The SAVVY Sessions are professional development workshops for Performing Artists aimed at enhancing the skills needed to successfully navigate a career in the arts. With a focus on Dance, Music and Theatre, these workshops are open to all performing artists.

The Fall Session features workshops on Grant Writing, Social Media, Producing your own shows, Making the perfect demo, Auditioning skills, Accounting & Finances for artists, Touring advice, and much more.

We are also reaching English speaking artists in the Regions and this fall ELAN will present workshops in Grant Writing, Social Media and Business for the Arts in Sherbrooke, Lac Brome, Morin Heights, Chelsea, and Hudson.

Watch for updates on future sessions!

For further information concerning The SAVVY Sessions, or to submit your ideas for workshops, please contact junepark@quebec-elan.org

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

LEADER:

June Park

Grant Writing Intensive

This workshop will teach how to put your best grant forward! During this workshop you will be informed of the updates on the new Canada Council Funding model, and given insights into making CALQ and CAM applications.

*Maximum number of participants: 14.

  • Date

    Saturday, October 14, 2017; 1pm-5pm

  • Price

    $5 (ELAN members); $10 (non-members)

  • Location

    Black Theatre Workshop (3680 Jeanne Mance, Montreal), 4th floor 

SHERBROOKE:  Grant Writing and Social Media Workshop

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke

LEADER:

June Park

Sherbooke: Grant Writing Fundamentals & Making the most of Social Media

This in-depth workshop will guide you step–by-step through the grant process, including workplans and budgets Interactive exercises will help develop your Grant-ese language,for the most clear, concise and compelling submissions possible. Updates on the most recent changes to the Canada Council for the Arts, CAM and CALQ policies. There will also be a segment dedicated to maximizing your online presence through social media

Workshop Leader: June Park, ELAN Performing Arts Market Access Project Manager, arts consultant, writer and cultural connector based in Montreal.

The Savvy Sessions are made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Regional: SHERBROOKE.

*Maximum number of participants: 14.

  • Date

    Sunday, September 15, 2017;  10am-3pm

  • Price

    $5 (members);  $10 (non-members)

  • Location

    Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke   

KNOWLTON:  Grant Writing & Social Media Workshop

Friday, November 3rd, 10am-2pm

Theatre Lac Brome

LEADER:

June Park

Grant Writing Fundamentals & Making the most of Social Media

This in-depth workshop will guide you step–by-step through the grant process, including workplans and budgets Interactive exercises will help develop your Grant-ese language,for the most clear, concise and compelling submissions possible. Updates on the most recent changes to the Canada Council for the Arts, CAM and CALQ policies. There will also be a segment dedicated to maximizing your online presence through social media

Workshop Leader: June Park, ELAN Performing Arts Market Access Project Manager, arts consultant, writer and cultural connector based in Montreal.

The Savvy Sessions are made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Regional: KNOWLTON.

*Maximum number of participants: 14.

  • Date

    Saturday, October 21, 2017; 10am-3pm

  • Price

    $5 (ELAN members); $10 (non-members)

  • Location

    Theatre Lac Brome, Knowlton 

LEADER:

Denis Martin

Sound On

This Sound Recording workshop will teach musicians and voice artists how to make the best demo, audition and support materials. You’ll learn how to listen, and how best to coax the best sounds that you need for your demos or recordings. Techniques, terms and team collaborators like the sound technicians, will be explained in this intensive full afternoon session.

Workshop Leader: Denis Martin, Producer, Sound Engineer

Denis Martin is a researcher, instructor, audio engineer, and producer with diverse interests and expertise. Denis is a PhD candidate and course instructor at McGill University where he studies ear training techniques. He also holds a M.Mus in Sound Recording from McGill and a B.Mus in Percussion Performance from Acadia University. Denis specializes in the recording and production of rock, pop, R&B, jazz, classical, and world music. Alongside recording music, he also films music, with a particular interest in the production of live performance videos. To date, Denis has worked at several recording studios and has produced over 75 commercial music recordings.

*Maximum number of participants: 8

  • Date

    Sunday, October 29, 2017;  1pm-5pm

  • Price

    $5 (members);  $10 (non-members)

  • Location

    Studio Lamajeure (1110 Rue de Bleury, Montréal)  

Creative Collaborations with Johanna Nutter

Rescheduled to February 2018, TBD

Creative Collaborations: Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Autofiction: How to Create It and How to Take It With You
A proactive process of getting on your feet and making it up as you go along.
1. your destination: what is your “must tell” story
2. who to travel with: collaboration in creation, the outsider eye.

3. getting there: drawing your map and following it
4. the lay of the land: finding producing partners

*Maximum number of participants: 8.

  • Date

    Rescheduled for February 2018, TBA

  • Price

    $5 (ELAN members); $10 (non-members)

  • Location

    Freestanding Room (4324 St. Laurent, 3rd floor) 

LEADER:

Andrew Tay

Sat. Nov 11, 13h-16:30h, MAI (montreal arts interculturels)

Presenting Dance

Every artist wants to have their work programmed, but today’s rapidly shifting landscape of dance and theatre presenters, organizations, and institutions can be difficult to navigate. This workshop attempts to demystify the process! We will examine both practical and subversive strategies of communicating with presenters, looking at everything from making initial contact to building lasting relationships. We will practice necessary skills like “articulating your work to strangers” and “spontaneous pitching”. Finally, we will address how networking, community involvement and responsibility can play an important role in getting your work noticed.

Workshop Leader: Andrew Tay, Artistic Director of Wants and Needs Dance Co. and Artistic Curator of Centre de Création O Vertigo.

Saturday November 11, at the MAI from 1pm-4:30pm

  • Date

    Saturday, November 11, 2017; 1pm-4:30pm

  • Price

    $5 (ELAN members); $10 (non-members)

  • Location

    MAI, Montreal (3680, rue Jeanne-Mance)  

LEADER:

June Park

Grant Writing Fundamentals & Making the Most of Social Media

This in depth workshop will guide you through the grant process, and instruct you how to maximize your online presence.

Regional: MORIN HEIGHTS.

Maximum number of participants: 14.

  • Date

    Sunday, November 12, 2017;  10am-3pm

  • Price

    $5 (members);  $10 (non-members)

  • Location

    Theatre Morin Heights, Morin Heights

LEADER: CINARS

All About CINARS

Interested in touring?

Want to share your art abroad?

Join us with representatives from CINARS to find out how performing arts companies and artists can benefit from this amazing organization.

CINARS is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and support the export of the performing arts. Its main objectives are to:

  • Encourage cultural creations emerging from the performing arts sector
  • Promote commercial discussions between organizations specializing in production and those specializing in show presentation
  • Make Montreal a worldwide hub of performance art networking

This session is presented FREE, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, but you must register for a spot by emailing junepark@quebec-elan.org.

  • Date

    Monday, November 13, 2017; 6-7:30pm

  • Price

    Free (ELAN members); $5 (non-members)

  • Location

    Montreal, arts interculturels – 3680 Jeanne-Mance, studio #228

LEADER:

June Park

Grant Writing Intensive

*Full / no more spaces, please enquire about future Grant Writing Workshops*

This workshop will teach how to put your best grant forward! During this workshop you will be informed of the updates on the new Canada Council Funding model, and given insights into making CALQ and CAM applications.

Maximum number of participants: 14.

  • Date

    Saturday, November 20, 2017; 1-4pm

  • Price

    $5 (ELAN members); $10 (non-members)

  • Location

    Black Theatre Workshop, Montreal

Actors Unions: To be or not to be…

Saturday, November 25, 1pm-3pm

With representatives from ACTRA and CAEA

Actors Unions: To be, or not to be….

This session will be filled with industry insights from representatives from EQUITY and ACTRA, as well as from actors of both unions.  Learn about the benefits and challenges of being a part of these organizations.

  • Date

    Saturday, November 25, 2017;  2-4pm

  • Price

    $5 (members);  $10 (non-members)

  • Location

    Montreal

LEADERS:

Gourmet Delice, Joe Weiz

The Music Industry / Building Artistic Careers

Calling all Musicians! Are you serious about making a career in music?

If you are looking to make an impact on the music scene, don’t miss this workshop with Indie Montreal‘s Jon Weisz, and Bonsound‘s Gourmet Delice.  Take advantage of the expertise and experience of these two Montreal based music mavens.

Workshop Leaders:

Gourmet Delice is the co-founder of Bonsound, and head of Artist management & Direction – Business development. Bonsound is a music company founded in 2004 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Bonsound is an artist management company, a record label, a booking agency, a concert promoter and a promotion & publicity agency. Bonsound also operate two subsidiary: Bonsound Concerts, an event promoter featuring artists from Montreal and abroad; and Bonsound Promo, an agency which promotes projects not directly linked to Bonsound.

Jon Weiz is the founding director and head of Indie Montreal. Indie Montreal, an artist development company specializing in the province of Quebec. IMTL has a number of departments, including concert promotion, booking and media relations agencies, Artist Management and Street Marketing. They also offer ticketing, talent buying & production and consulting services.

  • Date

    Sunday, November 26, 2017; 1-3:30pm

  • Price

    $5 (ELAN members); $10 (non-members)

  • Location

    TBD 

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