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Alberta Showcase 2018 Evaluation

Greetings Alberta Showcase 2018 Delegates,

Each year at Showcase we ask for your feedback on the conference. The valuable information gathered in this survey helps us make improvements to Showcase every year.

If you submit your survey response by November 17th, you will be entered in a draw to receive ONE FREE registration to Alberta Showcase 2019.

Thanks for your participation!

Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/abshowcase18

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AGM 2018 – Executive Director’s Report

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OF ALBERTA
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, October 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT 2017-2018

 

Greetings Arts Touring Alliance Members. It is with great pleasure that I accepted the role of Executive Director for The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta. I look forward to using my 30-plus years in the arts industry in Alberta to further the goals of our organization and live performance in Alberta.

2017 Alberta Showcase – Highlights

Held at the beautiful Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan,
October 20 – 22

296 Delegates
47 First-Time Delegates
44 Artists – Featured

The Emerging Artist &Young Albertan performers were a hit yet again and we plan on continuing this opportunity for you to see the new and thriving artists who are coming into their own.

Auction brought in a record amount for Trevor Panczak. This money goes toward all the costs involved in producing Showcase.

Rhoda Taylor Award – Going to a very deserving person or group for their outstanding contribution to the live performance community in Alberta, but it was a special thrill to see former ATAA Executive Director Brenda O’Donnell receive the award in 2017.

Alberta Showcase App – available to all delegates through the Performing Arts Canada app, this app can be downloaded onto your mobile device to provide you with all of our showcase and conference information. It is available for download from the app store or via http://meaurl.com/PerformingArtsCanada

Professional Development Workshops – were conducted by Josh Gennings from The Dow, Nicholas Beach from The Jean and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre and Aimee Hill from All Access Entertainment.

Survey – Our post-showcase survey pointed out some highlights and lowlights about the 2017 conference. Thank you to those you took the time to fill out the survey. Your comments mean a lot to us and help to improve your experience at Alberta Showcase.

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OUTREACH

OnStage – Grande Prairie, Red Deer
OnStage is designed to provide professional touring artists a chance to perform in front of a panel of industry experts to improve their over-all performance skills as well as increase their chances of securing one of the coveted performance spots at Showcase. Most of the artists who have participated, in the last two years, have been quite new to the business and although we are happy to provide them support, we would like to attract those artists in which the workshop was designed for.

Going forward, OnStage will still be open to all professional artists, but a special invitation will be sent out to those who applied for showcase and did not get selected. A message will be included suggesting that participating in OnStage and getting valuable feedback could make the difference between getting a showcase spot or not.

Presenters Workshop – In early 2019 we will organize a Presenters Workshop in both Calgary and Edmonton to discuss issues that impact our members. Panel discussions and experts knowledgeable in subjects like on-line marketing, contracts and riders, succession, growing a new or sustaining an existing audience will be involved. If you have any topics that you would like to see discussed, please get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you, kennedy@artstouring.com

Administration
The ATAA had the pleasure of having an Arts and Cultural Management intern help us this summer. Yuri Kim performed several research projects that helped us identify suitable workshop sites, funding streams, community arts groups that include dance and/or theatre in their season and marketing strategies for professional development projects.

CAPACOA Survey – Our office sent out a national survey from CAPACOA asking you for an overall look at your practices and the economic impact of your community arts council. I know it is drudgery to fill these things out, but without reliable economic indicators, CAPACOA cannot lobby the government effectively on our behalf. I do encourage you to go online and fill out the survey:
http://www.capacoa.ca/en/services/research-and-development/vitality-and-impact-survey

APAC – Alberta Partners for Arts and Culture – Currently, we are exploring the drastic changes AGLC has made in non-profit casino licensing. The arts eligibility criteria changed in March of 2018 without stakeholder consultation or notice. The Calgary and Edmonton Chamber of Community Volunteer Organizations will be meeting with AGLC in this month of October to get more information about the shift in the casino environment. APAC will stay on top of this and update our partners.

A huge thank you must go out to our funders, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. They not only provide The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta with the dollars to keep our doors open but offer advice and support throughout the year.

