As the year draws to a close and everyone gets ready to ring in 2012, Manitoba Music has taken a moment to look back. The last 12 months have added up to a fantastic and busy year for our association, our members, and the local music community.
Over 3000 people in Manitoba earn income working in music. They also earned accolades: In 2011, Manitoba artists landed an impressive 133 award nominations and 40 wins, including 50 nods and 20 wins for Aboriginal recording artists. One of the biggest awards stories in 2011 was Manitoba’s music companies pulling off a near sweep of the Western Canadian Music Awards’ industry honours, winning eight of nine possible awards. The triumph was a testament to Manitoba’s industry innovation, export market development, and entrepreneurship.
Plenty of Manitoba acts spent a good portion of 2011 on the road, hitting career-building showcase events as far away as Greece, Australia, Germany, and France. Throughout the year, 74 different Manitoba acts expanded their markets and connected with key industry players by performing 125 showcases at 37 different events around the world.