ECMA Showcase

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Encompassing an industry convention and trade show, a nationally televised 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 19th Anniversary, the East Coast Music Association is preparing for the 2007 East Coast Music Awards, Conference & Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada February 15th - 18th, 2007. 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.

Throughout the ECMA Conference & Festival, there are a wide range of showcases presented across many genres – and this is your chance to play an ECMA Showcase. Selected showcase performer payments are based on a special union scale agreement and are also provided with access to the annual conference program and other event showcases. Artists are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

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, 2005 to October 16, 2006).
At least 50% of group members must be Atlantic Canadian.

Artists/groups that performed on the Songwriter's Circle at ECMA 2006 are not eligible to submit for 2007.

You must be a member of BOTH ECMA and Sonicbids to qualify for an ECMA showcase. 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.

Terms And Conditions

In addition to your Sonicbids submission, please read the Awards and Stages Manual carefully to ensure you have met all eligibility/submission requirements. All submission requirements must be met. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Performers on ECMA stages, excluding the Jam, will be paid according to the ECMA/AF of M (American Federation of Musicians) agreement. Performers will be provided with a conference pass, but will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and other related expenses. Artists should contact ECMA Regional Directors and Provincial Music Industry Associations for assistance in identifying sources of funding.

Selections of all ECMA Stages are juried by groups of at least five (5) music industry professionals with a specific knowledge of East Coast Music and the musical genres evaluated. Consideration will be given to current industry trends and growth. Where possible, representation on the juries will include each of the five regions and/or provincial music industry associations.

ECMA reserves the right to solicit stage applications when required. Where an ECMA showcase is broadcast, the ECMA may partner with representatives of the broadcaster in soliciting artists/groups. Artists/groups may be invited to perform on multiple stages. Priority for ECMA showcase performances will be awarded to artists/groups who did not showcase at ECMA 2006 in Charlottetown, however consideration may be given to artists/groups who showcased the previous year based on new release or artistic direction. ECMA reserves the right to add headline performances to showcases as a means of raising profile for the showcases and event overall.

Artists/groups that performed on the Songwriter's Circle at ECMA 2006 are not eligible to submit for 2007.

You must be a member of BOTH ECMA and Sonicbids to qualify for an ECMA showcase. For further information please contact the Association office at (902) 892-9040.