Frequently Asked Questions
About Manitoba Music
What is Manitoba Music?
Manitoba Music is a member based not-for-profit, music industry association working with people and companies in all aspects of the music industry in Manitoba. Through our programs and services, we provide information, education, communication, advocacy, industry development, and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry. Click to read more
Does Manitoba Music sell local music and concert tickets?
No, but we do have a lot of info about albums by Manitoba artists in our music releases section. You can also visit our artist directory for more info on where to buy individual artists’ music and how to contact them. If you're looking for live music, check out our comprehensive online listings or download our free MB Live concert-finding app (we do our best to include ticket info when we get it).
What is MB Live?
MB Live is a free app for iOS and Android that helps music fans find concerts in venues and clubs and at festivals in Winnipeg and throughout the entire province. Users can instantly find live music events by venue and by date, see which shows are happening nearby, discover new bands and venues, see artist lineups, get more info on hundreds of local artists, connect via social media, share the hottest shows with friends, and add events to their calendar so they never miss a show.
Can Manitoba Music help promote my event?
If you have a live music event, we may be able to help in a few different ways:
Manitoba Music members with release parties, showcases or festival performances, or other shows are eligible for consideration for the Song of the Week features, which highlight upcoming events. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
We do have limited opportunities for promotional partnerships on events that feature Manitoba artists in meaningful ways and foster music community involvement and development. Read more about partnership opportunities
What is the Francophone Music Program?
The Francophone Music Program (FMP) is a Manitoba Music initiative that exists to strengthen the Francophone music industry in western Canada through professional, business, and market development opportunities. For more info, visit musiquefrancophone.ca.
Can I put the Manitoba Music logo on my poster, CD, or other project?
The Manitoba Music logo may only be used on projects that Manitoba Music is directly funding, presenting, or officially partnering or sponsoring. If you're not sure, please get in touch via email@example.com.
What are the benefits of having a Manitoba Music membership?
Manitoba Music membership benefits include access to workshops and training, the Resource Centre, and an editable profile page on manitobamusic.com, and an including in our online directory, eligibility for a number of marketing and promotional opportunities, and more. Ultimately, we want to help you stay connected and informed and develop the skills and connections you need to run your career. Check out the full list of benefits
Who can become members of Manitoba Music?
Pretty much anyone involved in Manitoba’s music scene can become a member of Manitoba Music, including artists, songwriters, musicians, venues, promoters, record labels, producers, and more. For more information on becoming a member, visit our membership page.
When is my membership due for renewal?
Your membership is due for renewal once per year on the anniversary of the date you joined Manitoba Music. Memberships remain active for one calendar year from date of receipt. Upon processing of membership, you will receive a membership package by mail and your manitobamusic.com login via email. Membership dues are not refundable.
How can I perform at a Manitoba Music showcase?
Periodically, Manitoba Music produces local, national, and international showcase events and public performance events. We distribute a call for submissions for most performance initiatives and participation is subject to the selection process. View Manitoba Music's Selection Process for Adjudicated Activities.
How can I showcase at music conferences like North by Northeast, BreakOut West, Canadian Music Week, and South by Southwest?
Music conferences accept applications for their showcase spots. Manitoba Music posts deadlines for applications in its weekly enewsletter for members and in the Important Deadlines section in the Members Only section of this site.
Does the Manitoba Music Industry Resource Centre cost anything to use?
Members get access to the Resource Centre free of charge. There are some small charges for photocopying, faxing and postage, but these charges are competitive with retail printers. This is one of your benefits of membership.
May I borrow a book from the Music Industry Library?
The Manitoba Music Industry Library is not a lending library. We do have comfortable couches and coffee tables and encourage you to hang out in the "Lounge" while conducting research.
May I advertise on manitobamusic.com?
Yes! Advertisements are welcome and members even receive preferred advertising rates. Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org for more rates and info.
Can Manitoba Music recommend which studio I should record my next record?
Manitoba Music provides a wealth of resources which can help you make an informed decision about which studio in Manitoba to work with. We have lists of studios, producers, which projects they've worked on and which artists have recorded where. The Manitoba music collection lets you hear the results for yourself. Check out the Studio Database at http://www.manitobamusic.com/industry for a list of Manitoba studios.
