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Published by McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
Visit us online: www.mcgill.ca/caps

September 2009

Music Career Drop-In Hours

Starting Friday, October 2nd, I will be holding a drop-in hour every Friday in room C-210 between 11:30 and 1:00. Come on by to ask a quick career-related question, get your CV or other promotional materials reviewed, to make an appointment or just to say hello and introduce yourself!

The Booking Office

The Booking Office at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in providing musicians and ensembles for a range of events in the Montreal area. If you are interested in becoming part of the pool of performers, please contact Alexis Carter, Booking Office Coordinator at (514)398-5193 or booking@music.mcgill.ca.

Selected Books at CaPS

Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music by Angela Myles Beeching

Qui Fait Quoi – Directory of the Entertainment Industry in Québec

Music Directory Canada, 9th edition

The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde

The Art of Managing Your Career, Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada

The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real by Lisa Sonora Beam

The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator by Eric Booth

Become of a fan of CaPS

Become a fan of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) on Facebook as an extra way to stay informed about the latest CaPS events!

Contact Me

Jan Bottomer
McGill Career Planning Service
3600 McTavish St.,
Suite 2200
Montreal, QC H3A 1Y2
514 398 3304 Ext. 0768


Reminder: CaPS and your Career Advisor for Music Students are here to help!

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable and productive summer, whether you spent it working, interning, studying, travelling, practicing or some combination of all of the above!

There is a great deal to think about and organize during the first weeks of September, but once the dust settles remember that McGill’s Career Planning Service (CaPS) and myself, Jan Bottomer, the Career Advisor for Music Students, are here to help you out with career questions and concerns. If you are wondering about career options both inside and outside the music industry, trying to figure out whether a performing career is for you, applying for grants, in need of job search strategies or resources, looking for internship or volunteer opportunities, or to have your C.V. or promotional materials reviewed, please feel free to make an appointment at CaPS (Suite 2200 in the Brown Student Services Building), to come by Music Career Drop-In (see below), or to send me an email at jan.bottomer@mcgill.ca.

In this issue:

Services Available at CaPS
VOLUNTEERING – Time and Energy Well Spent
Upcoming Events
Contact Us

Services Available at CaPS

I encourage you to stop by my office in Suite 2200 in the Brown Students Services building this year to:

  • discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your career path and career goals

  • find out about career options both within and outside the Music Industry

  • learn about specific job search strategies for music students

  • have your C.V. or cover letter reviewed

  • make use of our extensive career resource centre

I also recommend you check out the online resources available on the CaPS website (www.mcgill.ca/caps), including What can I do with my degree in Music?

CaPS also has a subscription to “Bridge – Worldwide Music Connection” a fabulous online resource which allows you to search over 2000 opportunities in music. For log-in information, please contact me.

You will also want to familiarize yourself with myFuture - CaPS' job search and career tools suite. It contains hundreds of jobs and internship opportunities, as well as links to many different resources.

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VOLUNTEERING – Time and Energy Well Spent

People volunteer their time and energy for many reasons. Volunteering is a fantastic way to make use of your talents, to learn and develop useful and marketable skills, to meet new people in your field, to explore new interests, to try out or observe potential jobs and careers, to gain experience, to give back to your community and to have a great time in the process. Employers and graduate schools alike view the skills and experience gained from volunteering very positively – unpaid experience is still valuable experience.

As a musician, you can volunteer your music-related talents in a number of ways, from performing to teaching to organizing concerts or coordinating music programs and sing-alongs. You could also approach volunteering as a way to expand your skill set and range of experience, by trying out a new activity or field. This is critical whether you are considering a career inside or outside of the Music Industry. You can volunteer in sectors as diverse as arts and culture, the environment, community development, health and social services, sports and recreation and education. You can work with kids, the homeless, seniors, immigrants, people with special needs, hospital patients and teenagers…the opportunities are many and often limited only by your own imagination!

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, a great place to begin your search is the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal. This organization has an excellent website where you can search for opportunities, and placement counsellors are also available if you are not able to find exactly what you are looking for on the website. Tips for first-time volunteers can be found here: http://cabm.net/en/First.

The CaPS website has a Volunteering section with extensive resource listings including ideas for volunteering at and around McGill.

The Students Society of McGill University (SSMU) holds Volunteer Fairs every fall. Mark Thursday, September 24th on your calendar!

The Montreal Heart of the City Piano Program is a branch of a great national initiative which provides free piano lessons to inner-city kids by bringing volunteers into their schools.

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Upcoming Events

  • The Music Café: Networking Made Easy
    November 19, 2009

    Statistics show that more than 85% of jobs are never posted on a public site, they remain part of the “hidden” job market which job-seekers must actively pursue. Jobs in music are even less likely to be found through job listings. There is work to be had out there as a musician, but it is very unlikely to just land in your lap, you will have to go out there and find it or create it yourself!

    Music Cafés are informal networking and information events designed to provide Music students with a forum in which to meet and talk with professionals working in different aspects of the music industry. Last year two successful cafés were held involving musicians from the MSO, freelance performers, producers from CBC and the National Film Board, a manager involved in music licensing and more!

    This fall’s Café is planned for Thursday November 19th, 2009. Music professionals will be invited to attend the café to meet and talk – over coffee and cookies – with music students about the different career options available in the field, how they made their music degrees work for them, advice and suggestions they have for young musicians.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and talk with working professionals! Stay tuned for more detailed information about this event as well as additional workshops to come in the Winter semester!

  • Federal Public Service Job Fair
    October 6, 9h00 - 20h00: Palais des congrès

    The Federal Government is hiring! Over 30 federal departments and agencies will be represented at the upcoming job fair. For more information, visit http://salon.emplois.gc.ca/index_eng.htm.

    Also don't forget to check out the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP), which will launch its 2009-2010 campaign in October.


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