ECMA 2012 Industry Awards

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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 for the best companies and individuals in the music industry of Atlantic Canada, from radio stations to studio engineers and visual artists./n/nThis five-day music and industry extravaganza will take the city by storm.

These awards recognize and celebrate the people and companies who are working to build a strong and vibrant East Coast Music industry. Individuals may submit for any number of categories providing you meet criteria (separate fees apply).

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

To apply for the following Industry awards, select the $30 option to the right ($25 if you apply before Sept. 9th):

  • Event/Venue of the Year

  • Graphic / Media Artist of the Year

  • Audio Professional of the Year

  • Management / Manager of the Year

  • Retail / Company of the Year

  • Media Outlet / Contributor 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

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 to have their undivided attention even for ten minutes is invaluable. As a result of relationships originating from past ECMAs we recently placed music by Matt Mays in an episode of NBCs 'Friday Night Lights' program as well as having a Hey Rosetta! song featured prominently in the network promo spots for the series."- Mike Greatorex, Sonic Entertainment Group, NS

Terms And Conditions

In addition to your Sonicbids submission, please read the 2012 Awards & Stages Booklet carefully to ensure you have met all eligibility/submission requirements.

Those submitting are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and other related expenses. Feel free to contact ECMA at for assistance in identifying sources of funding.