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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Longtime Arts Manager Honored with NAPAMA Award

Photo: Ann Summers Dossena



New York City – January 10, 2012 – Legendary Canadian artist manager Ann Summers Dossena of Toronto was honored by her peers from across North America, Monday in New York City.

Ms. Summers Dossena, who operates Ann Summers International in Toronto and Rome, was presented with the first Manager of the Year Award at the annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon of NAPAMA – the North American Association of Performing Arts Managers and Agents – and APAP – the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. The presentation was made by Robert Baird, Toronto artist manager and president of NAPAMA, at the Hilton New York.

Ms. Summers Dossena was actually a founding member of NAPAMA, in the late 1970s. As well, she is an honorary life member of ISPA, the International Society for the Performing Arts, which has member arts presenters in 42 countries.


From her 1958 start in New York, through her years in Rome (1968-1977) to her Toronto base since 1977, Ann Summers Dossena has been a tireless advocate for the arts for more than five decades.

Through Ann Summers International, she has represented international artists in their career development, and has concurrently had a successful career as an imaginative and resourceful presenter and producer of concerts, tours and events.

In New York, she created the Extended Engagement Plan, which later became known as the Artists in Residence program and funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and Chamber Music America in order to develop and create full-time employment for chamber music artists, and at the same time stimulate the interest of concert goers. She also initiated an informal series called Concert Party. As well, she produced and presented the first concerts at Carnegie Hall after it was saved from the wrecking ball in the 1960s; and produced the first concerts at Lincoln Center.

Moving to Italy, she extended the Concert Party concept to Rome, and presented and produced such high profile arts events as concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, a tour of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to Israel, and two tours of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Italy.

Returning to her native Toronto in 1977, Ms. Summers Dossena established Ann Summers International, with a focus on serving both artists and audiences internationally. In 1983, she founded the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, a non-profit charitable organization with a mandate to help young artists move into their careers. Its Careers in Focus
program includes Encounters with Employers and Business in Performing workshops. Other activities have included a Singers Round-Table, a Parents of Gifted Children seminar,Balletto Classico (a company of six ballet artists), Singing Stars of Tomorrow concerts, and Sumptuous Sunday Brunches, honoring Canadian operatic icons and showcasing young performers.

In 2011 alone, the IRCPA presented Opera Week, in which 22 participating singers benefited from coaching sessions with Vincenzo Scalera of Teatro alla Scala, and Joan Dornemann from the Metropolitan Opera; a Career Moves session featuring a panel of Canadian arts professionals in a frank discussion on the industry; and a session with the revered Edna Landau, co-founder of IMG Artists, and artist advisor through Musical America’s Ask Edna column.

A more detailed bio is available at More info on the IRCPA can be found at


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