The members of Shanneyganock have chosen to let their longtime membership in the provincial music association drop, despite having won MusicNL awards over the years, after receiving a jury evaluation they say was disappointing on an application for funding for their latest album, “Rockin’ on the Water.”
“They said we lacked originality and needed professional development,” said Shanneyganock frontman Chris Andrews.
MusicNL has two granting sessions each year for its sound recording program, handing out four grants of $9,000 each during each session: $7,000 for recording, mixing and mastering and $1,500 for marketing and promotions.
Each session, roughly 30 local musicians apply for a grant, explained Jen Winsor, MusicNL’s communications and program officer and executive assistant.
MusicNL selects a three-person jury to evaluate the applications, consisting of people in the music industry — this could mean musicians, members of the media, publicists, promoters or others in the business. The jury is tasked with receiving the applications, which include demo recordings, a business plan and other supporting materials, and selecting the four recipients. All…