Want to Join NxEW.ca
If after reading all of this (or enough to answer
your questions) you think you might be one of us, please drop
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the blog and the secret Google group that serves as our office.
What is NxEW.ca?
Why all Canadian?
This isn't a job, we have no money.
Aren't there other music blogs out there?
What does NxEW contribute that isn't already
What are you looking for from contributors?
I am in a band / a promoter / a producer etc.,
Can I participate?
What is the editorial policy?
Who Should Write for NxEW?
Who Shouldn't Write for NxEW?
What is NxEW.ca?
NxEW.ca is an attempt to bring together Canada's various music
communities in one spot to share information and ideas. Currently
we have 106 contributors (and growing) covering 30 Canadian cities
and towns in 10 provinces and one territory as well as Canadian
music fans living in Northern Michigan, New York City and Los
Angeles watching for tours by Canadian acts. Some of our members
are just music fans who want a voice. Some are journalists or
journalism students, others are musicians, promoters, managers,
producers, people who work for various labels, bloggers, podcasters,
photographers, videographers, radio hosts, DJs and more looking
at Canadian music from every side of the stage.
WHY IS IT ALL CANADIAN?
If you talk to music fans in this country, anywhere
in this country, they are dissatisfied with the coverage of Canadian
music. People in Vancouver will tell you that all the coverage
goes to groups from the East, people in Halifax will tell you
that all the coverage goes to groups from Toronto and Montreal,
people in Toronto will tell you that all the coverage goes to
American groups. You don't even want to hear what some of the
musicians will tell you. (It's not very polite.) It's not that
we don't think that there is good music outside of Canada but
we're hoping that by focusing our energies that we can contribute
to the effort, along with whatever partners we gather, of finally
giving Canadian recording artists the attention they deserve.
a Job, We Have No Money
If you're considering joining NxEW you should know right up front
that we don't have any money. While we hope to, eventually, have
enough for a small full time & part time staff to keep things
organized as well as money for promotions / publicity etc., that
is not even on the horizon right now. If you're looking for a
job, this isn't it. It's a volunteer driven organization that
works for the love of music.
NxEW Contribute that isn't already there?
The Canadian music press as it stands has three major weakness'.
They tend to have small staffs, they are heavily concentrated
in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver and they tend to focus much
of their attention on US and other international acts.
Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver all have strong music scenes and
(if you include their suburbs) about 1/4 of Canada's population
so it is somewhat natural for the music press to congregate there.
Unfortunately that means that 75% of Canada's population does
not get the coverage it deserves.
Because of the small staffs of most news organizations much of
what goes on even in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver slips through
the cracks. NxEW is a volunteer driven organization which allows
us to have a very large staff (which is more of a community) in
every nook and cranny. It allows us to 'hire' everyone who applies
- because we believe that everyone has something to contribute
and a unique perspective.
Finally we believe that Canada's music scene is the strongest
it has ever been. There are literally hundreds of Canadian artists
that we feel are worth covering. By limiting our focus to 'Canadian
Music' we have the time and space to focus on artists who might
otherwise be overlooked and to cover in some depth artists who
might barely get a mention elsewhere. It is not that we hate music
from outside Canada but by focusing on trying to cover one thing
really well, by focusing on one specific aspect of the international
music scene we hope to do a better job of covering it than we
would if we tried to cover the entire world. Hopefully we can
give Canadian music the attention that it truly deserves.
Additionally, though we are a 'news' source and some of our people
are (in their day jobs) journalists - we are fans first and foremost.
This site is about the love of music, not journalistic objectivity.
In short, we're boosters. We aren't neutral.
other music blogs out there?
Absolutely there are and we love them. Many of our contributors
have their own blogs. We regularly post links to other blogs when
they have good information. The problem is that there are so many
blogs out there. There are literally hundreds of individual music
blogs covering the national, international and various local music
scenes. Additionally, nearly every individual music label and
recording artist has their own blog (some have more than one.)
There are simply too many for most people to keep up.
