SAINT JOHN – East Coast talent will have a chance to shine on the global stage from home at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference in Saint John next month.
On Tuesday, the organizers announced the 75 international delegates from the United States, Canada, Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom who will arrive in the Port City as part of the Export Buyers Program. The program includes a wide variety of interactive export business development sessions, pre-scheduled one-on-one business meetings, networking mixers and the Canadian Music East Coast Style Export Buyers Showcases, and ‘Two for the Show’ – Live Performance Pitch Sessions.
The delegates include booking agents, talent buyers, venue and festival programmers, promoters, presenters, music supervisors, digital experts and media from the music industry around the world.
“Fifteen years ago in Saint John, ECMA launched the Export Buyers Program with 13 international delegates,” says Shelley Nordstrom, Export Manager for the East Coast Music Association in a release. “Fast forward to 2017 and it has flourished to become a North American success story, renowned as a leading ‘business to business’ marketplace with over 75 international and Canadian delegates. It has substantially increased the presence of Atlantic Canada and our artists on the global world stage and develops solid export business opportunities.”
This year’s conference, taking place from April 26 to 30, will highlight the ECMA Music in Motion: Film, Television & New Media program and will offer a series of forums aimed to provide industry professionals and companies with the insight to expand career and business opportunities in the world of film, television, advertising and music supervision.
“The ECMA’s Export Buyers program sets the benchmark for music business growth initiatives across Canada and around the world,” says ECMA executive director Andy McLean. “This program offers our members an unparalleled opportunity to further their careers by showcasing for influential international buyers.”