Music Celebration Week 2024: Sep. 4 - 7

MusicNL is the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador!
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Year in Review 2023

MusicNL celebrated 31 years of supporting a vibrant and resilient music sector in 2023. Thank you for your support over the last 3 decades, it is appreciated. Thank you to those that had the foresight to start this association back in 1992.


Music cultivated at home and celebrated everywhere.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Awarded the Employer of Diversity by the Atlantic Business Magazine
  • Granted $25,000 from Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for accessibility upgrades


Our partners played a huge role in our success during 2023. Partners include:

Indie Week
Spirit of Newfoundland
Trinity Hall
Gower United Church
Atlantic Spotlight
Easter Seals
St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership
Battery Cafe
The Black Sheep
The Ship
Bridges to Hope
Downtown St. John’s
Gathering Place
MUN School of Music
Music NS
Music PEI
Music NB
Downtown Safety Coalition
The Rooms
62 Broadway
The Journey Project/Project Soundcheck


MusicNL’s membership grew to 1000 in 2023, making us one of the largest membership based organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador and the second largest Music Industry Association in Canada! Not a member? Join now.

Financial Stewardship

MusicNL’s 2023 financial audit is in progress by Grant Thornton. Once approved by the board, the statement will be posted here.

The audit process challenges financial processes & practices. We look forward to implementing key learnings in 2024.


MusicNL hosted over 40 online and in person events with approximately 1,060 participants. Events included everything from professional development sessions to our final event of the year our holiday open mic!

Follow our events here.


MusicNL effectively advocates using a range of activities including research, legislative analysis, organizing, mobilizing, educating and lobbying.

Learn more here.


Funding Programs: We deliver funding to artists and those working in the sector through 3 funding programs on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Artist Development- 39 recipients, $157,450
  • Touring – 79 recipients, $76,330
  • Professional Development- 52 recipients, $95,622

Global Music Series: In partnership with The Rooms and the ANC we delivered one of the most diverse concert series in Canada with music from around the world heard at home! Providing a stage for more than 20 diverse musicians with over 600 audience members.

Community Presenters: The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador provided MusicNL with $150,000 to deliver funding throughout the province to hire musicians for events and festivities in 2023.

FORTIS Musician-in-Residence: For its second year our program was a success hosting award winning musician Anna Louisa Ramous in the beautiful community of Brigus.

Connector Program: A successful model to help retain talent, engage employers, and create a more welcoming community. A Connectee and a Connector meet for 30 minutes to gain insight knowledge about each other and their projects within the music industry then the Connector refers the Connectee to 2/3 more contacts within their network.

Master Corporal Jason Cull Mental Health Scholarship: With the help of the Canadian Mental Health Association NL, Lifewise, Curtis Dawe Lawyers and Daniel Glover we launched an annual scholarship to support the mental health of a student studying music. The 2023 recipient was Grace MacDonald, studying Music Therapy.

Gander, A Music City: MusicNL in partnership with the Town of Gander and the Centre for Music Ecosystems will explore and support policymakers and leaders to use music to its fullest extent to make places better!

The move to 99 Queens Road, Play on Gower has proven to be a great move for MusicNL and its membership. We are proud to say we are accessible and awarded $25,000 from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to continue to make the building more accessible in 2024.

We have created great partnerships with other companies such as Spirit of Newfoundland and The Oat Company with whom we share this beautiful space with.


Award Additions

MusicNL and La Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador created the L’artiste/Groupe francophone de l’année award to celebrate the francophone artists and community in our province. The winner of the first ever L’artiste/groupe francophone de l’année award was Port-Aux-Poutines.


Country Recording of the Year / Enregistrement country de l’année

Mallory Johnson – Surprise Party

Folk Recording of the Year / Enregistrement folk de l’année

Fortunate Ones – That Was You and Me

Inspirational/Gospel Recording of the Year / Enregistrement inspirant ou gospel de l’année

Yvette Lorraine – Same Story

Instrumental Recording of the Year / Enregistrement instrumental de l’année

Shannon Quinn & Tony Quinn – 20 Summers

Jazz Recording of the Year / Enregistrement jazz de l’année

Big Space – In Relation To

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year / Enregistrement folklorique/traditionnel de l’année

Jing Xia – The Numinous Journey

Songwriter of the Year / Compositeur ou compositrice de l’année

Kellie Loder


Artist Management of The Year / Gérant ou gérante, Maison de gérance de l’année

Mary Beth Waldram

Venue of the Year / Salle de spectacle de l’année

The Ship Pub

Video Director of the Year / Réalisateur ou réalisatrice de vidéoclip de l’année

Cecil Johnson


TD Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year / Artiste de l’année – TD choix du public

Kellie Loder


Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award / Prix Dr. Helen Creighton pour l’ensemble des réalisations:

Rawlins Cross

Stompin’ Tom Awards / Prix Stompin’ Tom:

The Flummies (NL)

Music Celebration Week

Album of the Year – Presented by FACTOR 
Nico Paulo – Nico Paulo 
Jing Xia – The Numinous Journey

Alternative Artist of the Year 
Youngtree and the Blooms

Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year Presented by Colemans Group of Companies
The Navigators

Classical Artist of the Year Presented by MUN School of Music
Bill Brennan

Country Artist of the Year 
Mallory Johnson

Electronic Artist of the Year
It Could Be Franky

Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year Presented by SaltWire
Jason Benoit

L’Artiste Francophone de L’Année Presented by Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador

Folk/Roots Artist of the Year
Darcy Scott

Global Music Artist of the Year 

Group of the Year Presented by Yamaha
With Violet

Indigenous Artist of the Year 
Jason Benoit

Instrumental Artist of the Year 

Jazz Artist of the Year Presented by Coast 101.1
Duane Andrews and the Hot Club of Conception Bay

Loud Artist of the Year 
Da Slyme

Music Video of the Year Presented  by Up Sky Down
Rum Ragged – Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s
Directed by: Cecil Johnson

Pop Artist of the Year 
Nico Paulo

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year 
Albert Dalton

Rising Star of the Year
XIA – 3

Rock Artist of the Year Presented by George Street Association

Side Musician of the Year  
Clare Follett

Solo Artist of the Year 
Jing Xia

Ron Hynes Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN
Nico Paulo

Industry Awards

Event of the Year Presented by Canadian AV Inc.
We Stand on Guard Again – Benefit Concert

Graphic Artist of the Year Presented by College of North Atlantic
Nico Paulo

Industry Professional of the Year Presented by Keen Payroll
Dave Shears

Media Person of the Year Presented by Ray Agency
Zach Snow

Music Educator of the Year Presented by Long & McQuade
Andrew Kagumba

Outstanding Company of the Year Presented by Noseworthy Chapman
Atlantic Music

Recording Engineer/Producer of the Year Presented by Atlantic Music
Matt Dines

Venue of the Year Presented by 62 Broadway
First Light Centre for Performance and Creativity

Volunteer of the Year Presented by VOWR
Alick Tsui & Christopher Deacon

Directors of MusicNL also presented 3 honorary awards:

  • Unsung Hero Award  – Marlene Cahill & Amy House
  • Denis Parker Industry Builder Award – Robert Buck
  • Lifetime achievement Award – Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers