Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) is headed to the "entertainment capital of the world" to connect with some of North America's major players in the U.S.-based Indigenous music scene. AMP will hit Las Vegas March 9-12 for the Reservation Economic Summit, which plays host to tribal leaders, talent buyers, media, representatives from Native American casinos, and business leaders from across America.
Western Canadian Music Award-nominated R&B trip hop artist Iswké and artist representation company Rising Sun Productions' Vince Fontaine (also of multi award-winning bands Indian City and Eagle & Hawk) also plan to attend the conference.
The trip, which includes a booth at the massive RES trade show at the famed Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, is part of AMP market development initiatives, working to promote and raise the profile of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists from Manitoba on a national and international stage. Through events like these, Manitoba Music is able to increase the level of awareness and connection between our province’s music industry and the broader national and international industry, which is vital to the career advancement of Manitoba's Indigenous artists and industry professionals.
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. Manitoba Music would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Province of Manitoba, Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Film & Music, and FACTOR through the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.