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Alberta Culture Days Grant Funding Now Available!

Alberta Culture Days Grant Funding Now Available!

Pictured Above: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Arts Education Day
Photo Credit: Alberta Culture and Tourism

It’s time to put the call out for artists, volunteers and organizers – Alberta Culture Days is coming! Across the province, plans are already starting to come together for the largest three day provincial celebration of arts, heritage, culture and community. What are you going to do at the end of September to share your unique and amazing culture with Albertans?

Alberta Culture Days is your opportunity to reach out to new audiences and showcase your organization and community. For three days, every community’s unique culture is on display for Albertans to enjoy. Join us in the celebration of our culture!

Once again, the Government of Alberta is providing funding to assist community organizations in hosting Alberta Culture Days events. Grant applications are now open. Community organizations can apply for up to $10,000 to celebrate and showcase their culture between September 27 to 29. Applications will close April 4 at 4:30 p.m. More information and application forms can be found at AlbertaCultureDays.ca.

“Alberta Culture Days gives us all a greater understanding of the arts, culture, diversity and community spirit in Alberta. Last year was one of our best yet, and we are excited to see what Albertans bring to 2019. I encourage all communities and organizations to apply for an Alberta Culture Days grant to share their art, music, history and food this September.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism


Apply for funding and join us in the celebration of

Alberta Culture Days, September 27 to 29.

We want you to be a part of our celebration! Apply now to become a Feature, Host or Pop Up Celebration Site for Alberta Culture Days celebrations.

  • Feature Celebration Site – Sites offering three days of family-friendly programming during Alberta Culture Days, eligible for up to $10,000 in funding support.
  • Host Celebration Site – Sites offering two days of family-friendly programming during Alberta Culture Days, eligible for up to $5,000.
  • Pop Up Celebration Site – Sites offering one days of family-friendly programming during Alberta Culture Days, eligible for up to $1,000.

More details on the Alberta Culture Days grants can be found at AlbertaCultureDays.ca. This site also features a number of event planning resources and customizable promotional tools.

We look forward to having you join us for Alberta’s largest celebration of our culture during Alberta Culture Days September 27 to 29, 2019.

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Tim Isberg Releases Third Album Running on the Edge

Tim Isberg Releases Third Album Running on the Edge

Singer, songwriter, soldier and storyteller Tim Isberg, is celebrating the release of his latest album, Running on the Edge, February 22, 7 PM at the Norwood Legion (11150 82 Street NW).

Running on the Edge is inspired by adventures both from around the world and around the human heart. The advance single Yesterday is a poignant testament to veterans: their memories, their pain, their joy, and the yearning to return to say goodbye. A decades-old live recording of solo cellist Valery Volkov – Tim’s father-in-law who died in 2007 – performance with the Syrian National Symphony, comes alive as part of the intriguing Baghdad Cafe. And, the rootsy sound of Learned A Lot and Highway Two speak to growing up in rural Alberta, and the toils of driving a certain highway.

This is Tim’s third full length album, and follows his sophomore ‘Tears Along The Road’ album selected as a Top 25 Favourite by Music Canada. Produced by Miles Wilkinson, Running on the Edge features Marc Ladouceur on guitar & mandolin, Jeff Bradshaw on pedal steel and dobro, Mike Lent on bass, Brendan Lyons on drums, and Stewart MacDougall on keys.

Tickets for Tim Isberg’s Running on the Edge CD Release Party are $20, available online at YegLive or in person at Myhre’s Music (8735 118 Ave). This performance is being presented by the Uptown Folk Club.

For more information, please visit timisberg.com or uptownfolkclub.ca.

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Funding Increase for Calgary Arts Sector

Civic Coalition Drives Unprecedented Funding Increase for Calgary Arts Sector

December 11, 2018 (Calgary, AB) – Creative Calgary, a non-partisan civic coalition of artists, arts executives, philanthropists and city builders, is celebrating a major step forward for Calgary’s artists and arts organizations due to an unprecedented increase in funding for the sector. City Council has approved a plan to double Calgary Arts Development grants from $6.4 million in 2018 to $12.45 million in 2019, with further increases reaching $15.9 million by 2022.

