Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) is seeking applications for BreakOut West part-time, contract event support in the roles of:


Conference Production Assistant

Festival Production Assistant

Social Media / Marketing Assistant 


Organization Overview

The Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) is a member-based organization that includes the Music Industry Associations (MIAs) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Yukon as well as partnership with Nunavut. The main function of the WCMA is to promote and celebrate western Canadian music and to create business and career development opportunities for western Canadian musicians and music companies while maintaining residence in the West. This is accomplished primarily through producing the BreakOut West (BOW) conference and festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards. This event is held each fall in different core-member regions.


WCMA and BreakOut West is a forward-thinking organization, always staying on top of new technology and trends to best support Alliance members, artists and the music industry. BreakOut West strives to be at the forefront of the music industry and represent the best new music from the region. 



The location of the 2022 in person event is Calgary, Alberta. Applicants from this region will be prioritized as there is value for these positions specifically to have local knowledge of the host city, however if an applicant from outside the region can demonstrate experience in the community, they may be considered. If a candidate is from outside the member region and chooses to relocate to western Canada for the duration of the contract, moving expenses cannot be provided.  



As a small team, the ideal candidates will be collaborative, adaptable, productive and a great fit with the organization culture. With the speed of major events and the music industry, all team members are required to work independently in a fast-paced environment to meet deadlines consistently. 


Applicants should possess the following required qualifications: 

  • Energetic individual with a passion for music and a creative approach to program planning and event management.

  • Demonstrated time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines;

  • Impeccable attention to detail;

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously;

  • Ability to be responsive and agile with a strong tolerance for navigating change or changing priorities;

  • Demonstrated ability to lead operations and manage resources effectively;

  • Efficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and effective organizational and staff management skills;

  • Ability and desire to contribute to creating a safe and inclusive work environment that is free from harassment, bullying and racism;

  • Skilled at working with diverse individuals and teams in a culturally safe and sensitive manner. 


The following are not required but will be considered assets for related positions: 

  • Production experience / understanding;

  • Social media knowledge and experience.


Timeline Expectations and Compensation

These are contract positions with the most strenuous workload being in September and early October. This is a five-month, part-time contract commencing August 2022 through October 2022. The successful candidates must be eligible and available to work in Calgary from Sunday, September 25 to Sunday, October 2, 2022.


These roles will be paid a contract fee. 50% to be paid August 1, 2022, with the remaining 50% paid upon completion of the event and receipt of final report, if applicable.  In addition, per diem of $50 per day during the event, and any required travel will be compensated. 



The Western Canadian Music Alliance values diversity, equity and inclusion and welcomes and invites applicants from diverse backgrounds and equity-seeking communities to apply.

All applications must be received on or before 5:00 PM PDT, July 15, 2022. 


Apply in writing to: 


Please email if further information is required. 

Receipt of application will be sent to all.  However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted following this.