Music Nova Scotia would like to state that everyone is welcome at Nova Scotia Music Week. We are committed to fostering an inclusive community that is safe and inviting for all who love, make, and support Nova Scotian music. 

We believe that greater diversity throughout the organization allows Nova Scotia Music Week to: 

  • Build a more creative and compassionate community. Music has historically been inclusionary at all levels and brings community together. Music has often been a part of movements for social and political change.
  • Spur awareness of other cultures and perspectives. We value sharing knowledge and conducting ourselves in a respectful manner. Interaction with a broader membership base introduces us to different perspectives of sub-communities within the Nova Scotian music community. Openness to and acceptance of these varied interests and perspectives will lead to greater inclusion and participation. 
  • Provide enhanced opportunities for the conference and members. These additional viewpoints and communities will support our intrinsic value by fostering international and multicultural understanding, allowing Nova Scotia Music Week to make a greater impact in the music community and the world at large. 
  • Bringing greater diversity to the organization will challenge our assumptions while revealing our similarities. It will have indefinable, intangible, and unpredictable effects. The costs of international expansion are worthwhile and of value. 

Harassment and Discrimination

As emphatically as we welcome people of all national, geographic, cultural, ethnic, social, economic, gender, sexuality, orientation, mobility, and other forms of diversity to our events and organization, we also wish to express our rejection of harassment and discrimination.  

Under the Policy on Harassment Prevention and Resolution, harassment is defined as: “improper conduct by an individual, that is directed at and offensive to another individual in the workplace, including at any event or any location related to work, and that the individual knew or ought reasonably to have known would cause offence or harm. It comprises objectionable act(s), comment(s) or display(s) that demean, belittle, or cause personal humiliation or embarrassment, and any act of intimidation or threat. It also includes harassment within the meaning of the Canadian Human Rights Act (i.e. based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability and pardoned conviction).”

Accordingly, we want to make members aware of what to do in the unfortunate event that harassment does occur. If you experience discrimination and/or harassment at our conference or any Nova Scotia Music Week event, take action: 

  • Cite the Nova Scotia Music Week values statement, tell the offending party to stop 
  • Talk immediately with a trusted colleague 
  • Contact your union if applicable
  • Contact a Nova Scotia Music Week staff member in person or email
  • Contact Hotel Security
  • Call the local police at 911

We are constantly seeking new ways to welcome and support creators, helpers, and lovers of Nova Scotian music. If you have any questions or comments about these belief statements or anything related to Nova Scotia Music Week, please contact


Lisa Stitt
Interim Executive Director
Music Nova Scotia