Export Development Program

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Presented by Folk Music Ontario, the 2016 Export Development Program (EDP) assists folk musicians and businesses in accessing new markets in Canada and the USA by bringing more than 25 delegates (festival ADs, presenters, agents, publicists, etc.) to the Folk Music Ontario conference.

EDP delegates are matched with more than 50 participating artists, for one-on-one meetings, mentoring and networking receptions. In addition to these closed events, Export Development Program delegates are available throughout the conference as they attend networking events and lead panels focusing on export topics.

Once again this year, artists who are not part of the official showcase but are playing in a sponsored or private showcase can apply to participate in the Export Development Program. Participation is open to any artists who have not participated in EDP in the last two years. The number of spots is limited.  The cost to participate is $35, payable upon acceptance to the program.

Export-ready Canadian artists are encouraged to apply to this program and take advantage of the opportunity to build their international careers. The application form spells out the criteria used to identify export readiness.

Apply to be a part of the Export Development Program HERE. The deadline for applications is August 23, 2016.

While delegate recruitment is still ongoing (check back weekly for updates), the following delegates have been confirmed for the 2016 Export Development Program:

Amy Reitnouer The Bluegrass Situation Los Angeles, CA USA
Anya Siglin The Ark Ann Arbour, MI NE USA
Ben Anderson Prescott Park Arts Festival Portsmouth, NH NE USA
Bob Hunka HunkArts Productions Los Angeles, CA Canada/USA
Chris Dearlove NAC Canada Scene Ottawa, ON Ontario
Dave Carmichael Deep Roots Music Festival Wolfville, NS E Canada
David Hayman Supergroup Sonic Branding Co. Toronto, ON Canada
Dawn Beaton Celtic Colours International Festival Sydney, NS E Canada
Heather Gardner Vapor Music Toronto, ON USA
Heather Gibson NAC Presents Ottawa, ON Ontario
Jennifer Campbell Festival of Small Halls Charlottetown, PE E Canada
Karen Proeme Karen Proeme Agency Netherlands Europe
Kerry Clarke Calgary Folk Music Festival Calgary, AB W Canada
Lisa Schwartz The Bluegrass Situation Philadelphia, PA NE USA
Randy Follet Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre Medicine Hat, AB W Canada
Sandra Butel Regina Folk Festival Regina, SK W Canada
Tim Osmond Home Routes Winnipeg, MB W Canada