PASSPORT: Music Export Summit Launches 3rd Edition of Industry Masterclasses

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PASSPORT: Music Export Summit in Winnipeg, 2019 (Photo: Calvin Lee Joseph)

Manitoba Music, Music Nova Scotia, and Canada’s Music Incubator, Team up for International Music Export Sessions in Winnipeg and Halifax in February

PASSPORT: Music Export Summit returns this month for a third edition of music industry masterclasses in Winnipeg and Halifax. Geared at career expansion for artist managers and self-managed artists, the intensive training program offers real-world knowledge in navigating new export markets to foster success in the global music industry.

Produced by Manitoba Music in partnership with Music Nova Scotia and Canada’s Music Incubator, PASSPORT delivers intensive training sessions to prepare export-ready Canadian artists and music entrepreneurs with business skills and product development to help bring Canadian music to the world. The project is funded by FACTOR with support from the Government of Canada.

This year’s PASSPORT participants are artist managers and export-ready, self-managed artists from across the country working in just about every genre, all preparing for significant market development and export activities. The participants were selected based on their export marketing preparations, including participation in events like SXSW and Folk Alliance International in the US, The Great Escape in the UK, Reeperbahn Festival in Germany, and beyond.

PASSPORT offers an opportunity to learn from experienced professionals with extensive knowledge and success in preparing artists for international export, and also from their peers. See below, and visit for a list of participants.

PASSPORT will run a parallel summit for artist managers taking place in Winnipeg February 18-22, and for self-managed artists taking place in Halifax the following week, providing participants with market information and skills development on topics including export strategies and marketing global releases.

"Music entrepreneurs need to bring creativity and business acumen to their careers to compete in the global music industry. With PASSPORT: Music Export Summit, we bring together experts and peers to help navigate the complex systems, grow careers, and continue to build a stronger Canadian music industry," says Sean McManus, executive director of Manitoba Music.

"Now in its third year, PASSPORT: Music Export Summit continues to support artist managers and self-managed artists actively developing their businesses internationally by cultivating a network of peers, facilitating introductions to industry professionals with global expertise and providing access to ongoing mentorship," says Vel Omazic, co-founder and executive director of Canada’s Music Incubator.

Abigail Lapell
Alan Greyeyes, Ogichidaa Arts
Brady Allard, Warming
Christine Dubé, Cool Cats Agency
Dana Canonico, Double Denim Management
Duncan Pickard, Grey Records
Elmutasim Fadl El Mola, Mouraine
Fannie Crépin, Supercool Management
Jemuel Roberts, J3M
Kristen Cudmore, Language Arts
Krystal Thompson, Osum Artist Management
Lenore Maier, The Garrys
Liam Prost, Soaring Eagle Records
Michael Warren
Penelope Stevens, Forward Music Group
Riell Phillipos, Riell
Sheena Rattai, Red Moon Road
Stefanie Johnson, Mise en Scene
Tennyson King
Teresa Nelson, Traverse Music Management
Trevor Anderson, The High Dials

Alastair Burns, Heartstop Music
Allie Silver, Free Radical Productions
Ana Rodriguez, Troker
Angelika Heim, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP
Ben Caplan
Chris Wynters, Six Shooter Records
James Barker, Mystic Sons
Janika Reuter, Factory 92
Jason Belo, Danyliw & Mann Professional Corp
Jay Abraham, eOne Management
Joanne Setterington, Indoor Recess
Jonathan Li, Prosody Digital
Kai Lehmann, Cabin Artists
Kate Buote, Canada’s Music Incubator
Marni Wandner, The Syndicate
Neal Thompson, Focus Wales
Nick Janssen, Danyliw & Mann
Rebecca Windjack, Velvet Antler Management
Rev. Moose, Maurader
Vel Omazic, Canada’s Music Incubator

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