NS music awards show talent of NSCC

NSCC grads and faculty receive 35+ Music Nova Scotia award nominations

NS music awards show talent of NSCC

Music Nova Scotia Award nominees Corey LeRue (left) and Gabrielle Archer (third from left) sit with current Music Arts students

“Globally, Nova Scotia has gained a reputation for developing new and emerging musical talent. Part of this comes from having programs available across the province that can produce professionals with the skills and abilities necessary to strengthen the industry.” ~ Craig Mercer, Music Business and Music Arts faculty member

Fast Fact

Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry.

UPDATE: Our grads and faculty took home 12 awards during this year's Nova Scotia Music Week including Facutly of the Year (Erin Costelo), New Artist Recording of the Year (Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound), African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year (Reeny Smith). Event of the Year (Halifax Pop Explosion) and Industry Professional of the Year (Trevor Murphy). A big congratulations to all the nominees and winners.

“It’s music to my ears,” says faculty member Craig Mercer of the 35 plus Music Nova Scotia Award nominations garnered this year by NSCC grads and faculty members.

For nearly a decade, grads from NSCC’s Music Arts, Music Business and Recording Arts programs, like nominees Gabrielle Archer, Corey LeRue and Roxy Mercier, have been making an impact in the music scene across eastern Canada.

“Every class in the program gave you the building blocks to help you forward your career and how to make it on your own out there in the music industry,” says Roxy, Music Arts grad and lead singer for Roxy and the Underground Soul Sound. “Having teachers that are themselves musicians really makes it easier to understand what you’re getting into.”

This year, grads and faculty—past and present—received nominations in more than half of all award categories including Group Recording of the Year, Booking Agency of the Year and African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year. In some instances, multiple grads have been nominated in the same category—such is the case for Entertainer of the Year and Industry Professional of the Year.

Program faculty and alumni also dominated the Educator and Volunteer of the Year categories. All nominees in these categories have spent time at NSCC throughout their education or career.

Building a career

“NSCC laid the foundation that I use every day,” says Gabrielle, Music Business grad and nominee for Volunteer of the Year. “The hands on experience I gained through required volunteering and other projects provided me with an opportunity to make the connections in the industry that have become my support network.”

Craig, who is nominated in the Educator of the Year category, says it’s no surprise to see NSCC so well represented at the event. “Globally, Nova Scotia has gained a reputation for developing new and emerging musical talent.”

He adds, “Part of this comes from having programs available across the province that can produce professionals with the skills and abilities necessary to strengthen the industry.”

As the event approaches, Corey, a Recording Arts grad and nominee in the Electronic Artist of the Year category (DJ & Producer: Neon Dreams), says his education laid the foundation for his success. “The energy at NSCC is like no other. It’s hands-on and you’re learning from the real-life experiences of people who are from within the industry.” He adds, “The fact that students are coming out of their programs and succeeding within the industry to this degree just makes sense!” 

30/10/15

“Globally, Nova Scotia has gained a reputation for developing new and emerging musical talent. Part of this comes from having programs available across the province that can produce professionals with the skills and abilities necessary to strengthen the industry.” ~ Craig Mercer, Music Business and Music Arts faculty member

Fast Fact

Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry.

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