This investment elevates Calgary from one of the lowest arts funders per capita – behind Edmonton and Winnipeg – to one of Canada’s leaders, alongside Vancouver and Toronto.

Creative Calgary was initiated by community members Christine Armstrong and Irfhan Rawji, who approached Mary Rozsa de Coquet (Rozsa Foundation), and Donna Livingstone (Glenbow Museum) to form the campaign advisory group.

“We recognized early in 2017 that the municipal election cycle and 2019-2022 budget was the opportunity. We contacted every municipal candidate in 2017 and met with dozens to convey a clear and consistent message: Pledge to work towards an investment from the City that positions Calgary’s arts organizations to lead nationally and acts as a magnet for business and creative talent. We were confident heading into 2018 that over half of the newly elected City Council supported this position” says Irfhan Rawji, Creative Calgary Co-Chair and CEO of Calgary-based tech startup MobSquad.

Creative Calgary built broad arts sector support, with the City’s largest “Cornerstone” arts organizations represented on its advisory group alongside small arts organization independent artist representatives.

  • Thousands of Calgarians joined Creative Calgary, pledging support, writing letters to candidates and volunteering.
  • 60+ Calgary civic leaders signed on to Creative Calgary’s open letter to municipal candidates.

For our part, Creative Calgary first worked to bring the arts sector together around an audacious goal, and then reached out to city agencies and institutions to find win-win strategies to help move Calgary forward. In response, City Council showed real leadership in its significantly increased investment in arts and culture. says Mary Rozsa de Coquet, Creative Calgary Co-Chair and President of the Rozsa Foundation.

This is the most significant show of confidence from City Hall that the sector has seen in over a decade in regard to how meaningful a role the arts sector plays in the economic and social development of our city,” says Calgary Arts Development President and CEO Patti Pon. “We extend our gratitude to Creative Calgary and to all of the artists, arts administrators, and volunteers who were instrumental in communicating the need for additional funding.

Creative Calgary is a non-partisan group committed to working with Council to ensure the City’s budget maximizes local jobs for artists and positions Calgary’s arts organizations to lead nationally.  Its advisory group and supporters represents a diverse cross-section of interests, including business leaders, arts organizations and creative technologists. Creative Calgary was generously supported by the Calgary Foundation and community contributions.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Shari Wattling, Project Coordinator, Creative Calgary
Email: shari@creativecalgary.org
www.creativecalgary.org

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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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Delhi 2 Dublin

Delhi 2 Dublin (D2D) is a live-electronic, bhangra, hip-hop, world-pop, hybrid act whose concerts have been likened to ’90 minutes of freebasing joy’. Famous for their onstage energy, the four member crew has played over 100 shows a year for the last decade at festivals such as Electric Forest (USA), Woodford Folk (Australia) and Bali Spirit Festival (Indonesia). Connecting roots to future, D2D features a heavy electronic backbone with live traditional Indian instruments (dhol, tabla), fiddle and the stunning Punjabi-English vocals of frontman Sanjay Seran.

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Routing Opportunity: The Wardens

East Region Or Anyone With A Gap In Your Season

The Wardens will be traveling through and have a gap in their routing:

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 – Westlock
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Open
  • Sunday, February 24, 2019 – Daysland

With performances equal to the mastery of the ranger tradeThe Wardens – Scott Ward, Bradley Bischoff and Ray Schmidt – are a Banff National Park-based trio whose stories rise from the very land they’ve protected for the past 60+ years.

The Wardens’ mountain music – blending folk, roots and western styles – is a piece of Canadiana reflecting the pristine wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. The trio have performed at Folk Alliance International, Canmore Folk Fest, Alberta Showcase and shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Paul Brandt, Scenic Route to Alaska and Ian Tyson.

