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WILD 953 and Alberta Music Launch Year Two of Project WILD!

March 22, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

WILD 953 and Alberta Music are proud to launch this year's Project WILD, a professional development program designed to educate, promote, develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta's up and coming country and roots artists. Applications open TODAY and run through 12:00 noon MDT on Friday, April 21, 2017. Artists can apply for Project WILD through

Twelve Albertan artist finalists will be selected from hundreds of applications, and awarded a $5,000 Development prize and participate in an intense, week-long, career-changing music and music industry boot camp, where they will be pushed to the very limit of what they can achieve as artists. The finalists will also perform in public showcases, complete industry challenges, and look for the public vote.

Administered by Alberta Music and funded through WILD 953 - Calgary's New Country, Project WILD, is part of a seven year, $4.9 million program, designed to kick-start the international music careers of 3 emerging Alberta artists annually, and give a boost to all Top 12 finalists selected by industry jury. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is committed to newly emerging Canadian musical artists through CRTC Canadian Content Development programming.

This is the second year for Project WILD, last year's inaugural winners were The Dungarees (1st place), Sykamore (2nd place), and Ken Stead (3rd place). For the two years prior to last, the program was known as the PEAK Performance Project, which also ran as a program in BC for seven years. Project WILD will run in Alberta for the next four years.

Project WILD is designed to develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta up and coming artists. It also hopes to foster the Alberta music industry and create a sense of community amongst artists and music professionals. Top Prizes this year for the Alberta Project include a $100,953 top prize, $75,000 second prize, $50,000 third prize, as well as a $5,000 Development award given to each Top 12 band to help them with their career development.  

More info:


Questions may be directed to:

Jesse Northey, Program Manager

Calgary’s YYC Music Awards 2017 Submissions Now Open!

Recognizing the talent and achievements of Calgary's music community, the YYC MUSIC AWARDS shines the spotlight on Canada's third largest city, and the vibrant music scene that calls its home.

Honouring artists in 20 categories, which include two new categories this year - Classical Recording of the Year and Industry Person of the Year (full list below), the 2017 YYC MUSIC AWARDS will be taking submissions until May 31st for the 2nd annual gala being held on September 24th at The Palace Theatre.

Submissions can be made at the following link until midnight Mountain Time May 31st:

The YYC Music Awards categories:

Alternative Recording of the Year

Blues Recording of the Year

Classical Recording of the Year

Country Recording of the Year

DJ/Electronic Recoding of the Year

Female Artist of the Year

Group of the Year

Industry Person of the Year

Jazz Recording of the Year

Male Artist of the Year

Metal Recording of the Year

Music Video of the Year

People's Choice

Pop Recording of the Year

Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year

Rock Recording of the Year

Roots/Folk Recording of the Year

Singer/Songwriter of the Year

Single of the Year

Zackariah and The Prophets Memorial Award

In addition, the YYC Music Awards is accepting volunteer applications leading up to and for the gala along with membership for CMSC – Calgary Music Selection Committee, who are our voting members.

Volunteer Application:

Join CMSC:

Sponsorship Inquiries:

For more info:


The YYC MUSIC AWARDS celebrates the artists that embrace Calgary as home; entertaining and supporting its arts and culture. The award event was founded by music industry professionals, with backgrounds in artist management, booking agents, media as well as recording studio production/engineering.


Leanne Harrison | Program Director

Shannon Ambrose | Public Relations & Media Director

Darren GiIbert | Production Director

Sarah FiedIer | Artist Liaison

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2017 Richard Cowie Memorial Scholarship Award

The Calgary Musicians Association is offering a $500.00 scholarship to an individual who is a current Local 547 member. This scholarship is to be used to further the applicant’s studies in jazz (i.e. tuition fees, private lesson fees, workshop fees etc.).

The applicant’s proposal will:

  • present in a clear and concise manner, the applicant’s artistic vision.
  • show leadership in the Calgary jazz community.
  • show some originality of concept.
  • outline how the funds will be used, including a complete budget that includes the Calgary Musicians Association scholarship funds as part of the overall funds needed for the project and a timeline for when the funds will be used. A written report that includes the actual expenditures will be required at the completion of the project.


