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OnStage Internships 2017

We hosted three successful OnStage workshops in Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Prairie respectively. It was the first year we had student interns facilitating the Edmonton and Calgary workshops, and here is what our interns had to say about their stint with us:

Elka Eisenzimmer, OnStage: Edmonton Facilitator – SCiP Internship

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta was my first SCiP internship and I am so grateful it was! Immediately, I clicked with Shannon. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. She has so much knowledge and is willing to share that knowledge. You can tell she is passionate about her job and working with her definitely made my experience.

When I applied, I did not know what the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta was nor I had I heard of it. Over my two-week internship, I quickly fell in love with the organization and saw the immediate benefits of the work they do. My role was to facilitate OnStage: Edmonton, a program offering professional feedback to performing artists who are interested in touring within Alberta. My first task was to attend the Rising Stars Emerge Extravaganza at The Needle Vinyl Tavern. I watched seventeen very talent young singer songwriters for an afternoon and I was blown away by the talent. It made me contemplate my life and what I had done in my twenty-eight years! I had to choose four artists to invite to OnStage. This was quite the challenge. After some deliberating, I sent the approval and rejection e-mails, developed a schedule, and disseminated workshop information to the selected artists. Through the process, I gained a better understand of technical requirements needed for a live show and learned about stage plots. There were a few scheduling conflicts along the way but that is part of the fun. The day finally came, it was very early, and day-light savings had just taken place. So, it was really early and everyone was tired. But as the artists arrived you could feel the excitement and see the smiles on their faces. Once the panelists and artists arrived the day began with an orientation I prepared. The first artist hit the stage and the day just seemed to fly by. Each artist had fifteen minutes to perform followed by twenty-five minutes of feedback. The feedback provided by the panelists was respectful and constructive. I felt like a proud parent watching the artists perform and receive their feedback. It was such a positive, inspiring experience.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to intern with the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta. It exposed me to the need and benefit of workshops and showcases for artists. The educational side of the industry never really crossed my mind. All other professions have access to training so why not musicians. This experience also introduced me to the emerging artists in Alberta and allowed me to network. I am new to this province so that was a very beneficial part of my experience. Since, my internship finished I have been telling everyone about the work that the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta does.

I hope to volunteer with the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta in the future and assist with Alberta Showcase! Thank you Shannon and Steve for all that you do! It is appreciated not only by me but also the artists across Alberta!


Zach Herbers, OnStage: Calgary Facilitator – SCiP Internship 

I am a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student with a strong interest in the music industry, and SCiP was a great opportunity for me to get involved with organizing an important event, OnStage Calgary, which focused greatly on providing emerging Albertan musicians with a chance to perform and receive insightful and useful constructive feedback from a panel of music professionals. Prior to the event, I spent some time going through the artist applications for the Calgary event, which consisted of a diverse music styles, ranging from Pop, Country, Folk, Blues and R&B. I was impressed with the young age of many of these artists; it is always great to see young kids with the courage and ambition to get up on stage, perform, and receive the constructive criticism that all emerging artists need to perfect their craft.

Each artist that performed demonstrated not only the courage to perform live, but also a unique style and concrete musical strengths. This was really inspiring and encouraging; Alberta has a thriving music scene, and there is no question in my mind that opportunities such as OnStage can have a huge impact on encouraging and supporting talented musicians who are just beginning to perform live. Without programs like this, I doubt that Alberta music would be as diverse and fertile as it is today.

The critique panel was very impressive, as it consisted entirely of seasoned music industry professionals. I enjoyed the opportunity to sit in during the feedback sessions after each artist performed; 25 minutes of uncensored, real and constructive feedback was delivered. The panelists would give their honest opinions to the artists, giving them advice on both musical and promotional aspects, ranging from vocal and stage performance advice, to comments on genre and set list selection, as well as advice on how they, as musicians, can brand their own image and market themselves. From my experience sitting through these sessions, I can honestly say that much of this feedback was extremely valuable to the artists, as it is truly a rare opportunity for an artist to have the undivided attention of so many live music experts at once.

I would encourage any post-secondary student who wants experience in organizing a live music event to apply for the OnStage SCiP internship, as they will be given the opportunity to create the schedule according to genre and tech needs, as well as the responsibility of “running the show.” The opportunity to observe how industry professionals critique and value aspects of a live performance is also valuable for anyone who wants to be involved with live music in any capacity.

