Professional Development

Alberta Music's professional development program, Backstage Pass, provides members with music industry education through industry information sessions, professional development workshops, networking events and mixers.

Backstage Pass consist of panel discussions or presentations with industry experts. Panelists vary from local experts to those highly recognized in their fields on a national or even international level. We put two or three of these experts together, fill the room Albertan artists and industry professionals and initiate lively discussions on a wide range of music industry topics which change every year.

Previous topics of discussion have included: Building Your Brand, Music Law, Music 101, Funding & Grants, Touring, Artist Management, Publishing and Showcase & Conference Info.

Many of our previous information sessions can be found on our Facebook page or Youtube channel.

If you don't see a session posted online you can reach out to


Throughout the year we provide one-on-one consultations on career development, grant writing, contract/law advice and tax information thought our Better Together Program. These popular consultations give members the opportunity to meet one-on-one with experienced and knowledgeable staff and local mentors and industry experts, to talk and ask questions about a variety of topics, including grants and funding, marketing and promotion, touring and festival logistics, building a team, taxes, royalties and more. Consultations are intended for general information and direction.

These consultations are either one-on-one meetings or in small groups. Consultations take place in Edmonton and Calgary, though you may schedule a phone consultation if you live elsewhere in Alberta.

Upcoming Better Together Thursday will be posted in our enewsletter, on our website and on our socials.


The Alberta Music office has a small but comprehensive library of books and DVD’s.  Directories and industry magazines are always available to our members and to the public. We also can provide members with access to information from past sessions, such as handouts and video or audio recordings. This allows the information to be available to those members in the smaller regions that are unable to attend our information sessions.

The workshops and networking mixers offered by Alberta Music have been very beneficial to my career over the years, not only by providing me with the opportunity to learn from some of the industry's best but also helping me spawn relationships with important players across the country.

~ Transit22