Manitoba Music is bringing back its popular mentor program for Aboriginal artists this spring. Run through its Aboriginal Music Program (AMP), “AMP Mentors” was launched to engage new and emerging First Nation, Inuit, and Métis songwriters and musicians in Manitoba.
The diverse group of experienced mentors includes fiddle champion Patti Lamoureux, blues legend Billy Joe Green, hip hop producer Tim “2oolman” Hill, rock veteran Calvin Nepinak, classical vocalist Rhonda Head, and publicist Kim Wheeler.
Mentor sessions will touch on a variety of creative and business-oriented topics, including career advice, instrument lessons, songwriting feedback, beat-making tutorials, and feedback on media releases and artist bios.
Starting March 2, two mentors will be available each week, with in-person bookings primarily in Winnipeg and the surrounding area. Rhonda Head will be available for consultations and group presentations in Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the surrounding area.
One-hour mentor consultations and presentations will be free of charge and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bookings can be made through Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program Manager, Alan Greyeyes (firstname.lastname@example.org, 204.975.0284).
Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program was launched in 2004 to help First Nation, Inuit, and Métis people in Manitoba develop sustainable careers in music by connecting them with opportunities within Manitoba Music and beyond.
March 2 to 7: Patti Lamoureux and Kim Wheeler
March 10 to 14: Billy Joe Green and Calvin Nepinak
March 17 to 21: Rhonda Head and Tim Hill
March 24 to 28: Patti Lamoureux and Kim Wheeler
March 31 to April 4: Billy Joe Green and Calvin Nepinak
April 7 to 11: Rhonda Head and Tim Hill
The mentor consultations and presentations will be free of charge and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each consultation and presentation will be 60-minutes or less. Adult supervision is required for all requests that involve minors.
Patti Lamoureux has years of fiddle instruction and performance experience. She’ll be available for fiddle lessons and career advice for fiddle players.
Kim Wheeler is a publicist and artist manager. She’ll be available for feedback on press releases and artist biographies.
Billy Joe Green is an award winning songwriter and performer. He’ll be available for songwriting feedback, guitar lessons, and career advice.
Calvin Nepinak is a veteran guitar player and songwriter. He’ll be available for songwriting feedback, guitar lessons, and career advice.
Rhonda Head is a classically trained singer and recording artist. She’ll be available for vocal coaching and career advice.
Tim Hill is an acclaimed hip hop music producer. He’ll be available for beat making tutorials and career advice.
TO BOOK A CONSULTATION OR PRESENTATION:
Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Program Manager