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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chamber Music America Announces $253,000 in Grants to Jazz Ensembles

CMA announces $253,000 in grantS to JAZZ ensembles

for the creation and development of new work

Twelve U.S. jazz ensembles to receive support

NEW YORK, NY (July 23, 2009)—Chamber Music America (CMA), celebrating its 32nd year of service to ensemble music professionals, today announced the recipients of 12 grants through CMA's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program. The grantees were selected in June by an independent, five-member panel of professional jazz musicians. CMA received 161 applications from jazz ensembles in 16 states.

Made possible through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New Jazz Works supports the creation and performance of new works by professional U. S. jazz ensembles, funds activities that extend the life of the work, and encourages the development of career-related business skills. Since its inception in 2000, the program has provided support to more than 132 jazz ensembles.

"We're delighted to be offering the New Jazz Works program," said Margaret M. Lioi, chief executive officer of Chamber Music America, "not only because of the new compositions it is supporting, but also because of the opportunities for professional development it will foster for composers over the three-year grant period. More than ever, creative artists need to be competent administrators and promoters of their own work. CMA is grateful to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for its generosity in making the program possible, and we look forward to working closely with these exceptional musicians over the next several years."

Grantees and their Projects

Rez Abbasi Group (New York, NY) In Motherland, Abassi will draw from indigenous Pakistani music and his experiences as a Pakistani-American to create a work for his quartet—guitar, piano, bass, and drum set—and a guest vocalist.

Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers (Yonkers, NY) ElSaffar's piece for sextet will integrate a harmonic language based on the intervals of the Maqam, a system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music; alternative tunings; a melodic and rhythmic template, and improvisation. The piece will feature voice, trumpet, alto saxophone, santour, oud, buzuq, violin, bass, dumbek, frame drum, and drum set.

John Escreet Project (New York, NY) Escreet explores his interest in the relation between speech and music with a new work that looks into the compositional possibilities of multiple, simultaneous speech tracks. His ensemble includes alto saxophone, trumpet, electronics, piano, bass, and drum set.

Ellery Eskelin and Different But the Same (New York, NY) Eskelelin plans a work in which the instrumentalists will improvise as composers, rather than simply playing solos in a pre-composed piece. Instrumentation includes tenor saxophones, bass, and drum set.

Joel Harrison Group (Brooklyn, NY) Harrison draws from the formal concepts of Charles Ives, John Adams, Oliver Messiaen, György Ligeti, and Aarvo Pärt to construct densely textured suite for alto saxophone, violin, cello, guitar, bass, hajini, dejmbe, frame drum, and drum set.

John Hollenbeck and The Claudia Quintet (New York, NY) Suite Lorrainebased loosely on structures, melodies, and harmonies of select jazz standards—will feature polyrhythms, sonic "tapestries," and rhythmic counterpoint. The piece will be scored for clarinet, tenor saxophone, accordion, vibraphone, bass, piano, percussion, and drum set.

Jason Kao Hwang and Edge (Jersey City, NJ) Jason Kao Hwang will sequence written notation and improvisations, creating "a musical landscape through which each instrument, as a character, will journey." Instrumentation: cornet/flugelhorn, trombone, tuba, violin/viola, erhu, pipa, bass, and drum set.

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet (Brooklyn, NY) Gamak is planned as a multi-movement work for alto saxophone, guitar, bass, and drum set. Mahanthappa will explore melodic ornamentation, alternative tunings, and rhythm beat cycles derived from Indian, African, and Indonesian music in a jazz context.

Ole Mathisen and F.F.E.A.R. (New York, NY) Mathisen conceives Mirage as a multi-movement work built on unusual meter, tempo, and micro-tonal relationships. As the title suggests, the piece is meant to project the illusion that the quartet (saxophones, clarinet, trombone, bass, and drum set) is part of a much larger group of instruments.

Josh Moshier and Moshier/Lebrun Collective (Evanston, IL) For a work inspired by Studs Terkel's memoir Touch and Go, the composer will utilize both sequenced song and through-composition in five self-contained songs. The work will be scored for tenor saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and drum set.

Mario Pavone and Orange Double Tenor Ensemble (Prospect, CT) In anticipation of his 70th birthday, Pavone will compose a polyrhythmic work for sextet that alternates composed sections with structured and open improvised sections. The five-part suite will feature tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet, piano, bass, and drum set.

Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures (Maplewood, NJ) Yeyi: A Wordless Psalm of Protypical Vibrations is envisioned as a 12-part suite for six multi-instrumental improvisers. The work will investigate rhythm themes, thematic melodies based on intervallic materials and develop Rudolph's "Cyclic Verticalism" and prototypical signal rhythm patterns. Instrumentation includes winds (B-flat and bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, bansuri, hichiriki, shakuhachi, bass, C and alto flute, cornet, flugelhorn, and kuduhorn), strings (guitars, oud, banjo, dotar, and sintir), and percussion (djembe, dumbek, tarija, cajon, bata, conga, thumb piano, bender, qarqaba, gongs, slit drum, marimbula, udu drum, caxixi, achimevu, and drum set).

Chamber Music America was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists' managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine, and a website

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties. Visit

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Solti Foundation US increases number of grants awarded to young American conductors

The Solti Foundation U.S.

Increases Number Of Substantial Grants Awarded To Young American Conductors

Solti Fellow of $25,000 to be given in fall 2009

New Grant of $10,000 to be awarded in 2010

New Career Assistance Awards to be given yearly beginning in 2009

Evanston, IllinoisDedicated exclusively to assisting young American conductors in the early stages of their professional careers, The Solti Foundation U.S. today announced its intent to award $25,000 to a young American conductor for the second time in its history this coming fall 2009. The Foundation also announced a new $10,000 grant to be awarded in 2010, in addition to its current $5,000 grant, and new, smaller Career Assistance awards to be given annually.

Among the largest grants given to American conductors in the formative years of their careers, The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, also known as the Solti Fellow, is a grant of $25,000 that includes introductions to three of Chicago’s most prestigious performing organizations: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Opera Theater.

New, smaller annual Solti U.S. Career Assistance Awards, which vary in amount and number granted, will be introduced in 2009.

Beginning in 2010, the Foundation introduces The Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award, a grant of $10,000. The $5,000 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Award, last given in 2008 to Joseph Young, Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony, will also be given in 2010.

In announcing the new grants, Tom McNeill, Solti Foundation U.S. Board Chair, stated “It has been very exciting to see how well our recent awardees have done in their careers after being recognized by The Solti Foundation U.S. We hope that our enhanced awards program will attract many outstanding candidates.”

Established in 2000 to honor the memory of the legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti by his widow, Lady Valerie Solti, and their two daughters, Gabrielle and Claudia, The Solti Foundation U.S. seeks to lend significant support to talented young American conductors, providing critical assistance to them at the start of their professional careers. In 2004, The Foundation, which began with a more general mission, established its current focus of helping exceptional young U.S. conductors.

In 2007, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of Sir Georg, the Solti Foundation U.S. awarded its first $25,000 Solti Fellow to Anthony Barrese, who is rapidly establishing himself in the conducting arena. Mr. Barrese was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of Opera Southwest beginning this 2008-09 season. As a result of receiving the Solti Fellow, Mr. Barrese has been hired as a cover conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for three different weeks. His con-ducting credits include the Dallas Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Sarasota Opera and Teatro Ventidio Basso (Italy), among others. Earlier in 2009, Mr. Barrese made his debut with Opera De Massy in France, conducting Turnadot. Upcoming 2009 conducting engagements include Don Giovanni with the Boston Lyric Opera, and La cenerentola with Opera Southwest.

The Solti Fellow, given to a promising young American conductor, is dispersed over a 24-month period and may be used for career training and activities that will further develop and enhance the recipient’s talent and experience. Beginning in 2009, the Solti Fellow will be awarded biennially to a single individual.

Career Assistance Awards will be given annually. These awards, of which the number and amount(s) are determined at the discretion of the Artistic and Awards Committee, may be used for a variety of career development needs, including transportation expenses, language studies, the creation of demonstration DVDs and other worthy projects.

The Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award, a new one-year grant of $10,000, will be given for the first time in 2010. The Foundation also bestows The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Award, a one-year grant of $5,000. The awarding of these two grants is rotated biennially with the Solti Fellow.

The Solti Foundation U.S. endeavors to seek out those musicians who have chosen to follow a path similar to that followed by Sir Georg himself. In keeping with the spirit of Sir Georg’s active approach to his career, young conductors must apply to be considered for the awards. Applications for the grants are available to be downloaded through the Foundation’s website, Citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are career-ready artists in the field of conducting are eligible to apply.

