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BANFF - Center for Art & Creativity: Theatre Programs - Banff, Alberta, Canada - Year Round

The global leader in arts, culture, and creativity, the Banff Centre is a leader in the development and promotion of creative work in the arts, sciences, business, and the environment. Banff Centre is a catalyst for knowledge and creativity through the power of our unique environment and facilities in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, our rich learning opportunities, cross-disciplinary and cross- sectoral interactions, outreach activities, and performances for the public.

History of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Founded in 1933 by the University of Alberta, Department of Extension, with a grant from the U.S.-based Carnegie Foundation, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity began with a single course in drama. Its success generated additional programs and the Centre became known as The Banff School of Fine Arts in 1935. While arts programming continued to grow and flourish, conferences were introduced in 1953 and management programs in 1954.

In 1970, to acknowledge the broader educational role of the school as well as its move toward a centre of experiment and innovation, it was renamed The Banff Centre for Continuing Education (The Banff Centre for short). In 1978, Alberta government legislation granted The Banff Centre full autonomy as a non-degree granting educational institution under the governance of an appointed board.

In the mid-1990s, The Banff Centre, along with most public institutions in Alberta, sustained cuts to its operating grant. The Centre responded in an entrepreneurial way and launched a successful capital campaign (The Creative Edge) to raise funds for state-of-the-art revenue generating conference facilities, as well as a new Music & Sound complex. The new facilities opened in 1996, the same year the Centre’s fourth division, Mountain Culture programming, was created. A few years later, in 1999, The Banff Centre was recognized as a National Training Institute by the federal government and was awarded $3 million over three years for theatrical training programs.

In 2016, The Banff Centre changed its name to Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Today, the Centre continues its role as a catalyst for creativity. The global leader in arts, culture, and creativity, the Banff Centre is a leader in the development and promotion of creative work in the arts, sciences, business, and the environment.

Mission:

Banff Centre exists to inspire artists and leaders to make their unique contribution to society. We aspire to be the global leader in arts, culture, and creativity.

Vision:

Human potential is realized at Banff Centre. As a unique creative and learning experience, we curate innovative  programs that develop artists and leaders, inspiring them to conceive and create powerful works and ideas that are shared with the world.
Banff Centre is a catalyst for knowledge and creativity through the power of our unique environment and facilities in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, our rich learning opportunities, cross-disciplinary and cross- sectoral interactions, outreach activities, and performances for the public.

Mandate:

In January 2009, the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology approved a mandate for Banff Centre. The mandate articulates the Centre’s role as a specialized Arts and Culture Institution providing non-parchment programs in the arts and creativity, and in leadership development, mountain culture, and the environment.

Programs:

•Dance
•Indigenous Arts
•Leadership
•Literary Arts
•Media and Production
•Music
•Opera
•Playwrights
•Theatre
•Visual Arts

Practicum Available:

•Wigs & Makeup Technician
•Boots & Shoes Technician
•Musical Theatre Creation
•Scenic Artist
•Scenic Carpenter
•Wardrobe Technician
•Lighting Design
•Set & Costume Design
•Props Builder
•Digital Media
•Adventure Filmmaker (Workshop)
•Audio Recording Engineer
•Audio Post Production
•Video
•Photography
•Choral Art: Conductors & Composers
•Choral Art: Choirs
•Singer-Songwriter
•Sound Technician
•Staging Technician
•Lighting Technician
•Music Stage Management & Production Assistant
•Technical Direction

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Meyers Sound: Training - System Design & Optimization - Regular Classes - Various Locations

This two-day course explores the relationship between the predictive perspective of the MAPP XT System Design Tool and actual sound system performance as measured with the SIM 3 Audio Analyzer, in order to provide users a more informed approach to accurately designing and optimizing systems. This course is eligible for 13 AVIXA Renewal Units for CTS, CTS-D and CTS-I certification levels. You must be present for the entire course to receive certification.

