About the Indigenous Music Development Program

The Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP) at Manitoba Music was launched in 2004 to support First Nation, Métis, and Inuit artists and music companies as they build 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 at 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 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
Desiree Dorion
Don Amero
Ila Barker
Jerry Sereda
MJ Dandeneau, MJ Entertainment Canada Inc.
Nikki Komaksiutiksak
Rhonda Head
Ruth Shead, University of Manitoba


We are between coordinators at this time. For immediate assistance, please contact info@manitobamusic.com, 204.942.8650