kovács, an associate professor of organizational behavior at Yale SOM, and his colleagues suggests that these career nods might come with an artistic downside. The researchers analyzed Grammy awards over six decades and tracked how much the winners and nominees “differentiated” themselves from other musicians afterward—that is, whether their albums became more or less similar to those by others in their genre. – READ MORE
Spotify Starts Selling Live Music Tickets To Fans Directly Spotify has launched a new site to sell fans tickets to live gigs directly from its platform instead of redirecting users to partners like Ticketmaster and Eventbrite. The company’s new website lists upcoming concerts and lets users purchase tickets to these shows through debit or credit card; users need to have a Spotify account to buy tickets, though. The company hasn’t officially announced the launch of its ticketing platform, but Chris Messina first noted the site being available for the public to book tickets earlier today. – READ MORE
Is the Vinyl Logjam’s End In Sight? Record Manufacturer Promises ‘Drastically Shorter Lead Times’ London-headquartered startup elasticStage, which bills itself as “the world’s first on-demand vinyl manufacturer,” has announced the close of a £3.5 million (currently $4.23 million) seed round. Higher-ups unveiled their business’s multimillion-dollar raise via a formal release this morning. With a targeted launch date in Q4 2022, elasticStage says that it’s received investments from the likes of producer Paul Epworth, Lewis Capaldi manager Ryan Walter, and TaP Music founder Ed Millett, to name some. – READ MORE
Xposure Music Opens Up Its New Feedback Service For Artists Startup Xposure Music is the latest service hoping to help emerging musicians get feedback on their work from music-biz professionals. The company was founded in 2021, then launched an invitation-only version of its service this July. Now that’s opening up to all artists. It works by getting musicians to sign up and submit their music (for free) to its roster of experts from labels, management firms, marketing agencies and social media companies. – READ MORE
TikTok Owns A Patent For Music Service & Is Hiring For ‘TikTok Music’ Staff TikTok, eh? Is it becoming a record label? Or is it just a social media giant that also acts as a music distributor? Could it soon add ‘music streaming service’ to the list? Business Insider recently discovered a US trademark application filed by TikTok parent company ByteDance for ‘TikTok Music’. The proposed application, originally filed in Australia in November, followed by the US in May, would allow users to “purchase, play, share, download music, songs, albums, lyrics” as well as “live stream audio and video”.– READ MORE
How Do Songs Get Picked for TV? A belated boost in a song’s chart position after a sync—the industry term for use of music in film and TV—seems to be happening more often, and more powerfully. It’s a widely observed phenomenon, noted by Slate, Billboard, and The Ringer, probably attributable to the current ease of streaming old music, the amplificatory effects of social media, and TV’s recent dominance of the cultural center. – READ MORE
Lyric Changes Show The Evolving Relationship Between Fan And Artist Several pop stars have removed offensive slurs from new songs in recent weeks after calls from fans — a sign that the relationship between music artists and their listeners is evolving. Lizzo made headlines in June for removing the word “s–z” from her song, Grrrls. The term, according to disability advocates, is an offensive slur against people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. – READ MORE
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