TSFgraphicSunday March 1st, 2015 | 1:00 pm-2:30pm 

Music BC Industry Association Office, 100-938 Howe Street, Vancouver
Admission: By donation to Talking Stick Festival
RSVP: rsvp@musicbc.org

A workshop hosted by The Talking Stick Festival and Music BC specially created to prepare Aboriginal artists for an album release. You’ve got the songwriting, performance, and creative vision, but what about your business plan? We’ll dig into revenue and grants, promotion and marketing, booking, and touring.

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January 29, 2015 by  |  Filed under EDUCATION, Events, NEWS  

Icon_blkMusic BC travel grants provide assistance to BC based recording artists to participate in performance and showcasing initiatives that are undertaken in support of Canadian owned sound recordings, as well as BC based businesses and individuals representing BC artists at established music industry conferences and festivals. Funding is provided by Creative BC on behalf of the Province of British Columbia, and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Creative Content Development funding on behalf of 102.7 The PEAK in Vancouver.

*Please note, this program is the amalgamation of the MITAP travel grant program and the MAP travel grant programs. Read more

January 15, 2015 by  |  Filed under FUNDING, NEWS  

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 1.00.14 PMAre you a musician? Or in a band? Do you need legal advice? Are you seeking information and advice on a specific legal issue to do with the music industry?

ALO + Music BC: Summary Legal Advice Clinic
100-938 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
5:00pm to 7:00pm, February 10th, 2015

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January 14, 2015 by  |  Filed under EDUCATION, Events, NEWS  

FAI_Logo_TextVertical_bw-1Music BC will be returning to the Folk Alliance International conference, and teaming up with BreakOut West to present the best in Western Canadian Folk! The event will take place in Kansas City MO, February 18th-22nd 2015.  The Folk Alliance International conference is an annual event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music and dance. It is an event of celebration, education, and entertainment, that includes showcases, panels, workshops, and exhibitors.

The BC participants include:

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January 12, 2015 by  |  Filed under NEWS, SHOWCASING  

WEB - POSTER SOCIALMusic BC’s How-To Series Presents:

Sunday January 25th, 20141:00-4:00PM
VSO School of Music – Pyatt Hall
843 Seymour St, Vancouver

Are you connecting with your audience or are you just yelling at them? This session will explore how artists can use social media to define their brand and create genuine moments with fans. Forget simply pushing out a message and hoping that it gains traction! We’ll dig into how to cultivate relationships and a develop a committed fan base via the latest and most relevant platforms.


Felix Cartal | Artist
Sari Delmar | Audio Blood
Eric Alper | eOne Music Canada
Chantel Chapman | Holler for your Dollar

Moderated by: Brian Thompson | Thorny Bleeder/Zen Thinking

Free for current members, $25 for the public
RSVP to guarantee your spot: rsvp@musicbc.org

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January 8, 2015 by  |  Filed under Career Development Series, EDUCATION, Events, NEWS  

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Looking to get into the festive spirit? Here is a list of our members holiday show listings:


*Want to add your show to the listings below? Email us at info@musicbc.org with the details and we will be happy to include it!

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December 11, 2014 by  |  Filed under Events, General, NEWS  

Last Thursday at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, 102.7 The PEAK and Music BC announced the rankings of the top 3 artists in the 2014 PEAK Performance Project!


1st place – 102.7 Thousand Dollars



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November 24, 2014 by  |  Filed under NEWS  

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 11.46.46 AMThe JUNOS are shaking things up left and right, and they want you to be a part of it.   At CARAS they want to ensure they have representation from every province and that B.C. artists get the recognition they deserve on our national stage.  Did JUNO that only 20% of the 2014 JUNO Award nominees were from British Columbia? Let’s raise that number!

So, how do you do this?

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October 23, 2014 by  |  Filed under NEWS  


Wednesday October 15th, 630-8pm
Tom Lee Music Hall, 929 Granville St Vancouver

Featuring a discussion with the President of FACTOR Duncan McKie!

Members only – please RSVP: rsvp@musicbc.org

This is a very important event for our organization, and we rely on our members to come out and support their industry association! At our AGM we take care of business such as:
  • - Vote in our board of directors, who make important decisions about the direction of Music BC
  • - Hear reports on all the projects and opportunities that we provided for the 2013/2014 year
  • - Bring up your suggestions on what we could do to improve the services to our members
  • - Review and approve the association’s financials
The meeting will be followed by a members only reception at a nearby location – however you have to attend to find out where it will be!

Individuals interested in applying to run for a position on our board of directors should express their interest to Savannah Wellman at savannah@musicbc.org prior to the meeting.
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September 18, 2014 by  |  Filed under Events, NEWS  

102.7 The PEAK and Music BC announce The 2014 PEAK Performance Project Showcase Series, powered by Cariboo Brewing! For 4 Thursdays throughout September and October, we will showcase our Top 12 bands at Fortune Sound Club. These performances will form a part of their overall scores so make sure you come out and support your favourites!

