Young mu­si­cians have One Big Op­por­tu­nity to learn about busi­ness

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS FOCUS -

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.

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