Friday, August 10, 2018 – St. John’s, NL: Representation of women and racially diverse populations is unequal in the music industry of Newfoundland and Labrador.

In recognition of this, MusicNL and the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society (NL Folk Festival) will partner to present a diversity forum for festival and music presenters in conjunction with MusicNL Week 2018. The forum will focus on advancing diverse acts during festivals and performances in the province.

“As a local music industry leader, MusicNL is pleased to partner with the NL Folk Arts Society to create an opportunity to bring festival organizers, event organizers and other presenters together from across the province for a diversity forum as a part of MusicNL Week 2018 on Sunday, October 14,” said Glenda M. Tulk, Executive Director of MusicNL. “We are confident that all festivals and events can advance diversity by learning from each other and working together. Lack of diversity at music events is a recognized problem throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and North America.”

The goal of the diversity forum at MusicNL Week 2018 will be to create a discussion about how to encourage presenters to book more diverse populations with a highlight on women and indigenous artists. Participants will engage in an exercise to evaluate the inherent bias of presenters, and a working group will be established to formulate goals that festival organizers and other presenters can strive toward to create more diverse and representative programming in the music industry throughout the province.

“The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society is pleased to partner with MusicNL for the inaugural diversity forum at MusicNL Week 2018,” said John Drover, President of the NL Folk Arts Society. “The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society works diligently each year to ensure diversity on our stages at the annual NL Folk Festival and our other year-round events.”

“We look forward to passing along suggestions and insights from our festival committee on how other promoters can attain similar success. Diversity on stage is important and we can undoubtedly do better.”

Additional details of the diversity forum at MusicNL Week 2018 will be released in the coming months. Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact MusicNL at 709-754-2574 or Attending MusicNL Week is a great opportunity for events and festivals to experience the local talent of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The following festivals will be participating in the upcoming forum: Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, George Street Festival, Lawnya Vawnya, Iceberg Alley Performance Tent Concerts and St. Anthony’s Iceberg Festival.

MusicNL exists to address key issues affecting the Newfoundland and Labrador music industry. It aims to implement positive change by presenting a strong voice to government, business and the community at large. More information about MusicNL can be found at

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society, best known for its Annual NL Folk Festival in Bannerman Park and weekly Folk Night at The Ship, has a mandate to promote and preserve traditional folk arts of the province. More information about the Society can be found at


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Rebekah Robbins

Program, Marketing and Communications Director



Kerri Mattie

Marketing Coordinator

Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society


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