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April 13, 2016

Casino Nova Scotia Announces Third Annual Artist in Residence Program – $20,000 to support the winner’s career

(April 12, 2016, Halifax, NS) – Time for all emerging Nova Scotian musicians to get your demos ready – Casino Nova Scotia announced today that it will select an Artist in Residence for the third year in a row.  The $20,000 program will provide a local emerging musician or group with financial and professional support through Casino Nova Scotia and partners Music Nova Scotia as well as opportunities to develop their career through performance opportunities.

“Casino Nova Scotia has enjoyed two successful years of the Artist in Residence program. The program continues to receive commendations from the industry, the media, our customers and employees.  As a newcomer to Nova Scotia it has been great to witness what programs like Artist in Residence and The Music Hall of Fame are doing to support music in the region,” says Chris Roberts, Executive Director of Casino Nova Scotia. “We have had the pleasure to witness the growth and development our 2015 recipient, Reeny Smith, and learn the different ways the program has supported her compared to 2014 winners The Brood. We all look forward to seeing what new pursuits and direction the 2016 artist will take.”

Last year’s winner of the $20,000 program, Reeny Smith, has been busy. She has been travelling across Canada and the US to write and record a new album.  Reeny released her first single, Last Call, feat Quake Matthews,  to radio in October and is in regular rotation on many stations across Canada including the single reaching #1 on East Coast Countdown Chart. She has performed live for various audiences and received standing ovations for her performances at the Bruce Guthro Songwriters’ Circle and the inaugural Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame inductee ceremony. Reeny states, “Being the Artist in Residence at Casino Nova Scotia over the past year has been one of the most amazing experiences of my career! The money and support from both Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia has allowed me to do more to advance my career in the last year than I could have ever possibly imagined.”

Applicants can apply online through the Music Nova Scotia website from April 13 to April 30. The evaluation process will include a review of online applications and demos, interview with selected applicants and will conclude with a live performance of the finalists at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Showroom on Friday, June 10. This program will provide the selected musician/group with $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities.  Music Nova Scotia is administering the program and will provide career path support and exciting industry showcase opportunities such as Nova Scotia Music Week and Canadian Music Week. Stay tuned for announcements in the coming week.

For more information or to apply to Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program go to:  or



For information on Artist in Residence

Contact: Amie Moore

Phone: 902-496-4668



For information on Music Nova Scotia

Contact: Scott Long

Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101


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