"There's a lot of really great opportunities I think for a lot of Indigenous business owners right now. And you need to dig in and get yourself out there and identify yourself and persevere, that's really important." - Amanda Burenger, Owner of Curbside Concerts
Métis owner of Curbside Concerts, Amanda Burgener, has been nominated for four Live Music Industry Awards.
The event kicks off this week in Toronto.
Three of the awards she has been nominated for are #ForTheLoveOfLIVE Award – Individual, #ForTheLoveOfLIVE Award – Organization/Company, and Outstanding Emerging Organization.
Burgener says that she feels really good to be identified and selected for these awards in her industry, especially as a Métis woman.
Amanda Burgener, Owner of Curbside Concerts (Photo Credits - Curbside Concerts)
Curbside Concerts is an organization that started back in 2020, during the height of the pandemic. Owners Matt and Amanda Burgener saw that musicians were losing employment opportunities and found an alternative in bringing the entertainment for people right to the curb.
Burgener talks about her path to success during the pandemic, alongside her husband Matt with bringing music performances outside, saying that there is power in music and the arts in the community even through difficult times.
Image of musicians performing on curbside in Calgary (Photo Credits - Curbside Concerts)
Burgener says there are a lot of great opportunities for Indigenous business owners right now in the industry and gives advice for those who are wanting to walk down a similar path.
Curbside Concerts is also up for a number of nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards in Calgary that will be held this fall.
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