It is an understatement to say that COVID-19 has upended the music industry. We understand the difficulties our members have faced, and we have been working with the province and our other partners to provide resources, create new programs and alter existing ones, in order to better serve our membership during this difficult time.

Public safety and the safety of our team, crew, artists, delegates, and volunteers remains our first priority, and although restrictions seem to be lifting, we are still faced with the challenging task of trying to predict what live music events, conference layouts, and international travel restrictions will look like in the coming months. With those concerns in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney, November 5-8, 2020. We are deeply saddened to be making this decision, but are looking forward to presenting this world-class event in 2021 in Truro, and in Sydney in 2022.

“Given the current situation and public health directives, we completely respect that cancelling NSMW 2020 was the prudent decision for Music Nova Scotia.” says Terry Smith, CEO of Destination Cape Breton. “We are thrilled that they will be bringing the event to Sydney in 2022 and look forward to hosting then.”

Although we have cancelled the traditional version of the event for 2020, the Music Nova Scotia team is committed to bringing the energy, education, and business of Nova Scotia Music Week to our members in new and creative ways. We’re currently consulting with like minded companies across the country and around the world, to figure out how to offer an experience that will replicate the one Nova Scotia Music Week is known for.

We’d like to thank our patrons, sponsors, partners, volunteers, artists, delegates, and anyone who has ever attended Nova Scotia Music Week. The event would not be possible without you, and we deeply appreciate your support year after year. You are the spirit of the event, and we look forward to seeing you all again. We’d also like to thank and acknowledge the continued support from the Government of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia, and FACTOR.

To the entire Nova Scotia music community, we are here for you. We’re committed to doing everything we can to offer support and programs that will help you thrive during this time.