Music Publishers Canada Announces Participants of 2022 Women in the Studio National Accelerator Program

Michael Raine
July 12, 2022

Music Publishers Canada has unveiled the six participants of its Women in the Studio National Accelerator 2022, which advances the career development of talented producer-songwriters from across Canada.

The Women in the Studio program offers women, gender fluid, non-binary and gender non-conforming participants a series of curated workshops, educational sessions, and networking opportunities with music industry leaders. Music Publishers Canada is committed to changing the imbalance in the industry that exists for these producers, and supporting a creative and technical community that grows each year.

First launched regionally in 2019 and expanded nationally in 2020, the Accelerator is designed to provide the cohort with opportunities for skills development and networking that they may otherwise be unable to access. Participants will gain valuable insights from mentors and industry experts for the duration of the program starting with sessions starting this month through to December 2022. Sessions and workshops will take place virtually and in person, including a comprehensive program of development and networking opportunities in Toronto September 22-24, 2022.

The program will focus on topics including technical skills, financial literacy, music business skills, and branding and will offer opportunities for creative collaborations. Each producer, as a condition of acceptance, has also agreed to explore volunteer opportunities in their own community.

“Music Publishers Canada is thrilled to welcome these six exceptional producers to our 2022 Accelerator,” says Margaret McGuffin, Music Publishers Canada Chief Executive Officer. “Thanks to the support of our partners and industry mentors, we are able to advance the careers of women, gender fluid, non-binary and gender non-conforming producers in an industry where they often face many barriers.”

The Music Publisher’s Canada 2022 Women in the Studio Accelerator Participants:

   99Makaveli (Makenna Edissi) - Kitchener, ON
   Angelixa (Stella Lux) - Toronto, ON
   Erin Costelo - Halifax, NS
   Grace Chiang - Vancouver, BC
   laaain (La-Nai Gabriel) - Victoria, BC
   Ocevnside Clvb (Anastasia Petrova) - Toronto, ON

Biographies for all 2022 participants are available here.

The Women in the Studio National Accelerator is presented by Music Publishers Canada, and generously supported by RBC Emerging Artists, FACTOR and the Government of Canada, Ontario Creates and Cassels. Music Publishers Canada is pleased that this partner support has allowed for an in person portion to the program this year.

“For many hopeful creatives, catching a break in the music industry is challenging, and that’s why we’re thrilled that through RBC Emerging Artists we are able to support The Women in the Studio National Accelerator and the participating, talented producer-songwriters from across Canada as they advance on their career journey,” said Mark Beckles, Vice President, Social Impact and Innovation, RBC.

For more information on the Women in the Studio program, go to

Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.