About Meyers Sound: The Meyers Sound Philosophy:

A Relentless Drive to Quality.

Keeping the design, engineering, and manufacturing at the headquarters in Berkeley, California is the Meyer Sound way to ensure that every paper cone, every circuit board, and every driver is handcrafted to meet our extremely demanding standard.

We continuously analyze production methods and material selection and exercise the exhaustive quality control behind the legendary unit-to-unit consistency and reliability of Meyer Sound products.

No Risk. No Innovation.

A firm believer that every challenge is an opportunity, CEO John Meyer has cultivated a culture of hard work where we are not afraid to go against conventional wisdom.

From pioneering self-powered technology and SIM audio measurement to linear sound systems, Meyers is at the origin of numerous major audio innovations leading to more than 40 patents, a staggering list of industry and engineering awards, and a reputable distinction in advancing the science of audio.

In the End, It’s All about the Results.

Innovation, however, is never the end goal. All Meyers systems are the result of an engineering pursuit that considers all elements from the audio source to how humans hear.

With Meyer Sound, audio practitioners also benefit from a full package of system design and validation tools, training, and support, all of which are provided to make exceptional listening experiences easier to achieve.

System Design & Optimization

This course explores the relationship between the predictive perspective of the MAPP XT System Design Tool and actual sound system performance as measured with the SIM 3 Audio Analyzer. The instructor will generate and compare data using both tools, in order to help users better understand the correlation between the two. Upon completion of the course, attendees will possess a clearer idea of how sound systems behave in both modeled and real space, and with it, a more informed approach to accurately designing and optimizing systems using Meyer Sound solutions.

• Course Modules
• Meyer Sound History
• Product Overview
• Fundamentals
• MAPP XT Usage
• System Design: Line Array Aim & Splay
• System Design: Main Systems
• System Design: Fill Systems
• System Design: Delay Systems
• System Design: Relay Systems
• System Design: Sub Array Theory
• System Design: Sub Array Recipes
• Stage Monitors
• Channeled Delivery: LCR, LR+Sub, Matrix
• GALAXY, Starting Points, Compass, Compass GO
• Measurement Analyzers
• Acoustics 101
• Acoustics 202
• System Verification: Without FFT
• System Verification: With FFT
• Quick Sub Alignment: Without FFT
• Quick Sub Alignment: With FFT
• System Optimization: EQ, Delay, Level, Aim, Splay
• Subjective System Voicing

This class will be taught in English, and is eligible for 13 AVIXA Renewal Units for CTS, CTS-D and CTS-I certification levels. You must be present for the entire course to receive certification.

Change the Way You Think About Sound

A Legacy of Learning

Meyer Sound enjoys a long history of educating the professional audio community, dating back to the early development of the original SIM Seminar. Comprehensive and science-based, our training program delivers content tailored to all disciplines and experience levels. Whether you are an aspiring student, a touring sound veteran, a skilled system integrator, or an audio consultant with multiple advanced degrees, we present tools and techniques to help you attain the best possible performance from your sound system.

Experts in the Field

Our instructors draw from a deep well of knowledge, built on decades of experience as system designers, technicians, and FOH engineers. Their extensive work in the field, across many industry sectors, affords them a unique ability to explain intricate concepts in comprehensible terms, all while maintaining a fun, engaging learning environment.

The Modular Edge

Meyer Sound approaches training with the same eye toward innovation that defines our products. Never static, our program continues to evolve with groundbreaking content and instructional techniques. In that spirit, we introduce our new modular course format, promising the utmost topical precision, scalability, and application. With this step forward, we strike an essential balance between theory and practice to situate concepts firmly in the technology, and by extension, the real world.

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RIG: Rigging Courses - IRATA & SPRAT Certification - Regular Courses Available - Las Vegas, Nevada & Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.

We offer training to all three IRATA and SPRAT levels. Certification is attained by passing a written and practical evaluation by an IRATA Assessor and SPRAT evaluator who is independent of our training company. This course includes fall arrest user and inspection training, and also provides self rescue and assisted rescue training.

