Applications for Let’s Hear It! Live – Music BC’s regional concert series and emerging artist showcase – are now open for 2023! The series will offer a unique chance for emerging artists from British Columbia to connect with fans and members of the music industry.
Applications from all genders, ages, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and other measures of diversity are highly encouraged, with artists being selected by a jury of local industry representatives.
Application deadline is January 20th @ 5pm (PDT). Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their ongoing support in this initiative.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org until Thursday, December 15th at 5pm (PDT).
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.
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 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.
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 have some showcase opportunties available to those already performing.
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
SoundCloud Announces JV Label With Kei Henderson’s Third & Hayden ‘Creative Incubation Hub,’ Reveals Initial Signings Berlin-headquartered SoundCloud unveiled its partnership with Atlanta-based Third & Hayden (and specifically the label arm of the “creative incubation hub,” once again) today, via a formal release that was emailed to DMN. Former 21 Savage manager Kei Henderson founded Third & Hayden (previously Governed By Loyalty) back in 2007, according to her LinkedIn profile, and is a co-founder of SinceThe80s, a joint venture with Universal Music’s Motown. But after departing SinceThe80s in 2021, Henderson that same year established Third & Hayden as the previously noted “creative incubation hub,” per SoundCloud’s announcement message. And SoundCloud, which rolled out an artist platform in October, is now expected to provide “robust resources” including A&R, marketing, distribution, and PR for the label component of Third & Hayden. – READ MORE
Music Audio Streams Just Crossed The 1 Trillion Mark For The First Time Ever In A Single Year In The US Music audio streams in the US just crossed the one trillion mark for the first time ever in a single year. That’s according to US market monitor Luminate (formerly MRC Data / Nielsen Music), which revealed that the 1 trillion mark was crossed in the US. That 1 trillion figure grew by 11.9 billion compared to 2021, when the full-year tally for music audio streams in the US was 988.1 billion, according to Luminate data. That 1 trillion figure is also 7x larger than the number of music audio streams achieved in the US in 2015, when 142.9 billion were recorded in the world’s largest recorded music market, according to Luminate data (see below). To put this year’s one trillion US music audio streams into context, Luminate notes that music listeners have spent roughly 960,000 years streaming music in the market in 2022. – READ MORE
As part of Music Tectonics 2022, a panel on the music industry’s intersection with the idea of the nebulous ‘metaverse’ reveals there’s still a long way to go here. Let’s dive in.
Following the collapse of the FTX exchange, faith in web3 technology and the crypto universe as a whole is shaken. Meta’s vision of what a ‘metaverse’ is hasn’t differentiated itself from any of the hundreds of spaces that have come before it. Meanwhile, some web3 spaces like Decentraland are ghost towns–with monthly active users drying up as users flee crypto adjacent spaces. The music industry is soldiering on with virtual experiences like Megan Thee Stallion’s recent VR experience, or the NFT scavenger hunt from Pixelynx, the DJ’s web3 startup. Each of these experiences provides a real-world example of how web3 tech can intersect with the real world to provide an entirely new experience.
Audio Engineers Have the Ears of the Artists — And Now a Piece of the Project When Cory Litwin joined Neil Jacobson’s writer-producer management agency, Hallwood Media, as executive VP two years ago, he brought with him a known quantity: Canadian hitmaker Murda Beatz, whose enviable streak of success in hip-hop includes production work with Drake, Migos and Cardi B. That Beatz cut his teeth while staring down a computer screen was not lost on Litwin, and the exec is expanding his role to serve what he thinks is a growing and underserved area in the music industry: audio engineers. “Engineers are the new rock stars,” says Litwin, who is based in Los Angeles. “They’re collaborating with producers on beats to get the track ready for the artist, and they’re making sure the artist records on that beat and sounds good on it. Once the track is done, they help the artist push it onto final album track lists. They’re more like producers now, or they take on an A&R role.”– READ MORE
Spotify Wrapped is a social media sensation. Its impact on artists and listeners is debatable The juggernaut campaign, currently in its sixth officially branded year, packages Spotify users’ listening statistics, and musicians’ streaming numbers in easily shareable panes. For some music fans, it has come to partially define the holiday season. It takes over social media for at least a few days after its Dec. 1 premiere, and has grown big enough that other streaming giants have aped it themselves, with both YouTube and Apple Music recently coming out with their own versions. What began as a small side project has exploded into what is essentially a multi-million dollar ad campaign. The tangible impact of Wrapped on listener statistics is still debatable; as is how much the project boosts Spotify itself, versus the benefit it provides artists. – READ MORE
Win for ‘small town Canada’; Kamloops-made guitar wins prestigious award Riversong Guitars’ P2P River Pacific was named acoustic guitar of the year by the world’s oldest, most-read musical industry magazine, Musical Merchandise Review. “It’s been 16 years of working backroom quietly developing, patenting, building,” Miltimore said. “Since 2015 we’ve been shortlisted for these awards and finally, finally we did it.” Riversong’s P2P River Pacific model was deemed superior in terms of sales and profits by music industry dealers for 2022. “For me, what this award means is, it’s a validation that we’re doing something right. Our guitar design is different. We’re not doing the same design that has been around since 1842,” he said. – READ MORE
BeatStars Is Making Bank for Its Stable of Music Creators “BeatStars is where songs are made,” says the company’s CEO, Abe Batshon. “It’s where collaborators are introduced to each other and artists are able to express their art with their own definition and interpretation.” Lest one think of BeatStars as a fringe operation, in July 2021 the company entered an exclusive publishing administration partnership with Sony Music Publishing. Wholly optional for all BeatStars creators, if they choose to take advantage of this service, they enter into a one-year agreement and are connected directly to SMP, which is home to tunes from the biggest songwriters of all time, including Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé. Uncharacteristically (for the music biz), the deal is favorable to creators, offering 80/20 splits and allowing music makers to maintain their copyrights. – READ MORE
‘Carved Out’: Is a Music Industry Holdover From the Old Guard Sidelining Female Executives? The music industry loudly made promises for change in 2017, when #MeToo swept the entertainment business, and 2020, when George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police officers prompted a racial reckoning. But for all the pledges for inclusion and millions of dollars pledged to diversity, are things actually different? To judge by one remnant of the old guard, the coveted “carve out” — an employment deal that allows executives to continue to work and profit from side-hustles, such as managing an artist — remains mostly out of reach for women in high-ranking positions. “Carve outs stink of insider trading,” says one such female executive. “There are women in the same jobs [as male executives] at the same companies who have been denied carve outs, and that’s bad for business.” – READ MORE
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Emerald Osagie is a 23 year old singer songwriter hailing from Vancouver, Canada. With her unique, RnB, warm soul voice, she captivates her listener’s. Osagie began making music from the comfort of her bedroom starting in 2016 which led her to meeting other artists and producers through the internet. In 2021, Osagie began working with producer’s Hugh Olychick and Morgan Perry, and since then it has been nothing but magic.
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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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