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:

How-To From Home #4 – Meet The Experts: Audio / Visual Deep Dive

Friday, May 22nd, 2020
11:00am – 12:00pm

During this week’s panel & discussion, our industry forum will deep dive into tech tips and strategies for the at-home performer and presenter. This includes streaming sound and video live or for pre-recorded studio sets. The panel will also cover common tech problems and how to avoid them, and speak to audio / visual equipment and how to use it to your advantage for your next online performance.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mm_gvOKqQZ2ULCO34GErUQ

This week we are joined by Caisha Lea Thompson (filmmaker, sound engineer + musician) Elliot Cannon (Technical Director at FMAV) and Mirko Vogel (Studio Manager, Sound Designer and Producer – Vaudeville). The forum will be moderated by Rob Wilson – Production Manager, technician, teacher, songwriter + musician who has had key roles in some of Western Canada’s biggest events and productions. The episode will include a question and answer period where audience members can get real-time advice on their tech needs!

Moderator: Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson is a creator of events and happenings. Production Manager, Consultant, Stage Manager, Audio Technician, Teacher, Songwriter, Singer, Musician, and Record Producer. His music career has seen him performing on stages across North America, Europe and Asia, sharing the stage with Jason Mraz, Aimee Mann, Suzanne Vega, Ani Difranco and many more of the world finest songwriters. Robert has self-produced four records, his most recent release is titled “Lovers One, Haters Zero. His songs have appeared in many films, and television shows Alongside of a successful career as a recording artist, Robert works behind the scenes as a Production Manager, Consultant and Technician for a virtual encyclopedia of live events. Robert is the Production Manager of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and has had key roles in many of Vancouver Cultural events including the 2010 Olympics, Skookum Festival, Vancouver international film festival, Squamish Live Festival, The Honda Celebration of Lights, the Vancouver Folk Festival, the JFL Northwest Comedy Festival, The Surry Fusion Festival, The Khatsahlano Music and Art Festival and the PuSh Festival to name just a few. A shortlist of some of the people Robert has worked with would include: Arnold Swartzenager, the Roots, Foster the People, Cirque du Soleil, Maya Angelou, John Denver, Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien, and Paul Martin, President Bill Clinton, Dolly Parton, Will.i.am, Eryka Badu, Buddy Guy, Sarah Mclachlan, Carol Burnett, Steve Earle, Shania Twain, Allen Ginsberg, Goldie Hawn, Sir Bob Gueldoff, Betty White, Lauryn Hill, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Wilco, and Peter Mansbridge.

Panelists:

Mirko Vogel – Vaudeville
Mirko Vogel is an accomplished producer, sound designer and studio manager and leads the Vancouver outfit of Vaudeville. Vaudeville specializes in creative sound design and mixing for television, streaming platforms, commercials, trailers, and promo spots for broadcast, theatrical & digital formats. they’ve drawn some of the best, award-winning talent in the business, all working across our studios in the UK, US & Canada. Winning many awards and nominations including BAFTA, LIA, Clio, RTS, British Arrows, Cannes Lions, New York Festival, and D&AD. Our Vaudevillians create exceptional work in the friendliest environment. Their ability to call on talent and studios across multiple time zones, allows us to give your project more time even when up against the tightest of deadlines.

Elliot Cannon – FMAV
Elliot Cannon is a Technical Director at FMAV specializing in FOH audio and systems engineering. He creates cost-effective high-quality solutions to make the clients vision a reality. His friendly knowledgable attitude to all situations takes the technical stresses away from the client and allows them to focus on other elements. Holding an Audio Engineering Diploma from Pacific Audio Visual Institute, Elliot has over 10 years of experience in live and corporate events. He has worked with clients from TED to local festivals. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, and camping. Elliot is committed to flawless event execution, and working with a strong team to provide the highest level of service. Elliot is passionate about bringing new innovative, and creative solutions to events to provide outstanding client experiences.

