Coveted artist development program, AE West, returns to Studio Bell this fall

April 30, 2019

AE West lands at Studio Bell for a third season this fall. Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) and the National Music Centre (NMC) are inviting artists of all genres from across Canada who are interested in developing their musical craft and business skills to apply by June 28, 2019.

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 4 to December 6, 2019.

“There is no shortage of exceptionally talented emerging artists from Western Canada.” says Vel Omazic, Co-Founder and Executive Director, CMI. “Our goal with AE West is to be accessible to these artists and to provide them with the expert mentorship they require to elevate themselves to sustainability. The National Music Centre at Studio Bell is the perfect partner based on their facility, programming, staff and—most importantly—the community they are fostering around music.”

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 and NMC. The majority of costs for the program are offset thanks to the generous support of Viewpoint Foundation,The Kanovsky Family Foundation, TD, Stingray Music and Canadian Heritage.

“AE West was the most thorough development workshop I have ever participated in,” says 2018 participant Karimah. “The CMI team is passionate and dedicated to giving artists the information they need to be successful as a creator—and as an entrepreneur. I feel set up for success, fully supported, and I’ve created relationships with other artists and the CMI team that will last a lifetime.”

A dozen artists will have the opportunity to take part in this highly-coveted program that provides access to world-class artist facilities and customized training from industry professionals.

“Studio Bell was built for a program like AE West,” said Adam Fox, Director of Programs, National Music Centre. “With sessions that focus on the craft of music and commercial skill development, AE West artists get a competitive advantage in an increasingly crowded and fragmented marketplace. NMC is delighted to be able to provide the platform and facilities to increase the commercial potential of Canada’s emerging artists.”

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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