Co-founder and President of Midnight Agency, Grant Paley will outline some fundamental tour & booking strategies that can help new and emerging industry members make the most out of their live & streaming performance opportunities. He will also explain the role of a booking agent, the advantages of working with an agency and some key things to consider to help turn your next tour into a revenue-positive endeavour.
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.
Treefort Music Festival is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most sonically diverse events, taking place annually in the heart of Boise, Idaho. This March, Music BC will be returning to Treefort with performance and networking opportunities for BC artists.
Artist applications are now being accepted until November 19th, 2022. Follow the link below to submit!
Thank you to Creative BC and The Province of British Columbia for their support in this initiative.
Music BC is offering an opportunity for BC-based music professionals, companies and artists to meet 1-on-1 with one of 11 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!
FOCUS Wales is an international multi-venue showcase festival taking place in Wrexham, North Wales, which places the music industry spotlight firmly on the emerging talent that Wales has to offer the world, alongside a selection of the best new acts from across the globe. Deadline for submission is November 18th.
We would like to thank the Toronto music industry professionals who attended our second annual Come Together initiative and to our BC artists, IAMTHELIVING and Nicky Mackenzie. Come Together is an opportunity for emerging 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.
With thanks to our event partners Tiny Kingdom, Double Denim Management, CCMIA, CIMA, Dine Alone Records, and our funding partners at Creative BC / The Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada.
East Coast Music Awards East Coast Music Association (ECMA) and BreakOut West are pleased to open submissions for the East Meets West collaboration initiative. These partnerships are designed to offer reciprocal business and showcasing opportunities, welcoming artists from Western Canada and around the world to East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference. Deadline for submission is Dec 2nd, 2022.APPLY NOW
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
Craig ‘Big C’ Mannix Promoted To Vice President, Black Music At Universal Music Canada Universal Music Canada (UMC) has promoted Craig ‘Big C’ Mannix to Vice President, Black Music. In his new role, UMC says that Mannix will “continue to quarterback UMC’s commitment to Black Music with an integrated approach to marketing and A&R”. Mannix was previously Senior Director, Urban Marketing. UMC says that his expanded portfolio includes an A&R remit to discover, sign, and support Black Music created by Canadians while continuing to lead the teams responsible for domestic and international Black Music marketing. Mannix first joined UMC in 2021 to establish the company’s urban music marketing team. – READ MORE
Libraries Are Launching Their Own Local Music Streaming Platforms If you’re fed up with streaming behemoths like Spotify, there’s now another place you can go to discover new music: your local library. Over a dozen public libraries in the U.S. and Canada have begun offering their own music streaming services to patrons, with the goal of boosting artists and local music scenes. The services are region-specific, and offer local artists non-exclusive licenses to make their albums available to the community. The concept originated in 2014 when Preston Austin and Kelly Hiser helped the Madison Public Library build the Yahara Music Library, an online library hosting music from local artists. – READ MORE
How much more can the streaming music business grow? Not much, it turns out.
Back in September at a music conference in Singapore, Sir Lucian Grainge, the CEO of Universal Music Group, stated that 100,000 new songs were being uploaded to streaming music platforms every day. That figure was confirmed at the same conference by Steve Cooper, the departing CEO of Warner Music Group. The audience was shocked. Numbers like 25,000 or even 60,000 have been tossed around, but 100,000? – READ MORE
Sped-up songs are talking over Tik Tok and Driving Songs Up The Chart Sped-up versions of songs, especially older ones, have thrived on TikTok for years — Cafuné’s “Tek It,” Demi Lovato‘s “Cool for the Summer,” Ellie Goulding‘s “Lights,” Sam Smith‘s “I’m Not the Only One,” and Nelly Furtado‘s “Say It Right,” for example, all enjoyed streaming bumps thanks to the success of uptempo reworks. This style now appears to be on the verge of reaching a new level of mainstream exposure. – READ MORE
How Gaming Could Reshape Music Distribution VR is still comparatively niche: headset adoption sits at only 14M devices sold last year, in comparison to the 180M American households alone that have a gaming console (~55% of the population), and the 6bn + people who own a mobile phone worldwide. Immersive technology is a long way from being an everyday consumer item. It’s a lot like that stupid P2P filesharing/streaming thing in the 90s (Napster/Emule) that never led to anything. “People just don’t consume music that way today.” Why should we care? The obvious reason is that the video games industry is worth $300bn, and 30 million kids play Roblox every day. – READ MORE
“Brutal” impact of cost of living crisis: 9 in 10 musicians concerned about affording food, while half consider leaving music industry altogether As the cost of living crisis continues to sweep the globe, 90% of musicians are worried about their ability to afford food, while 84% are concerned about paying their mortgage or rent, a new survey from UK charity Help Musicians has found. The research, conducted amongst 525 UK music professionals this year, spotlights the devastating impact that the current economic downturn is having on UK musicians, alongside the lasting effects of the pandemic and Brexit. The culmination of these factors is causing many to consider leaving the industry, with almost half of respondents saying they are ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ concerned that they will be forced to abandon their profession altogether. – READ MORE
Content Producer Randy Lennox Speaks Out In Favour Of Bill C-11 I’ve spent my entire career in Canada’s cultural industries — and watched with interest, the varied opinions out there about the impact that Bill C-11 will have on content creation and online streaming. I thought it might be useful to separate fact from fiction. Having worked in music, film, and TV, I have experience developing, buying and selling content. And while Canada has a deep and impressive pool of creative talent; the truth is our actors, producers, and writers face an uphill battle. The fact is traditional broadcasting is in decline. As these revenues fall, sales of Canadian content to Canadian buyers fall too. – READ MORE
Warner Music launches new label to highlight music from different emerging markets Warner Music’s Emerging Markets division has launched a brand new label called Out Of Order which will “highlight artists, music, cultures and communities from regions including Africa, India, the Middle East, Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean”. It will mainly do that highlighting via a series of albums each of which will feature ten ”original, unreleased, dance-leaning” tracks from a specific region. Those releases will also come with artwork created by a designer based in the region that is in the spotlight. In addition to the albums, there will also be weekly DJ mixes available via Audiomack, SoundCloud and YouTube. – READ MORE
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
There is a divine emotion that captures us when we experience pure eccentricity. Based out of Vancouver, BC singer/songwriter Fara encompasses that exact feeling. Originally from Singapore, Fara’s earliest memories were always filled with the sounds of music. Her parents (and grandparents) had played and performed in traditional Malay bands for many years, exposing her to the world of composition at a young age.
Fara went on to release her debut EP entitled “About Me” in June 2019. Packaged with perfect production and an amazing creative direction, it was a 6-track journey through the mind of a contemporary woman. This year, Oct 2022, Fara released a brand new single, “BEACHSIDE”, written to a production by Jonny Tobin who has been on Spotify playlists like BUTTER, Mood Ring, Fresh Finds and Nu-Funk.
Over the last few years, Fara has performed at shows in Los Angeles and Vancouver. From vocal workshops to being a top streamer on a streaming app to singing in solidarity with Musqueam Indigenous artists at Rogers Arena, she continues to outwork and out-hustle her competition. To be blessed with the gift of song and radiating as one of the most elegant human beings on the planet, Fara is undoubtedly a one-stop-shop for everything music.
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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