Fortune Sound Club, 147 E Pender St. Vancouver
Doors at 8:00 pm, Music at 9pm sharp!
Tickets Advance: $10.27 + Service Charge

Tickets at the Door: $15
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September 16, 2014 by  |  Filed under Events, NEWS  


Roundhouse radio was recently approved by the CRTC as a new station to be broadcast on 98.3 FM. As part of this launch, Roundhouse radio has committed to a new seven year Canadian Content Development program to be called the “Roundhouse Discovery Project” to be administered my Music BC. The project will focus on developing recording artists who are not normally suitable for commercial radio. This group of artists require tools to enhance their opportunities in the music business. The program will include an education component, a showcase component, a songwriting and recording component and significant radio support from Roundhouse Radio. The program and station will be launched some time in 2015, so watch out for future announcements.


August 21, 2014 by  |  Filed under General, NEWS  



Music BC is proud to announce the return of the K96-3 Emerging Artist Program for 2014! Focusing on artists from BC’s interior regions, this program is designed to aid in the development and promotion of interior artists, through recording grants, education, and showcase opportunities.

You can download all the Top 5 Artists songs Here

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August 5, 2014 by  |  Filed under NEWS  

Join us on July 11th for The Khatsahlano Street Party, and catch The PEAK Performance Project Top 12

The West 4th Avenue Khatsahlano Street Party is Vancouver’s biggest FREE Music and Arts Festival! Created with love in 2011 by the members of the Kitsilano West 4th Avenue Business Association, this year’s festival will feature EIGHT stages showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers including the BC Top 12 PEAK Performance Artists as well as the eclectic work of local artisans and street performers. This 10-block street fair also features a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways, special activities, and new this year, licensed outdoor beer gardens!

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July 9, 2014 by  |  Filed under NEWS  

2014_LOGO_copy_2Are you a member of one of the western Canadian Music Industry Associations (MIAs)? Well then you are eligible to vote for the Western Canadian Music Awards!

All members of Music BCSaskMusicAlberta MusicManitoba MusicMusic Yukon and Music NWT are allowed one (1) vote per WCMA category as part of their MIA membership!

All MIA members (prior to June 1st), would have received an email to the same email address registered with your current MIA membership on June 4th. This email would have included:

  • your own personal login name.
  • your own personal login password.
  • a link to the voting site.

If you have not received an email to your membership email address make sure to check our junk mail or spam filters. This email would have come from WCMA Support (wcmasupport@yangaroo.com). If you wish to have your voting email resent to you please email our OFFICE and we will be able to resend your voting information.



June 12, 2014 by  |  Filed under NEWS  

Juno Award-winning songwriters Bill Henderson and Shari Ulrich will lead a five-day workshop for all levels of singer-songwriters, August 11-15, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music. The sessions will include group instruction, individual coaching, song circles, and all aspects of lyrics, song structure, melody, harmony, arrangement, performance and the business of music.

The fee for the workshop is $575 CDN. Interested singer-songwriters can apply for the workshop now at www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca, clicking the blue “Register Now” button, then “Enroll in classes,” then select “Summer Programs.” Applicants should submit an example of their work (e.g., a recording, song lyrics, video, etc.) to info@vsoschoolofmusic.ca by June 1, 2014.


May 28, 2014 by  |  Filed under NEWS  
Submissions are now open for the 10th anniversary edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released in Canada between June 15, 2013 to June 14, 2014 are eligible. 


Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boast 20 categories. Five nominees are chosen for each category. A three stage jury process by 100 jurors located across Canada representing all official provinces, territories and languages determine the official winners in each category. Complete eligibility requirements are listed here: http://folkawards.ca/eligibility/


The earlybird submission deadline is June 6, 2014. The final deadline is July 14, 2014. While most submissions to the CFMA’s involve mailing submission entries, this year, two categories (Pushing the Boundaries and Young Performer) will also accept digital submissions. 


The 10th anniversary edition of the CFMA weekend takes place November 27-29, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario and includes concerts from many of the nominees. The gala awards event, featuring live performances from some of the best of Canada’s folk community, happens at the Bronson Centre on November 29, 2014.



May 13, 2014 by  |  Filed under NEWS  
Program Director: Kevin Drew - Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
Faculty Leader: Brendan Canning - Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
Faculty: Shawn Everett - Producer/engineer

Program dates: October 13, 2014 – October 25, 2014

Application deadline: June 25, 2014

More Faculty will be announced early June.

“I loved my time at the Banff Centre during the Independent Music Residency program. Having the time to focus, and be supported by a great faculty and team of mentors was an absolutely invaluable opportunity. I will forever hold that period of very creative and industrious time in high regard.”

Kat Burns (KASHKA)

About The Independent Music Residency

The Independent Music Residency has been designed by Kevin Drew to meet the needs of emerging bands ready to take the next step in their careers and artistic development.

It offers four indie bands a unique opportunity to write, rehearse, and record new music in a two-week stint at The Banff Centre, away from the distractions of touring and day-to-day life.

What can I expect from this residency?

Selected by Kevin Drew, the successful bands will focus on developing their sound and creating new material, with Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning and other professional faculty on hand to provide inspiration and guidance. There will also be plenty of time to collaborate with fellow bands on the program, exchanging ideas, and sparking off each other.

Each band will have their own dedicated rehearsal space, production support to assist in the creation of new material, and several days in The Banff Centre’s professionally-equipped recording studios under the guidance of veteran industry producers.

Who should apply

This program is aimed at emerging Canadian and international bands who would benefit from time in the studio, with the opportunity to collaborate with peers and professional mentors who have been there and done it. Bands must be available to participate in the entire residency without interruption.


May 13, 2014 by  |  Filed under EDUCATION, NEWS