Singer/songwriter Kinley Dowling of Stratford is a musician with a lot to say, and she wants to share her message right here on PEI.
“I went to Halifax for university and then found myself wanting to come home,” she says. “People are so easy-going and friendly here, and we have so many great artists.”
Kinley teamed up with her friend, filmmaker Jenna MacMillan, who directed a video for ‘Microphone’, from Kinley’s recent album Letters Never Sent. She wrote the song to cope with the trauma of her sexual assault over 15 years ago.
The video has been shown at film festivals and public forums, and is now part of grade 9 health classes where topics of consent, gender norms, sexual assault, and the role of the bystander will be addressed.
Come home to work on PEI
“I remember a Stompin’ Tom Connors quote saying there are not enough songs written about Canada, and I took that to heart.”
This past summer, the Government of PEI ran its ‘Maybe You Should Come Home’ campaign to encourage Islanders who live away to come home to live and work. The campaign title comes from a line in Kinley’s song ‘Golden Days’. Kinley enlisted Jenna to direct a video to go along with the song.
“Jenna and I approached the government through Innovation PEI and encouraged them to support us in making the music video for ‘Golden Days’,” she says.
“We tweaked the story of the video a bit to go along with the government’s repatriation plan.”
The Government of PEI sought the support of Music PEI to promote Maybe You Should Come Home. The non-profit organization hosted a songwriters’ circle concert where Kinley and other musicians talked about their career journeys bringing them home to PEI.
“Music PEI has been great. I often apply for their grants, which help my music career along.”
About Music PEI
“According to a 2015 study, the music industry on PEI accounts for 1,000 full time equivalent jobs,” Executive Director Rob Oakie says.
“Music PEI holds professional development workshops, hosts showcases on PEI twice a year, and goes on outbound trade missions. These activities help musicians develop their profile, generate revenue, and attract more fans.”
“We offer an Investment Program every April and October,” he says. “Funding ranges from $1,000 to $10,000 a year. We have awarded over $800,000 to more than 300 projects by members of the Island’s music industry.”
Rob says Innovation PEI has helped Music PEI with project funding and SkillsPEI has helped with staffing.
From January 23 to 27, 2019, the organization will once again present Music PEI Week, where concerts and award presentations will be given across the province.
“This is the time for the Island’s music industry to celebrate the past year and celebrate the fans and community support.”
For more information about Music PEI, call 902-894-6734 or e-mail [email protected].
Visit www.musicpei.com. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
For more about Kinley Dowling, visit www.kinleymusic.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
For more about Innovation PEI, call 902-368-6300. Visit www.innovationpei.com. Follow them on Twitter.