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SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN Submissions Open for CMW Startup Launch Pad BreakOut West Artist Submissions Now Open Showcase submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 BreakOut West Festival, which is ARLO MAVERICK AT BREAKOUT WEST taking place from Oct. 10-14 in Kelowna, BC. Submissions close on March 21, 2018. All showcase artists must be residents of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon, and/or the Northwest Territories, for at least six months between Jan. 1, 2017 and March 21, 2018. In the case of groups, 50 per cent of the members must meet the residency requirement. BreakOut West gives artists the opportunity to showcase in front of over 3,000 music fans and more than 500 national and international music industry professionals, including music supervisors, managers, festival buyers, agents, publicists, social marketing experts, and more. For more information, go to Submissions are now being accepted for Canadian Music Week’s Startup Launch Pad, a pitch competition for new businesses that are based in or connected to the music in- dustry. The deadline for submissions is March 19, 2018. The competition will take place during this year’s CMW conference on May 9 th at the Sheraton Centre Hotel. The competition will offer startups an opportunity for exposure and investment, as well as advice from top industry professionals. All startups selected to participate will receive CMW Conference passes and will be included in pre-show marketing materials. For more information, go to Entries Open for It’s Your Shot Songwriting & Artist Development Competition Slaight Music has announced the launch of the It’s Your Shot songwriting and artist development competition. The contest, which is open to all musical genres, encourag- es Canadian artists to submit a song and/or video to for a chance to win a grand prize valued at $100,000 in total. The winning artist this year will receive recording, distribution, radio promotion, publicity, and marketing support via Hidden Pony/Universal Music Canada, along with a professionally produced photo shoot, artist biography, and two music videos. Additionally, the winner will receive business mentoring, brand development including website and social media work, and opportunities to perform live in 2018, including a show at Indie Week Canada in November 2018. The competition is open until March 15, 2018, with the winner being announced in May. For more information, go to Digital Tools Survey In order to help our readers help each other, Canadian Musician asked them to share the mobile apps and online tools/services that they find most useful in their music-making and professional lives. Here are some of the responses… For what purposes do you often use mobile apps or online tools/services to make your music making/ career easier or more productive? Tuner/metronome 15% Making music (sequencers, mobile synth apps, etc.) 5% Mobile sheet music or related music reading/storing purposes 9% Technique tutorials/lessons 17% Recording song ideas 22% Music career-related finances 4% Staying organized/scheduling 12% Connecting professionally with other musicians 12% Analytics (social media, website sales, etc.) 8% Forums/message boards 9% Other (s) 4% What specific apps/online services do you regularly use to make your music making/career easier or more produc- tive? What’s useful about them? “Google Calendar for scheduling amongst clients; Freshbooks for tracking time spent and invoicing clients; OnSong and/or ForScore on iPad for handling charts for 12+ projects.” “GarageBand, Musicator, and Band in a Box. All very useful to get ideas recorded and filled out, and print music.” “YouTube and Udemy for music instruction. Dropbox and MusicNotes for sheet music or chord charts. I have tuner, metronome, and pitch pipe apps on my phone. Ear For Life app on phone for ear training.” “Pro Tuner is a great iPhone-based tuner with a metronome. Voice Memo is easy to record quick idea sessions. Facebook/Pages to maintain FB group and pages. Weebly to edit website on the fly, including blogging. Week Cal for scheduling and links with all band members and devices. Riff Station for figuring out chord patterns.” “One Note app. I’m a booking agent/manager. Used this app to track leads and info and keep files, pics, links, etc. SplenDo app, a to-do list app. And Google Calendar to set reminders and list gigs with rates and info to track.” “YNAB - personal finance software that I use to track expenses and income. Everything Google...” W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 17