AE West to return to Studio Bell in the fall of 2018

April 27, 2018

The AE West program is returning to Studio Bell this fall. Following the successful pilot, Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) and the National Music Centre (NMC) are inviting artists of all genres from across Canada who are interested in bettering their craft and their business to apply by June 30, 2018.

AE West (Artist Entrepreneur West) is a five-week creative entrepreneurship program designed to help emerging professional artists develop sustainable businesses and careers via hands-on mentorship, networking and collaboration. It all takes place at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in Calgary from November 5 to December 7, 2018. Last year’s program included artists from Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, among other Western Canadian cities.

“Based on the artist, industry and community response to last year’s pilot, we had to find a way to bring the AE West program back,” says Vel Omazic, CMI’s Executive Director. Our goal, along with our partners, is to make this a permanent professional development opportunity for artists of all genres based anywhere in Western Canada and beyond. The other objective of this program is to stimulate music industry infrastructure development in the West.”

AE West is an extension of CMI’s highly-regarded, Toronto-based Artist Entrepreneur program and represents a partnership between CMI, a national not-for profit organization, NMC and Alberta Music. While the majority of costs are offset thanks to the generous support of Viewpoint Foundation and TD Bank, there is a $1,600 program fee, which also includes ongoing access to CMI mentorship. The program itself is valued at $7,500 per artist.

“No words can express my gratitude towards the AE West program,” says 2017 participant Hope King. “The program gave me the skills, mentorship, and encouragement that I needed to take my career to the next level. Being able to learn and create in such a beautiful atmosphere like Studio Bell felt like a dream, and the friends that I made in the program have become like family to me.”

A dozen artists will have the opportunity to take part in this highly-coveted program that gives artists and bands access to the world-class artist facilities at Studio Bell while receiving customized training from industry professionals.

“Investing in our regional community will continue to be a priority for the National Music Centre, and we are ecstatic to bring this program back to Studio Bell for another season,” said Adam Fox, Director of Programs, National Music Centre. “Twelve incredibly talented emerging artists came through our doors last year and left with an arsenal of new skills and career momentum. We are so proud to support the artistic growth of musicians in Western Canada.”

Eligible artists must be 18-years-old or over and actively writing, recording, releasing (or about to release) music and performing live. Interviews will be conducted with appropriate candidates in July and August prior to program admission.

Interested, eligible artists can apply now here.

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