About Us: RIG (Rigging International Group):

Rigging International Group (RIG) is Las Vegas Nevada’s premier rope access service and training provider. We specialize in on and offshore rope access solutions for clients in need of the utmost in professionalism and quality code standards. All of our technicians are IRATA and SPRAT certified as well as certified in their given trades and crafts.

RIG was created out of client necessity to provide rope access services to industries that demand a higher standard of management and operation procedures. We offer a vast range of industrial experience and a dedicated program to safety, quality and production.

We partner with our clients to provide a safe and cost effective approach no matter how large or small your project is. Our goal at RIG is to satisfy your needs in any work at heights scenario where general means of access is not possible. From offshore oil platforms in Alaska’s Cook Inlet to refineries in Louisiana, you can count on RIG to get the job done safe, efficiently and cost effectively.

IRATA/SPRAT CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS:

Length: 4 days of training followed by 1-day IRATA assessment and/or 1-day SPRAT evaluation. Dual certification candidates must attend both days of testing.

Cost:
$1600 SPRAT Certification
$1700 IRATA Certification
$1900 IRATA/SPRAT Dual Certification

Rope access is a tested method of work which is recognized globally for its safety and effectiveness. Rope access is utilized across many industries – oil and gas, power generation, entertainment rigging, and construction.

The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) and the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) are internationally recognized standards for rope access work. Certification is attained by completing a 4-day course, then passing a written test and practical evaluation administered by an independent evaluator on day 5. The practical assessment is pass/ fail. We will spend much of our time climbing and practicing techniques on rope. We will also cover theoretical material and equipment specifications. Some coursework needs to be completed in the evenings, requiring 1-2 additional hours per day.

RIG instructors are experienced rope access and rescue professionals who are dedicated to the highest standards of safety. Our company performs incredibly challenging projects at height, in a variety of industries. We train to be able to meet the demands of the most rigorous work conditions and environments.

Candidates must be suitable for rope access work, which requires a good level of fitness, a head for heights and an aptitude for ropes and related systems. Medical contraindications include, but are not limited to: heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, blackouts, fear of heights, vertigo, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug abuse, psychiatric illness, and diabetes. A medical evaluation by a doctor is recommended prior to the start of the course. The systems and equipment used limit user weight to 310 lbs.

Prior to certification, all candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Sign a liability release form and statement of physical and mental fitness to perform rope access work.

Candidates who are renewing at their current level must bring their logbooks. Candidates upgrading to L2 or L3 must present logbooks documenting the required experience at their current level. IRATA up-grade requirements are shown in the flowchart below, SPRAT upgrade requirements can be found in the SPRAT Certification Requirements.

Rope access Technicians who are upgrading or revalidating shall provide their logbooks to the IRATA International trainer member company at the start of the training course. Where rope accessTechnicians have lost their logbooks, they shall arrange for a replacement to be issued, completed and verified before assessment. Candidates who are not competent at their existing level may require additional training. As little time is available on upgrade courses for refresher training, pre-course evaluation is recommended. Expired and direct entry candidates must meet additional requirements and should contact a training company to discuss their situation.

EQUIPMENT AND ATTIRE

All the climbing equipment will be provided. Personal equipment, including helmets, is only permitted if you have traceability and inspection records for them. Appropriate clothing for climbing in a harness is advised. The following are general recommendations:

  • Pants or shorts that come down to the knee.
  • Short or long sleeve shirts are fine; a collar can keep the straps from chaffing the neck.
  • Lightweight shoes or boots. Socks that cover the shin.
  • Gloves are not required but a thin pair may be useful.
  • A bandana or buff may also be comfortable inside the helmet.

The material being covered during our four days of training can be found on
www.irata.org
IRATA International Code of Practice (ICOP)
IRATA Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS)

www.sprat.org

SPRAT Safe Practices
SPRAT Certification Requirements

We look forward to training with you!