More: http://www.banffwardens.com/

Bookings: Bradley Bischoff | banffwardens@outlook.com | 403-679-9648

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Employment Opportunity: Cultural Programming Manager, St. Albert

Cultural Programming Manager, City of St. Albert

Organization             City of St. Albert

Website                   www.stalbert.ca

Department              Cultural Services

Location                  5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert  

Salary                     $98,876 – $120,298 per annum

Closing Date             September 6, 2018

Competition #           18/172


OPPORTUNITY

The Cultural Services Department is currently recruiting for a Cultural Programming Manager. The City has a well-established cultural department focused on nurturing and developing the arts and cultural sector through direct delivery of programs and services, partnerships and collaborations throughout the community. We are looking for an individual with strong leadership experience and background in cultural planning and programming to join our team.

Serving as part of the Cultural Services Management team and reporting to the Cultural Services Director, the Cultural Programming Manager is responsible for the management and development of visual arts, public art, performing arts and performance programming as well as volunteer management for the International Children’s Festival. The manager is responsible to liaise with community cultural groups to provide guidance and support, and also help guide our own cultural programming, including special events, initiatives and cultural celebrations to ensure we are meeting the current and future needs of the community.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas:
• Visual Arts programming and exhibitions in the public realm, including public art;
• Long term performing arts development plans;
• Maintaining local, regional & national connections in the cultural industry;
• Strategic planning, community development programming, financial management;
• Organizational and community development, including not for profit governance;
• Developing connections to francophone, indigenous and other ethno-cultural communities;
• Staff supervision and development including coaching and mentorship experience;
• Grant and report writing, and analytics.

As part of the Cultural Services management team the manager will assist in the development of agenda reports, departmental budgets, monthly and quarterly reports as well as responding to information requests generated by Council, Senior Management and the public. They will also provide leadership for the programming team.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Degree in a related field such as Arts Administration, Business Administration, Recreation, and 7 years experience. Or, a diploma in a related field combined with 10 years experience.
• The ideal candidate will have progressively responsible experience across a breadth of areas in the area of arts and cultural management including staff and volunteer management, program and organizational development, project management and event planning.
• Experience in cultural planning and development.
• Previous experience in a municipal environment is an asset.
• An experienced leader who appreciates and is passionate for arts and culture; and can motivate and inspire others.
• Membership in Arts/Culture related organizations is beneficial.

COMPETENCIES

• Excellent staff supervision and leadership skills.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Well developed interpersonal skills and the ability to form collaborative relationships.
• Creative and innovative thinking.
• Political sensitivity, conflict resolution abilities, and negotiation skills.

HOURS OF WORK

Compressed work schedule of 72 hours bi-weekly (Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 with a regular day off every two weeks). There will be the occasional requirement for extra and evening hours, which could include attendance at meetings and events.

COMPENSATION

$98,876 – $120,298 per annum. In addition, the City of St. Albert offers a comprehensive benefit package.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a satisfactory police information check.

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

CLOSING DATE: September 6, 2018

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted

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Reminder: Membership Renewals

We sent out a slew of 30-Day Notices recently and want to just remind everyone:

Membership Rates Have Increased

We published a notice of the Membership Rate Increase on February 26, 2018:
https://www.artstouring.com/2018/02/update-membership-rates-increase/

Membership Renewal Anniversary

If your membership has been ongoing (prior to December 2017), your membership renewal anniversary is April 1st.

If you are a new or returning member, your membership renewal anniversary is the same as the date you sign up.

Membership Renewal Invoicing is Automated.

What does that mean? We do not manually make and mail out invoices. Your invoice is being sent directly by our website servers and not from an email account, which means the notification for renewal could be blocked by your spam filters. However, the invoice is still generated as a renewal order in your account.

Also, it is super important that you keep us up-to-date with a valid email address for billing. Billing contact information is not made public, so we won’t tell anyone you have a funny email address.

Membership Renewal Payments are NOT Automated.

What does that mean? We do not charge credit cards or PayPal accounts without you initiating the transaction. Whether you pay by cheque, credit card, or carrier pigeon, you have to actively process your payment for membership to be renewed.