Artist Call: Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry


The deadline is this Thursday for the Aboriginal Music Program's new Market Builder Residency! It's an exciting opportunity for artist development, both creatively and professionally. 

The Market Builder Residency (a partnership between Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts) will provide export-ready artists and up to five mid-career industry with a week of networking and development opportunities in Toronto, Canada (you must hold a valid Canadian passport and be of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit ancestry to apply.)

The Aboriginal Music Program provides fantastic support for artists through AMP Camp, Native America North showcases, their new AMP Sessions video series, and more. This new residency is geared towards mid-career artists and industry, which can be a challenging territory to navigate.

The residency will run February 9-13, 2015 and each day will consist of round table discussions, self-directed mentor sessions, networking dinners, and meetings with established labels, music media, and managers.

See details below and apply at

Submission guidelines from

Important Dates November 20: Submission deadline November 24: Invitations sent to successful applicants December 2: Registration deadline (registration fee due in full) December 4: Participants announced

Roundtrip economy fights (if needed), accommodations, ground transportation, and some meals will be provided for participants.

It is free to apply. A registration fee of $150 ($75 for members of music industry associations) will be required from all artists and industry who are invited to participate.

Artists considered for this opportunity must:

  • Have a history of at least eight paid performances each year that stretches back a minimum of three years (i.e. October 2011 to October 2014)
  • Have a significant regional profile as demonstrated by album reviews and/or artist profiles in print and online media
  • Have a professional website that features high resolution promotional photographs, quality video content, booking information, and links to social media page
  • Have a minimum of 14 recorded songs available for purchase or free download online
  • Be of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit ancestry
  • Be a solo artist or the band member responsible for the majority of business operations and networking
  • Have attended at least one music industry conference outside of their home city or community in the past three years (i.e. October 2011 to October 2014)
  • Be registered with SOCAN
  • Have a valid Canadian passport
  • Be 18 years of age or older

Industry professionals considered for this opportunity must:

  • Have a signed contract that identifies you as the manager, agent, publicist, publisher, or label for at least one music artist (self-managed artists and radio hosts do not qualify)
  • Be dedicated to building a career in the music industry as demonstrated by conference attendance, music industry association membership, and business-related accomplishments
  • Have a business registered
  • Be of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit ancestry
  • Have a valid Canadian passport
  • Be 18 years of age or older

To submit, fill out the appropriate submission form online at the link below (artists must also update their websites for the jury):

Artist submissions will be evaluated based on:

  • Music
  • Creative goals
  • Business goals
  • Profile ,as demonstrated by album reviews and/or media coverage and online media
  • Website quality

Industry professional submission will be evaluated based on:

  • Business goals
  • Dedication to building a career in the music industry as demonstrated by conference attendance, music industry association membership, and experience
  • The success of the applicant’s client(s) as demonstrated by regional profile, performance history, and music-related accomplishments

Submissions will be rejected if incomplete.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Program Manager Manitoba Music P: 204.975.0284 E:

Artist Call: Apply to AMP Camp 2012


The Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp is currently accepting applications. All materials must be received in the Manitoba Music offices by Friday December 2nd, so artists - get yours in now!

AMP Camp is a five-day artist development project presented by Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program. It takes place at Misty Lake Lodge in Manitoba and is an incredible opportunity for artists to learn about the industry and invest in their career through workshops and discussions, lead by industry professionals.

From AMP Camp 2012 Applications Now Available:

Each day of AMP Camp begins with workshops on business topics. In the past, these discussions have included: • Tour planning; • Marketing campaigns; • Business development; • Funding and juries; and, • Submitting music to radio stations.

The afternoons and evenings at AMP Camp are dedicated to artistic development with sessions on songwriting, musicianship, vocal skills, and performance.

The workshops are lead by a faculty of industry professionals from multiple parts of the country. In the past, the instructors have included Kinnie Starr, Derek Miller, Leela Gilday, Andres Mendoza, Dave McLeod, Doug Cox, and Salvador Ferreras, to name a few.

The application deadline for AMP Camp 2012 is December 2 and the invited artists will be listed on on December 14.

All invited artists will be required to pay a registration fee to confirm their spot. The registration fee for AMP Camp 2012 is $300 and a discounted rate of $200 is available to members of regional music industry associations (ie. Music BC, Alberta Music, Music Yukon, Music NWT, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, Music Newfoundland and Labrador, Music New Brunswick, Music PEI and Music Nova Scotia).

Once the fee is paid, Manitoba Music will pay for roundtrip flights for the out-of-province participants. All AMP Camp 2012 participants will receive accommodations, meals, and workshop materials for the five days along with ground transportation between Winnipeg and the Misty Lake Lodge on March 4 and March 9.

A PDF copy of the AMP Camp 2012 Application Form is available for download here:

You must mail in or hand deliver your application by Friday December 2, 2012. We won't be accepting applications submitted by email or fax.