Indigenous Special Project

Facilitating the presentation of live Indigenous performances, connecting Indigenous communities with the performing arts community, and developing future Indigenous artists in Manitoba.

Indigenous Travel Subsidy Program

Funded by Canadian Heritage, this one year special project will:

  • Present financial assistance for five Indigenous communities to attend Manitoba Showcase 2018 to see performers they can bring to their communities.
  • Allow 1- 2 delegates from each community to participate in networking, one-on-one meetings, seminars, and watch live performance showcases.
  • Provide information as to how block-booking of Showcase artists is facilitated for the following (2019 – 2020) touring season.

Leading up to Showcase, the Manitoba Arts Network will visit a minimum of five Indigenous communities (Norway House, Opaskwayak, Swan River, Dauphin, and Portage) and provide each community with a 45 minute live performance and workshop. These will be scheduled at the beginning of September, 2018.

To apply for this program, contact Rhonda Head, Indigenous Special Project Coordinator, by phone at 204-620-2650, or by email at; there is no formal application for the Travel Subsidy Program, applications will be chosen on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Indigenous Emerging Artist Development Program

In partnership with Manitoba Music’s Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP), with support from the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program, this program will provide support for five Indigenous solo artists and bands to attend Manitoba Showcase 2018 (Portage la Prairie, October 25 – 28). There, they will be mentored by professional musicians and industry representatives. Financial support covers 100% of the hotel, mileage, and the conference registration fee, which includes four meals.

This is an opportunity for up and coming, entry level artists, bands, songwriters, and musicians who are working primarily with their own original music to get guidance, make connections, and learn all about how contact events like Manitoba Showcase work.


The Indigenous Artist Development Program is open to First Nation, Metis, and Inuit solo artists, musicians, and bands currently residing in Manitoba. All participants must be 18-years-of-age or older. All genres will be accepted.

Travel & Accommodations

Invited participants will receive mileage, one hotel room (bands can share or make their own arrangements for additional rooms at their own expense), meals will be provided. We are unable to accommodate children or caregivers, so parents will need to make arrangements.

To apply for this program, please email the following information:

  • Artist bio
  • Description of how this program fits in your overall music career plan
  • Link to your website and/or social media
  • Link to where your music can be heard (e.g. your website, YouTube, Bandcamp, Spotify, Manitoba Music profile, etc.) OR attach one mp3 (no WAV files, please)

Each application will be adjudicated by a jury of music industry professionals. The jury will review the information that you submit along with your website and/or social media profiles. Applications will be rejected if incomplete.

Submissions will be evaluated based on:

  • Strong vocals and/or interesting lyrics if you’re a singer, singer/songwriter, or emcee
  • Solid musicianship if you’re a musician or beat maker/music producer
  • Momentum, demonstrated in your bio and recent accomplishments in existing or other projects
  • Demonstrated interest in developing a career in music
  • Quality of promotional materials and social media presence

For additional information, call the Manitoba Arts Network at 204-943-0036. You may also send a fax to 204-943-1126.