How-To Series

Music BC’s How-To Series is presented throughout the year across the province with professional development discussions and workshops ranging from Songwriting, Funding, Marketing, and Touring for all career levels of artists and industry professionals. Events feature local and international speakers who are experts in their respected fields.

Upcoming Workshops and Seminars:

In partnership with Mint Records and Elevate Inclusion, Music BC will host a 2-part respectful workplace seminar and workshop on February 6th, 2020.

 

*PLEASE NOTE*

Seats for this event will be prioritized for people who are music company leaders, owners and managers who oversee various HR responsibilities. Please register for your chance to attend. Selections for the workshop will be decided on a first-come-first-serve basis and notified directly by email.

Part 1 – An Intro to Best Practices for Respectful Workplaces

Examine how to create respectful workplaces by exploring relevant laws and regulations that apply to the creative industry;

Human Rights and Cultural Awareness

Occupational Health & Safety

Dealing with Conflict Effectively

Part 2 – Respectful Workplaces; Best Practices for Creative Industry Leaders

Discussions on how to build inclusive and respectful workplaces by examining workplace culture through the application of;

Human Rights and Cultural Awareness

Occupational Health & Safety

Policy and code of conduct

How to address issues effectively and restore positive workplace culture

Labels, agencies, management companies, publishers, promoters, studios and live music venues are encouraged to get your registration request in early! If you have any questions about the seminars please email jimmy@musicbc.org.

Music BC Industry Association Boardroom

February 6th, 2020

10:00AM – 12:30PM – An Intro to Best Practices for Respectful Workplaces

1:30PM – 4PM – Best Practices for Creative Industry Leaders

We are thrilled to invite Natasha Tony to lead the workshop.

Natasha Tony is a trained mediator and experienced labour relations specialist who has advanced the discussion on how to build inclusive organizations. Bringing a keen sense of fairness and sensitivity to intersectionality, she goes beyond diversity programming and sets up organizations for true inclusion of and respect for all members.

Natasha’s former career as an extras casting director piqued her interest in diversity. Subsequently, she held a labour relations role for almost a decade with IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), a union representing members of the film, television, and entertainment arts.

Natasha is Principal and CEO of Elevate Inclusion Strategies, a consulting company which focuses on issues management and systemic conflict resolution. To this end, Elevate develops and implements diversity initiatives and respectful workplace programs for client organizations.

Elevate delivers services to its clients in two main categories: Issues Management and Culture Shift. Specializing in workplace restoration, Elevate conducts investigations, particularly pertaining to bullying, discrimination, and sexual harassment.

You can learn more about Elevate Inclusion at https://www.elevate-inclusion.com/

This workshop space, including the restrooms, are wheelchair accessible. We would also like to acknowledge and honour that this event is happening on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia for their support in this initiative.

 

Past Workshops and Seminars:

 

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Music BC and Elevate Music Project Present:
How-To Master Touring and Promotion: Expert Panel and Discussion

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
12:30-5:00pm

The current music landscape is becoming ever more demanding on artists and their teams to perform live, and for audiences both domestically and internationally. As part of the Elevate Music Project, in partnership with Music BC, we’ll present an industry panel + discussion with members of the music industry from the Pacific Northwest. The panelists will discuss best practices for booking, managing and optimizing domestic and PNW tours, give insight into best practices for DIY promotion strategies for artists and professionals, as well as examine solutions for mental and physical wellbeing while on the road. Following the panel, attendees can choose from two break-out roundtable discussions hosted by a selection of panelists.

Panelists Include:
Dan Mangan – Co-Founder, Side Door
Stacey Kerslake – Senior Marketing Manager, MRG Concerts
Savannah Wellman – Tiny Kingdom Music, Music Managers Forum
Drew McTaggart – Artist, Dear Rouge
Aja Lamb-Hartley – Assistant Director, Sofar Sounds Vancouver
 
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Artists and attendees are invited to stick around after the discussion for a networking reception in the venue

Friday, September 13th 2019
1:00pm – 3:00pm

The rise of self-managed, self-produced artists coupled with the streaming revolution over the past decade has turned the music industry on its head. In this uncertain climate, smaller, boutique and independent labels are challenging the status quo once ruled by the majors. Where do labels – both large and small – fit into the current music industry ecosystem, and where do they fit within the new narrative of DIY? Is the label a dying breed or an evolving model?

Panelists:
Stuart Meyer – Sub Pop
Adam MacKinnon – Barsuk
Taylor Dutton – Eyrst
Adrienne LaBelle – Mint Records

**Music BC Members: input your membership number into the promo code box to get your discounted tickets!**

Saturday, September 14th 2019
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Festival Directors and Buyers from Washington, Idaho and California talk through their unique perspectives in producing diverse events (including Capitol Hill Block Party, Thing Festival, Treefort and Noise Pop) What are their different approaches to the artist experience and ultimately in engaging the audience.

Panelists:
Eric Gilbert, Treefort Festival
Jason Lajeunesse, Capital Hill Block Party
Nadia Kaboul Quitslund, STG Presents / Thing Festival
James Lopez, Noise Pop

**Music BC Members: input your membership number into the promo code box to get your discounted tickets!**

How-To: Succeed in a Digital World

Saturday, April 27th 2019
11:00am – 6:00pm

Music BC is pleased to announce our latest How-To Series, ‘How To: Succeed in a Digital World’. Sign up for a full day of presentations and panels, featuring:

– Spotify Masterclass

– Leveraging Social Media Analytics to Engage Fans

– The Power of Branding and Visual Media

– Breaking Artists Via Youtube Channels, Labels, & Online Communities

Music BC members get a 20% discount on your tickets, just click ‘enter promo code’ and type in your membership number!
We would also like to acknowledge and honour that this event is happening on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the territories of the Coast Salish Peoples – the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

Accessibility: All panels/presentations and the washroom at Pyatt Hall are wheelchair accessible.

We thank our partners, FACTOR and the Government of Canada, Creative BC and The Province of British Columbia, and do604 for their support on this initiative.

Buy tickets for this panel below:

 

How-To: Tax Tips for Musicians – Victoria

Tuesday, April 9th 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Tax season is coming up quick, but don’t stress – Music BC is bringing back our Tax Tips for Musicians workshop to help take the fear out of doing your taxes.

This workshop will be hosted by DMCL Chartered Professional Accountants, who have years of experience in entertainment accounting.

We would also like to acknowledge and honour that this event is happening on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the territories of the Coast Salish Peoples – the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

Both the workshop space and the bathrooms in this space are wheelchair accessible.

We thank our partners Creative BC and The Province of British Columbia for their support on this initiative.

How-To: Business Series for DIY Musicians

Friday, March 29th 2019
9:30am – 4:30pm

Workshop #1 – Royalties Overview with Stephen Carroll

9:30-11:00am (90 mins)

In this session, attendees will receive a comprehensive overview of royalties collection from someone who’s been on both sides of the business. Stephen Carroll achieved international recognition as a member of the JUNO nominated band The Weakerthans, and he now works for Manitoba Film and Music.

Workshop #2 – Contract Essentials with Lindsay Bailey Law Corporation

11:15am-12:45pm (90 mins)

The objective of this workshop is to walk attendees through contracts they will likely encounter throughout their musical careers, including Recording Agreements, Publishing Agreements, Producer Agreements and Management Agreements while pointing out red flags and explaining deal points.

Workshop #3 – Financial Planning with Freedom 55 Financial

1:15pm-2:45pm (90 mins)

The financial landscape of a full-time musician/industry professional can be both challenging and rewarding at times. In this workshop, the Entertainment team from Freedom 55 Financial will utilize their past industry experiences to help those in the music business better navigate income inconsistency and risk. The team is made up of advisors that have previously held positions as artists, managers, live venue promoters, radio promoters, independent/studio musicians and social media marketers. Attendees will learn how to build financial plans to help achieve their goals in an otherwise unprotected and unpredictable environment.

Workshop #4 – Tax Tips with DMCL Chartered Professional Accountants

3:00pm-4:30pm (90 mins)

It’s tax time! Our always popular Tax Tips in-house workshop will be offered once again, with DMCL beginning the workshop with a brief presentation on common questions encountered while navigating a musicians or companies tax return, and ending with breakout sessions with the team so attendees can seek their advice on tax matters specific to their needs.

Music BC members get a 20% discount on your tickets, just type in your membership number at the checkout!

We would also like to acknowledge and honour that this event is happening on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the territories of the Coast Salish Peoples – the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

Both the workshop space and the bathrooms in this space are wheelchair accessible.

We thank our partners FACTOR and the Government of Canada, and Creative BC and The Province of British Columbia for their support on this initiative.

RSVP for this panel below:

Fostering a Respectful Workplace

Friday, February 8th 2019
10am – 5pm

Music BC is pleased to present ‘Fostering A Respectful Workplace’a workshop designed to give participants tools to address issues of harassment and safety within their workplace. This workshop will run from 10am – 5pm, with coffee and lunch provided.

The seminar will begin with a ninety-minute presentation by Melanie Samuels (Partner, Singleton Reynolds) on understanding how to respond to and prevent harassment complaints, and an overview of law of harassment, discrimination and bullying.

