Music PEI began in 2001 as the Prince Edward Island Music Awards Association, acting as an advocate for the Island music industry and a representative at the national table.
Music PEI has seen tremendous growth since its inception in 2007, with a 300% increase in exporting Island artists – an economic necessity in a province of only 140,000.
Music PEI administers a Funding Program designed to encourage growth by providing financial assistance to the industry at various levels of an artist’s or industry professional’s careers. This funding is made possible through the assistance of the PEI Provincial Government Department of Culture.
Each of these Music PEI-led events is designed to create business development opportunities for members with a focus on professional development and export opportunities:
- Credit Union May Run Music Festival – a multi-genre festival featuring 70 artists from PEI and across Canada
- Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference – brings international music supervisors, publishers and producers together and includes the Canadian Song Challenge project
- Showcase PEI – brings industry professional from around the world to PEI for an annual buyers conference. Travel subsidies are available for accredited industry professionals
Music PEI is an industry member of the East Coast Music Association.