FALL ARREST RESCUE:

Length: 2 day

Cost: $800

DESCRIPTION:

OSHA requires that “the employer shall provide for the prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure that employees are able to rescue themselves.” This course includes instruction and practical exercises in self rescue and assisted rescue, using a variety of techniques and equipment. We recommend this training for designated rescue teams, and also for any personnel working in remote or otherwise complicated locations, where rescue services would not be able to access in a timely manner.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Legal responsibilities and requirements
  • Equipment selection and inspection
  • Anchor selection
  • Self-Rescue
  • Remote Retrieval
  • Rescue Rigging
  • Risk Analysis
  • Rescue Systems and Methods

IMPROVISED SELF RESCUE, LEVEL 1:

Length: 2 days

Cost: TBD (Offered through Red Rock Guides)

DESCRIPTION:

Designed for recreational climbers, cavers and canyoneers with knowledge and experience at an intermediate level. Climbing ability is not the gauge, but rather familiarity with systems, equipment and techniques. We will not be covering basic belay or rappel techniques, how to tie a knot, attach to an anchor, etc. Please get in touch if you are unsure whether you have the appropriate knowledge base. We hope to encourage you to sign up, and we can arrange a short refresher of basic skills at the Red Rock Climbing Center, or at our facility. We feel that the material covered in this course is essential for everyone who ties into a rope, and will greatly improve your ability to stay safe out there.

We will look at some of the more common causes of climbing accidents, and how to avoid them. We will also practice techniques that can allow climbers to get themselves or a partner out of a predicament.

  • Rappel safety
  • Releasable hitches
  • Belay escape
  • Knot pass
  • Mechanical advantage
  • Ascending a single rope
  • Ascending a doubled rappel rope
  • Alternative methods for rappel/ belay/ lower
  • Lowering a partner
  • Simul-rappeling with a partner

GEAR:

We will focus on techniques and methods that use equipment the climber probably already carries on their harness. Please bring the following gear and mark your carabiners:

  • Harness
  • Shoes
  • Climbing helmet
  • Multi-use belay device, such as the ATC Guide or Reverso
  • 1 Cordellette
  • 2 Short Prussik loops
  • 2 Shoulder length slings
  • 5 Locking and 5 non-locking carabiners.

Note:

Safety is paramount on all our courses. The training location will be thoroughly assessed for hazards and managed by experienced professionals. And students will always be attached by a secondary safety line when practicing at height. Please ensure your equipment is in good condition.

CONFINED SPACE ENTRANT, ATTENDANT, SUPERVISOR, AND RESCUER TRAINING:

Length: 3 days
Cost: $1000

Description:

A hands on course covering topics related to confined space work and rescue applications. The target audience is teams that perform work or rescue services in confined spaces. The focus will be on best work practices that allow safe access to permit required spaces. Simulated entries and rescues from IDLH-type atmospheres that require the use of supplied air respirators will also be included. Our facility is designed to simulate a variety of situations, so that teams are able to practice the most difficult scenarios.

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

  • Legal responsibilities and requirements
  • Equipment selection, proper use, and inspection
  • Patient packaging
  • Litter rigging
  • Tripod and hoist operation
  • Confined space at height
  • IDLH hazardous atmospheres
  • Breathing apparatus
  • Knots and rigging
  • Systems and risk analysis

PPE SELECTION, INSPECTION AND MANAGEMENT, COMPETENT PERSON INSPECTION TRAINING:

Length: 3 days
Cost: $1000

DESCRIPTION:

This course covers personal protective equipment (PPE) for professional workers at height. We will emphasize proper selection, inspection, and management of a variety of equipment. This course is intended for end users, and those responsible for PPE inspection and management.

