Manitoba Music's Alan Greyeyes (Dr. Evan Adams)
The annual Future Leaders of Manitoba Awards were handed out in Winnipeg on January 24 and Alan Greyeyes took the trophy in the arts category.
"This is actually the first award that I've ever won, so it's pretty special," Greyeyes said. "I met some great people while going through the selection process and there's a lot of great support for the organization so I think the award will definitely help me do even bigger things in the future."
Greyeyes is the coordinator of the Aboriginal Music Program at Manitoba Music, and helped create the Aboriginal Music Performers Camp. That program offers a one-week artist residency to up and coming Aboriginal musicians from across the country.
It also provides artistic and business development and mentorship to emerging artists, pairing them with more established Aboriginal performers like Jesse Green, Don Amero, Tracy Bone and Vince Fontaine - many of whom started out as program participants themselves.
Greyeyes is also the chair of Aboriginal Music Week and the co-chair for Manito Ahbee which puts on the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.