VIFF Amp gets underway tonight! This 4-day event explores multiple aspects of the intersection of music and sound in visual media, and will feature a cohort of artists, songwriters, composers and music supervisors.
Music BC and our partners will be presenting a series of short showcases throughout the program including the latest edition of Music BC’s SOUNDOFF, and industry showcases during the day at The Annex for the VIFF Amp participants and industry,
Congratulations and all the best to Kimmortal, DACEY, Mikey Jose, Meltt and Little Destroyer on the performance tomorrow during Music BC’s SOUNDOFF, as well as Jesse Roper, Madison Olds, Temia, Mauvey, Clear Mortifee, JJ Adrian and AHSIA who will be presenting at the daytime industry showcases.
Want to get involved? Check out tonight’s public event at The Vancouver Playhouse – An Evening with Michael Abels alongside the VSO. Book Tickets Now.
Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their support.
We are rolling out the next module in the Jumpstart Foundations program! This next session hosted by Daniel Rosen – Head of Legal Affairs at Monstercat and a working Entertainment Lawyer – will cover the fundamentals of music law and copyright.
This session will offer a birds-eye view of the basics in Copyright Law and how it applies to new and developing artists and music companies. This will include an introduction to IP/Copyright, moral rights, owner’s rights vs users’ rights and how Copyright Law can protect you and your business. Additionally, the session will cover 3 basic contract structures. One for creating intellectual property, and another for exploiting IP (including record deals and publishing agreements) and ones for building your team (management & brand agreements). Finally, the instructor will overview the fundamental music royalty structures including collective licensing, neighbouring rights and public performance.
Discover this new module designed for new and emerging artists, managers or music professionals, and other free and on-demand video modules at foundations.musicbc.org.
Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for helping make this series possible.
This week the application window for FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording program opened for FALL 2022. The JSR program contributes toward the cost of acquiring, producing and marketing a full length album. Submissions are assessed by an independent jury of industry professionals. To learn more about the program head to FACTOR or reach out to Music BC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for this application window will be closing November 17th at 5pm (EST).
All Music BC members are encouraged to RSVP for our upcoming Annual General Meeting. During the meeting members will have the opportunity to help shape the Board of Directors and hear about the upcoming vision for the organization.
We’ve extended Board of Director nominations until Friday, October 7th, 2022. 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. Learn more about the qualifications here.
Our board is currently made up of eleven directors which are all volunteered positions. This year there are (5) five seats to be filled (each seat is a two-year term). Music BC members will receive a link to cast their vote one week ahead of the AGM. Members may also cast their vote during the AGM following speeches from each nominee. New and/or re-elected Directors will be announced on the same evening.
We encourage candidates from all levels of experience, and from all walks of life that make up the diversity of BC.
MUSIC BC MEMBER SURVEY Are you a Music BC member? Each year we invite our members to have their say in shaping our programs by filling out a short survey. Once you’ve completed the survey you will be entered to win one out of two prizes from CPS Mastering. Two lucky winners will receive a free mastering service for one song from either Elisa Pangsaeng or Brock McFarlane. Thank you members for helping us provide more value and serve you better!MEMBER SURVEY
BCIT MUSIC BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF OLIVIA QUAN In honour of Olivia Quan, and with the permission of her family, BCIT is pleased to offer a free seat in the January 2023 Music Business Essentials course to a young woman pursuing a career in music. Applications are now being accepted, until November 1st. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.APPLY NOW
BC MUSIC FESTIVAL COLLECTIVE SURVEY Do you help to lead a music festival in British Columbia? Then this survey about festivals is for you! The BC Music Festival Collective is contemplating its next steps to either formalize an organization or find alternatives to lift up festivals and all they do for the economic, health and well-being of communities. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.TAKE SURVEY
APPLY NOW TO THE GREAT ESCAPE 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. The event happens annually in beautiful Brighton, where 450+ acts will be filling over 30 venues. Export ready artists from BC are encourage to apply as soon as possible. Deadline for submission is February 15th, 2023.APPLY NOW
CREATIVE BC LIVE MUSIC PROGRAM NOW OPEN The Live Music program supports B.C.-based live music events, creating engagement opportunities for audiences and artists. Funding is available for live music presentation and business development, supporting venues, festivals and concert presenters. Applications are being accepted now until October 26, 2022.LEARN MORE
CREATIVE BC CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM OPEN – INFO SESSION REGISTRATION The Career Development program supports the economic growth and career development of emerging and established B.C. artists. Applications will be accepted until October 19, 2022, at 11:59 pm, PDT, or until funds are no longer available. Creative BC staff are available to answer questions and provide support for applicants at upcoming info sessions.LEARN MORE
Watch performances from Reclaimed Presents: ʔəm̓i ce:p xʷiwəl (Come Toward the Fire) On Sept. 17 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, a collection of Indigenous speakers, artists, musicians and dancers came together to share in creativity, brilliance, culture and community. The event was hosted by Musqueam creator, actor and playwright Quelemia Sparrow. The group of performers was curated by Jarrett Martineau, host of CBC Music’s Reclaimed, and includes Haida singer Carsen Gray, Inuit throat-singing duo PIQSIQ, Afro-Indigenous singer-songwriter Julian Taylor, Musqueam hip-hop artist Christie Lee, Squamish hip-hop artist Lady Sinncere, Lil’wat musician and composer Russell Wallace and more. –READ MORE
