Let your voice be heard! Music BC’s 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 25th, at 5:00 PM (PST).
During the meeting, Music BC Members will have the opportunity to help shape the Board of Directors, as well as learn about our organization’s vision for 2024 and beyond.
Members can RSVP at the link below. Interested in becoming a member? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
We would like to invite active and enthusiastic members of the BC music industry interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors to reach out to email@example.com for more information, and to express your intent to run.
To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must meet the following qualifications:
Be a Music BC member in good standing
Be 19 years of age or older
Believe in the mission, vision and work of the Organization
Attend 4-6 board meetings per year (currently held digitally), approx. 6-9hrs/year
Participate in at least one sub-committee (2-3 virtual meetings per year), approx. 2-3hrs/year
Must be readily available by phone and email
Support ongoing Music BC events in person whenever possible
Attend the 2023, 2024 and 2025 AGM, if possible, approx. 1.5-2hrs/year
Our board is currently made up of eleven directors which are all volunteered positions. This year there are (6) six seats to be filled (each seat is a two-year term). The deadline for Nominations is Friday, October 13th, 2023 with Candidate Materials due on Friday, October 20th, 2023 at 12:00 PM (PST).
Save the date – Music BC’s annual Let’s Hear It Fest is returning to Vancouver on March 2nd, 2024!
Let’s Hear It (LHI) is Music BC’s regional concert series and emerging artist showcase. The series offers a unique chance for artists from British Columbia to connect with fans and members of the music industry. Now in its 6th year, LHI has showcased over 75 artists from across BC, helping them grow their local fanbase and industry connections.
In the spring of 2023, Let’s Hear It underwent a transformative evolution, transitioning from a quarterly single-showcase series into a dynamic one-day festival at multiple venues throughout the Mount Pleasant Area of Vancouver, BC. We are so excited to bring the second annual Let’s Hear It Fest back to Vancouver in 2024!
Are you ready for your chance to shine on the LHI stage? Applications are open now!
Application Deadline: November 3rd, 2023 at 5:00 PM (PST)
Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia for helping make this event possible.
Music BC is proud to present: The 2023 ARC Program Showcases, October 3-5th at The Cobalt in Vancouver. Come and enjoy 3 nights of eclectic music by 15 artists, for only $6.00 per showcase. Follow the links below to purchase tickets for the individual showcase dates.
ARC is made possible through the ongoing support of FACTOR and the Government of Canada, Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, and Stingray.
TRAVEL GRANT DEADLINES ANNOUNCED
Music BC’s next round of travel grant deadlines have been announced for Artists and Businesses – including showcase, touring and business travel.
We are also introducing our new pilot program, the Business Envelope Travel Grant, which is open for applications now! This program provides assistance to B.C.-based, for-profit music companies and entrepreneurs undertaking travel activities in support of the growth and development of their business and/or their B.C.-based artist clients.
2023/2024 Application windows are as follows:
Business Envelope Travel
Applications are open now!
Application Deadline: November 3rd, 2023 at 5:00PM (PST)
This program will be accepting applications to support initiatives that take place between August 1st, 2023, and July 31st, 2024. As this is a pilot program, future timelines will be assessed and announced in 2024. Currently, Music BC does not have plans to introduce an Artist Envelope Travel Grant.
Artist and Business Travel – Intake #1
Applications Open: October 12th, 2023
Application Deadline: January 12th, 2024 at 5:00 PM (PST)
This deadline will be accepting applications to support initiatives that take place between October 1st, 2023, to March 31st, 2024. Please see the next intake if your activity falls after this timeframe.
Artist and Business Travel – Intake #2
Applications Open: March 18th, 2024
Application Deadline: May 17th, 2024 at 5:00 PM (PST)
This deadline will be accepting applications to support initiatives that take place between April 1st, 2024, to September 30th, 2024.
Updated 2024 Artist and Business guidelines will be coming soon.
Please Note: We will not be accepting applications between these windows.
Music BC Travel Grants are made possible through the ongoing support of Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia.
Each year we invite our members to have their say in shaping our programs by filling out a short survey at the link below. Two lucky winners will receive a free mastering service for one song from either Elisa Pangsaeng or Brock McFarlane from CPS Mastering.
Thank you in advance to all of our members for taking the time to help us provide more value and serve you better!
