It is now less than a month until The Nova Scotia Music Week 2016 kicks off in Truro. Running from Nov. 3-6, the conference will see some of the top music publishers and rights management professionals in Canada attend the event to provide a full day of business training for delegates.
To learn more about NSMW, we contacted Music Nova Scotia executive director Scott Long yesterday. He informed FYI that “We have been receiving very positive feedback on our conference line-up this year. Registration is very good. We expect about 1100 registered delegates this year.
“We have a big focus on publishing and rights management .We feel as an association this is very important ground to cover. Many developing artists are looking for a better understanding of how this side of the industry works. It is one of the most important revenue generators that is perhaps the least understood."
An unusual and interesting facet of the conference is that it will offer export training sessions on Poland and Eastern Europe. Long explains that “Poland and Eastern Europe is of great interest to Music Nova Scotia and a part of our current export strategy. We have done extensive research in this market with our consultants Sound Diplomacy. We have also just come back from our second trade mission to Poland post-Reeperbahn Festival.
"Poland and Eastern Europe are important to us as we see more of our members doing business in Germany, we feel it is a natural extension to provide more touring dates in Europe. We have also attended Tallinn Music Week in Estonia and in fact, are going back in March 2017 to showcase Nova Scotian artists at the event. These are emerging music markets with good potential and we want to be the first ones in.”
When asked to single out potential highlights of NSMW, Long replies that “my favourite part of NSMW is having the entire Nova Scotian music community come together for a few days. I love getting out to as many shows as possible. We have so much great talent. That is the highlight for me."
The highest-profile name on the conference schedule is David Lowery. Leader of famed American rock bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, he has become an outspoken advocate of the rights of musicians and songwriters in the digital age.
Another conference keynote speaker is Stacie Huckeba, a Nashville-based photographer and blogger who will address the issue of sexism in the music industry.
On the live music side, more than 100 musical acts will play in Truro during the event. Headliners include Joel Plaskett, Classified, Ria Mae, Horse, Mo Kenney and Garrett Mason.
For a full conference schedule, go here