About the Indigenous Music Development Program
Manitoba Music’s Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP) was launched in 2004 to help First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. The program delivers projects and services that respond to the needs of the industry as identified by a steering committee.
IMDP is recognized both home and abroad as the driving force behind a vibrant Indigenous music community in Manitoba.
To assist people in the Indigenous community in Manitoba to develop sustainable careers in music by connecting them with opportunities within Manitoba Music and beyond.
AMP Projects and Services
- Workshops about the business side of the music industry
- Aboriginal Songwriters in Residence
- Career consultations
- Indigenous artist compilation CDs
- Indigenous artist contact directories
- Manitoba Indigenous artist showcases
- The Indigenous Music Performers Camp
- The Native America North Showcases
- Mentors in Residence
- The indigenousmusic.ca website
The IMDP Steering Committee includes 10 Aboriginal people involved in Manitoba’s music industry. The committee receives reports about the program and ensures that it responds to the needs of Indigenous artists and industry. The committee advises staff on project delivery and on the industry itself, foregrounding trends and key issues as they arise.
The Indigenous Music Development Program Steering Committee members are artists Rhonda Head, Desiree Dorion, Don Amero, MJ Dandeneau, Tim Hill, Jerry Sereda, and Ila Barker along with industry professionals Dave McLeod (NCI FM), Vince Fontaine (Rising Sun Productions), and Stuart Desnomie (Arts Branch).
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Indigenous Music Development Manager
1-376 Donald Street
About the Indigenous Music Development Manager
Alan Greyeyes is employed full time as Manitoba Music's Indigenous Music Development Manager. His role includes the planning and delivery of workshops, showcases, marketing initiatives, and development projects to help First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people build careers in Manitoba's music industry.
Greyeyes takes direction from the Indigenous Music Development Program Steering Committee for all programming decisions and utilises the experience and insight of music industry experts to adjudicate all showcasing, marketing, and development opportunities.
Greyeyes is a member of the music committee for MuchFACT and the chair of the screening committee for the Indigenous Album of the Year at the JUNO Awards.
As a volunteer, Greyeyes is the chairperson for a non-profit organization called Aboriginal Music Manitoba, which produces the Aboriginal Music Week festival. The festival is not a project that Manitoba Music produces and Greyeyes' role with Aboriginal Music Manitoba is not a part of his duties at Manitoba Music.
In 2013, Greyeyes was honoured with the Future Leaders of Manitoba award for his contributions to the arts.
Greyeyes is a member of the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. He graduated from Trent University in 2002 with a B.A. majoring in Economics and was featured on the cover of the Spring 2013 edition of the university's alumni magazine.