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Canadian Music Week Announces the Return of the Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program

Canadian Music Week Announces the Return of the Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program


Canadian Music Week, together with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), is proud to announce the return of the Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program, which will be granted to 15 aspiring music industry professionals in 2024. In an effort to continue introducing new talent into the live entertainment industry, this program aims to break barriers and provide an avenue for live music’s brightest aspiring executives to participate in Canadian Music Week for the first time. Participants will learn more about this ever-growing and changing industry and build their network.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with MLSE for the chance to welcome young professionals to Canadian Music Week,” said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “Through this initiative we are creating a legacy for corporate social responsibility where sponsors and partners can propel promising candidates to become the next generation of industry leaders.”

Each Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program recipient will receive a 2024 Canadian Music Week Music Summit Conference pass which allows them to sit in on a variety of educational discussions and meet a diverse cross-section of members in the music community in an effort to accelerate their network and career path. They will also have direct access to relevant MLSE representatives at an exclusive industry professionals meet and greet function through one-on-one meetings in the CMW Conference Mentor’s Café. Each recipient will also experience the Live Music Industry Awards show where they will mingle with members of the live music community and see first-hand how a live production operates. This is a unique opportunity to share knowledge and ideas and to build new contacts within the industry.

“Following the success of last year’s inaugural program, we are proud to announce the return of the Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program, together with Canadian Music Week,” said Melissa Bubb-Clarke, Senior Vice President – Music & Live Events at MLSE. “This unique, annual experience is a testament to our shared commitment to the growth of the industry and ensures that passionate, aspiring professionals of all backgrounds have an equitable opportunity to network, learn and develop their skills in this space.”

The Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program is open to Canadian resident applicants and encourages applications from equity-seeking groups. To apply for the Bursary Program, applicants can complete the application form online to explain who they are and why they want to attend Canadian Music Week. Details of all successful applicants will remain strictly confidential.

Bursary applicants must:

  • Be an aspiring executive that has been volunteering or working part-time or full-time in the live music business OR a student currently enrolled/attending a Live Entertainment (or Live Entertainment adjacent) certificate/diploma program
  • Be available to attend the Live Music Touring Summit Day and Live Music Industry Awards on June 4, 2024
  • Be available to attend a meet and greet with MLSE rep on June 4 or 5, 2024 (option to attend CMW Conference programming June 3, 4 & 5, 2024)

Deadline to apply is April 30, 2024 at

Scotiabank Arena is Canada’s premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors Basketball Club. Owned and operated by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), Scotiabank Arena opened its doors in February 1999 and has been recognized with dozens of industry awards. Scotiabank Arena is often ranked the #1 Canadian arena, is often within the top 10 in the world for live event ticket sales and has also hosted over 80 million fans at over 5,000 events including multiple NHL and NBA playoff runs, the 2024 and 2000 NHL All-Star Game, hub city for the Eastern Conference teams during the return of the 2020 NHL season, 2019 WWE SummerSlam, 2017 Invictus Games, the 2016 NHL World Cup of Hockey, 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, 2015 IIHF World U20 Championship and more.

Now in its 42nd year, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival. All conference functions occur at The Westin Harbour Castle at 1 Harbour Square in Toronto.


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