Music•Musique NB (MNB) continues to celebrate the innovation and the creativity of the New Brunswick music industry, with its list of nominees for the 2021 Prix MNB Awards. Leading the pack with five nominations is the Choeur virtuel de l'Acadie, a project that started out as a way for a few friends to sing together virtually and ended up as a full-fledged choir with 230 members.
Les Moontunes are not far behind with four nominations, followed closely by Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Émilie Landry, Kylie Fox, M3D14 (pronounced "media"), and One8tea who have garnered nods in three categories.
The 12th edition of the Prix MNB Awards Show will take place in the Jim Myles Auditorium at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre (Fredericton) and will also be live-streamed on Facebook. The Awards show kicks off Festival (506), a three-day event which showcases incredible homegrown New Brunswick music, October 21-23 (Fredericton + Miramichi + Moncton)
A step in the right direction
The past few years has seen Music•Musique NB's team ramp up efforts to ensure the percentage of Prix MNB Awards nominees and showcasing artists accurately reflects the NB music community. This year, special efforts were made to ensure a better diversity on the jurors' side.
"We recognize that inclusion is a journey, and that we need to keep asking who is not at the table," says Jean Surette, Executive Director of MNB. "We're hopeful that each step, each policy, each decision makes our association just that little bit more welcoming."
As a next step, the MNB Directors will soon be crafting a 3-year strategic plan, for 2022-2025, and will be surveying the membership for concrete actions to strengthen MNB's commitment to openness and equity.