ECMA Discovery Stage 2008

Posted by:  East Coast Music Association  | 


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Encompassing an industry convention, an award show, a wide array of concert venues and showcases, a host community that embraces the event and a spotlight on local, national and international recording artists … you might think Toronto, New York or Los Angeles. No, it is our very own East Coast Music Awards, Conference & Festival: A celebration of the best and brightest musical talent, home-grown in our Atlantic Canadian community.

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary, the East Coast Music Association is preparing for the 2008 East Coast Music Awards, Conference & Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada February 7th - 10th, 2008. The four-day music and industry extravaganza will take the city by storm. Throughout the city, the region's music and roots will take centre stage as artists and industry representatives meet to focus on the growth and development of our unique musical culture, celebrate our achievements and showcase our diverse talent.

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.

This is the opportunity to submit to the ECMA Discovery Stage, which will replace the previous years’ 72-Hour Jam, presenting artist/groups from all genres and regions back-to-back over two days from 10AM – 10PM. The change from 72 hours to 24 hours will result in less performance spots, but a much higher quality performance opportunity. Preference will be given to acts who are members of their local music industry associations and are actively performing with hopes of advancing in the industry. The Jam has always been the ECMA ‘on-ramp’ for new artists and members; to carry on this tradition, there will be additional performance opportunities in the ECMA Members Lounge.

Please note: Eligible artists must be Atlantic Canadians. An Atlantic Canadian is defined as:

  1. A person who was either born in Atlantic Canada; or
  2. A person who has lived in Atlantic Canada for the full eligibility period (June 1, 2006 to October 15, 2007).

At least 50% of group members must be Atlantic Canadian.

You must be a member of BOTH ECMA and Sonicbids to qualify for any ECMA opportunity. You may submit before you become a member of ECMA; however, you must join ECMA by the submission deadline in order for your submission to be considered.