Every second Thursday Alberta Music brings in a variety of experts from the Alberta music industry to our North & South offices to hold consultations that provide advice, insight and guidance to artists and aspiring industry who are Alberta Music members, free of charge.
Throwback Thursday takes place twice per month from January 15 to April 23 2015, and consultations are either one-on-one meetings or in small groups requesting similar information. Consultations take place in Edmonton and Calgary, though you may schedule a phone consultation if you live elsewhere in Alberta.
THURSDAY MARCH 5TH EDITION: Songwriting critiques, live performance coaching, & tips for emerging songwriters of all genres
Bring your acoustic instrument, printed lyrics, and receive some great feedback on your music!
EDMONTON CONSULTANT: Rhea March
Rhea March is an award winning Live Performance Coach and Artist Development Specialist who’s work with emerging songwriters has been pivotal in launching countless young careers in Alberta.
Rhea has been active in the local music scene for 25 years as a performer, promoter, producer and educator. For 10 years she has been the weekly host of the Sunday Song Stage in Edmonton and she is perhaps best known for 8 consecutive years of preparing emerging artists for the showcase stages at the Edmonton & Canmore Folk Music Festivals. Her work in readying the artists combines intensive rehearsals with one-on-one coaching that focuses on the Business of Music; Stage Presence; Audience Engagement; Fan Base Development; Recording and Stage Craft.
Rhea is also enjoying her first term as a sessional instructor who teaches ‘Artist Management for the Music Industry’ at Grant MacEwan University.
Rhea’s passion for music industry education has created an unshakable community among Alberta songwriters by providing peer-led mentorship, coaching, workshops, and career enhancing performance opportunities.
CALGARY CONSULTANT: Ralph Boyd Johnson
Ralph has been compared to Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen and John Prine and is cut from the same cloth as icons Hank Williams Sr., Tom Waits, Lou Reed and the like. Ralph Boyd Johnson is an observer of life who writes songs and poems of every style and genre. His poetry and compelling delivery of the spoken word is what sets him apart from other songwriters. Ralph Boyd Johnson performed with Billy Cowsill for the CMT concert special, Farm Tracks, A Celebration of Roots Music in a line up with Jim Cuddy, Tim Williams, Sue Foley, Stephen Fearing, National Dust and Linda McRae.
He has opened for such acts as Jeff Healy and the Matthew Good Band in 1997, Vance Gilbert and Fred Jay Eaglesmith in 1998 and Amos Garrett in 1999. He has shared the stage with the likes of Dave Alvin, Billy Cowsill, Joe Ely, Victoria Williams, Kevin Welch and Blue Rodeo.
“Ralph Boyd Johnson is the real deal. You know it when you hear the commitment in his voice. You know he's lived his songs, been down a few dark alleys and come out the other end." - Holger Petersen
• Must be a current Alberta Music member
• All consultations are based on the availability of consultants for the topic(s) you request to meet about.
• Priority is given to those currently working on a project/grant