Young musicians have One Big Opportunity to learn about business
GLACE BAY — The East Coast Music Association and Cape Breton Music Industry Co-operative are teaming up to offer all contestants in the Soundwaves One Big Opportunity program a music workshop to learn more about the business.
The workshop will take place Saturday from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Savoy Theatre Studio space in Glace Bay.
The workshop is open to all students who applied to the One Big Opportunity program, including the 11 finalists who will be opening for Soundwaves showcase artists at concerts in local schools starting Feb. 15
“ Through this workshop, the Soundwaves program continues its commitment to helping jumpstart the careers of young artists around the island,” said Bethany Eyking, Soundwaves coordinator. “Some incredibility talent artists applied for the One Big Opportunity program; this workshop is designed to develop their understanding of the industry going beyond the music.” The workshop will give the participants access to professional musicians, music industry technicians, event planners, financial experts, promotional professionals and people who hire artists. Sessions will cover everything from self-promotion to budgeting to acquiring an agent and presenters include Keith Dawson (Forever); Albert Lionais (Tom Fun Orchestra), Colin Grant (The Colin Grant Band), Bruce MacPhee (Grant Thornton/musician) B.J. Grechuk (The Joseph Scott Entertainment Agency), Jen Pino (Cape Breton University), Donnie Calabrese (Marcato Digital), and Bethany Eyking and Laura Mercer (ECMA). The student musicians will have an opportunity to tour the Savoy Theatre.