MUSIC BC MINGLER AT POP MONTREAL 2023 Attending POP 2023? So are we! Join POP Montreal and Music BC for a free networking evening at Clubhouse POP with music by DJ Hua Li, September 29, 2023. This is a FREE event taking place at 5:00 PM (EST). Be sure to catch BC artists at Casa Del Popolo afterwards at 8:00 PM! MORE INFO
UPCOMING DEADLINE: LIVE MUSIC PROGRAM Creative BC’s Amplify BC – Live Music Program is still accepting applications! This program B.C.-based live music presenters, funding live music performances for audiences and artists and enhancing music tourism throughout B.C. Funding will also support the capacity of the live music sector through business development activities. Application Deadline: September 27th, 2023 at 11:59 PM (PST) MORE INFO
APPLY TO PERFORM AT TREEFORT FEST 2024 Calling all bands, artists, comedians, podcasters and more! Treefort is looking for artists who are taking their craft to new levels and transforming their scene – wherever that may be. Apply now for your chance to be selected to perform in Boise, Idaho for the 12th annual Treefort Fest, taking place March 20-24, 2024. BC Artists are Encouraged to Apply by: October 13th, 2023 MORE INFO
APPLY TO PERFORM AT THE GREAT ESCAPE 2024 The Great Escape welcomes artists from every genre across the globe to apply for a chance to play at the world’s most renowned festival for breaking new talent, against the seaside backdrop of Brighton, UK. 450+ acts will be filling over 30 venues, making May 15-18th, 2024 a great opportunity to meet key music industry figures who come to TGE looking for the next big thing. Application Deadline: February 16th, 2024 MORE INFO
ARC is an accelerator program highlighting, nurturing and sending into orbit the exciting, diverse voices that beat in BC 💫
2022 ARC Single Released ARC Alumni, Desirée Dawson and Mikey Jose have co-released a new single entitled “Different”, written and produced at the 2022 ARC Retreat.– LISTEN NOW
Post-Modern Connection Release New Single 2022 ARC Artist, Post-Modern Connection has released a new single entitled “If You Care”.
– LISTEN NOW
ICON Hip-Hop Creates An Inclusive Space For Vancouver’s Underground Rappers In its regular rap battles, artists of all backgrounds and experiences come together to perform, and to support each other. Unlike so many typical rap events, these battles are noticeably filled with BIPOC, queer, female, and non-binary artists. – READ MORE
The Personal and Political Melange of Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ I’m Good, HBU? Hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ fifth album I’m Good, HBU? is one of this year’s 10 Polaris Music Prize-nominated albums, and CBC Music’s Shortlist Shortcut series is back to help music fans find out the key details about the shortlisted record. – READ MORE
Higher Costs Will Impact Acts Venues and Promoters On the surface, the live music sector is booming, but event promoters are cautious about the future as covid debt repayments come due, and operational costs keep rising. –READ MORE
U.S. Recorded-Music Revenue Grows Almost 10% But Vinyl Sales, Streaming Subscriptions Level Off The U.S. music industry continued its robust growth in the first half of 2023, according to the RIAA’s latest mid-year report. Total revenues grew 9.3% at estimated retail value, reaching an all-time first-half high of $8.4 billion; at wholesale value, revenues grew 8.3% to $5.3 billion.– READ MORE
TikTok and Billboard Team Up to Launch a Top 50 Song Chart TikTok and Billboard are partnering to launch an official TikTok Billboard Top 50 Chart that tracks the most popular songs on the short-form video-sharing app, the company announced today. – READ MORE
UK Set to Lose 10% of Grassroots Venues in 2023, As Calls Grow for Rest of Industry to Invest The UK is set to lose 10 per cent of its grassroots music venues in 2023 – with calls growing for the “major leagues” of the music industry and larger venues to do more to pay into the ecosystem and save them. – READ MORE
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Steph Wall is an alternative/soul singer from Vancouver, B.C. From inner processing and outer revelations, Steph Wall entwines intimate truths with universal struggles, channeling troubles and grief into spirit and joy. Instrumentals align with smooth, sprightly, pensive guitars, pitter-patter drums, dreamy dispatches, and jazz club grooves. Wall delivers sultry emotive vocals similar to the styles of Yebba, Kali Uchis, and Jessica Pratt. Yet she also evokes a laid back attitude inspired by works of Mac Demarco. Over the course of Steph’s decade-long career, she has developed an individualistic quality to her tone which she attributes to her foundations in jazz. Mentored by singers rooted in the jazz tradition has paved the way for Wall’s eclectic sound, plucking inspiration from jazz heroes and pop divas alike.
In her new album, “My Angels” set to be released in full September 15th, Steph explores themes of change, the evolution of friendship, loss, and joy. “This album is all about metamorphosis,”” Steph declares. “”It’s all about coming back to myself and listening to what matters.”
While creating the lyrics was a solitary process, the songs were fleshed out musically with longtime collaborators Allie O’Neill and Noah Franche-Nolan. Exploring the themes mentioned above, these songs are also all about connection. With this being Steph’s first album release since 2019, Wall is excited to share these songs with fans new and old. Steph will be doing a small tour to Vancouver Island post the “My Angels” release and finishing with a Vancouver album release show October 12th alongside opener alt-country singer-songwriter Joe Abbott.
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FACTOR:Live Performance, Industry Events, Collective Initiatives – Showcase Production for Artists from Official Language Minority, Collective Initiatives – Showcase Production for Export-Ready Artists, Comprehensive Artist, Comprehensive Music Company, Business Travel, Marketing & Promo for Non-FACTOR Funded Sound Recordings, Songwriter Development, Sponsorship, Video
SOCAN:Travel Assistance, Professional Development Assistance, SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund
Canada Council:Travel, Residencies, Professional Development for Artists, Research and Creation
This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.