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Upcoming BPM Session

Monetizing Your Art
with Allan Kingdom

Thursday January 27 at 7PM via Facebook / YouTube

The world of music is ever-changing and very little has had as big an impact on the music industry as the internet and web 2.0 – It's hard to argue that. Roughly 23 years after web 2.0 took the world by storm, we're at the dawn of a new and fascinating place in how we communicate online, this new space is Web 3.0. Now the question is, how does this new iteration of the internet affect the way we consume music in 2020s?

The BPM program in collaboration with MusicWorks is sitting down with one of the true trailblazers in music's new burgeoning token-based economy, Grammy-nominated artist, Allan Kingdom. This discussion will tackle the concept of decentralized, token-based economies, exploring blockchain trading and art as literal currency. Tune in to this thought-provoking look at how you as an artist can monetize your music in this new landscape, figure out where to start, and get insider tips and tricks on where to start.            

About Allan Kingdom

Allan Kingdom is a 3x Grammy Nominated recording artist, performer and producer. Coming from humble beginnings, and a loyal grassroots fanbase starting in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota he represents a blend of Canadian, African, and American culture stemming from his diverse background. Allan has remained independent while touring internationally and collaborating with the likes of Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Denzel Curry, Flume, and many more... The young mogul continues to pave a new lane in Hip-Hop and pop culture for younger generations to come.

About BPM

BPM is a new program via Manitoba Music focused on supporting Black music professionals in Manitoba, supported by ADVANCE, Canada's Black Music Business Collective. Each month  BPM offers participants a chance to meet and network, join discussion groups, and learn from other Black industry pros from across the globe. Bring your ideas to the table, share about your professional needs and any barriers you’re facing to advancing your career, and influence the direction of this program as it develops. BPM is facilitated by creative and business owner Andrew Sannie. Read more about the launch of BPM

About Andrew Sannie

Andrew Sannie is a Canadian creative and business owner, as well as a member of acclaimed Canadian hip hop group, The Lytics. Andrew is also a co-founder of Canadian based experiential marketing and consultation company, Grape Experiential. In his personal time, Andrew works with several community groups and non-profits contributing to executive boards of several organizations across the country.


Driven by the heart, soul and sounds of Black voices across Canada’s music entertainment industry, ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Business Collective, is leading the change in developing an infrastructure for the betterment, upliftment and retention of Black people in the music business.

Serving as a unified front for Black people working within all sectors of the Canadian music industry, Advance creates conditions for long-term success by addressing racial equality and inclusivity through four areas: Advocacy, Mentorship, Community Outreach and Business Development and Entrepreneurship. 

By holding the corporate, private and government sectors accountable, Advance is committed to building a more equitable Canadian music industry that grants Canada’s Black music communities a fair and valued voice in a consistently growing music nation.

BPM Playlist

Coinciding with the BPM program, Manitoba Music launch a Spotify playlist to recognize Black artists from Manitoba, celebrating their contributions and amplifying their voices. Each month, a guest curator will share music by Manitoba-based artists.

Guest curator spots are open to all BPM participants and offer a small honorarium. Email info@manitobamusic.com if you're interested in signing up for a spot. 

Guest curators will asked to provide:

  • A Spotify playlist link (songs will be copied to Manitoba Music's Spotify) of up to one hour featuring Black artists from Manitoba. Playlist may include up to three songs by the guest curator, if applicable.
  • A current high resolution promotional image
  • A short bio

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