Applicants for all Solti Foundation U.S. awards must be able to demonstrate that he/she is developing a career as a symphonic/operatic conductor. Applicants for the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award (to be next awarded in fall 2009; application deadline is May 15, 2009) must be no more than 38 years of age by May 15th of the year the grant will be awarded. Applicants for The Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award (to be next awarded in fall 2010) must be no more than 35 years of age by May 15th of the year the grant will be awarded. Applicants for The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Award (to be next awarded in fall 2010) must be no more than 32 years of age by January 1st of the year the grant will be awarded. All applications from the above award categories are considered for a Solti U.S. Career Assistance Award (given annually). Applications are reviewed by an awards committee comprised of a panel of professionals with broad musical and conducting experience. The Foundation reserves the right to withhold a grant in any given year if the Awards Committee does not agree upon a suitable applicant.

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award (Solti Fellow) will be awarded in a gala event in Chicago this coming fall 2009.

Further details about The Solti Foundation U.S., grant applications, biographies and photos of the Foundation’s past awardees and information about contributing to the Foundation can be found at

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Harbourfront Centre announces the 2008 recipients of Canadas most prestigious commissioning awards

TORONTO, Wednesday, December 10, 2008 — William J.S. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre, today announced the five collaborative artist projects that will each receive a $20,000 Harbourfront Centre Fresh Ground new works commissioning award to assist with their creation, and development for presentation during Harbourfront Centre's 2009-2010 season. Presented to artists working collaboratively across disciplines, Harbourfront Centre's commissioning awards were introduced as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations in 2004. With the generous support of individual donors, the Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre has now awarded $300,000 toward the creation of 15 new, Canadian works to date.

The 2008 Fresh Ground Award-Winning Commissions

• An Imaginary Look at the Uncompromising Life of Thomas Smith (Vancouver): a provocative performance of recollection of the life of a war photographer as seen through his own eyes as it flashes before him in his last moments.

• Neighbourhood Diaries. Stories from where I live (Toronto): a unique community exchange project between Toronto's literary community and the Toronto District School Board that will feature the creative writing of students from particular neighbourhoods.

• Shared Resources (Sidney, BC): a dynamic exhibition that will balance the traditions of First Nations with forward-looking design solutions to develop new methods that respect and elevate local traditions.

• voice-box (Toronto): a competitive concert in a boxing ring showcasing some of Canada's top vocal performers and playing with the power dynamics of controlled aggression.

• What's Your Obsession? Art & Science Fair and Exhibition (Toronto): encourages amateur exploration into art and science in a creative atmosphere of friendly competition.

"As Canada's foremost centre for contemporary culture, Harbourfront Centre is proud to support Canadian creativity and cultural invention by providing awards that foster innovative cross-disciplinary collaboration and excellence in the creation of exciting, new artistic works," said William J.S. Boyle.

This year, over 130 groups from across Canada submitted proposals to the Fresh Ground new works programme. Submissions must be from a collective headed by a Canadian, and involve various artistic disciplines and/or other fields in a cross-disciplinary collaboration to be premiered at Harbourfront Centre. For additional information on the Fresh Ground awards, visit

Additional information on the 2008 Fresh Ground Award-Winning Commissions

An Imaginary Look at the Uncompromising Life of Thomas Smith by Boca del Lupo will examine the life of a fictional conflict photographer who wrestles with his reality of standing behind the lens taking pictures, instead of in front of it taking action. It will begin by collecting arresting images, interviews and situations from the memories, imaginations and current realities of contemporary journalists from across Canada and around the world; the most profound and pertinent of these will form the basis of a live performance experience focusing on the seamless integration of mediums at pace with the modern day tempo of information, but with the ability to take pause to consider its beauty, its horror and its impact on they way we live our lives.

Neighbourhood Diaries. Stories from where I live is a social networking project aiming to create a permanent, free one-on-one writing-tutoring centre for children taught by members of the city's literary community; the project leaders advocate that children have a need to express more than they need to consume, emphasize that writing is a meaning-making-learning process, and believe that neighbourhoods must be expressed in order to be seen. It will begin with an experience at Harbourfront Centre that serves to assemble the community for a demonstration of these three assertions and will then use the assembled community to create a permanent location. Neighbourhood Diaries. Stories from where I live Creative Team: Robin Uchida, Carolyn White and Gillian Lind.

