AMP Camp 2012 Applications Now Available

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is now accepting applications for the 2012 edition of Aboriginal Music Performers Camp (AMP Camp 2012). The five-day artist development project will take place March 4-9, 2012 at the Misty Lake Lodge in Manitoba and applications will be accepted from Aboriginal recording artists until December 2, 2011.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, December 2, 2011

AMP Camp 2012 is made possible by a working partnership between Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Aboriginal recording artists residing in Canada are encouraged to apply. We will be inviting up to 20 artists to participate.

The AMP Camp 2012 application form can be downloaded from and it includes more information about the project.

Click here to download a PDF of the AMP Camp 2012 application form.

Each day of AMP Camp begins with workshops on business topics. In the past, these discussions have included:
• Tour planning;
• Marketing campaigns;
• Business development;
• Funding and juries; and,
• Submitting music to radio stations.

The afternoons and evenings at AMP Camp are dedicated to artistic development with sessions on songwriting, musicianship, vocal skills, and performance.

The workshops are lead by a faculty of industry professionals from multiple parts of the country. In the past, the instructors have included Kinnie Starr, Derek Miller, Leela Gilday, Andres Mendoza, Dave McLeod, Doug Cox, and Salvador Ferreras, to name a few.

The application deadline for AMP Camp 2012 is December 2 and the invited artists will be listed on on December 14.

All invited artists will be required to pay a registration fee to confirm their spot. The registration fee for AMP Camp 2012 is $300 and a discounted rate of $200 is available to members of regional music industry associations (ie. Music BC, Alberta Music, Music Yukon, Music NWT, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, Music Newfoundland and Labrador, Music New Brunswick, Music PEI and Music Nova Scotia).

Once the fee is paid, Manitoba Music will pay for roundtrip flights for the out-of-province participants. All AMP Camp 2012 participants will receive accommodations, meals, and workshop materials for the five days along with ground transportation between Winnipeg and the Misty Lake Lodge on March 4 and March 9.

The Aboriginal Music Program would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, and Tourism, Manitoba Film and Music, the Manitoba Arts Council, and Manitoba Music.

A PDF copy of the AMP Camp 2012 Application Form is available for download here:

For more information about AMP Camp and Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program:

For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts:


What past participants say about their AMP Camp experience:

“I was finally able to attend AMP Camp in 2010 after hearing about it from afar,” says innovative cellist Cris Derksen. “I had seen how it had helped other Aboriginal musicians take real control of their career, and I was super excited to get the opportunity to attend.”

“I wanted to experience something new musically and I wanted to focus only on music with no distractions,” says Jason Burnstick. “AMP Camp was more than that though, and apart from gaining new friends, I got to learn from the lap slide player that I’ve wanted to meet for over 10 years now.”

“The best part is the insight and information that is shared; no one has to share anything, they just do,” explains Jasmine Netsena. “We also get to play music with some of the top musicians in Canada and they willingly share their experiences. It seems too good and too fun to be true. I am inspired and I now have loads of new friends and future collaborators.”

“The thing I most liked about AMP Camp was the people,” says Sonia Eidse, a talented young songwriter from Winnipeg. “Everyone was so talented and most of all warm, welcoming people. Each person brought their own unique sound too, which is very inspiring.”

“AMP Camp opened my eyes to the world of business in the music industry and helped me to grasp on to things aside from just singing,” says Missy Knott from Peterborough, Ontario. “With the help of Heather Kelly and her marketing workshops, I am now aware of how to get my name out there and make it known to the world what it is I do. I’ve never been so thankful for anything- I would still be in the same place I was if it wasn’t for AMP Camp, but instead, I’m progressing and moving forward.

“It was the best experience I’d had in such a long time,” says Marcel Gagnon, a talented recording artist with three albums under his belt. “Working with fellow musicians and teachers had opened my eyes and ears to a whole new world and what it takes to succeed in this industry. Thank you AMP Camp for all you have taught me.”

“The instructors were knowledgeable, informative and great to talk to. It was such a great week to share ideas and meet new friends,” says Karen Donaldson-Shepherd of Alberta-based band Crow Girls. “I especially appreciated the time the instructors spent with us after work and during meals and in between sessions. I really enjoyed my time at AMP Camp last year.”

“AMP Camp was an important moment in my life journey because I gained a wealth of knowledge from just sitting and listening to the stories and experiences of the instructors and talented musicians there,” says Eddy Robinson, lead singer for the Toronto-based drum group Morningstar River. “I will always be inspired by that week at AMP Camp, Gitchi-meegwetch!”

“I don’t know where else I could find all this information about the music industry,” says Murray Sylvester, a past participant from the Beausoleil First Nation in Ontario. “Now I know about SOCAN, what the union does, how to work with sound techs and where I can get help. I had a really great time and I’m really glad I could be a part of AMP Camp this year.”

“The feedback I received on my performance skills and songwriting was great,” says Jared Sowan, a soulful composer and performer from the Swan River First Nation in northern Alberta. “I went to AMP Camp because I just hit a wall, artistically and I just needed an extra boast to help me get to that next level in my career. I’m still soaking up everything from last week and I can’t even begin to tell you how much AMP Camp has helped me and inspired me.”

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