Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) is seeking applications for the following event-based roles to support the production of BreakOut West in Winnipeg, February 2-6, 2022.
Festival Production Assistant
Virtual Programming Production Assistant
Conference Production Assistant
Social Media / Marketing Assistant
Please see Schedule A for a brief descriptions of each position expectations.
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 year in a different official-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 WCMA head office and location of the 2021 in person event is Treaty-one territory, currently known as Winnipeg. Applicants from this region will be prioritized as there is value for this position 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, travel and accommodation expenses may not be provided.
While the main office is in Winnipeg, and successful candidates may work from this space, it is preferred that candidates have independent working spaces, apart from onsite work during the event.
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 this position:
- Production experience / understanding;
Timeline Expectations and Compensation
These are all contract positions with the most strenuous workload being in January and early February. All roles will commence approximately three months prior to the event dates and continue through February 2022 with varied hours throughout the period.
Contract fees will be discussed with candidates chosen for interview for each specific role.
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 PST, October 15, 2021.
Apply in writing to:
Please email if further information is required. No phone or in-person inquiries please as COVID19 adjustments have also adjusted our working schedule and locations. Pleaase include which role or roles you are interested in at the time of application.
Receipt of application will be sent to all however only those selected for interview will be contacted following this.
Please note, following the recommendations of Manitoba Public Health, all attendees of BreakOut West, including staff and contractors are required to be fully vaccinated.