Can Manitoba Music help me book my next tour?
We offer one-on-one career consultations to our members on topics that range from big picture career planning, to specific questions and problems, including touring planning, tour support and funding (through FACTOR, Manitoba Film & Music, etc.), crossing the border, and more. We also have workshops throughout the year that can touch on touring-related topics. To set up a consult, contact us at email@example.com.
Will Manitoba Music give me money for my next CD or tour?
Manitoba Music doesn't provide money for recording or touring assistance. We do provide assistance with your applications to FACTOR and Manitoba Film & Music for Recording Loans and Touring Support. We do have funds available to help you showcase your music in new markets. See the Funding Programs section for more information.
Can Manitoba Music help me with my FACTOR applications?
Yes! Manitoba Music is the regional affiliate for FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings), a national funding body. FACTOR has programs available for album loans, demos, tour support, marketing support, showcase support and more. You can book an appointment with our professional development coordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org. Help with FACTOR applications and information on FACTOR programs is available to all, regardless of Manitoba Music membership.
Can Manitoba Music help me learn more about the music industry?
Our MusicWorks workshop series give you the chance to learn industry trends from professionals through round table conversations, panels, networking mixers, and mentor sessions. To stay up-to-date on MusicWorks, visit our workshops page.
Can Manitoba Music help me with other funding applications?
Yes! Manitoba Music's professional development coordinator is available for appointments to consult on all music-related funding (including Manitoba Film & Music, Canada Council, Manitoba Arts Council, and more). Set up a consult via email@example.com
Is there someone I can talk to one-on-one about my music business?
We offer private one-on-one career consultations for members on topics ranging from big picture career planning to specific questions. To book a consultation, contact Elise Roller, professional development coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Indigenous Music Development Program
What is the Indigenous Music Development Program
The Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP) is one program that Manitoba Music operates. The IMDP is designed to help First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba's music industry and runs a number of projects each year to accomplish its main goal. A Manitoba Music membership is required for participation in most projects. Please contact Ila Barker, Indigenous Music Development Manager at email@example.com if you have any questions.
How did the Indigenous Music Development Program start?
The development of the Indigenous Music Development Program was a function of demand. With a youthful demographic and a vibrant and growing music scene, the Aboriginal community in Manitoba offered an excellent opportunity for Manitoba Music to support growth within Manitoba's music industry. Formerly known as the Aboriginal Music Program, the Indigenous Music Development Program was launched on April 1, 2004.
Does the Indigenous Music Program only allow Indigenous people with legal documentation to participate in its projects?
Indigenous people without legal documentation are still able to participate in projects run by the Indigenous Music Program (for example: Non-Status Indians or individuals who have been adopted by an Indigenous community).
Is the Indigenous Music Development Program only for people living in Manitoba?
The Indigenous Music Development Program's mandate is Manitoba, but we sometimes partner with other organizations and agencies on various initiatives that includes Indigenous participants from across Canada.
What is Indigenous Music Performers Camp?
Indigenous Music Performers Camp is a one-week professional and artistic development project that gives emerging and mid-career Indigenous recording artists a chance to develop their understanding of the music industry along with their ability to succeed in it. The project includes 12-hour days of business workshops, vocal coaching, marketing plan consultations, guitar lessons, and performance coaching. Up to 30 participants from across Canada get the chance to learn from senior artists and industry professionals at a hotel/resort in Manitoba each year. Indigenous Music Performers Camp is made possible through a working partnership with the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts. The project was launched in February of 2006 and has seen a number of participants go on to complete albums, play for capacity crowds and rack up award nominations and wins.
Can the Indigenous Music Performers Camp help me get money to record my music?
The Indigenous Music Performers Camp is able to help First Nations, Metis, and Inuit members of Manitoba Music complete their funding applications for sound recording projects. Consultations regarding FACTOR funding programs are available for all people, regardless of membership. See the Funding Programs section for more information.
Help! I've lost my login for manitobamusic.com!
Help! I'm having trouble updating my profile!
If you need any help updating your profile or are experiencing a technical problem, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help!
How do I get included in the online directory?
