NEWS: ECMA 2012 Award & Showcase Submissions Now Open! Artist Travel Grants Continue for 2012


Award and showcase submissions for 2012 East Coast Music Week being held in Moncton, NB April 11-15, are now open.  The East Music Association (ECMA) is pleased to once again be continuing its partnership with Sonicbids this year. Submissions can be made through .  Deadline for all submissions is Tuesday, October 4th, 2011.

The 2012 event will see the return of the following Showcase stages: Bluebird North Showcase, Rising Star, Rock Stage, Roots Room, Soundwaves, Songwriters Circle, and the Canadian Music. East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase.  This year we are thrilled to introduce two new stages: The Breakout Stage and the Country Stage.

The ECMA is also accepting submissions for awards in Music (27), Industry (6) and Honourary (5).  East Coast artists who have released recordings between June 1, 2010 and October 1, 2011 are eligible to submit for consideration to an East Coast Music Award.  ECMA is looking forward to a nice balance of French and English submissions and performances.

Early Bird Submission Discount
Any artist/group who submits for an award or stage by Thursday, September 8th, 2011 will qualify for the early bird submission discount of $5 per submission.  Early Bird Submissions are $25 through PayPal opening at 5:00pm AST on August 22nd, 2011 until 11:59pm AST on September 8th, 2011.
Starting at 12:00am AST on September 9th, 2011 submissions are $30 through PayPal officially closing at 11:59pm AST on October 4th, 2011. 

Continued for ECMA 2012 – Artist Travel Grants

The ECMA is thrilled to be partnering with Sonicbids this year to provide five (5) $1,000.00 cash grants to help export-ready ECMA artists access performance opportunities for 2011 at home and abroad.  Any export-ready artist who submits for ECMA 2012 may apply for one of these grants.  Recipients will be chosen at the discretion of ECMA staff and affiliates. Recipients must have been selected to perform at an official Sonicbids member showcase such as Folk Alliance International, NXNE, SXSW, etc.  Noting that other festival and event submissions and selections are not yet complete, travel grants will be awarded over the calendar year.  Date by which grant recipients will be selected and notified is to be determined.

Sonicbids is an ECMA Member Partner offering ECMA Members an annual Supersonic membership at a 50% discount.  Sonicbids will provide promo codes to ECMA members.  To receive this code, please contact or (800) 513-4953 ext 2.

East Coast Music Week is an annual event organized by the East Coast Music Association as a critical part of its mission statement.  The 2012 event will take place in Moncton, NB from April 11-15.  The ECMA is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to foster, develop, promote and celebrate East Coast music locally and globally. The ECMA currently has over 1000 members.


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