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JANE LEBLANC ACTING SUPPORT AWARD
May 1, 2021
Cash Award: $500.00
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Sponsors for this award are: Cat LeBlanc Music, Maureen LeBlanc, and Tim Daley.
Are you an emerging or seasoned New Brunswick resident actor that wants to move forward, gain more experience and opportunities ongoing, and struggles to make ends meet?
Have you been told you are too emerging to apply for career development and creation grants?
Do you find it difficult to find experienced creatives to help you write and hone your grants? Do you find grant applications overwhelming and discouraging?
As a seasoned actor, have you applied for grants to develop your craft through mentorships, workshops, and events and rarely receive them?
This Acting Support Award is for any New Brunswick resident actor at any level who needs support moving their education and craft forward.
Mentorships (paying for any costs associated with the mentorship, including a fee for your mentor).
Workshop & Lab Intensives (costs associated with the workshop whether in person or online).
Artist-in-Residence (costs associated with the residency).
Memberships (costs associated with joining an acting organization).
Educational Material (costs associated with the purchase of any educational acting material).
- Bio or resume.
- Letter describing what you are applying for, any specific associated costs, and your challenges as an emerging or seasoned actor.
Email all submissions to:
JANE LEBLANC FILM POST AWARD
March 25, 2021
Sponsors for this award are Cat LeBlanc Music, SOUNDBUD, and Terry Gadsden
Jane LeBlanc Film Post Award
Cash Award: $700
Deadline: May 1, 2021
This cash post-production award was created to help New Brunswick emerging filmmakers get the help they need to bring their short films to the finish line in post-production. The term post-production hell is a reality for many emerging filmmakers everywhere.
Any New Brunswick resident filmmaker who creates their short films with little to no support is eligible for this cash award to enable them to hire a trained New Brunswick resident indie post specialist.
There are many independents working in film and video in New Brunswick who have the necessary skills to assist people, there is no need to farm out this work outside the province.
Eligible Post Work the cash award can be used for:
This cash award can't be used to top up any other grant/award the filmmaker has received except for the Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award.
This cash award must hire New Brunswick resident creatives to do the post-work on a project. A contract will be signed to this effect between the Legacy Fund and the awarded filmmaker.
Submit your draft short film or music video (rough cut) as a mov or mp4, as well as any other info that will help your submission. (biography, director's vision for the project, and what help you feel you need to take it to the finish line. Also, include the New Brunswick indie specialist you would like to hire. Tell us about their background and what role they will fill in post-production).
If your film is completed:
If you are applying for festival fee help specifically, please send your completed project as a mov or mp4 along with your festival marketing goals and your creative biography.
FIRST JANE LEBLANC MUSIC AWARD RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED
March 19, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fredericton, New Brunswick - March 19th, 2021 - Emerging New Brunswick-based music artist Stephanie David has been selected to receive the first Jane LeBlanc Music Award.
The award is given out through the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund created in memory of Miramichi, born artist Jane LeBlanc. The fund is in place to assist emerging New Brunswick resident filmmakers, singers, and musicians.
Seventeen talented music artists from across New Brunswick vied for the coveted award.
The February deadline music jury members were Colin Fowlie, Britt McQuinn, Joshua Sangster, Ollie LeBlanc, Dillon Anthony, and Cat LeBlanc.
Award recipient Stephanie David is a Moncton-based Multidisciplinary Métis Artist originally from Cape-Breton, Nova-Scotia.
Often changing creative hats, Stephanie is a writer, dancer, step-dancing teacher, and film director with a Bachelor’s in Theatre. Always striving to express, share and learn more, she seeks new adventures to be whole.
Singing in front of an old drain pipe because of how it made her resonate was one of her first music connections. Stephanie has sung everything from operas and musicals to church hymns to country, folk, jazz, and blues throughout the years.
Stephanie is very excited to work on her music with Cat LeBlanc Music and her creative team through the Jane LeBlanc Music Award and is thrilled to be selected for the first award through the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund.
About The Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund
The Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund was created in memory of Miramichi, born Jane LeBlanc. The fund is in place to assist emerging New Brunswick resident filmmakers, singers, and musicians.
Jane was a multidisciplinary artist and adventurer who traveled the world at a young age. She was a photographer, singer, musician, videographer, and visual artist. She lived life to the fullest and courageously took action in making her dreams a reality. Jane died of brain cancer in 2010.
Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award. (October 1st deadline annually).
Please check the website link for full info: http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/.../jane-leblanc-filmmaker-award.
Jane LeBlanc Music Award. (February 25th and June 25th deadlines annually). This IN-KIND award is valued at $5,000. Please check the website link for full info: https://www.catmaryleblanc.com/news.
Sponsors and Supporters for the music award are Cat LeBlanc Music, Eastern Hive Studio, Colin Fowlie Music, Joshua Sangster, She Said Feck! Records, Duncan L. MacDonald Chartered Professional Accountant, Karen Ruet Photography, 2007 films, Dan Hill, NB Film Co-op, Music•Musique NB, the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, and generous contributions from the public
For further inquiries:
CAT'S MUSIC MENTOR DAN HILL INDUCTED INTO CANADIAN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
February 17, 2023
Photo of Dan Hill - THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Jen Squires
Cat's amazing music mentor Dan Hill was recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame!
