APTN Announces $120,000 for Music Videos

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The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has up to $120,000 to spend on the production of music videos for six Aboriginal recording artists from across Canada; that’s up to $20,000 a pop. In order to be considered for the funding artists need to complete the application form and submit support materials by the August 29, 2008 deadline.

The program, entitled “First Tracks,” was launched in 2007 under the “Open Call” banner and five Aboriginal artists walked away with great videos. Last year’s recipients were:
Leela Gilday, “One Drum”
M'Girl, “Eyes Wide Open”
Shane Yellowbird, “A Summer Day “
Andrea Menard, “Evergreen”
Friendly Fire, “Gaza Square Dance”
Samian, “Pakitentamakewin”
Beatrice Dear, “Do I”

APTN is committed to supporting new Aboriginal artists, providing them with new
opportunities to showcase their talent,” said Jean LaRose, APTN’s Chief Executive
Officer. “First Tracks is one of the ways APTN is working with Aboriginal musicians so they can share their talent with all Canadians as well as music fans all around the world.”

The final decisions will be made by the APTN programming staff, based on the overall quality of your submission, with consideration given to music, lyrics, quality of performance and production, market potential, creativity of presentation, and promotional material.

The details are included in the GUIDELINES and APPLICATION forms, but the basics are:

DEADLINE: August 29, 2008
AMOUNT: up to $20,000 per artist/group
FOR: One song on a current CD
INFORMATION: Erin Myran, Tel: 888-278-8862, ext. 328, E: emyran@aptn.ca



You can also visit the APTN First Tracks website for more information:

Please feel free to contact the Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator if you live in Manitoba and you need help completing your submission.

Alan Greyeyes
Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator
Tel: 204.975.0284
E: alan@manitobamusic.com

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