In closing, I would like to say thank you to our Alberta Showcase team: Josh Gennings, Terri Ponich and the Dow Centre, Don & Sherry Waddle and their Production Crew, Shannon Jones the ATAA Office Manager, Maria and Apulia Catering, and the Arts Touring Alliance Board of Directors. I look forward to many years working together with such a great organization.

Kennedy Jenson
Executive Director
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

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AGM 2018 – President’s Report

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OF ALBERTA
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, October 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan

PRESIDENTS REPORT 2017-2018

To the Membership,

After another successful Showcase last October, the Board of Directors of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta (ATAA) began our duties with our first board meeting, held as usual in Red Deer, on November 19th and 20th, 2017.

Since the position of Executive Director (ED) of the ATAA had not been renewed following the AGM, the board’s first order of business was the discussion of and then the posting of the position’s criteria; and then accepting submissions. Before announcing the position, much discussion occurred regarding the qualifications and qualities the board wanted in its new ED. Thus began a very busy few months for the board, as planning for this year’s Conference and Showcase had begun as well.

Our second meeting in February on the 11th and 12th included interviews with the top four ED candidates, as well as our regular business. The selection group was impressed with the quality of the candidates and were very pleased when we could announce our decision that Kennedy Jenson was the successful individual and our new Executive Director. Welcome Kennedy!

At the February meeting, decisions were also made involving our special initiative, OnStage. OnStage presentations continue to support the development of home-grown artists by providing them with direct, one-on-one viewing, followed by an assessment of their performances by a panel of industry professionals.

In 2018, the OnStage presentations were held in Red Deer and Grande Prairie and a total of nine artists performed and discussed their performances with panels. It is worth noting that several of the OnStage artists then submitted an application to appear at Showcase, and two were chosen to be a part of the weekend.

The February meeting also included the board choosing the date of the Showcase jury that meets to review artist submissions. In order to provide presenters with a select number of artists to view and hear at Showcase, each year the call goes out to artists to submit applications. These applications, including videos of performances, are then viewed by a jury made up of individuals involved in the music presentation industry, such as presenters, artists, media, agents, funding body representatives etc., as well as the ATAA staff and several current directors.

In 2018 the jury met in Edmonton on April 27th and 28th. Worth mentioning is that this year the rules for artist submissions were made more stringent and the result was a few less submissions than previous years but a stronger level of quality overall. From over one hundred fifty submissions, over forty artists were eventually chosen, and they will be viewed and heard over the four days of Showcase, as follows.

• 30 Main Stage Performances
• 4 Opening Reception Performances
• 4 Emerging Artists
• 2 Young Albertans
• 1 Friday Late Night Roving Entertainment
• 2 Dinner Performances, plus the open mic on Saturday

The ATAA believes that our Conference and Showcase remain central to the society’s objectives, and we feel that the artist submission process is attracting more quality artists than ever, although some genres could benefit from more applications. To this point the ATAA continues to reach out to dance and theatre groups, for example.

For the remainder of the ATAA’s year, regular board meetings were held in May and September 2018. As well as the unique agenda items mentioned, the meetings always discussed financial reports, and membership information. The May meeting was held on the 6th and 7th and September was the 10th and 11th, with the September meeting being held in Fort Saskatchewan at the site of the upcoming Showcase, to finalize the multitude of tasks for the event, including planning the AGM.

At this meeting, the decision was made to return to the Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan, for next year’s Conference and Showcase.

I would note here, once again with appreciation, the hours of work put in by the volunteer Board of Directors of the ATAA, whose enthusiasm and dedication to supporting the arts touring industry makes my job so much easier. It is truly a privilege to lead this wonderful group and I thank them on your behalf and say without reservation, as I finish my six-year term with the ATAA and say goodbye, that I will miss working with them greatly.

I will also acknowledge the work of our dedicated ATAA staff, who consistently go beyond the expected and amaze us. To Kennedy, Shannon, Don and Sherry, thank you for all you do – we could not succeed without you.

Thank you as well to our wonderful, supportive membership; the ATAA is here for you and you are here for us. A relationship that has worked for over forty years.

And finally, thank you to our supporters, from grassroots to government, notably The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage and their significant financial grants. The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta could not do what it does without all your support.

As presenters, we all know the work and dedication needed to put on the show. Showcase 2018 should help all of you with that, we trust.

Good luck with putting on the show in 2018-2019.

