Export Development Program

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Presented by Folk Music Ontario, the 2017 Export Development Program (EDP) assists folk musicians and businesses in accessing new markets in Canada, USA, UK and India 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 into 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 September 5, 2017 at 5pm EDT.

While delegate recruitment is still ongoing (check back weekly for updates), the following delegates have been confirmed for the 2017 Export Development Program:

Andy Hillhouse Harrison Festival of the Arts Harrison, BC W Canada
Brad First SXSW Austin, TX SW USA
Brodie Metcalfe Toronto Pride Toronto, ON Ontario
Bryan Power NL Festival/ Lawnya Vawnya St. John’s, NL E Canada
Carly Bradley Folk on the Rocks Yellowknife, NT N Canada
Daniel Gillespie Showcase Scotland Glasgow Scotland
Danna Strong Americana Music Association Hermitage, TN S USA
David Hayman Supergroup Toronto, ON Canada
Dawn Beaton Celtic Colours International Festival Sydney, NS E Canada
Divya Bhatia Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival Mumbai India
Doug Cox Vancouver Island Music Fest Comox, BC W Canada
Heather Daley Alianait Festival Iqaluit, NU N Canada
Heather Gibson NAC Presents Ottawa, ON E Canada
Jason Williams Wild Mountain Festival Edmonton, AB W Canada
Matt Smith Club Passim Boston, MA NE USA
Neil Pearson Sounds Just Fine London England
Sue Panning Canmore Festival Canmore, AB W Canada
Tim Osmond Home Routes Winnipeg, MB Canada
Val Denn Val Denn Agency Halifax, NS Canada