Professional Development & Resources
Professional Development Initiatives
Over the past several years, Manitoba Music has teamed up with music industry experts from across the country to provide informative and timely professional development seminars for the local industry. The Manitoba Music professional develop workshop series, MusicWorks, strives to be the leading source of information and training for musicians and the music industry in Manitoba, and a model for industry training nation-wide.See the workshops page for more information on upcoming workshops.
Many of our workshops and panels have streamed live to Facebook, and we have a few playlists, including:
You can also find playlists of past workshops on our YouTube, including:
Manitoba Music is launching Catalyst Music Conference, a new virtual conference focused on connection, creation, community, and professional development for the music industry in Manitoba. Building on the foundation of the long-running January Music Meeting, Catalyst kicks off March 3, welcoming music industry pros and music creators from around the world. Programming includes specialized and interactive training through presentations, discussion groups, and networking mixers. Catalyst offers Manitoba's music community a rare opportunity to network with and learn from a cross section of tastemakers and experts while connecting with local peers.
Visit manitobamusic.com/catalyst for more info.
BPM is a new program via Manitoba Music focused on supporting Black music professionals in Manitoba. Each month BPM will offer 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.
Visit manitobamusic.com/bpm to get involved.
Manitoba Music is offering a new round of MONITOR MIX: Peer Mentor Groups in 2021 for members who are looking for new connections and interested in learning more about the music industry in a small group setting with like-minded members of their community.
MONITOR MIX will allow participants to share ideas, networks, resources, and advice with each other, while receiving guidance from an artist or industry mentor who can speak from real experience. Lead mentors will host a monthly gathering with their small group to discuss questions, challenges, and triumphs as they work towards a career in music, in a safe and accepting environment. Groups will be no larger than eight people to promote connections within the group and maintain confidentiality.
This is an ongoing mentorship opportunity with the first sessions beginning in January or February 2021
Visit manitobamusic.com/monitormix to sign up.
For those looking for dedicated support through the process of writing and applying for funding, with the guidance of experienced mentors, we periodically open spots for grant writing incubators for FACTOR and Manitoba Film & Music programs. The incubators will often cover business registration, application forms, budget, and marketing/project plans.
Keep an eye on manitobamusic.com/incubator for opportunities.
Manitoba Music members can access our experienced and knowledgeable staff and colleagues for career consultations on a variety of music business topics, including grants and funding, marketing and promotion, digital strategies and advertising, touring and showcasing, export-readiness, building a team, strategic planning, rights and royalties, and more. Consultations are intended for general information and direction.
Please note that this is not a demo-listening session and we aren’t able provide referrals or recommend or personally connect members to industry. Our goal with consultations and other training opportunities is to help members build their skills and resources to make those connections and decisions on their own
Fill out the form at consult booking form to make an appointment. Your answers will help us connect you with the person to talk to you about your key topics.
Please be sure to arrive on time. Bring your questions and be prepared to take notes.
Consultations will be approximately 30 minutes in length and take place in-person, over the phone, or via Zoom by arrangement.
It’s recommend that you attend (or watch online) 2-3 of our workshops before booking a career consultation with one of our staff members. It can also help to focus the meeting by checking out some of our online resources in advance, including:
- Watching some of our recent workshops via youtube.com/musicmanitoba
- Checking out topics in the DIY Roundup at manitobamusic.com/news/tagged:DIY%2BRoundup
- Reading articles in the DIY Tips section at manitobamusic.com/news/tagged:Tips
Youth Outreach & Mentorship
Manitoba Music is involved in several outreach activities aimed especially at youth with an interest in the music industry. Participating in these events raises awareness of the career options in the music industry in Manitoba, and promotes Manitoba Music’s services and programs to potential new members.
Manitoba Music partners with Creative Manitoba to offer the Youth Mentorship Program in music management, marketing, and promotion. This unique program provides participants between the ages of 16 and 21 with a well-rounded and realistic look at working in the music industry. Through the program’s two concurrent streams – mentor sessions with industry professionals and a hands-on music project – the youth participants gain a unique understanding of the music business.
Visit Creative Manitoba for more information, deadlines, and application forms.
Since March of 2002, the Manitoba Music Industry Resource Centre has become a busy hub of career development activity for the over a thousand Manitobans working in the music industry. The Resource Centre offers members a home office away from home, houses a library of over 200 books on all aspects of the industry, and provides easy access to application forms and guidelines for programs with Manitoba Film & Music, FACTOR, Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the Export Showcase Program, and other support agencies. This resource is used regularly by members, and supports the vast number of funding-related consultations that Manitoba Music staff conducts with members.
See the Resource Centre page for more information. *** Please note that the Resource Centre is closed due to public health restrictions ***
Music Industry Funding
Manitoba Music assists member artists and music industry companies find funding that can help them build their careers. Manitoba Music is the Regional Education Coordinator for FACTOR.
See the Funding page for more information on grants and loans available to artists and music companies in Canada.
Studies and Reports
For information on Manitoba Music and the state of the music industry, see the Studies and Reports page.
Links to other music organizations, funding bodies, conferences and award shows, music business resources, and more, available on the Links page.