Shared Resources aims to maximize the economic and cultural value of forest resources while protecting the health of forest ecosystems through unprecedented craft and design collaborations. The dynamic exhibition will balance First Nations traditions and forward-looking design solutions, developing new methods that respect and elevate local traditions. Through a unique cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration, the exhibition explores traditional knowledge and practices (such as the harvest and weaving of cedar bark) to seek modern product applications (furniture, home accessories, etc.) for underutilized forest resources. Shared Resources Creative Team: Michael Erdmann, Patty Johnson, craftspeople from the Heiltsuk and Haida First Nations, with support from the Centre for Non-Timber Resources at the Royal Road University, Victoria and Coastal First Nations – Turning Point Initiative.

voice-box: a competitive concert in a boxing ring by interdisciplinary collective urbanvessel. Featuring some of Canada's most unique vocal performers in the worlds of jazz, cabaret and opera, voice-box draws upon vocal techniques ranging from scat-singing and sound poetry to throat-singing and gospel. voice-box plays with gender and power dynamics, as vocal improvisation and boxing bring body and voice together in a battle for victory. Audience members engage with the work through interactive roles as judges, fans and gamblers, while performers shift fluidly between boxers, coaches, referees and commentators. voice-box Creative Team: choreographer Julia Aplin, writer Anna Chatterton, composer Juliet Palmer and new media artist Jim Ruxton.

What's your obsession? Do you live in a different world from everyone around you? Do you spend all your free time inventing, collecting, drawing, writing, theorizing, or somehow tinkering with your obsession? Whether its games, fashion, math puzzles, bicycles, insects, architecture, fantasy worlds or string theory...WHATEVER your obsession is, we want you to share it with the rest of us at the Art & Science Fair.

What's Your Obsession? Art & Science Fair and Exhibition encourages amateur exploration into art and science and celebrates the creativity of individuals who might not normally be involved with the gallery system. The project has two components: an Art & Science Fair and an exhibition in the main gallery featuring the work of five winners from the fair. Participants in the fair and exhibition will be selected on the basis of originality, depth of inquiry, creative innovation and the element of surprise. This project is a unique opportunity for visitors to Harbourfront Centre to engage with and explore creations by people who are inspired by their obsessions. What's Your Obsession? Art & Science Fair and Exhibition Creative Team: Sally McKay, Nancy MacDougall and Von Bark.

Harbourfront Centre's Fresh Ground new works commissioning awards are made possible by the generosity of several individual donors, who have actively assisted in the creation of new Canadian works: Robert and Anne Marie Canning, the late John Harkness, George Myhal, Jim and Sandra Pitblado, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Wil and Judy Matthews, Peter Allen, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea and grants from the Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Fund, Canada Council for the Arts and J.P. Bickell Foundation.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

PSO Receives Grants from MAC and Target



PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) recently received two grants totaling $13,000 for support of its education programs during the 2008-2009 season.

The Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment of the Arts, has committed $10,000 in support of PSO's KinderKonzerts. These programs explore the different families of orchestral instruments while introducing children ages 3-7 to live symphonic music through fun and interactive programs with PSO musicians.

Additionally, Target has committed $3,000 for general support of PSO's music education programs.

The PSO is committed to offering a variety of education programs designed to instruct, enrich and inspire audiences of all ages. The PSO helps young people discover music as a pathway to creativity, self-discovery and self-expression, and fosters an important relationship to the traditions of live music performance.

For more information about the Portland Symphony Orchestra, its events and activities, visit

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Performing Arts Students Win Hnatyshyn Foundation Grants

OTTAWA, July 15, 2008 – Eight young performing arts students from five provinces will each receive a grant of $10,000 from The Hnatyshyn Foundation to pursue their studies in September 2008. In announcing the winners of the 2008 Developing Artists Grants competition today Gerda Hnatyshyn, C.C., President and Chair of the Board of The Hnatyshyn Foundation, said this brings to $300,000 the amount awarded in university-level scholarships over the past four years by the Ottawa-based foundation.

The nominees for the grants were identified as having exceptional promise by educational and training institutions across Canada and were then adjudicated anonymously by expert juries from the arts community.

Emily Belvedere, a 20-year-old harpist from Richmond Hill, Ontario, is the winner of the classical music grant for orchestral instrument. She received her high school education through home schooling and is currently finishing her first year of university-level studies under the tutelage of Judy Loman at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

The classical piano grant will be awarded to 18-year-old Isabelle David of Sainte-Julie, Quebec. A graduate of l'École secondaire du Mont-Bruno, Isabelle has just completed the first year of a Licentiate in Music degree in piano performance at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal.

The winner of the Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance is Samantha Chrol of Winnipeg, a 19-year-old saxophonist and clarinetist, who has just completed her first year of the Bachelor of Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba. Samantha is a graduate of River East Collegiate in Winnipeg.

The classical ballet grant goes to 20-year-old Tristan Dobrowney of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who will be an apprentice with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for the 2008/2009 season. He has been training in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division for the past six years while completing his secondary education at University of Winnipeg Collegiate.

The winner for contemporary dance is 19-year-old Paige Culley of Rossland, British Columbia. A graduate of Rossland Secondary School, Paige has been taking dance instruction for 10 years including summer sessions in Kelowna and Trail, B.C, and at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver. She has just completed her first year of the three-year Professional Training Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Kaitlyn Semple, aged 21, of Regina, Saskatchewan, is the winner of the Developing Artist Grant for English theatre acting. A graduate of Campbell Collegiate High School, she will be starting her final year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting at the University of Regina this fall.

The French theatre acting grant will go to Catherine Hughes of Val-Morin, Quebec. The 22-year-old drama student, a graduate of the École polyvalente des Monts in Sainte-Agathe and the Collège Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Thérèse, is currently studying at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique in Québec City.

The graduate grant for classical vocal performance will be awarded to 24-year-old soprano Valérie Bélanger of Lambton, Quebec, who is pursuing a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Music (Master's degree level) at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec with teacher Hélène Fortin. Valérie has been studying at the Conservatoire since 2003 and completed the equivalent of a Bachelor of Music degree there in 2007.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation is a private charity established by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Canada's twenty-fourth Governor General. Its programs are funded by donations from government, foundations, corporations and individuals. The Department of Canadian Heritage has provided nearly $2.4 million in matching funds to the Foundation.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Call for $10,000 grant applications open

Music teachers in Canada sing the praises of MusiCan

TORONTO, April 29 - Today, MusiCan celebrates a recent survey that proves with a
fistful of money and a lot of heart, significant growth in music education is
possible. The survey reported that recipient school students have been given the
ability to explore different genres of music, seen the creation of new musical
ensembles and many recipient schools have indicated an increased number of public
performances since being awarded a grant. MusiCan, the charitable arm of the
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), plans to continue its
mission to elevate music education in Canadian schools, and is now accepting
applications for 2008-2009 Band Aid grants. Schools will find more information on
application criteria, including downloadable Application Forms for Band Aid grants

Applications will be accepted from May 1 - August 1, 2008.
The Band Aid musical instrument grants provide Canadian public schools - elementary,
secondary and separate - $10,000 towards the purchase of new musical instruments.
Past grant recipients continue to report positive effects of the increased inventory
size and quality of musical instruments available at their schools,
and an increased time spent on instruction instead of instrument repair.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Benoit Labonté a remis une contribution de 25 000$ à l'Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal

MONTREAL, le 2 avril /CNW Telbec/ - Benoit Labonté, Maire de l'arrondissement de Ville-Marie, a remis un chèque de 25 000$ à l'Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, en compagnie de Yannick Nézet-Séguin, directeur artistique et chef principal de l'Orchestre.

"L'arrondissement de Ville-Marie est heureux de contribuer au développement du milieu professionnel montréalais de la scène musicale
classique", a déclaré M. Labonté.

La contribution de l'arrondissement permettra à l'Orchestre d'obtenir une subvention équivalente de la part de Patrimoine canadien. En échange, l'Orchestre remet gratuitement à l'arrondissement 500 billets pour chacun des deux concerts de fin de saison, qui auront lieu les 14 avril et 12 mai prochain.

