Arctic Music Conference and Arctic Music Awards Lineup Released: Susan Aglukark, Twin Flames and More!

Only a few more days until the first-ever Arctic Music Conference and Arctic Music Awards! These online events are created to celebrate and support artists, music industry professionals, and other participants from the Arctic region.

The Keynote Speaker for the 2023 Arctic Music Conference and Arctic Music Awards will be multi-award winner Susan Aglukark. There will be virtual performances from Twin Flames, Beatrice Deer, Uyarakq, Tarrak x Peand-eL, Aasiva, and Jacob Okatsiak. Learn more at

Workshops for the 2023 Arctic Music Conference & Arctic Music Awards include: 60 Things to Post on Social Media in 60 minutes – Eric Alper, Performance and Stage Presence – K.ÓLA, Songwriting – Anna Fauske, Fundraising for Music Projects – Nunavut Music (Thor Simonsen), Entertainment Law for Artists – Edwards Creative Law (Byron Pascoe), and Music Distribution and Marketing with CD Baby – CD Baby (Darryl Hurs & Kevin Breuner). Learn more at

There will be three panels with industry professionals on the following topics: Language, Culture, and Global Export, Overcoming the Arctic’s Barriers to Entry, and Impact of Climate Change on Northern and Remote Artists. Lean more at

The program will bring together people from across Arctic nations, and events will include award presentations, workshops, performances, and panel discussions about how music can improve the quality of life in the north.

The conference will take place virtually on Zoom, March 24-25, 2023, and tickets are now available at

The award categories are:

  • Artist of the Year
  • Group of the Year
  • Indigenous Artist/Group of the Year
  • Single of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Music Video of the Year

The events are organized by Hitmakerz, an Iqaluit-based record label, and Nunavut Music, the territorial music industry association. The project was made possible with support from the Government Nunavut, FACTOR, and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

Due to having international participants from multiple Arctic nations, events will be held primarily in English, and the organizers hope to make the events annual, rotating the country of focus each year.

The Arctic is a stunningly musical region, but it faces various challenges. The Arctic Music Conference and Arctic Music Awards aim to bring people together, share knowledge, and provide opportunities for economic and cultural growth.