He also has a new album out.
Cat is in talks with him about being involved with the Jane LeBlanc Music Award as a mentor.
THE NEW 2021 JANE LEBLANC MUSIC AWARD!
February 11, 2021
This in-kind award is valued at $5,000
The Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund has created an award for New Brunswick resident composer-singers or composer-singers who are also musicians to assist them in the recording and mastering of one of their original songs as well as helping them to create their album art and brand to distribute their mastered track to all online music platforms.
If the music jury selects you, you will receive:
• Full assistance with recording and mastering (Eastern Hive Studio) and marketing and distribution costs
(Cat LeBlanc Music).
• 1 to 2 session musicians, if needed, for the professional studio recording.
•One-year membership with the NB Film Co-op, Music•Musique NB,
and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick.
• One-on-one professional development session with Kate Butler of She Said Feck! Records and Colin Fowlie of Colin Fowlie Music.
• One-on-one consultation with iconic singer/songwriter Dan Hill (was just inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame).
• Assistance with album art and logo brand creation (Cat LeBlanc Music).
What You Need to Do:
• Submit one draft vocal and music recording (for composer-singers who are musicians) or one draft vocal recording for (composer-singers only) of your original song for consideration.
• Please send us two short paragraphs talking about your creative hopes and dreams and what your music means to you, and what you want to do career-wise. Please tell us something about your background in music up to this point.
Three awards will be given out annually through the fund.
Deadline: February 25, 2021 (Past)
Deadline: June 25, 2021
This in-kind award is for any emerging composer-singer or composer-singer who is also a musician who has never had the opportunity to work with a studio and release their original work professionally through online music distribution platforms.
All submissions can be emailed to email@example.com.
Sponsors and Supporters for this grant are Sponsors for this grant are Cat LeBlanc Music, Eastern Hive Studio, Colin Fowlie Music, Joshua Sangster, She Said Feck! Records, Duncan L. MacDonald Chartered Professional Accountant, Dan Hill Music, KenLar Productions, 2007 films, Karen Ruet Photography, Terry Gadsden, NB Film Co-op, Music•Musique NB, and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick
Are you a more seasoned New Brunswick music artist that would like to give back by being a jury member for this award? Contact us for jury consideration.
ARTSNB GRANT WILL BRING MUSIC PROJECT TO LIFE
December 21, 2020
Cat received word today that she has received funding from artsnb for another music project she is working on exploring the themes of memory and absence. Thank you to the jury and artsnb for their support.
CONVERSATIONS DROPS ON DECEMBER 18, 2020
December 17, 2020
Cat LeBlanc's Conversations drops on December 18, 2020 on all online music platforms. The album is very personal and articulates in music what Cat has a difficult time expressing in conversation.
MUSIC ARTIST RECEIVES CC GRANT
December 17, 2020
Cat recently received a substantial grant from The Canada Council for the Arts for a big music project she will undertake in 2021. Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for their ongoing support.
BLUE TO BLUE IS ON ALL ONLINE MUSIC PLATFORMS
December 16, 2020
Cat's Blue to Blue album is now available on Spotify and all online music platforms.
BLUE TO BLUE ALBUM INTERVIEW
May 19, 2020
Check out my most recent interview with Canadian songwriter Cat Leblanc. You can also see recent interviews with Stephen Fearing, Mike Evin, and Jenn Grant. Makeda Marcia Taylor
CAT LEBLANC'S BLUE TO BLUE IS POETRY IN MOTION
April 19, 2020
From the opening title track, Cat LeBlanc’s debut album release ‘Blue To Blue’ is poetry in motion. The effortless, breathy words of her songs flow like wind whispering through Summer leaves. Within the entirety of these five new recordings, there are underlying themes of growth, longing, change and hope. Never allowing itself to wander from the cool end of the colour spectrum, this album certainly lives up to it’s name. ‘Blue To Blue’s passionate writings are dreamy and dramatic. Brilliantly, LeBlanc’s band The Samsonites supports the songs in a fashion that doesn’t sabotage the overall lucid mood of her lyrics. With “River Winding Through Your Hands” being the album’s only track to brighten in tempo, it is cleverly played, the whole production resembling a stream gaily racing through ancient polished stones. “Side of the Road”, “Music Man” & the closing track “Your Dark Gaze” give us a sense that Cat has discovered great empowerment throughout the years of her musical journey, leaving the listener to question just where she could be headed to next. This album is a fine collection of art, delicately crafted in every shade of blue. Inevitably, the sky’s the limit for Cat LeBlanc.
- Wynn Curtis, for Gig & Groove Magazine
BLUE TO BLUE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
February 11, 2020
Cat recently celebrated her debut music album Blue to Blue at her Release Party on February 23, 2020. Joining Cat were her Samsonites Bryan Mcdaniel, Colin Fowlie, Jeff Patch, Joshua Sangster and Olivier LeBlanc.
