Casino Nova Scotia has created an innovative Artist in Residence Program designed to support emerging Nova Scotian musicians. The $20,000 program was announced on Friday at the Nova Scotia Stage during East Coast Music Week and will provide a local musician or group with support and opportunities to develop their career. The program will be administered by Music Nova Scotia.
“We love, embrace and celebrate everything that is music in Nova Scotia,” says Helen MacMillan, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Casino Nova Scotia. “Live music is a significant part of the entertainment experience at Casino Nova Scotia for our customers, tourists, and employees. Investing in our Artist in Residence Program is a natural extension of our partnership with Music Nova Scotia. Throughout the year we provide opportunities to showcase established and emerging musicians such as: Bruce Guthro, Dave Gunning, Heather Green, Jessie Brown, and Floodland.”
Scott Long, Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia states that, “This Artist in Residence Program is extremely beneficial for the continued development of our music industry.” Adding, “Casino Nova Scotia has provided an opportunity that rarely comes along for our local musicians. With the funding and the exposure provided by Casino Nova Scotia combined with career support and performance opportunities through Music Nova Scotia, this program will open a lot of doors for the chosen artist.”
Applicants can apply online through the Music Nova Scotia website from April 14 to April 30. The evaluation process will conclude with a live performance of the finalists at Casino Nova Scotia’s Harbourfront Lounge on Friday, June 6. This program will provide the selected musician/group with 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 Canadian Music Week, South by Southwest, and Reeperbahn Festival.
About Casino Nova Scotia
Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2012 we contributed over $28 million to the Province of Nova Scotia and its programs. As an entertainment destination we are proud to showcase Atlantic Canadian, national, and international talent and invests over $1,000,000 in entertainment annually. Casino Nova Scotia is a tourism driver and supporter. Each year we welcome over one million visitors, many of whom arrived from outside the province. Ensuring we have a positive impact on the quality of life in our province is important to us. With a focus on the arts, culture and entertainment we support organizations and events that help make our province a vibrant place to live.
About Music Nova Scotia
Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by:
- Providing education, information and resources to members.
- Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise
- Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally