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“Project Management: The Great Juggling Act”
Thursday, October 23 @ Confederation Place Hotel (237 Ontario St., Kingston, ON)


A successful independent entrepreneur has to wear many hats while traversing the business of music, and often at the same time. It’s a demanding, fast-paced industry loaded with curveballs. Learn how the pros manage their time, prioritize and execute tasks, and how artists can optimize their working relationships with them. This panel is presented with Work In Culture.

We welcome and encourage people in the communities in and around Kingston to RSVP to emy@cimamusic.ca for as many parts of this session as they are able to fit into their schedules! Full schedule below.

SESSION ONE – Workshop
10:00am – 1:00pm • Salon A
cost: $15*

Led by a seasoned project manager from the cultural sector, this workshop includes an introduction to the discipline of Project Management, including full group and small group discussions and a live demonstration of how to use key project management tools. This workshop is linked to the Kingston Arts Council’s When Art Meets Business initiative (funded by the Government of Ontario), identifying ways to support artists in the business of art.

Topics Include:
• Who leads arts projects, and what is their role?
• How to keep everyone on track
• Balancing time, tasks, and money
• What makes a good project leader?
• Overcoming challenges

This is an ideal workshop for those intending to apply for the next round of the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) grants.

*Registration includes complimentary access to WorkInCulture’s e-learning module “Project Management”, a resource toolkit, and a copy of the day’s presentation.

2:30pm – 4:30pm • Salon A

This panel focused on project management within the Music Industry, moderated by Music Ontario Executive Director Rick Fenton,  will provide participants with an opportunity to hear from professionals on industry-specific topics such as managing time, prioritizing and executing tasks, and optimizing working relationships with artists.

Jon Bartlett (Kelp Records)
Chris Topping (Topper Co., CARAS/The Juno Awards, Dine Alone Records)
Angela Fex (FACTOR)
Jordan Howard (independent manager)
Dondrea Erauw (instinct entertainment)
Julia Train (MROC) – moderator

5:00pm – 7:00pm • Atrium
FREE – Sponsored by Steam Whistle

Join Music Ontario, the Kingston Arts Council, and WorkInCulture, along with your fellow artists, administrators, and cultural workers for a chance to meet, network, and make connections.

About The Facilitator: Ruth Cumberbatch is an experienced project manager in the cultural sector. Currently Fundraising and Communications Manager with Arts Etobicoke, she has employed project management skills to great effect, bringing in website redevelopments, fundraising and events, office renovations, grant applications, music applications and more.

Visit http://www.workinculture.ca/Our-Programs/Professional-Development for more information and to register.

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Join us today to learn more about modern label business strategies, how they work to develop new acts, and what they look for when taking on bands. Lunch is provided, and it’s only $5 for MusicOntario members and $10 for non-members. More details below:


October 14, 2014,12-1pm
Silver Flex Studio, Artscape Youngplace – 180 Shaw St.

While there may not be many majors left in the game, and the six-figure advance is a thing of the past, independent labels are alive and better than ever. Canada boasts a wide variety of successful, vital indies specializing in the whole spectrum of genres. Find out how some of Canada’s top indies scout new music and work to develop artists to a mutual benefit in this brave new world of the record deal!


Members: $5
Non-members: $10
Please arrive promptly at noon!
*Lunch included


Questions? Contact Emy Stantcheva: emy@cimamusic.ca.

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