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Performers at Open Mic presented NCI FM during Aboriginal Music Week 2015 | Photo by Phil Starr

Call for Submissions: Aboriginal Music Week 2016

By Alan Greyeyes | October 9, 2015

Tags: Aboriginal Music Week 2016 | Call for Submissions | Phil Starr Photography

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4 PM CST on Thursday, December 10, 2015

Aboriginal Music Manitoba will be producing the eighth annual Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada next summer and the organization is currently accepting applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, Native American, and Indigenous recording artists for performance spots. The festival is set for August 9 - 13, 2016 and the organization has five big community celebrations, four lunch hour concerts, two networking events for artists, an open mic, and a closing night party planned.

Submission form: (submissions are now closed)

Please note that the majority of the performance opportunities are at family events and community gatherings, so music with explicit language will be hard for us to present.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered (simply sending us a link to your Sonicbids profile or website will be considered an incomplete submission).

The Aboriginal Music Week programming committee will be reviewing all submissions in December. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Artists will be offered performance fees but travel funds are limited.

To be considered for a performance spot, you must:

  • Have your music streaming on SoundCloud (we will listed to the most recent songs on your profile) 
  • Have at least two professional print resolution photographs available for download 
  • Have at least one video on YouTube or Vimeo that gives our programming committee a good idea of what you look like and sound like 
  • Be active on Twitter and be willing to participate in our Twitter campaign
  • Have the ability to book your own flights (the festival may be able to pay a flight buyout, but we won't be handling any of the bookings) 
  • Be willing to participate in our open mic during the festival 
  • Be willing to attend our networking events during the festival
  • Be a nice person

Things that will make your submission stand out:

  • Great music on SoundCloud 
  • Great promotional photos 
  • The festivals, presenters, or communities that you list in your tour plans confirm with us that they're interested in booking you next August

Please complete our online submission form by 4 PM CST on Thursday, December 10, 2015 (email submissions, Sonicbids submissions, fax submissions, printed submissions, and incomplete submissions will not be accepted).

Submission form: (submissions are now closed)

Please feel free to contact for more information about our call for submissions or the submission form.

Please visit for more information about the festival.