Deadline: Thursday, March 14th
MFM’s Indigenous Music Mentorship Program is a new program that provides one-on-one, personalized mentorship to musicians and songwriters who identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and who are based anywhere in Northern Ontario, regardless of distance or internet connection.
Selected participants will take part in a remote, 6-month, one-on-one mentorship tailored to their specific needs. Each monthly session will be about 1-2 hours in length and take place over the phone, or over Skype. They will also be offered a paid showcase opportunity at the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards conference, May 23-25 (travel and accommodations costs will be covered in full).
Mentors are Nick Sherman, Melody McKiver and Josh Deperry (Classic Roots).
Sign up below to be considered for a mentorship. All levels of experience are welcome to apply.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-885-9889.
Selected participants will be notified in March.
Melody McKiver is an Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist and arts educator located in Sioux Lookout on Treaty #3 territory. A member of Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation on their mother’s side, Melody's father’s family are settler Canadians of Scottish and Lithuanian origins.
Melody is a compelling solo performer, integrating contemporary electronics into rigorous Western classical musical training to shape Anishinaabe compositions for the new millennium.
Melody is one of many Indigenous artists across Turtle Island turning critical eyes towards the realities of colonization, and using their art to not only raise awareness, but to celebrate the diversity and resilience of their own culture amongst the hundreds of Indigenous cultures that still call Turtle Island home.
In addition to their solo practice, Melody is an in-demand collaborator and composer and plays drums with Indigenous hip-hop fusion band Red Slam Collective, and has collaborated with Polaris Music Prize-winner Lido Pimienta, toured with iskwé and composed string arrangements for Lakota Hip Hop artist Frank Waln.
Singer-songwriter Nick Sherman spent much of his youth out on the land, moving between his hometown, the small First Nation community of Weagamow Lake, and his family’s trapline on North Caribou Lake. It was here in the depths of the Northern Ontario forest that his family members would play guitar as they tended their trapline, and Nick found himself soaking in songs and lyrics.
Based in Thunder Bay, Nick now travels across Canada performing for audiences at various events and festivals, and devotes much of his time to encouraging youth across Northwestern Ontario to find power and self-expression through song.
As a multi-faceted performer and leader in his community, Josh draws inspiration from his life and Anishinaabe heritage to establish a sense of cultural freedom in all his endeavours. His unique brand of Electronic and Powwow Techno brings to life the musical heartbeat of the boreal north, while his upbeat workshops inspire and instill self-confidence in First Nations youth.
Reinforcing a sense of cultural pride through artistic self-expression, Josh is dedicated to empowering youth through meaningful collaboration, community mentorship, and dynamic performances.