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Published by McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
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November 2010

Contact Me

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


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 Savvy Musician by David Cutler

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

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In this issue:

EVENT: Arts Administration Panel: Working Behind the Scenes in Music - Nov. 30, 2010
Services Available at CaPS
Useful Links & Resources
Additional Upcoming CaPS Events

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

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, 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. Please feel free to make an appointment at CaPS (Suite 2200 in the Brown Student Services Building, 514 398 3304), or to send me an email at jan.bottomer@mcgill.ca.

EVENT: Arts Administration Panel: Working Behind the Scenes in Music

The term Arts Administration describes a range of “behind the scenes” work in the arts, including administrative jobs for non-profit organizations such as orchestras and other ensembles, schools, opera companies, music competitions, festivals, granting organizations etc, and jobs in the for profit sector such as music publishing and working for recording companies. Arts Administrators can be involved in activities such as community outreach, publicity and marketing, educational programming, fundraising and organizing and running festivals, concert series and record labels. This is a fascinating area especially appealing to those who are passionate about the arts and want to contribute to the field using a wide range of skills beyond their performing abilities.

Arts Administration Panel: Working Behind the Scenes in Music
Tuesday, November 30th, 5:00 – 6:30pm
New Music Building, Room A-410

Passionate about a career in the arts and interested in options outside of performance?
Curious about opportunities to work “behind the scenes” in Music?
Wondering how to get started?
Come to this panel for information, ideas and inspiration from working professionals in the field!

For questions and to register – please contact Jan Bottomer, Career Advisor for Music Students: jan.bottomer@mcgill.ca; 514 398-3304 x0768


René Mandel – Director of Artistic Operations and Executive Producer, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Bio to come

Annie Saumier – General and Artistic Director, Société pour les arts en milieux de santé (http://www.samsante.org)
Bio to come

René Fréchette – Executive Director, Canadian International Organ Competition
Born in Drummondville, René Fréchette received his bachelor in business administration from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1983. His career led him to arts administration where he has developed with enthusiasm several large-scale projects for established organizations. He has actively involved himself in his community, namely for the Drummond Chamber of Commerce and with other cultural and recreotouristic organisations. Before joining the CIOC, René Fréchette was executive and artistic director of the Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, an international festival founded in 1982. During his eight-year mandate, the event saw its operations budget double, in addition to increasing its credibility amongst the major international events in Quebec. He has always been dedicated to reconciling the artistic mission and the financial prerogatives, both ever so necessary to the harmonious development of any organisation.

Alexis Carter – Ensemble Resource Administrator, Schulich School of Music
Originally from Houston, Texas, Alexis graduated from the High School of the Performing and Visual Arts and attended McGill University for her Bachelor's degree in Viola Performance and Music History and again for a Master's in Viola Performance. Working as a musician and an administrator for ensembles and organisations in Texas and in Canada has brought her to where she is now: the Ensemble Resource/Booking Office Administrator for the Schulich School of Music. Her first managing experience was serving as the head manager for all of the girls volleyball teams at Spring Branch Middle School, but she prefers working with musicians since there are not locker rooms involved!

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Services Available at CaPS

I encourage you to make an appointment 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? and “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.

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Useful Links & Resources

General Music Career Resources:

Music in Health Settings:

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Upcoming CaPS Events

The events below are only a sampling of the many taking place this month. For a full listing of all events offered this month and to register, log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Workshops/Panels/Events" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

  • Worldwide Teaching English Panel
    November 18, 17:00-19:00, Brown 5001

    Learn about what it takes to teach English overseas.  What does it take to get these types of well-paid jobs? Do you need a certificate and experience?  Come find out for yourself from the employers themselves and some participants too.

  • Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    November 24, 13:30-15:00, Brown 3001

  • By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1) Identify some of their reasons and preparedness for going overseas
    2) List at least 3 international skills they already possess
    3) Effectively research programs such as youth exchanges, internships, professional exchanges, teaching abroad opportunities, volunteer, and independent work and travel programs, and summer opportunities
    4) Understand the steps in the international hiring process

  • Where to find Internships: Test the Waters
    November 25, 13:00-14:30, Brown 3001

  • By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1) Identify the reasons for wanting to do an internship and set goals to assist in the decision making process.
    2) Identify the steps involved in obtaining an internship.
    3) List websites and databases specifically used for locating internships.

  • Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    December 2, 10:00-11:30, Brown 3001

  • By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1) Assess their priorities and set goals for their summer job/internship.
    2) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a summer job.
    3) Uncover the hidden job market and understand its particular relevance to the summer job search.
    4) Identify several sectors which often hire summer employees and list at least three resources to effectively research specific companies and opportunities.


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