Links & Discounts

Websites & Hosting

  • Bandzoogle (pre-coded websites for artists – super freaking easy!)
  • WordPress (pre-themed – needs a bit more work, but you don’t need to be a professional coder)
  • WP Engine (the best of the best with amazing customer service – use this link for 20% off your first month!)
  • Go Daddy (domain provider and mid-range hosting)
  • Bluehost (cheapy cheap for starters but good – use this link to get hosting for only $3.95 per month!)

Marketing

  • Rignite (social media marketing)
  • Edgar (social media marketing)
  • Buffer (social media marketing)
  • Hootsuite (social media marketing)
  • Later (Instagram scheduling)
  • Repost App (for re-posting someone else’s photo on Instagram)
  • Smart URL (shrink and track all your links to see what people are clicking on)
  • MailChimp (build your email list to keep in contact with your biggest fans – use this link to get $30 credited to your account!)

Artwork & Design

  • Canva (for easy-peasy artwork and design)
  • WordSwag (for adding text to images on your phone)
  • StockSnap (for free/cheap stock photos)
  • Creative Market (for photos, graphics, templates, themes, fonts, etc.!)

Administrative

  • SignNow (digitally form-fill and sign any document including PDF’s for free)
  • Genius Scan/Sign/Fax (app on your phone to turn any image or document into a PDF, or sign a doc, or fax a doc)
  • Slack (project communication app – instead of texting + emailing!)
  • Asana (project management app – less emailing!)
  • NoNotes (app for recording and transcribing phone calls – good for meetings and/or press interviews)

Music Tracking

  • Americas Music Charts (radio music charts for the US and Canada)
  • Next Big Sound (tracks your online audience across multiple platforms)
  • Chart Metric (monitors Spotify playlists, social media, and charts)
  • Soda Tone (social, playlist tracking, much more!)
  • BandsInTown (for fans to track when you’re performing live – connects to your Facebook)

Radio Distribution

  • DMDS/Yangaroo (mass-distribute to radio stations in Canada and the US)

Digital Distribution

  • TuneCore (mass-distribute your songs to all retail/streaming/digital service providers)

Ticketing

Tour Management

Crowdfunding Funding

  • Pledge Music (operates as a “pre-order” for your products and “experiences”)
  • Kickstarter (also operates as a pre-order but you must reach your $ goal to get the money, otherwise it’s all refunded.)

Funding

Canada Wide 

CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
FACTOR
MUCHFACT
MUSICACTION (French Language Only)
RADIO STARMAKER FUND
SOCAN Foundation

Canada – British Columbia

Music BC
BC Arts Council
City of Vancouver Artist Studio Awards
Vancouver Foundation
Public Records Video Grant

Canada – Alberta

Alberta Music – Harvard Broadcasting Showcase and Travel Grant
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Calgary Arts Development
Edmonton Arts Council
PEAK Performance Project Alberta
Public Records Video Grant

Canada – Saskatchewan

Creative Sask
Saskatchewan Arts Board

Canada – Manitoba

Manitoba Music
Manitoba Arts Council
Manitoba Film & Music

Canada – Ontario

Ontario Arts Council
Government of Ontario
Ontario Media Development Corporation – Ontario Music Fund
Ontario Media Development Corporation – Research and Industry
Toronto Arts Council

Canada – Quebec

CalQ
MusicAction
Societe de Development des Entreprises Culturelles
Montreal Arts Council
Quebec Musician’s Guild

Canada – Nova Scotia

Music Nova Scotia
Casino Nova Scotia


Canada – New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick
Arts New Brunswick


Canada – Newfoundland

Music NL
Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council


Canada – PEI 

Music PEI


Canada – Yukon

Yukon Government
Yukon Film and Sound Commission


Canada – Northwest Territories

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
NWT Arts Council


Canada – Nunavut

Nunavut Arts Development Program

Managers Forums (by country)

For: Music managers and self-managed artists – by country

There are over 30 not-for-profit Music Managers Forums around the world representing over 50 countries all operating independently of one another, but whom are part of a larger umbrella organization called the International Music Managers Forum (IMMF). Each organization is dedicated to lobbying on behalf of managers, providing educational experiences, as well as celebrating managers.

We encourage you to get involved with your country’s community of managers.

Visit International Music Managers Forum for links to your countries:

  • AAM Australia
  • MMF Australia
  • MMF Armenia
  • MMF Belgium
  • MMF Bulgaria (Coming Soon)
  • MMF Canada
  • MMF China (Coming Soon)
  • MMF Czech Republic (Coming Soon)
  • MMF Denmark
  • MMF Estonia
  • MMF Finland
  • AMA France
  • MMF Germany (IMUC)
  • MMF Greece (Coming Soon)
  • MMF Hungary
  • MMF India (Coming Soon)
  • MMF Indonesia
  • MMF Ireland
  • MMF Italy
  • MMF Japan (Coming Soon)
  • MMF Latin America (Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Columbia, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay)
  • MMF Latvia
  • MMF New Zealand
  • MMF Netherlands
  • Artiste Managers Association Nigeria
  • MMF Norway (NEMAA)
  • MMF Poland
  • MMF Portugal
  • MMF Romania (Coming Soon)
  • MMF South Africa
  • MMF Sub-Sahara (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe)
  • MMF Suisse (Switzerland)
  • MMF Spain
  • MMF Sweden
  • MMF UK
  • MMF USA
  • MMF West Africa (Coming soon)

Canadian Provincial Associations Music Industry Associations (MIAs)

For: Anyone working in music in any capacity in Canada.

Visitors to Canada can also get in touch with the local MIA’s to see if there’s anything you can take advantage of while you’re in the area.

There are MIA’s in most Provinces and Territories in Canada. If you’re involved in music in any capacity, you are eligible to become a Member. MIA’s provide education, networking, promotion, and funding among other opportunities. Memberships to these organizations can cost anywhere from $15 to $300 CAD depending on if you’re registering as a student or a company or anything in between, and are paid annually.

Musicians Unions

For: Musicians in the US and Canada. If you’re traveling to the US or Canada, you should also get in touch with the unions to see if they can assist you.

The American Federation of Musicians (AFM)

The largest organization in the world that represents the interests of professional musicians. If you’re a musician, you’ll want to become a member through your local union. Union dues are generally a couple hundred dollars and are paid annually. It’s a union that specializes in services ranging from:

  • Immigration (including short-term travel visa, P2)
  • Touring
  • Media recordings
  • Contract negotiations
  • Gear insurance
  • And much more

United States

Canada

Local

The AFM is made up of more than 240 local unions in cities across Canada and the US. Contact either the AFM or the CFM to get help registering through your “Local”.

Conferences, Festivals, & Awards

Here is a list of major music industry conferences, industry festivals, and awards ceremonies around the world. This does not include consumer festivals that exist solely for music consumption by the public (eg. Coachella). If you’d like to see a world-wide list of those types of festivals, visit MusicFestivalWizard.com.

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