AEMCON On A Budget - Grants, Free Programming, Day Passes, Student Discounts and Scholarships

As our 2019 event comes closer, we wanted to highlight a few options for those of you who are interested in attending, but are restricted by a tight budget. There are options for funding through grants, student discounted pricing, a Girls on Decks scholarship, and several free programming options. We want everyone to be able to get involved!

If you have any questions or need advice, please contact us at

Take advantage of student discounts and grants. Photo: Braiden Schmidt (@braidenks)

Take advantage of student discounts and grants. Photo: Braiden Schmidt (@braidenks)

Artist Grants

Many Canadian cities and provinces offer grants for professional development to artists. We encourage you to look into your province & city’s arts organizations to see what options they have available. From a national level, here are three great options to apply for:

SOCAN - Travel and Professional Development Grant, SOCAN Members only - up to $1000

Canada Council for the Arts - Professional Development Grant - up to $10,000

FACTOR CANADA - Artist Development Grant - up to $2000

Student Grants

Did you know that many student unions and universities will partially or fully fund educational activities like professional development conferences? Contact your student union or music faculty to inquire on if you can get some expenses covered.

In addition, there are a number of other travel and professional development grants you can access.

For a full listing of university grant opportunities, click here.

Student Ticket Discounts

If you're a student at any post-secondary school, a student of BeatDrop, or the Night Vision Music Academy, you are eligible for student ticket pricing! Students get access to the $149.99 conference pass price. Contact with a photo of your student ID to get a coupon code.

Day Passes / Night Passes

Launching in the 2nd week of October, we’ll be offering purchases of day passes for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday conference days. We’ll also be offering a night-time only pass that will give you access to all of our night program.

The Girls on Deck Scholarship - Apply by Oct 10!

Girls on Decks (G.O.D) is dedicated to supporting women/non-binary artists. The longest running female identified DJ collective in Calgary, AB is providing an opportunity for three deserving people to attend the 2019 Alberta Electronic Music Conference!

The Girls on Decks AEMCON Scholarship will grant you access to full conference programming. G.O.D will also provide successful applicants with a suggested daily program. This program is designed to increase your industry knowledge, inspire your creativity, increase your engagement with other women/non-binary folks in the community, and it also includes daily wrap up meetings with mentors MollyFi, AppleBaum, Esette & others. G.O.D’s objective is to help you get the most out of your conference experience and actualize your career goals over the weekend.

Learn more and apply here.

Free Programming

This year, we’re excited to offer a wide variety of free sessions and experiences to get you involved, even if you don’t have a ticket.

Get your hands on new equipment at The AEMCON MarketPlace. Photo: Leigh-Anne Hazard (@miss.hazard)

Get your hands on new equipment at The AEMCON MarketPlace. Photo: Leigh-Anne Hazard (@miss.hazard)

The AEMCON MarketPlace

November 16 & 17, 10 AM to 5 PM at Studio Bell

The AEMCON MarketPlace is an electronic music culture and industry trade show with more than 20 different music technology brands, a vinyl sale and swap, and other vendors. Explore the latest music technology innovations and get hands on with all kinds of music production equipment.

Learn more here.

Introduction to Music Production with Beat Drop

Friday, November 15 from 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM at Studio Bell

New to electronic music? Interested in learning more about it? Explore the basics of music production with Calgary’s premier music production school, Beat Drop. This program is free but requires advanced registration online. Visit the AEMCON website to learn more and register. 


  • 11:00-11:45 AM - Intro to Ableton Live

  • 12:00-12:45 PM - Intro to Synthesis

  • 1:00-1:45 PM - Intro to Drum Programming 

Studio Social X Feedback present AEMCON Producer Mixer & Feedback session

Thursday, Nov 14, 8:00-11:00 PM at Habitat Living Sound

and Friday, Nov 15, 5:00-6:30 PM at Studio Bell

For the first time, Calgary's Studio Social and Edmonton's Feedback events are collaborating to provide producers an opportunity to submit their tracks and hear them on a PK Sound system at Habitat Living Sound. This opportunity will also enable attendees to gain critical feedback on their tracks in a safe, community space at Studio Bell. This two-part event will bring producers of all levels together to share original compositions, meet and connect with like-minded creatives and to share and expand your music knowledge. Don’t miss one of AEMCON’s most exciting free programming events.

Network & get to know your peers at the mixers. Photo: Jim Tollefson (@stalemate_photography)

Network & get to know your peers at the mixers. Photo: Jim Tollefson (@stalemate_photography)

Workshop: NMC ON presents: In Conversation with Nick Middleton (of The Funk Hunters)

Friday, November 15, at 3:15 PM at Studio Bell
Nick Middleton is a sought-after music producer and one half the electronic music act, The Funk Hunters. He is also the next NMC Artist in Residence. He will share his creative process and provide a taste of new music.

Bystander Intervention Training with Centre for Sexuality:

Thursday, November 14, 5:30-7:30 PM at the West Wing, Studio Bell

This workshop will explore consent and active bystander intervention in music communities. Participants will discuss existing attitudes and beliefs regarding sexual violence and consent as well as tools to create safer spaces for artists and audiences. The workshop will explore factors that may prevent people from intervening, strategies to address harassment, and highlight the role of bystanders at concerts and events. The workshop is free but requires advanced registration. Visit the AEMCON website to learn more and register. 

“Join The Future” Book Launch

Sunday, November 17, 5:00-6:00 PM at the Central Public Library 

“Join The Future” is the first book from Velocity Press, a new publisher specializing in electronic music and club culture non-fiction. The book is the previously untold story of British dance music’s first sub-bass revolution, tracing the origins, development, impact, and influence of bleep techno. Author Matt Anniss will be in conversation with Velocity Press owner Colin Steven.