"Des jeunes de l'arrondissement de Ville-Marie qui, d'ordre général, n'ont pas accès aux prestations de l'Orchestre, auront la chance d'assister à un concert de grande qualité", a rajouté M. Labonté. En rendant accessible les arts à la population montréalaise, l'arrondissement favorise non seulement le développement culturel de la métropole, mais encourage également la création de nouvelles clientèles.

Renseignements: Jean-François Sonier, Chargé de communication,
Arrondissement de Ville-Marie, (514) 872-0970

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Un nouveau programme pour encourager l'émergence dans les arts

Appel de projets : date limite d’inscription le 11 avril 2008

Montréal, le 17 mars 2008 – Le Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) et la Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRÉ) invitent les organismes artistiques professionnels montréalais à soumettre des projets artistiques dans le cadre du nouveau programme Soutien des pratiques émergentes.

Ce programme vise à soutenir les projets innovateurs qui recourent à l’une des approches artistiques suivantes : utilisation des nouvelles technologies (traitement numérique, nouveaux médias, technologies de l’information et des communications, etc.); transgression des frontières disciplinaires avec un processus créatif atypique; intégration, dans une discipline peu reconnue, de nouveaux modèles de création/production/diffusion. Il s’adresse aux organismes professionnels à but non lucratif de l’île de Montréal incorporés depuis un an ou plus et qui oeuvrent dans les domaines suivants : arts du cirque, arts médiatiques, arts multidisciplinaires, arts visuels, cinéma, danse, littérature et conte, métiers d’art, musique, théâtre, nouvelles pratiques artistiques, design et recherche architecturale.

Ce programme triennal dispose de crédits annuels de 100 000 $ et s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une entente générale entre le CAM, le CALQ et la CRÉ de Montréal qui vise à accroître le soutien à des organismes artistiques professionnels de l’île de Montréal.

Les organismes ont jusqu’au vendredi 11 avril 2008 pour soumettre un projet. Les projets seront évalués par un comité de sélection formé de pairs issus du milieu artistique de l’île de Montréal. La description du programme et les formulaires sont disponibles sur le site du Conseil des arts de Montréal :
• Programme :
• Formulaire d’inscription :
• Formulaire détaillé :

Pour toute information sur le programme, veuillez contacter Marie-Michèle Cron à ou au 514 280-4125.

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Source : Christian O’Leary, directeur des communications et du développement
(514) 280-3991,

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Canada Council Grants Facilitation

Dr Jane Colwell is pleased to announce that she has launched a GRANTS FACILITATION service to assist both artists and arts presenters with their grant submissions to the Canada Council, Foundations or provincial grant sources.

She brings fifteen years of experience with successful submissions in the arts, academic and not-for-profit sectors. As Director of Colwell Arts Management and National Coordinator for the Piano Six Project she secured grant funding for her individual artists career development activities, for tours, and for various promotional activities.

Find out more:

ph: 519-588-3499


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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop (March 2008: Los Angeles, California)

The Grant Institute: Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication will be held in Los Angeles, California, March 17 - 21, 2008. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly. Please forward, post, and distribute this e-mail to your colleagues and listservs.

All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing from the Institute, as well as 3.5 CEU units. For more information call (888) 824 - 4424 or visit The Grant Institute at

Please find the program description below:

The Grant Institute

Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication

will be held in

Los Angeles, California

March 17 - 21, 2008

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Grant Institute: Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication is a five-day intensive and interactive experience in which participants will be led through the program development, grant writing, and funding acquisition processes through the completion of four courses. The Grant Institute is not a seminar. Participants will actively engage in exercises and activities designed to strengthen their mastery of grant acquisition. Through the completion of varying assignments, students will leave The Grant Institute with a real grant proposal outline complete with quality research, solid content, and expert review. The Grant Institute focuses on combining the fundamentals of grant proposal writing with expert knowledge of communication principles such as Strategic Research, Persuasion, Argumentation, and Framing.

The Grant Institute trainers and consultants do not merely lecture participants, but act as personal consultants and coaches dedicated to encouraging participants to succeed beyond their own expectations. While The Grant Institute uses collaboration and small groups for many exercises, each participant will work on their organization's pro ject. Participants are not overwhelmed with negativity or discouragement, but will be given the highest level of expertise to generate confidence in pursuing any funding project.

