MNS International Women's Day Workshops

International Women's Day, celebrated globally since 1975, is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. It is a day when all women are recognized and celebrated. Music Nova Scotia is proud to join the many other music industry associations across the country celebrating International Women’s Day.

Music Nova Scotia is pleased to present a day of informative and interactive educational workshops for Women and non-binary folxs this International Women's Day! 

These events are free, and will be hosted Friday, March 6th, in Room 224 at the Dalhousie Student Union Building (6136 University Ave, Halifax).  

unding, Getting Started, and Going Forward - with Sarah Jamer (The Syrup Factory), Tara MacDonald (East Coast Music Association), and Dana Beeler (Music Nova Scotia).

A hands-on session that will help you understand how emerging and developing level funding applications work, how to build a marketing plan, funding best practices, and personal advice.

Join Erin Costelo, Jah'Mila, Kim Carson, and Stephanie Purcell, for a frank and fun discussion - find out who and what has inspired them, how they've overcome obstacles, and their best advice for other women wanting to forge their own path.  


SOLD OUT Showcase with Mo Kenney, Lyris Daye & Jade Bennett

Friday, March 6th at The Women's Council House

Doors at 8:00pm - Show at 8:30pm

*This is a dry all-ages event*

Location Announced For Nova Scotia Music Week 2020 & 2021

(February 4, 2020) Each November, more than 1,000 musicians and music industry professionals from around the world come together in Nova Scotia to showcase and celebrate the incredible musical talent that exists in the province. 

Music Nova Scotia is happy to announce that Sydney, Cape Breton will host the 2020 edition of Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW), taking place from November 5th to 8th. Truro will host the event in 2021. 

"Nova Scotia is overflowing with exceptional talent of all kinds, and we're proud to showcase all that the province has to offer to our international delegation,” says Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Kenney Fitzpatrick. “Nova Scotia Music Week continues to grow year after year and we're excited to continue that trend in these strong and vibrant music communities. Both Sydney and Truro are known for their incredible hospitality and support of local music, and it’s an honour to be welcomed back to both towns.”

Music Nova Scotia estimates the event attracts over 5,000 local and visiting music fans annually, resulting in a $2 million economic spin-off for the province, with an approximate $1 million injected into the host community.

Both Destination Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Music Industry Co-operative will be primary partners in the 2020 edition of the event. 

“CBMIC has always been proud to partner with and attend Nova Scotia Music Week,” says Nigel Kearns, CBMIC Board Chair. “The opportunity to welcome folks from across Nova Scotia and around the world to our home is beyond exciting to us all. We look forward to welcoming you all to Cape Breton Island and Sydney for NSMW 2020.”

Over the next few months, venues, partners, ticketing details, and more information about the NSMW conference and festival will be announced. Follow along on social media or sign up for the NSMW newsletter at

Updates to Music NS Investment Programs 2020

Important Changes to the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program
Please be advised of the following important changes to the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program:

1. The program levels for artists are being renamed; the same programs are available to the corresponding levels.
Please read full updated guidelines here

2. The criteria for reaching Artist II and Artist III have been changed to be exclusively objective and measurable criteria. Artists wishing to move up programs must update their profiles and submit a request to change programs via email to the Investment Program manager at least two weeks prior to program deadlines.

Please read full updated guidelines here

3. Important Changes to the Artist Development Program

● The maximum award for the Artist Development program will now be $3,000 instead of $4,000
● The Artist Development program will now have $60,000 budgeted instead of $40,000, allowing us to invest in 20 projects instead of 10.
● The Artist Development program will now have a 50% cap on extra-provincial expenditures. 50% of eligible costs will have to be spent in the province and 50% may be spent outside of the province.
● The Artist Development program application will now require one document outlining the applicant’s plan for their Artist Development year, rather than an individual overview, marketing, video, touring, showcasing, and recording sections. This is in line with FACTOR’s current requirements.

4. In-Kind/Donated Services will now be capped at 10% of eligible costs rather than 25% of eligible costs.

5. Marketing Program
● In recognition of the fact that many artists and genres are heavily focused on singles and shorter length releases, there will no longer be a qualifying release requirement for marketing projects. However, all marketing projects must be marketing some type of release (single, EP, Full-Length Album) or Tour. Projects focused solely on asset creation are ineligible.
● Marketing awards will be capped at 2.5x the per round maximum per fiscal year. The maximum any artist (regardless of whether multiple labels apply) may receive in the marketing program per fiscal year is$12,500 in Artist II and $25,000 in Artist III.

6. Mentorship Program
● Eligible wage claim will be raised from $15 per hour to $20 per hour
● Accommodations will be capped at $1,500 for extra-provincial projects
● Travel costs capped at $1,500 for extra-provincial travel
● Per Diems capped at 15 days. Per Diems only allowed for days at
extra-provincial conferences and festivals.

7. Important Changes to Business Programs

a. The Business Development program will no longer exist. In its place, we will now have a Business Travel program for Developing Businesses. This program will be a juried program with deadlines on March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15. There will be a $1,500 annual cap per Business and $15,000 allocated to the program.

b. The criteria for being a Developing Business will now include, having been a registered business in the province of Nova Scotia for over 1 year and the provision of financial statements demonstrating the business is earning non-funding income. It is not a requirement that Developing Businesses be profitable as MNS recognizes that new businesses may require investment beyond income, but Developing Businesses must be able to demonstrate income.


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