The Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia will bring the resources and expertise of MIANS to Cape Breton May 30th and 31st.
Local musicians will get a chance to network with others in the industry, people from both on and off the Island, and learn some valuable information as well.
Friday May 30th, the Association will conduct outreach discussions with the Acadian Community hosted by MIANS Acadian Representative Gerry Boudreau in Cheticamp.
Lou Gannon, President and Ed Matwawana past-President of the Africa Nova Scotia Music Association will meet with representatives in Whitney Pier.
Board members and panelists will also hold information and discussion forums about a career in the music industry at Holy Angels, Glace Bay and Riverview High Schools.
Bill Appleby, producer of the conference, and MIANS board member says that this is a way MIANS can bring its expertise to the area in a cost effective way. For minimal costs to local musicians and industry people, a wealth of information about the music industry is readily available and it also affords a great networking opportunity.
“MIANS wants to be able to ensure that all regions of the province are properly represented. As the board member for Cape Breton this is my way of seeing that the conversation between MIANS, its Cape Breton members, and the Cape Breton music industry in general, keeps on going.”
One of the most highly anticipated events of the Makin’ Music conference is the Songwriter’s Circle, scheduled to take place on Saturday evening 7-10:30pm at the Capri Club.
This year the Circle will feature Fred Lavery, Stewart MacNeil (Barra MacNeils), Chelle Smith (Ashego), Angelo Spinazzola, Michelle Boudreau-Samson, Jason MacDonald, Steven MacDougall (Slowcoaster) and Matt Minglewood.
This year for the first time the Songwriters Association of Canada will be part of Makin’ Music and Stan Meissner, the President of S.A.C. will conduct a full day workshop on Songwriting. There will also be a panel holding demo evaluations.
Saturday May 31st will be a full day of informational seminars developed to help musicians and industry professionals at all levels. According to Bill Appleby, the Makin’ Music Conference is not only for musicians.
“There is one particular panel is aimed at helping Cape Breton communities prepare for their own community events and festivals and I am hopeful that many community associations and organizers will come and take advantage of this opportunity.”
Anyone interested in further information about the Makin’ Music Conference, or the Music Association Industry of Nova Scotia should go to the website: www.mians.ca