Music in Hamilton

Musician Entrepreneur Conference

Attend Hamilton’s fifth annual Musician Entrepreneur Conference running online October 18-22, 2021 during Small Business Week. This virtual conference is free to attend and is targeted towards independent local musicians who want to develop their music business skills.

2021 Musician Entrepreneur Conference Registration

Registration for the 2021 conference is now open. To join the speakers live on zoom, pre-registration is required. Speakers to be announced.

Monday October 18, 3pm
Topic Know your Worth

Tuesday October 19, 3 pm
Topic Plays Well With Others: Cowriting and Collaboration

Wednesday October 20, 3 pm 
 Authentic Branding

Thursday October 21, 3 pm
Topic Mental Health Supports for Musicians presented in collaboration with Over the Bridge

Friday October 22, 3 pm
Topic Welcome to the Stage

The conference will also be streamed live to our Facebook page (no registration required)

The Musician Entrepreneur Conference is a priority for the Hamilton Music Advisory Team (HMAT) and is supported by the Musician Conference Working Group.

Joshua Pascua and band perform at the 2019 Musician Entrepreneur Conference

2020 Musician Entrepreneur Conference

The 2020 Musician Entrepreneur Conference took place virtually from October 19 to 23, 2020. The panel discussions were recorded and are still available to watch below. Topics covered included the “nuts and bolts” of planning an album, grants available to musicians, getting ready to record at home or in the studio, marketing on a shoestring budget, and audience engagement after your album has been released.

Panel Discussion 1

Planning Your Next Release
The first panel discussion of the 2020 Hamilton Musician Entrepreneur Conference brought together industry experts and local musicians to talk about the album planning process. Whether you have just started a project or in the middle of one, our speakers provide tips on how to organize your time, your money, and your work to make the best release.

Panel Discussion 2

Grants for Musicians
A conversation about funding available to Hamilton musicians. The conversation starts with grant officers from FACTOR, the City of Hamilton's City Enrichment Fund, and Canada Council for the Art's Explore and Create Program sharing information about their grant programs.

Panel Discussion 3

Getting Ready to Record
A conversation with local musicians and recording studio reps about recording in studio and at home. Get some advice on how best to prepare for studio time if you are making the leap to a professional studio setting and some tips you can use when recording at home. 

Panel Discussion 4

Marketing with a Small Budget
A conversation intended for emerging or self-produced musicians who do not have a label or marketing team backing them with a budget. Speakers talk about free or low-cost marketing strategies with a focus on social media content.

Panel Discussion 5

My Album is Done. Now What?
A conversation on what to do after your album is released. What is the best way to get your music out there and keep promoting your work? The speakers continue the marketing conversation and talk about ways to promote your album, build your audience and start to see a revenue stream from your music.