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Music BC Artist and Business Travel applications are once again open for submission. The deadline for this intake will be January 27th, 2023 at 5:00PM (PDT). 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.



Music BC is looking for a passionate individual to facilitate Music BC’s program management!

The ideal candidate is passionate about the arts and creative sectors, live music sector, industry development/education and will ultimately be an ambassador for our organization and the local music industry, adding value to its members within BC and nationally.

This is a full-time position at our Vancouver headquarters. Interested applicants can find the full job description on our website at the link below.

We are accepting applications to jobs@musicbc.org until Thursday, December 15th at 5pm (PST).



Co Founder of Amelia Artists and Amelia Records, Piers Henwood will help emerging and independent artists understand when, how and why they should enter into professional relationships. He will speak from experience and define some key metrics for an artist to consider as their career develops, and how these milestones can inform them of how to make the most of professional relationships to aid in their growth and success.

Discover the new module on How To Build Your Professional Team & Creative Diplomacy and other free and on-demand video modules afoundations.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. 



In partnership with BreakOut West, Music BC will be in attendance at Folk Alliance festival in 2023 and will be returning to Kansas City, MO. With performances by hundreds of artists who define their music as Folk, Americana, Roots, Blues and various other fusions and styles.

Are you a BC artist heading down to Folk Alliance in 2023? We want to hear from you. Reach out to 



JUNOfest submissions are now open! For three jam-packed nights, JUNOfest presented by CBC Music will showcase artists, of all genres, from across the country. Featuring over 50 artists in more than 10 venues performing for fans, media and the music industry. JUNOfest will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on March 10th-12th, 2023.

All applications must be received by December 22nd, 2022 at 11 pm ET.

JUNOfest Presented by CBC Music applications are open to solo artists and/or full bands of all genres.



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 tomorrow Dec 2nd, 2022.


BCIT Music Business Program registration open for 2023
Register now for the 2023 Music Business Program at BCIT. This program provides entrepreneurial skills to help you manage every aspect of your career. Classes start January 11th, with three levels running the full year. These courses are open to artists, managers, producers, promoters, DJs, videographers, and music journalists. For more information, or to register, visit MusicBusinessSchool.ca


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.


Breaking Down Racial Barriers 
To build an inclusive Canadian music and entertainment industry, it is critical to address the anti-Black racism that exists in the systems and working environments within which Black music professionals and creatives operate. In the 7th BDRB x CIMA “Next Steps” Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Workshop series, we delve into equity in all arenas of the live music sector: nightclubs, concerts, festivals, & conferences , booking agents & artist management, tech.


In Her Own Voice: Three Indigenous Women Preserving Their Heritage Through Music
For many Indigenous musicians, their art is rooted in culture and expression. Being an artist allows people to assert their ideologies and critiques — and that’s especially true for Indigenous women. The music of creatives like Elisapie, Raye Zaragoza, and Jayli Wolf demonstrates a commitment to advocating for other women and for social change while resisting oppressive and discriminatory actions. In both cultural and political contexts, these forms of expression have been used to mobilize and bring awareness to the hardships that women worldwide endure. The messages of these three artists — made more effective by their emotive and electrifying music — empower and educate their audiences. They continue the legacy of resilient Indigenous women before them as they pass on the legacy to the next generation.  – READ MORE
Métis creator from Saskatchewan sees digital network as a ‘cultural hub’
On a hilltop overlooking the tiny town of Cando, Saskatchewan is what looks like a typical family home. This white house is a home of sorts to a world of Indigenous words and music and it’s where owner George Parker launched his music platform called Indigenous Cloud. “We started up our own company around 1996. We were a record label, as well as a distribution company.  We went around North America, recording some of the top Indigenous artists out there. That kind of laid the groundwork over those years for what we’ve got today,” Parker told APTN News. Walking into Parker’s control room on a late Thursday afternoon, the beat of drums and traditional singers streams from the studio speakers. It’s somehow comforting and exciting at the same time. It’s where the magic of mixing and production happens with a couple of computer monitors and digital editing equipment. – READ MORE

Women In Music Announces Programming For The Third Annual Women In Music Summit
The non-profit organization Women In Music announced the details for their third annual summit, which will take place both virtually and with in-person sessions at WIM chapters around the world on January 25-27. The summit will feature a wide range of executive roundtables and creative workshops to career development seminars, panels, and awards, which will be presented virtually, allowing members equal access to content from chapters around the world. Alongside executive programming, the Summit will also feature content for up-and-coming music professionals entering the industry, including a career fair and the organization’s newest collegiate chapter, WIM Northeastern.- READ MORE