At The Grant Institute , participants don't j ust learn to write grant proposals from top to bottom. Participants become specialists in our unique area of expertise: Grant Communication. Simply put, this is not your grandfather's grantwriting workshop. Our graduates are strategic, innovative, and confident. Whether you are new to professional grantwriting, or an experienced professional, you will not want to miss The Grant Institute.

The Grant Institute consists of four (4) courses that will be completed during the five-day workshop.

(1) Program Development and Evaluation

This course is centered around the belief that "it's all about the program." This intensive course will teach professional program development essentials and program evaluation. While most grantwriting "workshops" treat program development and evaluation as separate from the writing of a proposal, this class will teach students the relationship between overall program planning and all strategic communication, including grantwriting. Consistent in our belief in grant communication, this class encourages students to understand successful program development and to think strategically about funding as an integral part of the overall program planning process. This class turns students into experts by teaching how to take ideas and concepts and turn them into professionally developed programs.

(2) Advanced Grant Writing

Designed for both the novice and experienced grantwriter, this course will make each student an overall fundraising communication specialist. In addition to teaching the basic components of a grant proposal, successful approaches, and the do's and don'ts of grantwriting, this course is infused with expert principles that will lead to a mastery of the process. Strategy resides at the forefront of this course's intent to illustrate grantwriting as an integrated, multidimensional, and dynamic endeavor. Each student will learn to stop writing the grant and to start writing the story. Ultimately, this class will illustrate how each component of the grant proposal represents an opportunity to use proven techniques for generating support.

(3) Strategic Grant Research

At its foundation, this course will address the basics of foundation, corporation, and government grant research. However, this course will teach a strategic funding research approach that encourages students to see research not as something they do before they write a proposal, but as an integrated part of the grant seeking process. Students will be exposed to online and database research tools, as well as publications and directories which contain information about foundation, corporation, and government grant opportunities. Focusing on funding sources and basic social science research, this course teaches students how to use research as part of a strategic communication effort.

(4) Advanced Communication Strategies: Institute for Communication Improvement Persuasion and Argumentation Techniques

This course, designed by Institute for Communication Improvement, will provide students with an arsenal of advanced persuasion and argumentation techniques. Centered around expert communication principles, this class will change the way students conceptualize grant proposals and other fundraising tools. Students will leave this course with ICI's masterful methods and will be more than j ust confident grantwriters, but communication specialists. This course is grounded on the idea that fundraising and nonprofit development represent profound communication activity. Without question, this course is part of The Grant Institute difference.


$997.00 tuition includes all materials and certificates.

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*The Grant Institute Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Nicole Doucet appointed Director of Arts Disciplines

For immediate release

Nicole Doucet appointed Director of Arts Disciplines

at the Canada Council for the Arts

Ottawa , December 20, 2007 – Robert Sirman, Director of the Canada Council for the Arts, announced today that Nicole Doucet has been appointed Director of Arts Disciplines, effective February 11, 2008.

A native of Hearst, Ontario and initially trained in the visual arts, Ms. Doucet is currently Director of Music and Dance at the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), that province's arts funding agency; between 2002 and 2005, she served as CALQ's Director of Theatre, Multidisciplinary Arts and Circus Arts.

Before arriving at CALQ in 2002, Ms. Doucet, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual art from the University of Ottawa, worked for the Canada Council in a variety of positions, with responsibilities that included managing the Council's touring grant program and administering the program of support to French-language theatre companies. She previously served as an administrator for several theatre companies, including Théâtre-Action in Ottawa and Théâtre de Quat'Sous in Montreal and spent nearly 10 years managing La Maison Théâtre, a Montreal-based association aimed at presenting and promoting theatre for young audiences.

As Director of Arts Disciplines, Ms. Doucet will be responsible for managing the development and operation of the Canada Council's grant programs which provide support to Canadian artists and arts organizations. More than $140 million in grants was awarded to artists and arts organizations last year in dance, music, theatre, media arts, visual arts, writing and publishing, and interdisciplinary arts. The position was created as a result of a restructuring which divided the Council's former Arts Division into two separate divisions: Arts Disciplines and Arts Development. The current Director of the Arts Division, André Courchesne, will serve as Director of Arts Development.

"We are delighted that Nicole Doucet has agreed to return to the Canada Council as Director of Arts Disciplines," Mr. Sirman said. "She has devoted her entire professional life to serving the arts, and this is a natural next step on that journey. She will be a tremendous asset to our organization."


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