If groups like Broken Social Scene and the New Pornographers taught
us anything it is the power of the collective. Our goal is to
bring all of the various people in the Canadian music scene together
and create a kind of one stop shop where people can find good
information on music from across Canada including information
on other blogs of interest. By pooling our ideas, our information,
our perspectives and our talents we hope to create something bigger
than any of us could working on our own.
are you looking for from Contributors?
In short we're looking for whatever you've got. We have people
who simply post photos, people who link back to hi-lights on their
own blogs. No one tells you what to write, what to write about,
when or how often. If you have information or a perspective you'd
like to share then do so but there is no minimum number of posts.
Post when you have time, when the urge strikes you or when you
have a thought or find a piece of information and say to yourself
'people should know about this.' You can devote 40 hrs a week
or 40 minutes a year to NxEW.ca - all contributors are valuable
I am in a band / a promoter / a
producer etc., Can I participate?
Yes! Conflict of interest rules were primarily created
because of business and politics. We're not electing world leaders,
we're not helping people make important financial decisions so
we don't care about conflict of interest.
NxEW.ca exists because of the love of Canadian music. If you're
a Canadian musician, or are otherwise involved in the 'music business'
you likely have good information to share. Please do so.
the editorial policy
In a word anarchy. No one tells you what to write, what to write
about or what to say. There are no assignments, no deadlines and
no editors - you post directly to the blog when you're ready,
no one reads it beforehand. The only thing we ask is that you
don't do anything that's actually illegal - so plagiarism, hate
speech and generally anything that will get us sued. The following
general guidelines will give you an idea of the culture that's
developed. These aren't really rules just sort of guidelines we've
- We don't 'compete' with others. There are other
music sites but we don't try to 'beat' them. We'll frequently
link to other sites if they have good stuff. As long as we're
rowing in the same direction then we're on the same team.
- We've tossed out the rules on 'conflict of interest'
because we're not electing political leaders, or selling stock,
or really selling anything, so who cares?
- People are encouraged to write about what they
like, rather than what they don't. There is alot of good music
out there, so why devote any part of your life to music you
- People generally only cover things they wanted
to do anyway - no one is sent to shows that they didn't want
to go to, no one is asked to review albums if it isn't something
they were interested in before hand, which makes it all way
more honest. (We're not sending paid journalists who are really
into jazz to cover punk shows, we're not forcing people to go
cover shows that they had no interest in to begin with.)
Write for NxEW.ca
People who are passionate about Canadian music and want to share
that passion with other music lovers across Canada and around
the world as well as people in their local community.
NxEW has almost no rules. There are no assignments (no one tells
you who or what to write about), no deadlines (no one tells you
when to write), no editors (no one tells you what to say), no
minimums or maximums - you write what you want, about what you
want, when you have time. There are no 'standards and practices'
and no style guide the only rule is don't do anything that is
going to get us sued. (For example don't copy and paste someone
else's article in it's entirety - quoting it is fine though and
don't post people's music without their permission.)
Regardless of your experience level, what
you do for a living, the kind of music you like etc., if you are
passionate about Canadian music and want to share your passion,
you should be part of our team.
Who Shouldn't Write for
First of all people who are overly negative, if
you like a handful of bands or a certain style of music exclusively
and want to bash and ridicule everything else, we don't need you.
You're welcome to share your thoughts about the music you love,
but spare us the hate, we're not haters here.
Also, if you're in a band you are welcome to join
us, but if your band is all you know and you want to post daily
updates about every show, every rehearsal and every personal anecdote
about your band and the people in it - that's probably overkill.
If, on the other hand you want to post occasionally about your
band and/or reflections on the music industry, info about other
bands and performers you know and work with, then come on board.
We'd love to have you.
Finally, people who are looking for jobs or want
to get rich. At the moment NxEW has no revenue, we can't pay you
- we hope to and plan to change that and eventually have money,
we have smart people with good ideas but we're not there yet.
So for now think of it as a hobby - something you do for fun and
to share your passion for music, it's not a job.
If after reading all of this you think you might be
one of us, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'll hook you up to the blog and the secret Google group that
serves as our office.