Our Music Means Business. The 2019 ECMAs Industry Conference is the premiere destination for all Atlantic Canadian artists and industry professionals. It is a place for artists and members to connect with international guest delegates and educators, offer mentorship and be mentored by peers and industry experts, and ultimately elevate their careers.
Mentorship, networking and business development are the foundation of the ECMA Conference. Providing opportunities for artists to develop relationships with both their peers and National and International delegates is a hallmark of the program. This year we want to continue to expand these opportunities to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to enhance and grow their careers.
ECMA is pleased to announce the first round of mentorship programs are open for registration:
NOW OPEN! EXPORT BUYERS PROGRAM - ONE-ON-ONE MEETING REQUESTS
The East Coast Music Association is proud to announce that over 80 music industry delegates from the United States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany and the United Kingdom will join us in Charlottetown from May 1 - 5 to participate in the 2019 Export Buyers Program and International Marketplace at ECMA 2019. These international and Canadian guests include booking agents, talent buyers, festivals, event and venue programmers, promoters, presenters, music supervisors, sync agents, publishers, labels and media from around the world.
For list of delegates click HERE
The deadline for submitting meeting request forms is Friday, April 12th (5:00PM AST). All pre-arranged meetings will take place on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Delta Hotel in the Confederation Ballroom Sir John A MacDonald Room.
NOW OPEN! EXPORT TRAINING PITCHING WORKSHOP
Are you export-ready and looking to elevate your career to the next level? Get invaluable insight on how to strengthen your credentials to take advantage of export and business opportunities! This advanced workshop, facilitated by internationally-acclaimed pitching consultant Jan Miller, is designed for export-ready artists, managers and companies interested in building on their presentation and one-on-one pitching techniques. Learn the essential components to enhance your personal communication styles, develop your business credentials and adapt pitch techniques for conversational one-on-one meetings.
*This session is a prerequisite for artists and artists representatives looking to participate in one-on-one meetings. If you have participated in this workshop previously, you do not need to re-take it.
Session Date/Time: Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 11:00AM-4:30PM
NOW OPEN! EXPORT BUYERS CENTRE
Back again this year is the Export Buyers Centre. Get your music heard by Canadian and international talent buyers and media! Step into the ECMA Export Buyers Centre and get connected with local, regional, national and international buyers and media. Designed with international and domestic music buyers in mind, and staffed with knowledgeable volunteers, the Export Buyers Centre will act as a business and networking hub where buyers connect with artists and their music. This unique business opportunity is a pre-requisite for export ready artists and companies participating in the Export Buyers Program. Pre-registration required.
NEW! BUILDING YOUR DIGITAL MARKETING TOOLKIT
Building Your Digital Marketing Toolkit
This two-part series will take artists through how different digital platforms can be used effectively to build and amplify your digital strategy. Part one will dive into playlisting and using streaming services to reach new audiences. Part two will explore how YouTube can be used to monetize and maximize your exposure. Pre-register to reserve your spot in these sessions.
Session date/times: Thursday May 2, 3:00PM-5:00PM
CONNECT WITH THE EXPERTS - ARTIST & INDUSTRY MENTORSHIP
This choose-your-own-adventure style of one-on-one mentorship offers artists and industry representatives a unique opportunity to meet with experienced industry experts, companies and organization representatives. Participants will sign up for 15 minute one-on-one conversation with an experienced mentor in the respective field of expertise. Some of the tracks include: PR, radio promotion, social media/marketing, music licensing, digital rights management, funding, immigration, showcasing, and touring to name a few.
Session Date/Time: 4:30PM - 5:30PM, Friday, May 3
2019 VIRTUAL PRE-CONFERENCE
Hit the ground running at this year’s ECMAs.
Don't miss out on an opportunity to hit the ground running. This program has been developed by marketing strategy expert, artist and artist manager Lynn Colepaugh, and delivered entirely online. This virtual pre-conference will take you through two key areas that will set you up for success:
Setting yourself up for success in 2019.
“Your music is your business. And if you aren’t thinking of it that way, then you need to. Join presenter Lynn Colepaugh as she guides you through strategic setup, marketing fundamentals, and showcase & conference prep to develop your business, prepare for your show or attendance at ECMA 2019 and be ready to do business starting on DAY 1 of the ECMAs”
Format: email, video, handouts
“So you got the tour, now how are you going to promote it? As artists and managers, we can’t rely on promoters doing the heavy lifting in getting the word out for shows. Join presenter Lynn Colepaugh as she guides you through a social media marketing campaign from setting up the shows online, words and imagery to use, ads in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ( formats, expectations, etc), social media posts (dos and don’ts), livestreams, boosts, fan engagement, working with the promoters and venues and more!”
Format: email, video, handouts
If you took part in last year’s pre-conference you are welcome to sign up again. There are a few new videos this year and you will also have an opportunity to refresh yourself on topics touched on last year.
2019 MUSIC IN MOTION SYNC SUMMIT: MUSIC SUSYNC SUMMIT: MUSIC SUPERVISION MENTORSHIP
The Music in Motion SYNC Summit: Music Supervision Mentorship is an opportunity to discuss + learn about getting your songs placed in filmed media - a very important part of an artist’s career! This 3.5 hour interactive, intimate session is designed for emerging and established industry professionals seeking to understand the foundational knowledge about music supervision but also the detail workings of of this role and artist development in film and television.
2019 CANADIAN PRESENTING TOURING NETWORKS FORUM
The Canadian Presenting Touring Networks Forum is designed to provide insight to artists and artist representatives and to unveil the different roadmaps available to build and expand touring networks in communities across Canada. Topics will include: audience engagement, market demand, showcasing process, presenters needs and requirements, fee & pricing structure, block booking, community outreach programs and the tools to deliver an effective showcase and maintain business presence at contact events.
2019 MUSIC MANAGERS MENTORSHIP
The Music Managers Mentorship is a matchmaking mentorship and networking opportunity is aimed at assisting emerging artist representatives and managers in gaining valuable information, skills, expertise and resources from experienced artist managers. Areas of focus include: strategy and execution in the earlier stages of a career, conceptualizing the appropriate career path, financial and business planning and new and old approaches to new trends and old challenges. Daily peer to peer sessions and group discussions during the ECMA Conference offer valuable insight and practical advice to aspiring artist representatives and music managers of all levels.
2019 SELF-MANAGED ARTIST MENTORSHIP
The Self-Managed Artist Mentorship is tailored specifically to self-managed artists in Atlantic Canada. Lead by experienced artist manager, Michelle Conceison, she will be joined by an artist who has successfully transitioned from self-management into a artist-manager relationship. This session will explore strategy and execution in the earlier stages of career development as well as business planning while juggling the role of performer. This session will also provide artists with the tools necessary to transition towards introducing a manager into their future strategy.