 *All submissions must include the following:

  • contact information.
  • a short personal biography, including your artistic vision.
  • a description of the planned use of the funds, including a timeline for the usage.
  • a complete budget for the project, which includes the use of the scholarship funds.
  • a CD or CDR of your most recent representative work (please label the case cover on the spine).  

The successful applicant will be notified on or before June 23rd, 2017.

Mail or drop submissions to:

Calgary Musicians Association 

#5 - 606 Meredith Rd NE, Calgary, AB T2E 5A8

*Submissions that don’t meet the requirements will not be considered.



Alberta Music Cities Initiative: Maximizing the benefits of music on cities in Alberta

The Alberta Music Cities Initiative (AMCI) is excited to introduce their team; musician Matt Masters as the new Program Leader and Strategy Advisor, Dr. Terry Rock.

With the assistance of the Calgary Musicians Association and other resources, the AMCI is currently mapping Alberta’s live music venues. It’s the first step in developing a thorough economic profile and a province wide strategic plan for the music industry. Alberta’s music industry can be a key economic sector and a vehicle for the diversification of Alberta’s economy. The economic profile will be a tool that municipalities can use to stimulate economic growth, increase investment, retain youth, and drive tourism.

Founded by Alberta Music, the National Music Centre (NMC), Music Canada and the Scotlyn Foundation, the AMCI is committed to building a strong music industry that benefits the province on multiple levels, and with a diverse range of groups. The AMCI committee was developed through the Fertile Ground Report project. In November 2014, NMC released a report on Alberta’s music industry, detailing the economic benefits of a strong provincial music industry and making recommendations to government and other sector partners. NMC commissioned the report from Music Canada, with funding from the Scotlyn Foundation. The report, titled Fertile Ground: Alberta Music Cities Initiative, made detailed recommendations to stimulate the growth and sustainability of Alberta’s music industry through an economic lens.

The Fertile Ground report concludes with four key recommendations for the growth and development of the commercial music industry in Alberta:

  1. Develop a comprehensive understating of the economic profile of Alberta’s music cluster, with regional breakouts for Calgary and Edmonton as well as other smaller cities as appropriate.
  2. Position music as a key economic sector, a vehicle for the diversification of Alberta’s economy, and a tool that municipalities can use to stimulate economic growth, increase investment, retain youth, and drive tourism.
  3. Develop and implement a strategic plan to build the business capacity of the music industry in Alberta.
  4. Develop and implement a live music strategy for Alberta to improve the live music product offering in Alberta and generate increased music tourism.

A larger AMCI committee is being assembled to develop a broader strategic plan and engage as many stakeholders as possible and ensure that the seeds of the Fertile Ground report grow into a powerful, provincial strategy to stimulate economic growth and support the music industry.

To learn more and get involved, please email Matt Masters at the National Music Centre at:

Fertile Ground Report at:

PSA on the Actor’s Fund of Canada

The AFC is pleased to announce a Public Service Announcement on The AFC – the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry - is now airing on CBC TV and The 60-second spot, which showcases how even the most celebrated performers and technicians can find themselves needing help after an unforeseen event upends their lives, can also be viewed here. The PSA would not have been possible without the amazing generosity of the CBC, who provided the talent and resources to shoot and produce the video, and donated valuable airtime to let Canadians know about the important work The AFC does. The AFC would also like to thank Mirvish Productions, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Frantic Films and IATSE for their generous assistance in the production of the PSA, and all the performers and technicians who graciously donated their time and talent. To learn more about the PSA or The AFC, please visit


Message From AFM President – Travel Ban

This week I’m in Washington, DC meeting with lawmakers on a wide range of issues including the impact of the recent executive order on immigration and its impact on musicians.

Widely referred to as the “travel ban,” the order puts “extreme vetting” procedures in place for immigrants traveling to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days, indefinitely halts all immigration from Syria and suspends all refugee immigration into the United States for 120 days.

Many AFM members, whether permanent U.S. residents (e.g., green card holders) or our Canadian bothers and sisters, regularly travel in and out of the United States for work. The implementation of the travel ban has caused uncertainty and confusion among AFM members who travel internationally. That’s why we are currently working with Missouri’s Congressional delegation to help ensure the safe return home for St. Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who are scheduled to tour Spain next week.