I would also strongly encourage all emerging Albertan musicians of any age to apply for OnStage. The feedback is priceless, and is a great experience for any musician seeking to improve their performance and image. It is also a great networking experience, as artists will meet facilitators of larger live events, agents and promotors. Any chance to perform live is important from a career perspective, but the added value of receiving feedback and networking are priceless, and can open doors for future opportunities. I hope that OnStage continues to thrive, and this can only happen when there are musicians taking advantage of the opportunity. I think that OnStage and SCiP are vital to the arts in Alberta, so I hope that awareness of the program and the value it can provide continues to increase with regards to both musicians and individuals like myself who have an interest in the music industry.

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2017 OnStage: Grande Prairie

Arts Touring Alliance in partnership with the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival presents OnStage: Grande Prairie, a program offering professional feedback to artists who are interested in touring dates in Alberta.

OnStage: Grande Prairie will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Grande Prairie Live Theatre.

OnStage: Professional Development for Touring Artists gives musicians, singers, and performing groups an opportunity to meet with a panel of professional musicians and community presenters who are all familiar with Alberta Showcase. Artists present a 10-minute showcase then get 25 minutes of one-on-one feedback. If you are applying for Alberta Showcase it is advisable to do the spot you are proposing. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.

The Arts Touring Alliance represents artists and presenters from across the province. Its programs promote and nurture arts touring, provide networking opportunities and access to professional development, which is made possible thanks to our funders: Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

Bear Creek Folk Music Festival features 4 stages with over 30 provincial, national, and international touring artists performing from a wide range of genres, including country, Celtic, blues, gospel, Americana, bluegrass, world music, contemporary and traditional folk, rock , and many things in between. With its diverse and high-calibre lineup, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Space at OnStage is limited. Email info@artstouring.com for details.

More information and Artist Applications are available online at:
https://www.artstouring.com/onstage

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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City of St. Albert Seeks Fund Development Associate

As Alberta’s ‘Botanical Arts City’, St. Albert is a community renowned for its botanical arts, its commitment to a green lifestyle and the cultivation of activities that provide for a well rounded quality of life. Our employees provide over 64,000 residents with high-quality programs and services and are proud to contribute to making St. Albert one of the best places to live in Canada.

The City of St. Albert’s Cultural Services department promotes the development of arts and cultural programs and services for our residents. We are looking for an experienced fund development professional to join our team in a position which plays an integral role in ensuring adequate resources exist to continue delivering exceptional Cultural programs and events to the community.

As the Fund Development Associate, you will be responsible for generating revenue through sponsors, donations, advertising sales and grants for cultural programs and initiatives such as The Arden Theatre, St. Albert Children’s Theatre, Amplify Youth Festival, Public Art and special projects/events. The Fund Development Associate will also develop alternate revenue generating streams for the department. You will draw on your strong communication and interpersonal skills to build and nurture relationships with granting agencies and corporate and private partners to develop and implement programs to support growth in revenues. The position is also responsible for the preparation of grant applications and subsequent reports, and ensuring they are submitted as per the terms of the funding agreement.

Full job posting can be found here: Fund Development Associate Feb 2017.pdf

Deadline to Apply: February 27, 2017

Qualified applicants are invited submit their cover letter and resume via the City of St. Albert Employment website http://www.stalbert.ca/employment

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Burlington Performing Arts Centre Seeks Executive Director

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) invites  suggestions and expressions of interest in the position of Executive Director for the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in Burlington, ON.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, located in the heart of downtown Burlington, is a new 63,000 sq. foot facility that opened in 2011.  The building, designed by Diamond + Schmitt Inc., is LEED-certified (leadership in energy and environmental design), Ontario’s first stand-alone green performing arts venue. 

The BPAC is managed by a separate not-for-profit organization with an independent board of directors (Burlington Theatre Board, Inc.), supported in part by the City of Burlington.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director–as the chief operating officer of the corporation–is charged with maintaining an effective fiscally responsible operating model for the performing arts centre, balancing between the Centre’s own presenting series, performances of community-based arts groups, and other community/corporate rentals and usage. 

The Executive Director is responsible for general operations, budget development, programming, strategy implementation, general administration, revenue generation, and community liaison, overseeing staff working in such areas as marketing, fund-raising, box office, front of house, technical and artistic operations, building maintenance, and finance. 

Chosen in 2016 as Canada’s  second “Best Place to Live” and the Best Mid-Size City in the country, the City of Burlington is home to a number of leading companies with global mandates. 