Online Streaming Act won’t police user-generated content: heritage minister
Canada’s heritage minister says he is open to reviewing substantiative amendments to a bill meant to regulate online streaming, after a committee pointed out industry experts disagree on whether the proposed legislation will cover user-generated content. “I was born with an open mind, so of course, I have an open mind on this,” Pablo Rodriguez said. “I cannot say at this moment, yes I would agree or disagree on… an amendment I have never read…On the general principal, we are open.” His remarks on the legislation aimed at modernizing the Broadcasting Act were made Tuesday before a hearing of the standing committee on transport and communications held in Ottawa. – READ MORE
How $40M-Backed Symphonic Distribution Plans To Be A ‘True Alternative’ To Traditional Labels
Independent distribution is a competitive sector of the music industry. With several distro services operating globally, all of which promise to get artists’ music uploaded to major streaming platforms, how, in such an active market, does a company stand out from the rest of the field? In a bid to differentiate itself, Symphonic Distribution has opened up what it says are detailed TikTok analytics to DIY artists as part of its new $19.99 per-year ‘Starter Plan’, which also includes unlimited releases. “There are many providers of DIY distribution, but when we looked closer, we found that the offerings at the intro pricing levels are very limited,” claims Jorge Brea, founder & CEO of Florida-headquartered Symphonic. – READ MORE
The top 100 Canadian songs of 2022
Narrowing down the year’s songs to an essential 100 is no easy feat. We are in a golden age of music, with so much opportunity to discover new artists who don’t need to access the traditional channels to blow up anymore. Over the past two years, TikTok has become a juggernaut in catapulting artists like Lauren Spencer-Smith into the limelight, while established names like the Weeknd, Drake, Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen are still going strong, giving us the candid R&B, hip hop and glitzy pop we’ve come to love from them. From sing-along anthems to protest songs, saucy reggaeton to twangy alt-country — it’s been a year of vast sonic multitudes. These 100 songs from 2022 — with a bit of leeway for tracks released in late 2021 that didn’t get to shine until the new year — are a time capsule of our current moment. – READ MORE
UK music streaming services not making excessive profits, says watchdog
The world’s biggest record labels and streaming services are not making excessive profits at the expense of artists struggling to make a living from the digital music revolution, a long-running investigation by the UK competition watchdog has concluded. The Competition and Markets Authority said artists’ concerns about low returns were understandable, but intervening in the market would be unlikely to help. The CMA found the streaming boom had benefited music fans, who have seen the cost of paying for services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music fall by a fifth between 2009 and 2021, and can also access songs for free via ad-supported packages. – READ MORE
‘Streaming Has Unshackled Us To Compete And Unshackled Artists To Be Heard’
In some ways, boutique independent labels have it tough in today’s industry. With 100,000 tracks uploaded to streaming services daily, cutting through the noise with niche music, that often fits best in an albums market, rather than the singles-focused world of 2022, is arguably incredibly difficult. At the same time, short-form content that powers platforms like TikTok isn’t always the best opportunity for deep engagement with an artist that might be the antithesis of a one-hit-wonder. Despite some of the realities for niche indie-released music, the founders of New York-based indie label Mom + Pop remain optimistic. – READ MORE


Bridal Party spans pop music’s omnivorous genre expanse with groovy precision, landing their hooks in just the right places to keep ears perked and crowds bobbing to their nostalgic yet contemporary sound.

The band is poised to drop their sophomore LP, Cool Down on February 15, 2023. Cool Down speaks from interstitial moments, the pivot-points from which real change may emanate, of the deja vu that comes from realising who one has always been. It celebrates the value of taking a moment to collect oneself and reassess, and is their most stylistically cognizant and emotionally resonant music to date.

Forming in 2015 amidst Victoria, British Columbia’s vibrant DIY scene of experimental club nights and vibrant house shows, Bridal Party began as a sharing of songs between vocalist Suzannah Raudaschl and guitarist Joseph Leroux. The project quickly expanded and now includes Adrian Heim on drums, Lee Gauthier on bass, and Jordan Clairmont on keyboards. In 2017, Bridal Party linked up with producer Connor Head to record their Negative Space EP, including the band’s first breakout track, the cheekily melancholy “Fruitless”. In the wake of Negative Space, Beatroute Magazine called Bridal Party, “a perfect marriage of indie pop and soul.”

On Cool Down, the band returned to work with producer Connor Head. Inspired in equal parts by yacht rock, bedroom pop, and indie, they crafted a record that is ultimately about checking in with oneself during moments of change.







East Coast Music Awards Application – December 2nd, 2022
Global Toronto Showcase Application – December 9th, 2022
Creative BC Music Company Development – December 14th, 2022
JUNOfest Submissions – December 22nd, 2022
Women In Music Canada Honours Submissions – January 16th, 2023
NXNE Showcase Application – January 20th, 2023
Music BC Travel Grants
January 27th, 2023
FACTOR Artist Development Applications – February 2nd, 2023
Sled Island Festival Artist Applications – Feb 10th, 2023
The Great Escape Applications – February 15th, 2023

Creative BC Music Industry Initiatives – March 1st, 2023 (Rolling Intake)

Reach out to info@musicbc.org if you would like to include an upcoming application or funding deadline. 


Music BC Let’s Hear It! Live – 2022 Concert Series, International Showcase Application – Artist & Business
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.

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