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Introducing the sākihiwē music mentors conference, August 24 - 30, 2020

By Alan Greyeyes | July 14, 2020

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The sākihiwē festival is launching a new conference with Studio 393, entitled sākihiwē music mentors, to help Indigenous artists and managers connect with knowledgeable colleagues who can help them strengthen their release plans for Australia, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Canada and build relationships with the pow wow community. The program will be anchored by four panel discussions, nine hour-long interviews, and three days of one-on-one mentor meetings. It's set for August 24 - 30, registration is free, everything will be online, and most of the discussions will be held in private Zoom meeting rooms.

sākihiwē music mentors conference
August 24 - 30, 2020
Registration is now closed

"The Indigenous music community in Canada has a lot in common with our relatives in Australia and Aotearoa and this conference will give the participants a chance to figure out how to release music in all three markets at the same time," explains Alan Greyeyes, Festival Director for the sākihiwē festival. "I'm also excited about the pow wow pieces, which include discussions about the use of pow wow vocals, songs, and drums in contemporary music along with the importance of owning and registering copyrights."

Our mentors and guest speakers include Ninakaye Taane-Tinorau (bio), Wairere Iti (bio), Rob Ruha (bio), Cilla Ruha (bio), Cushla Aston (bio), Alethea Beetson (bio), Rhianna Patrick (bio), Sue Ray (bio), Neil Morris (bio), Stephen Green (bio), Steve Wood (bio), Fawn Wood (bio), Kimberly Ratt (bio), Gabe Gaudet (bio), Delina Trottier (bio), Terry Paskimin, ShoShona Kish (bio), Don Amero (bio), Kinnie Starr (bio), MJ Dandeneau (bio), and Tiffany Ayalik (bio). Additional mentors and guest speakers will be published in the conference email newsletter during the weeks leading up to August 24.

Most mentors and guest speakers will be available for one-on-one meetings over Zoom on August 28, 29, and 30. These 30-minute consultations will give Indigenous artists and managers a chance to follow-up on topics discussed in the panel discussions and interviews or get feedback on the teams and music release strategies they have developed.

Participants will receive the one-on-one mentor meeting information through the conference email newsletter on August 14 and meetings will be assigned to Indigenous artists and managers who submit the strongest rationales.

All of the panel discussions, interviews, and one-on-ones will be held in English. Participants will need a high speed Internet connection, a computer with a webcam and microphone, and a Zoom account for each session.

Registration is now closed.

The conference schedule (all times in CDT)

2:00 PM: Pow Wow protocols, copyrights, and grants (90 minutes) | Watch on YouTube
4:00 PM: Release strategies in Aotearoa for Indigenous artists (90 minutes) | Watch on YouTube
6:00 PM: Release strategies in Australia for Indigenous artists (90 minutes) | Watch on YouTube

2:00 PM: Pow Wow Insights interview w/ Fawn Wood & Terry Paskimin (60 minutes)
4:00 PM: Aotearoa Market Insights interview w/ Ninakaye Taane-Tinorau (60 minutes)
6:00 PM: Australia Market Insights interview w/ Alethea Beetson (60 minutes)


2:00 PM: Pow Wow Insights interview w/ Steve Wood & Delina Trottier (60 minutes)
4:00 PM: Aotearoa Market Insights interview w/ Rob & Cilla Ruha (60 minutes)
6:00 PM: Australia Market Insights interview w/ Sue Ray (60 minutes)


2:00 PM: Pow Wow Insights interview w/ Kimberly Ratt & Gabe Gaudet (60 minutes)
4:00 PM: Aotearoa Market Insights interview w/ Wairere Iti (60 minutes)
6:00 PM: Australia Market Insights interview w/ Stephen Green (60 minutes)

11:00 AM: One-on-one meetings
2:00 PM: Release strategies in Canada for Indigenous artists (2 hours) | Watch on YouTube

12:00 PM: One-on-one meetings

12:00 PM: One-on-one meetings

Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM) would like to acknowledge the Canada Council for the Arts for their financial support of the sākihiwē music mentors conference.