All Manitoba Music members are automatically included in the online directory. If you don't see yourself displaying in the directory, you may have indicated that you did not wish your profile to display publicly when you joined Manitoba Music, or you may not have indicated an industry role. You can log into your profile editors to make that change at any time. Please contact email@example.com for assistance.
How do I get my gig listed?
If you are a Manitoba Music member, you can upload gigs through the editing system on your online profile. All gigs within Manitoba are automatically included in the main listings portal and the MB live concert-finding app, while out-of-province gigs will remain on your profile page. For step-by-step directions, click here.
If you are not a Manitoba Music member, email information on your gig to firstname.lastname@example.org, including time, date, venue, performers, and ticket price.
How do I get my song in the Manitoba Music streaming playlists?
The Manitoba Music playlist can be a great way to get your songs heard. All songs are considered for overall sound quality, although demos may be acceptable. To have your song considered, first upload it to your Manitoba Music profile page and then contact email@example.com.
How do I get my song featured as the Song of The Week?
The Song of the Week, which offers free mp3 downloads and streams, is primarily to promote artists, labels, and local industry and their events, particularly album releases, and other major events. It is updated every Thursday. Slots are subject to availability and are first come, first served. You must be a Manitoba Music member or attached to a record label that is a Manitoba Music member to be eligible. If you would like to be considered for inclusion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get my album in the New Music Releases?
The New Music Releases section highlights new commercially-available albums, EPs, and singles by Manitoba artists. You don't have to be a member of Manitoba Music to have your release included. Simply submit your album to the Manitoba Music office including release date, album art, and liner notes. Albums will also be automatically cataloged and included in the Manitoba Music library. Members can upload their own albums through their profile editors, which is the fastest way to get your album displaying.
How do I get my video in the video gallery?
All Manitoba Music members can upload videos to their profiles through the editing system on your online profile. The editors only accept links to videos on YouTube and Vimeo. If uploaded correctly, videos will be automatically added to your profile page. To get the video to display in the main video gallery, please alert us to a newly-uploaded video ready for review by emailing email@example.com.
How do I get my news in the Manitoba Music News?
Please be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email list and contact us whenever you have news. Manitoba Music News is reserved primarily for award and nominations, festivals and showcases, Manitoba Music's news, etc. but all news is considered. You can also submit your news directly to Member News by loading it to your profile page.
How do I get my news in Signal Boost?
Signal Boost is our weekly roundup of media and blog coverage for Manitoba artists and companies. If you have something you'd like included, email the link to email@example.com. Signal Boost comes out on Fridays.
How do I get my news in the Member News?
All Manitoba Music members can upload their news through the editing system on their online profiles. News items are automatically added to Member News.
Something on the website isn't working!
If something seems to not be working, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the problem, along with info about your browser version and operating system.
How do I get featured as the Song of the Week?
The Song of the Week is Manitoba Music's tool to add a bit of extra promotion to individual members' activity, including very recent / upcoming new releases, upcoming live music events, new videos, etc. If you’d like to be considered for a spot, email email@example.com as soon as you know your release date. These spots book up first come, first served, sometimes months in advance. You'll need to have permission to share the song via free stream and download and be able to provide an mp3, a high resolution artist image, cover art, and some bullet points about any recent or upcoming news you're looking to share. You need to be a Manitoba Music member to be eligible. Artists can't have more than one spot per 12 months.
How do I get my live music event included in Manitoba Music's listings and MB Live app
Manitoba Music members can enter events through their profile editors after logging into the site. Any event that’s happening in Manitoba and any online event is automatically added to our online listings and our free MB Live concert-finding app, which are accessed by thousands of people every month. You can include venue details, date, poster art, ticket links, advance and door ticket prices, and any other artists and promoters involved.
Non-member artists, festivals, promoters, and venues can email basic event details to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion. Please include date, time, venue, and lineup.
How do I get my song into Manitoba Music's Spotify playlist?
The Manitoba Music playlist on Spotify highlights new music by artists from Manitoba. To have your song considered for inclusion, please send the Spotify link and your bio in an email to email@example.com. One song per artist, with some exceptions for collaborations. Membership is not required at this time