ECMA and BreakOut West Present: The “East Meets West” Spotlight at BreakOut West 2023

ECMA and BreakOut West Present: The “East Meets West” Spotlight at BreakOut West 2023

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) and BreakOut West (BOW) are pleased to open showcase submissions for the fourth edition of the ‘East Meets West’ collaboration initiative at BreakOut West 2023.

The “20th Anniversary” celebration of BreakOut West will take place in Kelowna, British Columbia from October 11-15, 2023. BreakOut West features an immersive music industry and artist development conference, and a festival with 50+ artists performing across multiple venues. BOW offers a 3-night music discovery showcase festival, 3 day development conference, and International Buyer program and multiple networking and business creation events. For more information on the event go to

Two export ready ECMA artists/groups will be selected for two showcase performances at BreakOut West 2023. Artists of ALL music genres are encouraged to submit via this submission form. Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 20. The successful applicants will be notified by Friday, April 14, 2023.

Select artists must demonstrate they are export-ready and/or have exporting experience and the ability to maximize on this showcase opportunity. This partnered initiative includes showcase and business development opportunities at the ECMAs and BOW.

As a showcasing performer, you and every performing band member will receive:

  • BreakOut West Delegate Package for each artist. This package includes a festival wristband and a delegate pass to take part in the BreakOut West conference, which includes workshops, networking receptions, one-on-one meetings, and more,

  • Early access to sign up for one-on-one meetings with industry mentors, ahead of non-showcasing delegates,

  • Access to discounted accommodations at the Host Hotels during BreakOut West,

  • Marketing tools to promote showcases including electronic show posters, social media promotions, and use of logos and branding upon request,

  • Information and support from the ECMA team on how to make the most of your BreakOut West experience.

Showcasing artists may be eligible to apply for financial support through FACTOR, the Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN Foundation, and/or provincial showcase funding programs. This may include support for travel, accommodation, per diems, marketing expenses, as well as artist/musician fees.

The ECMA programming committee and BOW will make the final selection on which ECMA artists will be involved to showcase at BreakOut West 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact ECMA Export Manager Shelley Nordstrom at or BOW Programming Manager, Liam Prost at

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