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FYI Calendar of Grant and Funding Deadlines: Dec. 10, 2018

Chasing some dollars to fund your next recording or cross-country tour? Hoping to enter your songs into a lucrative competition? Seeking showcase opportunities at festivals and conferences? Check our calendar and get into the groove. The increasingly important AmericanaFest in Nashville has announced its 2019 dates.

FYI Calendar of Grant and Funding Deadlines: Dec. 10, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Festivals and Conference Submission Deadlines

 

Now Open

CIMA Road Gold Certification: Applications now open. This program is awarded to artists that have sold at least 25,000 tickets during their Canadian tour(s) throughout any 12 months.

 


 

Grants and Funding Deadlines

 

Now open

SOCAN Foundation Travel Assistance Program

 


 

21-Dec-18

Showcase applications for JunoFest 2019, London, ON, March 15-16

 


 

7-Jan-18

Showcase applications for CMW, Toronto, ON, May 6-12

 


 

Other Conferences and Business Opportunities

 

13-17-Feb-19

Folk Alliance International Conference, Montreal, PQ

 


 

8-17-March-19

South By Southwest festival and conference, Austin, TX

 


 

6-12 -May-19

Canadian Music Week, Toronto, ON

 


 

1-5-May-19

East Coast Music Awards, Charlottetown, PEI

 


 

Other Conferences and Business Opportunities

 

10-15-Sept-19

Americana Fest, Nashville, TN

 


 

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Celine Dion Battled Extreme Muscle Spasms From Stiff-Person Syndrome With Dangerously High Doses of Valium: ‘It Could Have Been Fatal’

The singer opened up about her decade-long struggle with the rare neurological disorder in Tuesday night's (June 11) primetime NBC special.

Celine Dion was so desperate to alleviate the pain from severe muscle spasms during her secret, nearly two-decade-long battle with the rare neurological and autoimmune disease Stiff-Person Syndrome that she took near-lethal doses of Valium in search of relief. In her one-hour primetime NBC special on Tuesday night (June 11), Dion said she took up to 90 milligrams of the medication used to treat anxiety, seizures and muscle spasms, an amount that is more than twice the recommended daily dose.

“I did not know, honestly, that it could kill me. I would take, for example before a performance, 20 milligrams of Valium, and then just walking from my dressing room to backstage — it was gone,” Dion said of the instant pain relief the medication offered at levels, however that “could have been fatal” if she’d continued at that pace. “At one point, the thing is, that my body got used to it at 20 and 30 and 40 [milligrams] until it went up. And I needed that. It was relaxing my whole body. For two weeks, for a month, the show would go on… but then you get used to [and] it doesn’t work anymore.”

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