Caisha Lea Thompson – Filmmaker & Film Sound
Caisha Lea Thompson is an award-winning film director from Kamloops, B.C. currently based in Vancouver. After studying at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts for a BFA in Film, she currently works as a production sound mixer in the industry, while prepping pre-production for two upcoming shorts and her first feature film, set to shoot in 2021. She is also a sound designer and field recordist, with her love of audio and sound stemming from her background as a jazz drummer and concert percussionist of thirteen years. As a filmmaker, she has a focus on writing and directing LGBTQIA+ topics and exploring the complexities of human relationships, especially their dynamics and fragility.

Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) and the Government of Canada for their support in this initiative.

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Past Workshops and Seminars:

How-To From Home: Creating Visual Content That Sings

Friday, May 15th 2020
11:00am – 12:00pm

This week our panel of professionals share easy to implement tips, tricks and strategies to create professional-looking video from your home. Whether your live streaming, recording a set to publish later or building out your content calendar – we’ll hear expert advice from different sectors of the entertainment industry, and how to make it work for artists, presenters and at-home producers. Our panel will also offer tips on how to utilize what you may already have at home to add polish to your next video.

FREE to Register, hosted via Zoom Webinar + Facebook Live

We’re joined by Director / Producer / Photographer Brandon Fletcher (Faked Potatoes), Online personality and lifestyle brand influencer, Karissa Pukas and celebrated acting coach Beatrice King. Moderated by Kristina Lao – an artist-advocate from Hong Kong with over ten-years of experience in entertainment, and a member of Music BC’s Board of Directors.

Moderator: Kristina Lao
Kristina Lao is an artist-advocate from Hong Kong. In her ten-years in entertainment, she has toured nationally, hosted international festivals, collaborated with award-winning producers and appeared in numerous network TV shows. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Music BC and a consultant for career pathways in entertainment.

Panelists:

BRANDON WILLIAM FLETCHER
Brandon William Fletcher is a Director, Producer and Photographer who runs a Creative Studio in Vancouver called Faked Potatoes. He is a part-time Instructor at Nimbus School of Recording and Media and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Music BC.

His images and work have been commissioned by a wide range of clients including M83, Scott Helman, Warner Music Group, Universal Music & SAXX Underwear Co.

KARISSA PUKAS
Karissa’s fun and down-to-earth approach to all things lifestyle is an inspiration to women around the globe. Fans subscribe to Karissa’s platforms for holistic lifestyle tips & plant-based recipes, along with self-care & fitness routines, home styling, outfit inspiration & beauty regime.

Karissa appeared on NBC’s Today Show and was featured in Cosmopolitan, Allure & The Daily Mail as well as featured front page on MSN.com & Yahoo where she shared her health journey and experience with breast implant illness. Karissa has interviewed the cast of ‘X Men Days of Future Past’ on the red carpet in Melbourne Australia and also played herself in an episode of UnREAL in 2018.

Karissa is a CBD and cannabis advocate and spreads the message of authenticity, listening to your body and self-love. Her focus on integrity and staying true to herself has led to collaborations with big names including Benefit Cosmetics, PUMA, Dyson, Tweed and LUSH, as well as trips to NYFW & Paris with YSL Beauty and with Dosist to Malibu.

Karissa is currently working with Smashbox Cosmetics and has just released a lifestyle website that couples her passion for healthy & sustainable living, responsible consumption and a balanced lifestyle.

BEATRICE KING

Beatrice King is a highly sought after Actor and Acting Coach for Commercials, Film & Television. She is the Youth Director at McIlroy and Associates in Vancouver, leading the Professional Screen Acting Program. Her award winning students can be seen on such shows as, ‘Supergirl’, ‘Riverdale’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Nancy Drew’, ‘Twilight’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘ The Twilight Zone’ etc, and countless commercials. Beatrice was the on-set Acting coach for the young leads on Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s film, ‘Skyscraper’, as well as two of DISNEY’s new Television series, and a series for NETFLIX. As an actor, Beatrice has amassed over 40 credits in Film, Television and Theatre. She can be seen in CW’s ‘The 100’, ‘Supernatural’, Warner Brother’s ‘Mortal Kombat’ as Queen Sindel, Giancarlo Esposito’s ‘The Show’, and Peter Farrelly’s ‘Loudermilk’. She also started Writing and Producing in 2014, and has since been the Casting Director and a Producer on the Award Winning Telus’ First Original Series, ‘Android Employed’. Beatrice coaches performers throughout North America, including Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Toronto, and Vancouver. She is interested in providing Performers with some of these valuable insights and tools, given her expertise in a number of areas in the industry.

