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Friday, March 13, 2015

IRCPA Hot Topics Workshops in Toronto April 10 - 12



Today’s Professional Performing Artist: April 10 at Paintbox Bistro
The Musician’s Toolkit: April 11 at JAZZ.FM91
All About Composers: April 12 at the Canadian Music Centre
Logo & slogan - 2014.jpgFor release March 13, 2015 – Together with major industry partners, the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists ( – a service organization for Canada’s musicians – presents three days of Hot Topics workshops with arts leaders, at three Toronto locations, between Friday, April 10 and Sunday, April 12.

The IRCPA, JAZZ.FM91 and the Canadian Music Centre have assembled leading experts and musicians who will share their knowledge and experience.  These workshops cover a wide range of topics, and offer opportunities for artists to speak directly with a variety of industry personalities, ask questions, network and interact with fellow musicians. 

The cost is $30 each day, or $25 for IRCPA members. (Free memberships are available on line.) Box lunches may be reserved for only $5, generously underwritten by The Daniels Corporation and Paintbox Bistro. Each day features a morning and afternoon session, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.

More information, ticket reservations and membership sign up are available at, or by calling 416-362-1422.
The Hot Topics schedule is as follows (subject to change):

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 – PAINTBOX BISTRO, 555 Dundas Street East
Moderator: Singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez
Today’s Professional Performing Artist
Robert Baird,
 agent, specialist in visas and work permits
Ron Davis, pianist/composer (SymphRONica)
Ann Summers Dossena, career development manager, IRCPA founder/director
Faye Perkins, president, Real World Artists, Real Records; manager, the Glenn Gould Estate

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Artistic preparation, markets, marketing, booking, ups/downs negotiations, getting to Yes, contracts, promotion

2–5 p.m.: Representation, Who, When and How to Approach; Job interviews (Auditions); Showcases; Touring at home and Abroad; Professional Wardrobe Needs; Long Term planning; Short Term Goals; Networking. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 11 – JAZZ.FM91, Long & McQuade Hall, 4 Pardee Ave. 
Welcome by Community Engagement and Education Manager Mark Micklethwaite.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Musician’s Toolkit – What it takes to Succeed in Today’s Music Business

Keynote Speech: Connecting The Dots – The Business of Jazz, with Jeff Levenson, New York label executive, writer, producer, educator, and journalist

Creative Presenting: How to present engaging performances, with
Josh Grossman, artistic director, TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Tracy Jenkins, co-artistic director, Lula Music and Arts Centre
Barry Shiffman, associate dean and director of chamber music, Glenn Gould School, The Royal Conservatory
Carol Gimbel, artistic director, Music in the Barns

2-5 p.m.:  
Pitching your music for radio airplay, with Brad Barker, music director, JAZZ.FM91

The Art of Recording and Getting Online, with Steve Bellamy, founder/president, Addo Records; associate dean, Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts

Publicity 101: How to Make it Work for You, with
Eric Alper, Director of media relations, eOne Music Canada
Jane Harbury, President, Jane Harbury Publicity

Welcome by Executive Director Glenn Hodgins
All About Composers!

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: 
Commissions, Royalties, Recording, How to Get Heard, Copyright Laws (for composers)
Building Relationships with ComposersGetting Permission (for performing artists)

Creating a profile for your collaboration, with
Brian Harman, President, Canadian League of Composers

Services available at CMC, with
Matthew Fava, Director, Ontario Region, CMC

2-5 p.m.:  
Funders – Policies, Procedures and Understanding Funding Agencies, with
André Jutras, Canada Council for the Arts
David Parsons, Ontario Arts Council

The workshops are the initiative of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. In the March 2015 issue of The WholeNote, editor David Perlman wrote, “Ann Summers Dossena, driving force behind IRCPA, has been preaching in the arts wilderness for as long as I can remember about the unmet needs of artists on the edge of performing careers who have nowhere to turn for support, resources and expertise when they are in the process of making the transi­tion from a sheltered academic environment to the realities of life as working musicians.”  Summers Dossena says, “We are pleased to welcome JAZZ.FM91, The Canadian Music Centre, Paintbox Bistro and all the other partners in the Hot Topics workshops, to expand our mission in assisting the wider music community.”

The March and April programs of the IRCPA are made possible, in part, by contributions from and/or the participation of the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, The Daniels Corporation, WholeNote Media Inc., the Canadian Music Centre, Canadian Opera Company, JAZZ.FM91, Mirvish Productions, Paganelli’s Risotteria, Paintbox Bistro, SOCAN Foundation and private donations.   

Depending on funding, the IRCPA also provides year-round services to artists on request, including round-table discussions, research, feedback auditions, mentoring sessions and consultations.  Founded and led by award-winning artist manager Ann Summers Dossena, the IRCPA aims to “turn potential into accomplishment”.  Charitable donations to these programs can be made through Canada Helps by clicking on the website  Travel miles are welcome and can be donated to bring international panelists and experts to Canada through the Aeroplan Beyond Miles program, also available on the

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