ECMA 2012 Music Awards Additional

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Encompassing an industry conference, an awards show, showcases, and more, East Coast Music Week celebrates the best and brightest musical talent in Atlantic Canada. Attended by more than 2,500 industry representatives and performers, music week will take place in Moncton, New Brunswick on April 11-15 2012.

ECMA is giving awards in a variety of additional categories, ranging from Francophone Recording of the Year to Aboriginal Recording of the Year and DVD of the year./n/nThis five-day music and industry extravaganza will take the city by storm.

Artists may use this page to submit for the 2012 East Coast Music Week awards listed below. Artists interested in submitting for other award or showcasing categories click here.

Artists may apply to any of the following additional awards if criteria is met. To apply for the following awards, select the submit button to the right:

  • Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year

  • Fan's Choice Video of the Year

  • DVD of the Year

  • Solo Recording of the Year

  • Group Recording of the Year

  • Album of the Year

  • Rising Star Recording of the Year

  • Song of the Year

  • Songwriter of the Year

  • Aboriginal Recording of the Year

  • Francophone Recording of the Year/Enregistrement francophone de l'année

  • Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

  • R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

  • African-Canadian Recording of the Year

Please note that there are different requirements for each award. These will be laid out during the application process after you hit the Submit button and before your submission is finalized. For full details on the awards and stages submission process, and for a copy of the 2012 Awards & Stages Booklet, visit You can also request a copy by contacting If you have any technical questions about the online application, please contact the Sonicbids Community Team at

ECMA / Sonicbids Cash Grants Available

ECMA is excited to be partnering with Sonicbids again this year to provide cash grants to help export-ready ECMA members access performance opportunities at home and abroad. For your convenience, the grant application is now online. You will be given an option to apply for the grant during the submission process. You are not required to apply in order to complete your ECMA showcase or award submission. You only need to fill out the grant portion once to be considered for it. Check out what one of last year’s recipients said:

"The ECMA, as well as Sonicbids, have both done so many amazing things for me, I want to make sure that people realize how supportive both the ECMA and Sonicbids are, and how helpful this grant was!" - Andy Brown

More About the East Coast Music Week:

Encompassing an industry conference, an awards show, a wide array of showcasing stages, a host community that embraces the event and a spotlight on local, national and international recording artists, East Coast Music Week celebrates the best and brightest musical talent in Atlantic Canada.

Attended by more than 2,500 industry representatives and performers, the event has grown from a one-day event hosted in a Halifax bar, to a forum that has helped to promote many of Atlantic Canada’s artists to national and international presenters and buyers.

Throughout East Coast Music Week, there are a wide range of awards and showcase opportunities and this is your chance to submit for 2012. For full details on each opportunity including prices, criteria, eligibility etc, please click on the listing(s) of your choice on the landing page. You may submit to more than one showcase stage provided you meet the specific criteria for each.

Accolades and Applause for East Coast Music Week

  • "This years ECMA’s were a truly amazing experience for me. The international one- on-one meetings have opened up a tremendous amount of doors for me, and have allowed for me to build very real, long term connections with some of the industry's top professionals. As a direct result of the international one-on-one meetings, a song from my sophomore album "False Alarm" received placement in a major US network television program. I highly recommend this amazing program and can't wait to take part again next year!"- Andy Brown, Recording Artist, NB

  • “Thanks so much for your great effort on our behalf. Your team was awesome. I was able to book several artists and will send along a list soon. The export training participants were very well prepared. I have to say of the seven or so years at the ECMA's this was the very best. I really got a lot done and enjoyed myself in the process”. - Phill McIntyre, New England Celtic Arts/ Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center (East Dixifield, ME, USA)

  • “On behalf of both Claire and myself I wanted to thank you both so much for making our first trip to the Maritimes so very memorable. The week was brilliantly organized, as far as we were concerned, and the facilities, resources and literature were all first-class. Of course, the most important factor was the music and this was consistently outstanding - you have such a wealth of talent over there and I heard some of the finest music I've heard in years. You are very lucky!” - Bob Butler & Claire Stein, Grapevine Music Agency (Devon, England, UK)

  • “Well, now that some of the dust has settled, and you guys might have had a chance to have a little rest, I thought that I would write to let you know some of the great outcomes from the ECMA week - for our festival anyway!First of all though, I wanted to say thank you. I am sure that you are well-used to hearing from all of your delegates and artists every year about the wonderful program and hospitality offered during the week, but I want to sincerely add to that sentiment that my week in the Maritimes not only resulted in some wonderful new relationships with great musicians, agents and organizers, but in a re-set and renewal of the inspiration for my entire work life. The genuine hospitality, incredible caliber of the music, obvious community and industry support and gorgeous setting really exemplified all of the most wonderful things about being involved in the ‘industry’, and I truly thank you for the experience. And to think! I was so close to not coming!

    This year, the Woodford Folk Festival will feature a Newfoundland showcase – we’ve picked up a few non-NL-ers but will work out a way that it makes sense they’re here!
    Coming to us as part via Shelley at Garrison Hill are: The Once (NL), The Dardanelles (NL), Duane Andrews & Dwayne Cote (NL &NS), Ron Hynes (NL), Sherman Downey & The Ambiguous Case (NL), Ennis (NL), Richard Wood & Gordon Belscher (PEI). In addition, working with Geoff Trio/Josh Daly, we will be featuring:
    Matt Andersen (NS/ NB) and David Myles (NS/ NB). And on the cards...this year or next...Chuck and Albert (PEI), Charlie A’Court (NS), Samantha Robichaud (NB)….” - Chloe Goodyear, Woodford Folk Festival (Queensland, Australia)

  • "As always, participation in the International Program was an integral part of the ECMAs in 2011. The long-term benefits of the one-on-one meetings in particular are hard to underestimate. For the most part, many of the international delegates are difficult to reach under normal circumstances and t