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

How-To From Home: Leveraging Live Streaming For Artists

Friday, May 8th 2020
11:00am – 12:00pm

Music BC presents How-To From Home, a new virtual industry forum as part of our How-To Series.

This week we are focusing on strategies for artists, singer-songwriters and presenters and how they can leverage streaming platforms (including Side Door, Facebook Live, Instagram and Twitch.tv ) to grow audience. This forum will look at experiences from artists and presenters and how they have approached their live streams for fans.

FREE to Register, hosted via Zoom Webinar + Facebook Live

Moderated by Grant Paley, Paquin Artists Agency
Grant Paley, senior music agent at Paquin Artists Agency, has spent the past 22 years entrenched in the music scene – as both artist and agent.

As part of Paquin Artists Agency Toronto office, Grant represents a diverse roster in Canada, USA & Australia, which includes Too Many Zooz, The Funk Hunters, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Fred Penner, Moontricks, Delhi 2 Dublin, Chali 2na, The Dead South, Royal Canoe, the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, The Librarian, Terra Lightfoot, The JB’s, DJ Shub and SkiiTour.

Grant also lends his expertise by acting as mentor to emerging artists and has sat on juries for FACTOR, CARAS, WCMA the Canada Council for the Arts, and Manitoba Film & Music.

Panelists:

Sage McBride – Shred Kelly
Sage McBride is one of the core members of the alternative folk band Shred Kelly from Fernie BC. Shred Kelly has released four albums, toured Canada, Europe, United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The band is on DevilDuck Records. Their fifth album ‘Like A Rising Sun’ comes out on June 19, 2020. During COVID-19 Shred Kelly has been doing a livestream from their separate homes every Saturday to bring music to their fans. It has been an incredibly rewarding way to connect to their fans around the world during this difficult time.

Jill Barber – JUNO Award nominated Artists / Singer-Songwriter
Jill Barber is a three-time Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter with an unforgettable voice once heard, never forgotten. Her critically acclaimed repertoire spans a transformative spectrum from folk, to vocal jazz, to pop, and includes songs in both French and English.

Following up her 2018 album Metaphora, which featured the #1 hit song ‘Girl’s Gotta Do,” her breakthrough jazz album Chances was certified Gold for 40,000 copies sold in Canada. Jill’s work has earned her awards, such as the Sirius XM Jazz Artist of the Year and the East Coast Music Award for Album of the Year, and scores of fans, including Blue Rodeo, Ron Sexsmith, and Kris Kristofferson, who called Jill “a real songwriter, and a damn good songwriter.” Her evocative and timeless songs have been featured in film and TV, scoring shows such as Orange Is The New Black, The L Word, and Heartland, as well as powering a global advertising campaign for Chrysler with the track ‘Never Quit Loving You.’

An unforgettable, enchanting performer, Jill has headlined iconic venues such as Toronto’s Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre and Toykyo’s Blue Note and Cotton Club.

Nick Middleton – Westwood Recordings

Nick Middleton is a celebrated producer, mix engineer, DJ, label owner, and artist manager. From performing at the world’s biggest festivals (Coachella, Life Is Beautiful), to remixing world-class talent (U2, Imagine Dragons), Middleton’s career is built on a deep love of music, entrepreneurship, and a keen ear for the next big thing.

In 2013 Middleton founded Westwood Recordings – an internationally recognized independent record label with an impeccable artist roster, catalog, and global following. The growing Westwood brand now includes Westwood Sounds (a sample pack company for producers), Westwood Radio (a monthly radio show), and Westwood X (Westwood’s first sub-label aimed at developing emerging talent). In 2019, Middleton entered the world of artist management, expanding the artist services offered at Westwood and putting his decade-long love affair of music and entrepreneurship to work empowering the next generation of Canadian artists.

