Call for Submissions: Kiwetinook Kitoschikewin | Indigenous Music Northern Residency

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Deadline: Monday, February 20 at 3PM 

Applications are now open for an exciting new project for artists in Manitoba, the Indigenous Music Northern Residency. The three-day gathering will offer a small group of emerging and mid-career Indigenous artists an opportunity to be mentored by music industry professionals and further develop their business and creative skills. The residency will take place at the Kikiwak Inn & Conference Centre in Treaty 5 Territory, The Pas, March 20 - 22, 2023 (travel day on March 19). The project is led by the Indigenous Music Development Program at Manitoba Music with support from FACTOR and the Government of Canada. 

Kiwetinook Kitoschikewin means “Northern Music'' in Swampy Cree, and was gifted by Elder Darlene Osborne of the Norway House Cree Nation. 


The in-person intensive will include informative discussions about recording, radio readiness, marketing and branding, rights and royalties, touring etc. 

A typical day at the residency includes about 6 hours of programming beginning at 9am with time set aside for meals and one-on-one mentor meetings. There will also be evening events and song shares.

Each participant will be required to perform at least two songs for feedback and advice from mentors during performance coaching.

All discussions and printouts will be in English.


Artists considered for this opportunity must:

  • Be First Nation, Métis or Inuit recording artists residing in Northern Manitoba (north of the 53rd parallel):
    • Vocalists, singer/songwriters, emcees, musicians, beat makers/music producers who have recorded original music. 
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be able to attend and participate in the full three days of programming including travel day.

You do not need to be a Manitoba Music member to apply but participants should become members if selected for this opportunity.

Transportation & Accommodations

Invited artists will be provided accommodations, three meals per day, and a travel subsidy to assist with travel to/from The Pas. 

Selection Process

Each application will be adjudicated by a committee of music industry professionals. Applications will be evaluated on:

  • Strong vocals and/or lyrics for singers, singer/songwriters, or emcees
  • Solid musicianship and/or a demand for services for musicians or beat maker/music producers
  • Momentum, demonstrated by performance history, media coverage, and social media 
  • Goals of pursuing a professional career 

You will need to provide the following for the jury:

  • A short artist biography 
  • Recent career highlights that demonstrate your momentum, experience, performance history, and accomplishments
  • A 1-2 minute video introduction, telling us:
    • Who you are
    • Where you’re from
    • What kind of music you make
    • Why you should be chosen for this opportunity
  • Easy access to all your social media profiles
  • Easy access to your music and videos
  • At least one professional promotional photograph available for download

Video created on your phone on our computer is fine. We’re not looking for a professional video, we just want to hear more about your career


How to Apply

To apply:

  1. Click on the "apply" button below and fill out the form
  2. Email your video to

For more information about this project, please contact:

Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, Indigenous Music Development Coordinator
Manitoba Music
Treaty 1 Territory

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