Music PEI wrapped another successful Canadian Song Conference (CSC) at the end of May. The 2021 CSC was held online and offered artists from PEI and across Canada the opportunity to engage with music industry professionals and learn more about developing multiple revenue streams from their work. Four panels on topics ranging from royalties, film scoring, publishing, and livestreaming were delivered via Zoom by renowned international and domestic music industry delegates.
A major component of the CSC is the Canadian Songwriter Challenge. This year, nine PEI artists were paired with another songwriter from participating Canadian music industry associations and a Canadian music producer to workshop, co-write and record two songs. All songwriting and recording was done virtually. Artists ranged in genre from emerging to established and were assisted by some of Canada’s top producers. The songs were presented to music industry delegates at CSC listening sessions and they can be heard at musicpei.ca.
“The CSC and the Canadian Songwriter Challenge is one of the highlights of the year for Music PEI” says Rob Oakie, Executive Director of Music PEI. “The collaborations between PEI artists and artists across Canada continue to produce amazing songs each year. It’s inspiring to see what two talented songwriters who have never met before can create”
Twelve additional PEI artists were selected to present their music to the CSC delegates at listening sessions, including Alicia Toner, Dylan Menzie, Hailey MacIsaac, Justyn Thyme, Kari Lyn Blaquiere, Liam Corcoran, Logan Richard, Loki250, Nadia Haddad, Rachel Beck, Shane Pendergast and Scott MacKay.
Loki250’s music had its CBC Radio premiere on the East Coast Music Hour, following his listening session presentation, thanks to interest from CBC music producer Jeff Reilly.