For decades, AFM has consulted with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on applications by foreign musicians for O and P visas to work in the United States. For AFM’s Canadian members, we have been working diligently with members of Congress to streamline and shorten visa-processing times, but the travel ban could delay our efforts to bring these processing times into focus.

We will continue working hard together with other organizations to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill to protect the interests of all musicians. Musicians standing together have the power.

In Unity,

Ray Hair

AFM International President


Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Summer Classical Music Programs at Banff Centre are designed to support the creation of new music, the refinement of traditional and contemporary practices, and the amplification of music into the public space by means of reflection and conversation. Through experiential programming, artists will understand the new within the language of the old, and infuse traditional practices with the energy of recent creative compositions. Artists are encouraged to apply to more than one program.

 Application deadline: February 15, 2017

The programs include:

  • Ensemble Evolution – Explore the evolution of ensembles alongside 40 international musicians through the examinations of new and old arrangements.
  • Chamber Music – Building off a decade’s long programming legacy recognized on the international music scene, Chamber Music brings together 50 musicians for a collaborative, experiential approach to music making that examines centuries of performance practices.
  • Roots and Rhizomes Percussion Residency – Join 24 of the most talented young percussionists to explore the far reaches of one of the world’s oldest musical instruments from percussion performance to the impact of natural sound.
  • Pianist-Composer Collaborative – Investigate the repertory of and close relationship between pianist and composer, a rapport spanning centuries, and the fluid roles of creation, improvisation, curation, and collaboration.
  • An Improviser’s View of Notated Music – Explore improvisation from a multitude of perspectives alongside some of the most exciting and versatile artists in the world

Summer at Banff Centre also encompasses a number of other musical offerings including an orchestra opera programs and the beloved jazz program:

Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century

Program dates: June 19 – July 8, 2017

Application deadline: February 22, 2017

Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music

Program dates: August 7 – 26, 2017

Application deadline: February 22, 2017


JazzYYC Announces Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day Artist Call 2017

JazzYYC is happy to celebrate UN International Jazz Day for the fifth time on Sunday April 30, 2017. Once again, we are expanding our events to all of April to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM!). JazzYYC and its many community partners across Calgary will present numerous shows throughout April, with the main events happening on the weekend of April 28-30.

Calgary artists are now encouraged to apply. International Jazz Day is about building a greater appreciation for jazz globally, so we would like to feature musicians who will engage the audience in a way that increases their understanding and appreciation of jazz. There are lots of ways to do this:

  • Give examples of different feels
  • Explain and demonstrate different techniques and rhythms
  • Explain and demonstrate how a jazz band communicates and improvises
  • Share some history
  • Discuss famous jazz artists
  • Encourage audience participation
  • Take questions

Use your imagination! We hope that people will come away from our Jazz Day events with a better understanding and a growing love of the music.

If you are interested, please fill in the APPLICATION FORM at the JazzYYC website by Sunday, February 5 at 6 pm. Our selections will be made on or before February 19th.


ECMA and CFM announce new collaborative partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 19, 2017- Toronto, Canada

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) and the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) are happy to announce a new three-year partnership that puts to rest an ongoing dispute brought to light in 2016.

Over two days of negotiations, both sides have agreed to new collaborative terms they are certain are fair and beneficial to their respective memberships.

"This dispute was never about the ECMA not compensating musicians appropriately," says Andy McLean, Executive Director of the ECMA. "We felt the 20-year-old successor agreement was unfair to the majority of our members, and were happy to work in collaboration with the CFM to update the approach in a way that recognizes the current reality of independent musicians in the region."

"We are pleased to have penned this three-year deal guaranteeing fees and benefits for musicians, which we see as a positive step for the East Coast music community," says Alan Willaert, AFM Vice President from Canada.

All existing contracts for ECMAs in 2017 are still being honoured and all performing musicians will see no change to their fees.

As a result of the agreement, Andy McLean, Chair of the Board of Directors, Dean Stairs, and the ECMA as an organization will be removed from the American Federation of Musicians' (AFM) International Unfair list.

The East Coast Music Awards 2017 Festival & Conference takes place in Saint John, NB from April 26-30, 2017.

CFM Media Contact:

Victoria Lord


416-484-9047 |

ECMA Media Contact:

Trevor Murphy

Pigeon Row

902-880-2606 |