Music PEI and FilmPEI have partnered to create Diverse Voices. This program, entering its 3rd year, is designed to serve emerging musicians and filmmakers in the BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities between the ages of 18 and 39. Three musicians will be selected from the applications and paired with 3 emerging filmmakers selected by FilmPEI.
There are a couple of updates to the program this year. After a discussion between Music PEI’s staff and the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community Rep, the age range has been expanded to include emerging artists aged 39 and under. Oftentimes, people from marginalized communities take longer to come into themselves and their art due to pressures from a society that prioritizes whiteness and cis-heteronormativity. Music PEI strives to make this program as accessible as possible for the communities it aims to serve.
Additionally, Music PEI has brought a new mentor on board this year. Music PEI is thrilled to announce that Katrina Lopes of KL Management has joined the program and will mentor the selected participants through the process of recording and releasing a single as well as other best business practices in the music industry. Katrina’s industry expertise and passion for mentorship will add value by expanding the program’s deliverables through incorporating artist branding workshops, individual and group mentoring sessions, and creating a sense of community and support among the participants.
The program will provide a prize valued at $7,500 per song which includes the musical artist recording a new song in a professional studio with a producer and a publicist under the mentorship of Katrina Lopes (KL Management), and the filmmaker producing a video to accompany the song.
Applications open on December 1st and close on December 12th, 2022. To find out more about the Diverse Voices program, including past participants, and to apply, please head to Music PEI’s website (www.musicpei.com) and look under the “programs” tab. You can reach out to Music PEI with any questions by emailing them at [email protected].
Music PEI would like to acknowledge that this program is made possible by the assistance and support of ACOA, FACTOR (through the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters), and the Province of PEI’s Innovation PEI.