INDUSTRY INFO SESSIONS
From September through May these sessions, which take place in a variety of music venues, 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.
As is the case with most of Alberta Music's programming, we try to keep things equal between north and south, so info sessions on a particular subject will take place in both Edmonton and Calgary on consecutive nights. Sometimes we conduct info sessions in other centres like Lethbridge or Grande Prairie.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
Once or twice a year Alberta Music hosts in-depth, day-long workshop in Edmonton and Calgary that focuses on one particular topic. We bring in two – three high profile industry experts to impart their vast knowledge. The workshop consists of a panel discussion during the morning session and either one-on-one or round table discussions in the afternoon. The feedback we receive from those that attend the workshops is extremely positive and they appreciate being given the opportunity to sit one-on-one with these professionals.
Topics in the past five years have included: Management Workshop, Producer’s Workshop, Live Performance Coaching, and Music Supervisors/Song Placement. Alberta Music brings in two or three high profile industry experts to impart their vast knowledge.
THROWBACK THURSDAY CONSULTATIONS
Throughout the year we provide one-on-one consultations on career development, grant writing, contract/law advice and tax information. We have found these consultations to be very popular and always-in high demand. Because of the success we will be adding more consultation time slots to the program season this year. These consultations provide a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with local mentors and industry experts, to talk and ask questions about your music career.
Every second Thursday, we bring 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.
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. The Alberta Music website also offers access to information from past sessions, such as handouts and video recordings. We will continue to video tape our information sessions and post them on our site. This allows them to be available to those members in the smaller regions that are unable to attend our information sessions.
Alberta Music will also take advantage of having the-of-town guest speakers in Alberta and will also conduct and post on our website short 90-second interviews with our guest speakers asking them some of the more specific questions that may not get answered during the 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.