The Musician's Checklist – *Free
Sunday January 29th 2017
The Musician's Checklist -- hosted by veteran independent artist James Keelaghan ( a Juno Award winner and 4 time nominee, and Canadian Folk Music Award winner) and Independent artist and consultant with Music Canada and The Canadian Independent Music Association Rosalyn Dennet -- will introduce the series. Participating musicians will learn about 7 of the areas that will keep the wheels turning on their careers and be introduced to the upcoming workshops that dive deeply into each topic. Topics include registering for royalities, booking and contracts, grant writing and crowdfunding, digital marketing, performance, road survival, and networking.
The Paper Party: Royalties, Rights, & Registrations
Sunday February 26 2017
The music industry is constantly changing and so are the rights and responsibilities of professional artists. Knowing your rights and how to access them can open up new revenue streams. Understanding the publishing system is essential for every artist who wants to profit from their work. This workshop will outline your rights and equip you with the skills to access them, right on the spot. Julia will walk attendees through all the processes to ensure they have the tools to access both their rights and revenue streams. Attendees should come prepared with laptops and information on current releases and activity.
Booking & Contracts
Sunday April 2nd 2017
The gig is often your main source of income but how do you get them? Andrea Ramolo is having a successful career. She has many perspectives to offer from her time as a DIY artist in the first 5-6 years of her career, to working with an agents, managers and record companies in the last few years. This component deals with the strategies and approaches for booking as independent artists. Do you need management, or can you manage? How do you audition an agent?
Diversifying Revenue Streams: Grant Writing 101
Sunday April 23 2017
Creating albums and planning tours are expensive undertakings. Finding alternative ways to fund your projects can help to get them off the ground more quickly. Janine Dunlop is a regional advisor for the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. She works as a local point of contact for Grey, Bruce and Dufferin Counties by delivering a wide range of programs, resources, information, planning support, workshops and grants to municipalities and community organizations. Janine will deliver her version of 'Grant Writing 101' and direct you to applicable granting agencies.
Online Promotion & Marketing
Sunday May 28 2017
Participants will learn about industry standards and strategies to develop their online presence and eye-catching branding. Be prepared to show off your website and social media accounts to receive feedback and workshop ideas.
On the Road Survival Tips
Sunday July 16 2017
Participants will learn the tips and strategies that touring musicians use to keep themselves at the top of their game while on tour. More information to come.
Networking: the Art of the Jam
Sunday August 13th 2017
Networking is essential for all business people and for musicians that means knowing how to play well with others. Participants will learn how to use a jam to build the musical relationships that can carry them to new audiences and regions. More information to come.