AEWest Spotlight: Celeigh Cardinal
Our AEWest program begins in just a few weeks and while applications are still open we are sharing a few past participants experiences and successes.
How have you grown as a musician since AE West?
My career has grown significantly. I’ve won a JUNO, got some WCMA nominations, released an album, showcased in Europe. I attended AE West at, truly, the most perfect time.
What was your biggest takeaway?
My biggest takeaway from the program feeling empowered in my ability to run my career as a business, and less like a troubadour.
What was the most valuable lesson?
I think the most valuable lesson was that, yes, there is A LOT more to do than I realized when it comes to running a career in the music industry, but there is a tonne of support available and especially, at CMI.
What advice would you give for someone thinking about taking AE West?
I’ve already recommended the program to multiple up-and-coming Indigenous artists, who I think would benefit so much from the program.
What was the most surprising thing you learned?
To be honest, I had an amazing co-writing session that made me realize I LIKED co-writing!
What challenged you the most?
The many layers of dealing with royalties.
What was the most meaningful moment of the program?
Working with Carol-Lynne Quinn who has now become my vocal coach. She is now a very real part of my team and life.
How have you been able to use what you’ve learned in your career?
It gave me practical and relevant information that I could immediately apply to everyday practices.
How did the program change the way you think about your business?
It made me think of myself AS a business!
How did the program prepare you for your next steps?
Very quickly after the program concluded, I became very busy, and it helped me be a little ahead of the game.