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

How-To From Home: How to Leverage Live Streaming Platforms For Electronic Music

Friday, May 1st 2020
11:00am – 12:00pm

Music BC presents How-To From Home. We are excited to launch a new virtual industry forum as part of our How-To Series during the COVID-19 shutdown. This week we are focusing on strategies from the electronic music sector, and how to leverage streaming platforms (including Twitch.tv Youtube, Facebook Live and Instagram) to grow audience, and optimize content so your next live stream is the best it can be.

FREE to Register, hosted via Zoom Webinar

Moderated by Dan Turcotte – Monstercat, Music BC Board of Directors
Daniel Turcotte oversees all Commercial teams at Monstercat, including licensing, publishing, sync, radio, editorial, distribution/supply chain, and catalogue acquisition. He focuses primarily on the identification and negotiation of key digital licensing agreements, commercial partnerships, and recording deals.

Driving Monstercat’s global strategy with a heavy focus on Asian Markets, Daniel has experience in securing digital licensing deals across developed and emerging markets. He has worked directly with Artist and Management teams to sign Recording and Publishing deals for the likes of Marshmello, Vicetone, SLANDER, Infected Mushroom and Gareth Emery.

In addition to his work at Monstercat, Daniel currently sits on the board for MusicBC. Prior to this, Daniel co-founded the UWO Chapter of Unity Charity where he spent four years as Artist Relations while completing his B.Sc and M.A. at Western University.

Panelists:

Tarun Nayar (Vancouver) – Snakes x Ladders
Tarun Nayar is a Vancouver-based music industry professional and outspoken advocate for diversity in the arts. Trained formally in Indian Classical Music from the age of 7, his involvement in Vancouver’s underground electronic music scene in his early 20s led to the formation of well-known Canadian band Delhi 2 Dublin in 2006. He has since led the band to Glastonbury (UK), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (US), Woodford (AUS) and hundreds of other club and festival gigs around the world. Tarun is passionate about creating opportunities in the arts for people of colour. He is Executive Director of 5X Festival, one of North America’s largest South Asian festivals. He is a member of BC’s Ministry of Education Advisory Committee, Vancouver’s Music City Task Force, and Vancouver’s 2018 Juno Host City Committee, and a frequent speaker on music industry panels. In 2017 he co-produced a Telus-funded 30 minute documentary called ‘Bhangra City’, highlighting the hidden world of Punjabi music in BC. Tarun manages emerging Pakistani-Canadian electronic artist Khanvict, and runs digital label Snakes x Ladders which focuses on the new wave of hybrid South Asian artists.

Dan Scarcelli (Vancouver) – Head of Live Programming at Monstercat
Dan Scarcelli is the Head of Live Programming at Monstercat. Since 2013 he has nurtured an online community not commonly seen in the music industry. The center of it all is Monstercat Radio, a 24/7 live stream network available on platforms such as Twitch, Mixer, Facebook and Twitter, as well as in Virtual Reality through Sansar. Monstercat Radio’s weekly scheduling includes its radio show “Call of the Wild” and live DJ performances through “MCTV”. Dan’s goal is to build a perfect trinity of fans, artists, and staff who are connected through music and technology.

Zach Jaffe (Los Angeles) – Director, Product and Marketing Beatport
Zach Jaffe, has over a decade of experience in the world of music technology and the live electronic music industry. He currently serves as the Director of Marketing and Product at Beatport, the promoter and organizer of the long running legendary Ego Trip parties in San Diego, talent buyer of the Desert Hearts Festival, and label manager at Outside In Movement. Previously, Zach led business development at groundbreaking tactile bass technology company Subpac and worked in entertainment law as a motion picture contract administrator for major tentpole Hollywood films.

ABOUT MONSTERCAT
Monstercat is one of electronic music’s most influential independent record labels, finely in-tune with an audience that communicates primarily in the online realm. Founded in 2011, Monstercat has released over 2,100 records from a roster of world-renowned artists including Marshmello, Vicetone, Seven Lions, and Dillon Francis. Notable achievements include: 8M+ YouTube subscribers, 90M+ monthly Spotify streams, and a triple-platinum record (US) with Marshmello for his label debut “Alone”.

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.

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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.

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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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