Association to support Nunavut artists set to launch this spring

Association first of its kind in territory: executive director

Nunavut Music, an upcoming music association to represent Nunavut artists and industry professionals, is set to launch in May, the organization announced this week. (Image courtesy of Nunavut Music)

By Nunatsiaq News

This story was updated on Friday, Jan. 20, at 2:05 p.m. ET.

A new music association that will represent Nunavut artists is getting ready to launch this spring.

Nunavut Music is a new non-profit organization that aims to help artists and industry workers in the territory create sustainable careers in music, the organization announced Tuesday in a news release. 

Executive director Thor Simonsen said the association is the first of its kind in the territory. 

Nunavut Music will provide professional development, administrative assistance, fundraising, performance opportunities, travel support and networking opportunities.

Qaggiavuut Society, the Alianait Arts Festival, and record label Hitmakerz helped found the organization.

There will be no cost for artists and industry workers to become members and organizers hope to begin offering programming in May.

“We hope to put out a call for artist and industry worker members in May, once we’ve had a chance to hold organizational stakeholder consultations and everything is a bit more up and running,” Simonsen said in an email to Nunatsiaq News. 

Other objectives Nunavut Music lists include advocacy and representation at industry events, promotion to global markets and strengthening of Inuit languages and culture through music, he said. 

The organization will be run by a volunteer staff and steering committee made up of music industry professionals and representatives from Nunavut-based arts, cultural, and economic development organizations.

Correction: This story has been updated to correct the list of organizations that helped found Nunavut Music after it came to Nunatsiaq News’s attention that Nunavut Music’s list of founding members is inaccurate.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Disappointing on

    A non profit to develop Nunavut music being spearheaded by a person who runs their own for profit music production company doing the exact same thing? Weird.

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  2. Posted by the show must go on on

    Music is good. Thank you for creating the Nunavut Music Group.

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  3. Posted by Live in Nunavut at least on

    They already have an executive director? Why do they live in Ottawa? Just seems like another way for a southerner to take advantage of grants and contributions meant for Nunavut residents.

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  4. Posted by What’s it really about? on

    Every other news release is a picture of Thor from hitmakerz. Is this about promoting Inuit artists, or is it about Thor promoting himself?

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