Submissions Open for Market Builder Residency for Indigenous Artists and Industry | Deadline: Jan 4

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Market Builder 2017

Project offers Business and Creative Product Development Opportunity for Artists and Music Entrepreneurs from Across Canada

Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are partnering to produce the third edition of the Market Builder Residency for Indigenous Artists and Industry. Run through Manitoba Music’s Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP), Market Builder will provide a unique opportunity for Indigenous artists and music entrepreneurs from across Canada to connect with industry leaders and exceptional creators in Toronto.

The project will provide up to 10 export-ready artists and mid-career industry professionals (managers, agents, publicists, publishers, or label representatives) with a week of networking and development opportunities. Running March 25-31 2019, Market Builder will offer meetings with creative mentors and industry professionals and networking events, as well as discussions with local label representatives, music publishers, presenters, managers, agents, and media.

For more details, eligibility info, and to fill out the online submission form, please visit before January 4, 2019.

Past participants include award-winning artists that have earned national and international attention for their work, including JUNO-winning musician/composer/producer Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk, Indian City, Rising Sun Productions), Indigenous Music Award-winning powerhouse emcee and singer/songwriter Leonard Sumner, acclaimed electronic pop artist iskwé, JUNO-nominated country artist Don Amero, ShoShona Kish of JUNO-winning act Digging Roots, producer Tom Crier (Drezus, Team Rezofficial, Winnipeg’s Most), Revolutions Per Minute label founder Jarrett Martineau, hip hop artist Drezus, and more.

Market Builder is made possible through the partnership of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The trip is part of IMDP market development initiatives, working to promote and raise the profile of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit artists. 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 Indigenous artists and industry professionals. 

IMDP was launched in 2004 to help First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people develop sustainable careers in the music industry. The program delivers projects and services that respond to the needs of the industry as identified by a steering committee. The IMDP is supported by the Province of Manitoba and Manitoba Film & Music.

Manitoba Music is the hub of Manitoba’s vibrant music community. A member-based, not-for-profit industry association based in Winnipeg, Manitoba Music provides professional development, export marketing, and industry development to nurture and promote the growth of the music industry in Manitoba and beyond.

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