The live music industry, like many others, is experiencing a very difficult time and may be one of the last industries to recover. Not only has travel restricted touring or playing to large groups, but venues are struggling to stay afloat.
In an effort to support the Island’s music industry, Music PEI has created new opportunities for artists and industry professionals to complement their existing programs. Two new programs were announced along with the relaunch of two existing programs.
The new Diverse Voices program, a partnership between Music PEI and FilmPEI, opened for BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+ and youth artists to give selected applicants the opportunity to record a new song and create a music video. The recently selected artists are musicians Nadia Haddad, Kierrah Celeste and Emmet MacLellan, and filmmakers Gessy Robin, Jessie Duarte and Sean Pellisier-Lush.
The recently launched Music PEI Music Supervisor Mentorship Program accepted two jury-selected applicants, Emmanuelle Leblanc and Patrick Bunston, to participate in a 4-month mentorship program that will introduce them to the world of Music Supervision which focuses on placing music in film, TV, commercials, video games and more.
The Golden Ticket and Takin’ Care of Business programs opened for submissions in September. Six participants will be selected for each program. The Golden Ticket places an artist in a professional studio setting with a proven producer to create and release a song for radio and various platforms, and includes public relations support. Takin’ Care of Business is an in-depth program exploring best business practices for building a sustainable career in the music industry.
In other news, Music PEI Awards submissions are now open. The Music PEI Investment Program deadline is October 30, and Music PEI Week is scheduled to take place in February.
With few shows currently being accessible, fans are encouraged to buy merch or music from their favourite artists. For some it may be the only income they have coming in.