About the Indigenous Music Development Program

Manitoba Music’s Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP) was launched in 2004 to help First Nation peoples, Metis peoples, and Inuit 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.

IMDP Projects and Services

The IMDP Steering Committee includes 10 Indigenous 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 David McLeod (NCI FM), Vince Fontaine (Rising Sun Productions), Desiree Dorion, Rhonda Head, Jerry Sereda, MJ Dandeneau, Don Amero, Nikki Komaksiutiksak, and Stuart Desnomie (Manitoba Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage).


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