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Promoting Mental Health in the Music Industry

Saturday, November 17th 2018
1pm – 4pm

Join moderator Terry McBride CEO of Nettwerk, world-renowned psychologist Dr. Chris Stevens from Australia, recording artists’ & mental health advocate Catherine MacLellan, and Catherine Runnals, President & Partner, BRANDLIVE, as they explore what it takes to maintain good mental health in such a dynamic industry. Dr. Stevens has over 25 years’ experience developing organizational capabilities for what he calls the “virtuous circle” of sustained innovation, high performance and psychological well-being.

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Tax Tips for Musicians

Wednesday, April 4th 2018
6pm – 8pm

Tax season is coming up quick, but don’t stress: Music BC is bringing back our Tax Tips for Musicians workshop to help take the fear out of doing your taxes.

This workshop will be hosted by DMCL Chartered Professional Accountants, who have years of experience in entertainment accounting.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday April 4th from 6:00-8:00pm a, and is free for Music BC members and $20 for non-members.

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Get Stage Ready and Get Your Tech Tight

Sunday, November 26th 2017
12PM – 5PM

The professional musician must have a fluent understanding of the machinery, language and culture of the technical music production industry. Having the ability to clearly communicate your needs with technical crew and concert producers, understanding the basic functions of the most common equipment, and possessing strategies and best practices for interfacing with production crew and equipment is integral to presenting a professional show.

 This workshop and panel will give students an introduction to technical production and offer solutions to some of the most common challenges encountered by performing artists on the road. 

Attendees will:

– Get an overview of best practices for an effective sound-check across different types of engagements (from small venues to big festival stages);

– Gain a working knowledge of “backstage” vocabulary and the various production rolls, responsibilities and cultures, along with a basic review of PA systems and other equipment;

– Hear from a panel of sound technicians and tour managers, sharing anecdotal stories and suggestions on how to tackle common challenges on the road, at a club or a festival.

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Leadership Skills for Musicians:

Saturday, November 18th
10am – 1pm

We all aspire to be the best we can be, but how do we know where – and how – to start? The purpose of this half-day workshop is to help participants identify areas of current strength, and areas for further development, in their emotional intelligence and leadership abilities.

Workshop Outcomes (learning objectives):

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

•    Identify leadership skills and common leadership styles.

•    Conduct a series of self-assessments to determine current leadership skill levels.

•    Identify any gaps between their actual and desired states.

•    Set a learning agenda to further develop their emotional intelligence and leadership.

This workshop will be held at the Music BC offices located at 100-938 Howe St.

The workshop is FREE and open to everyone, but you must RSVP here.

We thank FACTOR, Creative BC and the province of British Columbia for their continued support.

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Music BC’s How-To Series Presents: Don’t Break Up The Band!

You don’t need to be a member to attend our upcoming free workshop on conflict resolution for musicians! All you need to do is RSVP at info@musicbc.org. Space is limited, so RSVP to hold your spot!

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SOUNDOFF: Music BC’s How-To Series Panel on Music Supervision

 

From Hurt Locker to Nike, world class music supervisors discuss the ups and downs and challenges of music supervision. What’s working? What’s not? Live music performances by local bands round out this stimulating night about placing your music in TV, film, games, ads and media.

Featuring Panelists: 

Natasha Duprey / Silent Joe (The L Word, I Am Heath Ledger)

John Bissel / Mothlight Music (The Hurt Locker, The Horse Whisperer)

Liz Gallacher / Liz Gallacher Music Supervision (The Full Monty, Masters of Sex)

Valerie Biggin / The SongRep Music Supervision (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Chesapeake Shores)

Kyle Merkley (ARPIX)

Moderator: PJ Bloom (Warner Film & TV)

**Free for Music BC members, $15 for non-members**

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Basic Integrative Negotiation Skills for Musicians 

Most negotiations are either conducted like competitions in which there is one winner and one loser, or end in compromises where everyone is forced to give up something. In either case it can leave the negotiators feeling dissatisfied not only with the result of the negotiation but also with the relationship itself over the long term, which is clearly undesirable if they are ever to work together again – which is likely in the music business. Beginning with the premise that most every interaction in life involves negotiation, this hands-on, full-day workshop uses extensive role-plays and negotiation scenarios to develop immediately practical negotiation skills.

Workshop Outcomes (learning objectives):

By the end of this workshop participants will have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to be able to:

•    Compare and contrast common negotiation styles.

•    Define and apply four principles of integrative negotiation.

•    Use the parties’ interests to generate creative solutions.

•    Identify and apply standards of fairness to ensure mutually acceptable outcomes.

This workshop takes place at the Music BC offices located at 100-938 Howe St, Vancouver BC

The workshop is FREE and open to everyone, but you must RSVP here to confirm your attendance.

We thank FACTOR, Creative BC and the province of British Columbia for their continued support.

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