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Canadian Music Week Announces Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program

Canadian Music Week Announces Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program

TORONTO, ON – Canadian Music Week, together with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), is proud to announce the all-new Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program, which will be granted to 15 aspiring music industry professionals in 2023. 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, learn more about this ever-growing and changing industry and build their network.

After 40 successful years, we recognize the importance of investing in young professionals,” said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “Through this initiative CMW is creating a platform for corporate social responsibility where sponsors and partners can invest and inspire qualified candidates to become the next generation of industry leaders.

Each Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program recipient will receive a 2023 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 industry representatives through pre-arranged 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.

“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Canadian Music Week and create the inaugural Scotiabank Arena Bursary Program in 2023,” said Melissa Bubb-Clarke, Senior Vice President – Music & Live Events at MLSE. “Investing in the next generation is vital to our continued success and growth as an industry, but more importantly, the bursary allows us to provide opportunities to those facing barriers to participate in this valuable experience.”

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. MLSE will have access to all applications to determine the appropriate recipients. Details of all successful applicants will remain strictly confidential.

Bursary applicants must:

  • Be an aspiring executive 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 Live Music Touring Summit Day and Live Music Industry Awards on June 9, 2023
  • Be available to attend pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings on June 9, 2023 (option to attend CMW Conference programming June 8 & 10, 2023)

Deadline to apply is April 30, 2023.

Scotiabank Arena is Canada’s premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA’s Toronto Raptors. Owned and operated by MLSE, Scotiabank Arena opened its doors in February 1999 as Air Canada Centre (February 1999 to June 2018). The arena was renamed Scotiabank Arena on July 1, 2018 and has been recognized with more than 40 industry awards highlighting the venue’s security, accessibility, fan service, environmental commitment, sales and box office service. It has also hosted over 39 million fans at over 2,600 events including multiple NHL and NBA playoff runs, the 2016 NHL World Cup of Hockey, 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, 2015 IIHF World U20 Championship, 2003 Liberal Party Convention and 2000 NHL All-Star Game. In 2015, the venue unveiled Scotiabank Arena ICONS, a program and permanent fixture commemorating the venue’s rich entertainment history through artist recognition. The artists currently inducted into Scotiabank Arena ICONS include Bon Jovi (most sold-out shows), Russell Peters (best-selling comedian), The Tragically Hip (inaugural concert and 13 sold-out shows), U2 (most sold-out multi-show runs) and Madonna (top performing female artist). Scotiabank Arena’s external space has also become a Toronto entertainment destination with the installation of the Leafs Legends Row, bronzed statues honouring the hockey club’s greatest players, the gathering of thousands of Raptors and Maple Leafs fans in Maple Leaf Square for each of the team’s postseason games and other significant international events.

Now in its 41st 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 in Toronto.



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