Lawrence (Larry) Taylor, B.Ed.
President, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

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Alberta Showcase 2018: Artist Applications Open!

Now in its 41st year, Alberta Showcase brings touring artists together with community presenters searching for artists for special events, concert and performance series, and community celebrations. It is three days of showcasing the top performance artists interested in touring Alberta, that will inspire you!

More information about Alberta Showcase: https://www.artstouring.com/alberta-showcase/

Artist Applications Now Open!

Artist Applications are processed through the I Want to Showcase website.

Apply Now: https://www.iwanttoshowcase.ca/alberta-showcase-2018/

I Want to Showcase is a collaboration between partner performing arts conferences whose goal is simple: to offer performing artists a showcase application site that’s easy to navigate, understand, and use.

http://www.iwanttoshowcase.ca/

DEADLINE TO APPLY: APRIL 1, 2018

More information about artist applications: https://www.artstouring.com/alberta-showcase/showcase-applications/

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Photos: Alberta Showcase 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Alberta Showcase Kickoff Party

Photography supplied by Chris “Skip” Sturwold

Friday, October 20, 2017 – Alberta Showcase

Photography supplied by Chris “Skip” Sturwold

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Alberta Showcase

Photography supplied by Chris “Skip” Sturwold

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – Alberta Showcase

Photography supplied by Chris “Skip” Sturwold

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Alberta Showcase 2017

Thank You!

Thank you everyone who came and made Alberta Showcase such a resounding success!

Alberta Showcase 2017 – Survey

If you have a couple of minutes we would love to get your feedback on your experience:
 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/abshowcase2017

Survey closes November 17th!

Alberta Showcase was made possible thanks to our funder and sponsors.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts – Funder
The Arden Theatre – Exhibition Lounge Sponsor
Bassano Arts Council – Friday Lunch Sponsor
Bert Church Theatre – Friday Dinner Sponsor
Bow Valley Music Club – Rhoda Taylor Award Sponsor
Calgary Blues Music Association – Hospitality Centre Sponsor
Calgary Folk Music Festival – Emerging Artist Sponsor
Canadian Heritage – Funder
Chautauqua Edson Arts Council – Professional Development Workshops Sponsor
Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre – Saturday Lunch Sponsor
Fish Creek Concerts – Coffee & Tea Service Sponsor
Horizon Stage – Showcase Crew Sponsor
Keyano College Theatre & Arts Centre – Young Albertans Sponsor
Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre – Saturday Dinner Sponsor
Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts – Exhibition Lounge Sponsor
Maverick Co-operative – AGM Brunch & Mimosas Sponsor
Olds Kiwanis Performing Arts Society -Friday Night Amplified Stage Sponsor
Dow Centennial Centre’s Shell Theatre – Exhibition Lounge Sponsor
Superior Show Service – Exhibition Lounge Sponsor
Stage North Association – Saturday Night Acoustic Stage Sponsor
Ticketpro – Event Sponsor

Delegates & Exhibitors

For those of you looking for the list of delegates and exhibitors you can download the excel file here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/028fz2t5k4p89v5/2017ABSHOWCASE-DELEGATES-EXHIBITORS.xls?dl=0

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Alberta Showcase 2017: Artist Applications

Now in its 40th year, Alberta Showcase connects touring artists with community presenters searching for artists for special events, concert and performance series, and community celebrations. It is three days of showcasing the top performance artists interested in touring Alberta, that will inspire you!

Every October the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta brings together presenters from across Alberta who are searching for performing artists who will tour in their communities. Many of the soft-seat presenters offer subscription series. Some are simply cafes with one off concerts and events. They are looking for a diverse, challenging line-up of artists with broad audience appeal. Alberta Showcase 2017 will take place October 19-22 at the Shell Theatre in the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (just 30 minutes north of Edmonton). All applications are reviewed by a jury of presenters, performers, and promoters, and the top applicants are selected to showcase over the weekend.

Artist Applications are processed through the I Want to Showcase website.

Applications open February 1 and the deadline to apply is April 1.

I Want to Showcase is a collaboration between partner performing arts conferences whose goal is simple: to offer performing artists a showcase application site that’s easy to navigate, understand and use.

http://www.iwanttoshowcase.ca/

>> Click here for more info about Albert Showcase & Artist Applications