Alberta Music Presents Advancing Diversity & Equity in Music Production (ADEMP) Workshop Series

Alberta Music is proud to present a series of workshops to Advance Diversity and Equity in Music Production (ADEMP)

Alberta Music wants to empower producers and engineers that are or identify as Women, Gender Expansive and BIPOC to receive training in partnership with Up In Arms Studios, the workshops provide professional development and training to strengthen and expand the knowledge, skills and networks in production and engineering where they are currently underrepresented. Applications will be assessed based on: stated learning goals, submitted sample, existing body of work and community involvement. You do not have to be an Alberta Music member to apply, successful applicants will receive a complimentary membership.

Applications for the first workshop are due November 27, 2023 11:59pm MST. Deadlines for future workshops will be announced closer to the workshop dates. If you are selected for the workshop you must bring your Laptop with a DAW and a project you are working on.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2023 – WOMEN+ MIXING AND ENGINEERING 10:00AM – 7:00PM (Lunch Included)

FACILITATOR: Chelsa Roberts is a recording, mix, and live sound engineer and has graduated from Musicians Institute in the Recording Institute of Technology program (Los Angeles), where she learned pre-production, recording, mixing and mastering, signal flow, post production, intro to live sound, and advanced DAW skills in ProTools. Chelsa currently works out of Catalyst Productions as a freelance recording and mix engineer. She is also a part of Edmonton Muse and EngineEars Inc as a mixing engineer.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2024 – BIPOC PRODUCTION 10:00AM-7:00PM (Lunch Included)

FACILITATOR: JDATS is an Asian-Canadian music producer from Edmonton. JDATS brings a classical music education foundation that informs his ability to create compelling melodies, progressions, and arrangements. While primarily focused on hip hop, JDATS’s versatility extends to pop and electronic music. He collaborated with artist K-Riz, producing albums that received critical acclaim and nominations at the Edmonton Music Awards. JDATS served as the executive producer for Josh Sahunta’s album “Dissonance,” who went on to win Male Artist of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards. In 2023, JDATS continues to push boundaries with his latest releases. “Still” is a house record, while “1982” is a classic hip hop instrumental, exemplifying his diverse production capabilities.


FACILITATOR: Enoch Attey is an Edmonton-based JUNO nominated musician, producer, and engineer, who began his musical journey influenced by the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Mahalia Jackson, and the Beatles. As a producer and studio engineer, he has been involved in many projects, ranging from Hip Hop albums, to film scores, poetry projects, and everything in between, including as engineer for his band Melafrique, internationally acclaimed poet Titilope, children’s artist Seeka Sings, and many more, Enoch looks for every opportunity to share the knowledge he has accrued over the years. Enthralled by the joy of capturing sound, creating music, and the innovation of technology, Enoch always seeks to bring the highest quality possible, while continuing to push the envelope of what is possible.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2024 – WOMEN+ PRODUCTION 10:00AM-7:00PM (Lunch Included)

FACILITATOR: Jinting Zhao is a two-time Canadian Idol-ist, former Sony Music Taiwan recording artist, and lifelong Edmontonian. As one of the few female producers and engineers in a commercial studio in Alberta, Jinting is unique in her ability to marry the technical and artistic sides of music making. As a producer and engineer she has had the privilege of working with amazing talent like Melafrique, Jully Black, Sinzere, K-Riz, Tea G, Robin Cizek, Daggerss, and many others. She is the founder of SHE-Q Audio, an organization that empowers and facilitates advanced level professional development and export opportunities for women and gender diverse individuals across Canada. She is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee of the international Audio Engineering Society, a former board member of Alberta Music, and a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion subcommittee of the 2023 Juno Awards.


OT Vibez Music Rehearsal Space will be attended on December 10, 2023 & February 18, 2024 Workshops First of its kind in Edmonton, OT Vibez Music Rehearsal Studio is Edmonton’s newest live rehearsal space, catered to the serious musician. Workshop attendees will experience this space to learn engineering concepts on live instruments.

Dr. Allison Sokil will be speaking during the December 10, 2023 & March 3, 2024 Workshops Dr. Allison Sokil is one of Canada’s foremost academic experts on women in the studio environment. She recently completed her doctoral degree at the University of Toronto through her dissertation “The Hums: Feminist Listening and Gendered Affects in Music Production and Audio Engineering in Canada”. As an instructor at MacEwan University, Dr. Sokil teaches Musicology, History of Popular Music, Ethnomusicology, Cultural Studies, and a series of Songwriting courses. Dr. Allison Sokil will be speaking on December 10, 2023 & March 3, 2024 Workshops.


Up In Arms Studios (UIA) has been a fixture in Western Canada’s music community for nearly two decades. Owner and chief engineer Nathan “Nato” Down is one of Canada’s most decorated mixing engineers and producers in hiphop, working with Merkules, Cadence Weapon, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Drezus, Mattmac, etc. UIA has amassed platinum and gold record certifications, with multiple Juno nominations, Polaris Prize shortlists, Western Canadian Music Awards, and over a billion streams.UIA has also worked on projects with global superstars including The Game, Ab-Soul, Too Short, Jelly Roll, E-40, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Benny the Butcher, and members of the Wu Tang Clan. ADEMP is presented in partnership with SHE-Q Audio, Up In Arms Studios, OT Vibez and funded by the Edmonton Arts Council.

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