September 9, 2016

Winnipeg, Manitoba – APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) and Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music are pleased to announce the creation of a new program in support of emerging First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist managers.

APTN and Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music will be selecting two candidates to take part in an eight-week Artist Manager Professional Development Program. This all-expenses paid opportunity will provide customized and ongoing mentorship for emerging artist managers, self-managed artists or transitioning industry professionals. Grant recipients will be given the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in specific areas, including touring, booking shows/festivals, talent-buying, event production, contract negotiation, budgeting, accounting, artist development, marketing, radio promotion, publicity and more.

The Artist Manager Professional Development Program Grants are valued at $15,000 each, which includes return airfare, ground transportation to and from Toronto, program fees, accommodations and a weekly living allowance for the duration of this program.

• Application deadline is September 23, 2016
• Recipients must be available to attend the program from November 1, 2016 – December 21, 2016, at Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music, 1731 Lawrence Avenue East, in Toronto
• The program runs Tuesday Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is offered in English

This new initiative is in line with APTN’s long history to support the creation of music as a unique reflection of Aboriginal culture. The first national Aboriginal network in the world is grateful for this opportunity to partner with Canada’s Music Incubator and the award-winning artist management company, Coalition Music (USS, Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Tom Cochrane, Justin Nozuka, Andee). Visit for the APTN Artist Manager Professional Development Grant online application and entry requirements. APTN and Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music will make the final decision. Please note that both organizations will be unable to provide critiques to unsuccessful applications.

Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) at Coalition Music is a not-for-profit incubator based in Toronto with a mandate to help artists, artist managers and touring professionals evolve from starter companies into sustainable businesses through customized, hands-on mentoring, networking, and collaboration. Since 2012, CMI has delivered 4,000+ hours of professional development—incubating over 350 artists, artist managers and tour techs across Canada while connecting them with industry leaders working in all areas of the music business.

September 1, 2016, marked the 17-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more
information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862
(Canada), or visit the website at

For further information about Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music, contact:
Vel Omazic
Executive Director, Canada’s Music Incubator
(416) 755-0025
[email protected]

For further information about APTN or image requests, contact:
Jacqueline Jubinville
Manager of Communications, APTN
(204) 947-9331, ext. 339
[email protected]