The complete job posting is attached here: BPAC 2017 Job Posting.pdf

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 3, 2017

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of references to:

Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
1103 – 77 Carlton Street
Toronto,  ON  M5B 2J7 Canada
gvasearch@gmail.com
www.genovesevanderhoof.com

For more information about the Burlington Performing Arts Centre: http://www.burlingtonpac.ca

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Alberta Craft Council Seeks Executive Director

The Alberta Craft Council (ACC) is a Provincial Arts Service Organization and the largest Provincial Craft Council in western Canada. ACC operates Edmonton’s second largest public gallery, and Alberta’s only public galleries (and touring exhibitions) dedicated to fine craft.

The Alberta Craft Council was founded in 1979 and now operates with a budget of $800,000+, a board of 12, a staff of 8, and a membership of about 400 (approximately 70% of whom are professional craft artists). ACC activities attract an annual total audience exceeding 30,000. In 2017, Alberta Craft Council will produce 21 exhibitions in 5 locations, market the work of about 150 members, provide advisory committee and other member services, coordinate extensive communications activity, and promote professional contemporary craft arts widely.

The Alberta Craft Council’s mission… to promote, develop and advocate for fine craft in Alberta.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL

  • Based in Edmonton Alberta, with some time spent in Calgary, and smaller centres
  • Salary from $65,000, commensurate with experience
  • Competition deadline: March 15, 2017
  • Start date: May 1, 2017
  • Send applications to:

A complete job description can be found here:

http://albertacraft.ab.ca/[…]job-opportunity-alberta-craft-council-executive-director.html

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Prairie Debut Seeks Executive Director

Due to retirement Prairie Debut is looking for an Executive Director to continue the organizations growth.

The Board of Prairie Debut is looking for arts and culture professionals who are passionate about bringing a positive musical impact to all areas of the Prairie Provinces. The only organization of its kind in western Canada, Prairie Debut is the conduit that links the best Canadian classical and world music artists to over 50 communities which are mostly rural and outside of the larger centres in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Yukon.

You can live anywhere in the three Prairie Provinces to work for us and some travel will be required.

Please find a complete job description HERE. Send your cover letter and résumé to Prairie Debut Board Chair Kevin Korchinski at kevin@osac.ca prior to the 5:00 PM EST February 28, 2017 deadline.

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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

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OnStage 2017: Artist Applications Open

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta presents OnStage, a program offering professional feedback to artists who are interested in touring dates in Alberta. OnStage 2017 sessions are held in Edmonton on Sunday, March 12, Calgary on Sunday, March 19, Grande Prairie on Saturday, March 25, and in Medicine Hat on Saturday, April 8.

OnStage gives musicians, singers, and performing groups an opportunity to meet with a panel of professional musicians and community presenters who are all familiar with Alberta Showcase. Artists present a 10-minute showcase then get 25 minutes of one-on-one feedback. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.

The Arts Touring Alliance represents artists and presenters from across the province. Its programs promote and nurture arts touring, provide networking opportunities and access to professional development, which is made possible thanks to our funders: Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

OnStage: Artist Applications Now Open

Artist Applications for the OnStage Workshops are subject to a $10 processing fee plus applicable taxes

OnStage Workshops are $25 for Non-Members, but they are still Free for Arts Touring Alliance Members. However, space is limited and subject to the terms and conditions listed below.

Artist Application Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Edmonton, AB
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Calgary, AB
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Grande Prairie, AB
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Medicine Hat, AB

>> Click here to view OnStage Terms & Conditions and to Apply Online

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OnStage 2017 Internship Opportunities

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta presents OnStage, a program offering professional feedback to performing artists who are interested in touring dates in Alberta. OnStage gives musicians, singers, and performing groups an opportunity to meet with a panel of professional musicians and community presenters who are all familiar with Alberta Showcase. Artists present a 10-minute showcase then get 25 minutes of one-on-one feedback. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta represents artists and presenters from across the province. Its programs promote and nurture arts touring, provide networking opportunities and access to professional development, which is made possible thanks to our funders: Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is working with Volunteer Alberta‘s Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) to provide post-secondary students in the capital region with the unique opportunity to gain experience in event management by taking on the roll of one of our four OnStage Facilitator Interns. 

  • OnStage: Edmonton  session will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017
  • OnStage: Calgary  session will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017
  • OnStage: Grande Prairie  session will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017
  • OnStage: Medicine Hat  session will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017

For more details and to apply go to https://www.joinscip.ca/organizations/746-arts-touring-alliance-of-alberta