Cat's original songs and soaring vocals are ethereal and poetic. Her lyrics are haunting with a sometimes driving beat to their flow. With her debut album, Blue to Blue, Cat LeBlanc has created a song cycle of friendship, aliens, ageism, magic, darkness, and love.
The event featured an opening set of music from standout Fredericton singer-songwriter Blaire Webber.
WHEN: February 23, Sunday, 2pm - 4pm
WHERE: Grimross Brewing Co.
Price: $15 at the door (includes a copy of Cat's CD Blue to Blue)
The launch was to kick off a tour schedule for Cat as a solo artist. She was scheduled to perform in select cities in Italy beginning in April 2020. This is on hold now due to the pandemic.
This album was made possible thanks to a grant from Music·Musique NB (MNB), Province of NB, and generous patrons.
SONGWRITER HIRED TO WORK ON AUSTRALIAN SINGER'S ALBUM
December 10, 2019
Cat just signed a contract to work as a songwriter for a music artist based in Queensland, Australia, who is currently working on her album to be released next year. For this job Cat will be writing lyrics and vocal melodies to fit the music artist's inspiration-think Finneas.
ORIGINAL MUSIC PLACED IN FILMS
November 12, 2019
Cat's original songs Blue to Blue, Your Dark Gaze and River Winding Through Your Hands were recently spotlighted in two films that were showcased at the annual Silver Wave Film Festival. One of the films, After The War, won for Best NB Short, while the second film, Together We Move was nominated for Excellence in Scriptwriting.
SUMMER PERFORMANCES FOR CAT & THE SAMSONITES
August 25, 2019
Cat and her band enjoyed recent performances: Fredericton Summer Concerts in the Park, River Jam, Beer on a Bridge, and the Miramichi Folksong Festival
CAT GIVES ARTIST TALK
August 9, 2019
Cat gave an artist talk about her music journey through life recently. All the artists who spoke were fab. Thank you to everybody who came out. Thank you to ArtsLink NB for organizing this artist pop up session.
MUSIC ARTIST ACCEPTED INTO MUSIC RESIDENCY IN ITALY
April 1, 2019
Cat has been accepted into a a music residency in Sicily, Italy for one week in late April. Her newest music project
will explore electronic music.
She looks forward to meeting other musicians in the residency and knows she will
be inspired by her mentors, and her beautiful surroundings.
SONG LICENSED FOR USE IN SAILING WEB SERIES
February 15, 2019
Cat's original song River Winding Through Your Hands was licensed for use in the popular web series Sailing La Vagabonde. The series follows Riley & Elayna, an Australian couple documenting their journey traveling the world by sail despite no previous sailing experience. Since late 2014 they have been filming their adventures on YouTube full-time as they've crossed the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific Ocean.
MUSIC PROJECT NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE RECEIVES FUNDING FROM ARTSNB
November 26, 2018
Bequeathed to Cat when she died almost a decade ago, her sister’s journals have inspired her to create new songs and invite her to reconsider her songwriting process, as well. Now That You’re Gone will draw on Cat's sister Jane’s writings to explore themes of experience, memory, and reflection--all states and actions that are conceptually enmeshed with a common understanding of linear time, but seem to function simultaneously or in parallel. Jane remains so present to Cat in her journals.
MUSIC ARTIST RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP TO GO TO THE BANFF CENTRE
December 15, 2017
Cat recently received word that she has been accepted into the Banff Centre to do a residency (Musician in Residence) early in January 2018. She received a scholarship from patrons of the Centre to attend.
Special thanks to the Yolande Freeze Artists in Music Fund. Cat will spend three weeks in Banff (Jan 8-26) working on a new body of music. She will have a full recording studio, and will perform and meet with fellow musicians and mentors while there.
MUSIC ARTIST TO PERFORM AT FREDERICTON ARTS ALLIANCE GALA
October 12, 2017
Cat will be performing new songs that Canadian Iconic music artist Dan Hill has worked with her on to polish them to a fine shine at the upcoming Fredericton Arts Alliance Gala Fundraiser on Thurs, Oct 12, 7pm. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Westminster Books. Also performing: the always superb Dianne Roxborough Brown & the always stellar Don Bosse Quartet with the amazing Mary Milliken. There will be wonderful art up for auction by talented artists in the Fredericton community.
CONNECTING CREATIVELY WITH ICONIC MUSIC MAN DAN HILL
August 24, 2017
Cat can finally share her amazing news more widely. Award-wining music artist Dan Hill has accepted to mentor Cat in her music craft ongoing. Dan has such insight into songwriting and a true gift for lyrics that stay with you. Under his tutelage; Cat can only grow stronger in her songwriting. Check out Dan Hill by googling him and checking out his music on Youtube.
MUSIC ARTIST RECEIVES GRANT FROM PROVINCE OF NB AND MUSIC NB TO PRODUCE MUSIC ALBUM
May 17, 2017
Cat recently received a grant to produce her first music album Blue to Blue
MUSIC ARTIST RECEIVES CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANT FROM ARTSNB
December 6, 2016
Cat has received a professional development grant from artsnb to assist her in her music development studies in songwriting and composing. She will mentor with well known artist Debbie Adshade on a new music project.