International Resource Centre for Performing Artists


The IRCPA will present workshops in Toronto November 25, and December 2 and 3; and in May 2018 for all musicians, other performing artists and workers in the industry.
IRCPA Founder/Director Ann Summers Dossena explains, “The IRCPA holds monthly open round table discussions with artists of diverse backgrounds and genres.  Instead of theorizing or guessing what the artists need, the IRCPA seeks to balance what the artists request with what the experts tell us is needed.  Leaders of the workshops are all musicians who generously share information and their experiences with their colleagues.” 
The workshops, with the locations and leaders are the following:
 Branding, Marketing, Social Media,  Saturday,  November 25, 10 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. at 519 Church Street

Music theatre singer Lara Harb shares her knowledge.  NOTE: The first 10 artists to register can have their materials critiqued. 
From Rags to Reasonable! Financial Management / Planning for Artists with Chris EnnsDecember 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street

Busy operatic tenor and certified financial planner Chris Enns discusses the basics of  financial management, with such topics as budgeting with variable incomes (morning); and speaks about financial planning (afternoon).
Artists New to Canada, with Marcelo Puente (Chile) and Shahriyar Jamshidi (Iranian Kurdistan), December 3, 2:30 -5 p.m. at 918 Bathurst Street - ***Free Admission***

Kamanche (spiked fiddle) performer/composer Shahriyar Jamshidi, a recent newcomer to Canada; and musician, writer and teacher Marcelo Puente, who came to Toronto from Chile in 1974, share their experiences of establishing music careers in this country, providing guidance and suggestions for newcomer artists facing the same challenges.

Three more workshops are scheduled for May 2018:
Representation: Managers/Agents, Who are they?  What do they do?  When to approach?
Working Partnership between Artist/Agent/Manager
Who's Who in the Industry:  Programmers:  How do they determine what we hear in our clubs, festivals and concert halls?
Locations and other details will be posted in early January 2018 on
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORT: The IRCPA acknowledges with thanks the support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Jack Weinbaum Charitable Foundation, private donors, the Canadian Opera Company, THE 519, 918 Bathurst, Canadian Music Centre, and corporate partners La Scena Musicale, Lula Lounge, The Wholenote and The New Classical FM.

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