Summerland music agency wins CCMA awards For the third consecutive year, Sakamoto Agency has been named Booking Agency of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Association. In addition, Paul Biro of Summerland, president and operating partner at the agency, has received his fourth award for Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year. Biro, who has worked in the music industry for 30 years, is responsible for corporate management, artist touring and development and has played a major role in guiding breakout bands and artists, while continuing to book a roster of established and emerging artists and specialty shows. “I am proud of the growth we are seeing as a business.” – READ MORE
Streamers Use Playlists to Control the Music Industry Paul Johnson’s life was like any other struggling musician’s—working multiple jobs, picking up gigs, hustling. Then his warm acoustic folk-pop tune “Firework” made it on to one of Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlists, designed to surface brand-new artists. Spotify and other streaming platforms invest heavily in playlists, ranging from the algorithmically generated Discover Weekly (which predicts new music subscribers might like) to the editorial RapCaviar (the most desired real estate in hip-hop). Playlist placements are highly coveted, both for how they rack up the streams—more than 7 billion in five years, in the case of RapCaviar—and the way they expose music to new listeners. The latter paid off for Johnson. – READ MORE
‘This should not be normalised’: Why musicians are cancelling tours to protect their mental health A number of high-profile acts have recently cancelled tour dates, stating the need to attend to their mental health, from Wet Leg to Disclosure, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Gang of Youths and Russ. This week, Arlo Parks became the latest, cancelling a run of US shows and explaining how the relentless grind of the past 18 months had left her “exhausted and dangerously low”. Her decision followed Sam Fender’s announcement that he was cancelling his US tour support slots with Florence + the Machine due to burnout: “It seems completely hypocritical of me to advocate for discussion on mental health and write songs about it if I don’t take time off to look after my own mental health.” – READ MORE
Santigold Cancels North America Tour Due to ‘Devastating’ Costs and ‘Flood’ of Artists on the Road Her cancelation speaks to a growing problem as festivals and touring artists returned after two years of lockdown: Audiences can’t or won’t return in sufficient numbers to support all of the tours and festivals that are taking place, due to ticket prices, too many options, Covid caution or all three. While attendance numbers might be great for Harry Styles or Lady Gaga, for the average touring musician, it’s tougher than ever. – READ MORE
Two Thirds of TikTok’s Viral Hits Are Sparked By Organic Content, With No Spend On Advertising Or Influencers Nearly two-thirds of viral hits on TikTok are fueled by organic posting by the artist and other TikTok users with no spend on advertising or influencers. That’s according to a new study of TikTok’s weekly charts in the first half of 2022 by creative consulting agency ContraBrand, which has worked with the likes of Macy Gray and 24kGoldn. Among the tracks on the TikTok Top 200 that eventually reached over a million Spotify streams, 63.8% were from organic posting by the artist and other TikTok users, according to ContraBrand, while 35.5% were artist-generated content and only 9.1% were driven by influencer marketing and only 2.5% were sparked by paid ads. – READ MORE
SoundCloud Announces Partnership With Credits and Collaboration Platform Session: ‘A Major Milestone In Our Effort to Equip Creators With the Tools to Earn’ Founded by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus, veteran producer Max Martin, and songwriter Niclas Molinder, Session (formerly Auddly) says that it “collects and injects authoritative creator metadata into the music ecosystem, facilitating correct creator credits and accurate, timely music royalty payments.” Under the just-inked deal, SoundCloud artists can sign up for the free-to-download Session Studio app (which is available on mobile and web browsers alike) and link the two accounts. From there, “creating a ‘release’ of one or more tracks” in Session Studio and “pressing a button” will cause the works at hand to go live on the appropriate SoundCloud profile “almost instantly,” according to the involved parties. – READ MORE
YouTube announces Creator Music, a new way for creators to shop for songs for use in videos In addition to the groundbreaking news that YouTube would begin to monetize Shorts videos and revamp its Partner Program, the company today also announced a new offering for creators who leverage music to back their videos: Creator Music, now in beta testing. This new destination will introduce a large catalog of songs that creators can browse through, search and purchase, with the terms of the music rights spelled out in simple terms so they understand the costs. They’ll also be able to opt for tracks with new revenue-sharing option where both creators and music rights holders earn money from their content. – READ MORE
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Slightest Clue is a Vancouver-based four-piece that probably shouldn’t work. Each member brings distinct influences and experiences: a stage actor whose playlists go from Talking Heads to Bill Withers to Björk, a hook-obsessed recovering choir girl, an electrical engineer whose personal idol is John Bonham, and a guitarist who played for (and left) ten other bands before deciding this was the one for him. It’s like the secret after-school project of four kids who would have passed each other without a glance in the hallway at school – but once they’re plugged in and ready to play, all bets are off. It wasn’t supposed to work, but it does, and they don’t have the slightest clue how or why.
Music BCLet’s Hear It! Live – 2022 Concert Series, International Showcase Application – Artist & Business 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
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