Initiatives

HELPING INDIGENOUS MUSICIANS REACH NEW MARKETS

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Thanks to generous funding from the NB Department of Post-secondary Education, Training & Labour (PETL), in late 2018 artsnb was able to organize and deliver a mini-conference and a series of workshops aimed at helping Indigenous musicians better market themselves as professional artists. With the help of industry partners, musicians and actors worked together to write and record a full album of original material, as well as produce a music video featuring one of their songs. Thanks to MusiConnect Canada, several musicians also traveled to Morocco and to the Kali’na Games in French Guyana to perform professionally.

Musicians:

  • Alexandria Wasuweg Gregoire
  • Blake Francis
  • Brandon Arnold
  • Connor Ward
  • George Paul
  • Hubert Francis
  • Tee Cloud
  • Judie Acquin
  • Kesley Arrow
  • Matt Comeau
  • Michel Tremblay
  • Trish Augustine
    *Photo taken by Mariah Sockabasin during the trip to French Guiana.

Partners in this project included*:

  • Musique Nomade (QC)
  • NB Film Coop
  • MusiConnect Canada
  • Music/Musique NB
  • Sound of Pop (NS)
  • Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI)
  • Mariah Sockabasin
  • artsnb (notably Corrina Merasty)

*artsnb also wishes to acknowledge the input of Jackie Black (Manito Ahbee) who graciously shared with us her experience as an organizer of Manitoba’s recurring Indigenous Music Conference.

Media Coverage

This initiative elicited a good deal of media interest, notably from CBC who interviewed the main driving force throughout this project: Corrina Merasty, Indigenous Program Coordinator. Articles and interviews are available online at:

  • Fredericton recording session ‘amazing’ opportunity for Indigenous artists (29 Sept. 2018), click here.