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

  • Risk assessment and associated decision making.
  • Potential hazards associated with the use of PPE for protection against falls from height.
  • Legislation and current requirements regarding the management of PPE.
  • Definition of “competent person.”
  • General principles and uses of PPE.
  • Employer and PPE inspector responsibilities.
  • Understanding a technical notice.
  • Principal actions of the examiner: maintenance, returns under warranty, removal of products from service, etc.
  • Principal corrective actions: information to provide for the users and/or their management system.
  • Necessary tools and work environment to efficiently perform PPE examination.
  • Presentation of Petzl Technical Institute PPE examination protocol.
  • Pre-use checks, special inspections, thorough examinations, signs and symptoms, significance of any defects, criteria for removal from service.
  • Identify defects and damage which would result in the item being removed from service.
  • Inspection reporting.

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Actors Fund: Resume Writing- Workshop - Regular Courses Available - Los Angeles & Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Are you tired of sending your resume out and not getting any response? In this workshop you will gain techniques, tips and tools that will increase your visibility in a competitive job market. Get acquainted with your transferable skills and accomplishments and begin to market them effectively.

About Us: Actors Fund:

At Actors Fund, we offer a broad spectrum of programs, a calendar of workshops and online resources to support the unique, essential needs of all who work in entertainment and the performing arts. Whether on stage or on camera, behind the scenes or below the line, we assist everyone working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus. Administered through our offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, these programs help people across the country to solve problems and make positive changes in their lives.

Resume Writing (Los Angeles & Burbank)

Are you tired of sending your resume out and not getting any response? In this workshop you will gain techniques, tips and tools that will increase your visibility in a competitive job market. Get acquainted with your transferable skills and accomplishments and begin to market them effectively.

LOCATIONS:

The Actors Fund – 5757 Wilshire Blvd., #400 Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Actors Fund – 2520 W. Olive Avenue, #300 Burbank, CA 91505

PREREQUISITE:

The Career Center Orientation is a pre-requisite for attending the weekly workshops.

ATTENDANCE RULES:

No RSVP Required. Please be on time. Latecomers will not be admitted.

CONTACT EMAIL:

careercenterwest@actorsfund.org

RECURRENCE:

Los Angeles, CA – Second Tuesday of every month

Burbank, CA – Third Friday of every month

THE CAREER CENTER

Career counseling, employment training and job development to help you find work that can be done while continuing in the industry or while developing a new professional direction. Career Transition For Dancers helps dancers to thrive during all phases of their careers.

The Career Center (formerly The Actors Fund Work Program) can help you to identify and find fulfilling secondary work that complements your performing arts and entertainment career. Career Transition For Dancers assists dancers during and post-career with career planning and transition support as well as emergency financial assistance and scholarships.

SOCIAL SERVICES AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Our free and confidential social service programs are available nationally and address a wide array of challenges faced by people in performing arts and entertainment. With respect and understanding, our professional social workers offer counseling and support groups, education, emergency financial assistance and practical help.

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Actors Fund: Career Assessment - Workshop - Regular Courses Available - Los Angeles & Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Explore and prioritize your values, skills and interests while getting a better understanding of the jobs that best fit you. Your creative talents can be put to good use in many facets throughout the world of work.

About Us: Actors Fund:

At Actors Fund, we offer a broad spectrum of programs, a calendar of workshops and online resources to support the unique, essential needs of all who work in entertainment and the performing arts. Whether on stage or on camera, behind the scenes or below the line, we assist everyone working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus. Administered through our offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, these programs help people across the country to solve problems and make positive changes in their lives.

Career Assessment (LA)

Here is your chance to explore and prioritize your values, skills, and interests while getting a better understanding of the jobs that best fit you. Your creative talents can be put to good use in many facets throughout the world of work.

LOCATION: 

The Actors Fund 5757 Wilshire Blvd., #400 Los Angeles, CA 90036

PREREQUISITE:

The Career Center Orientation is a pre-requisite for attending the weekly workshops.

ATTENDANCE RULES: 

No RSVP Required. Please be on time. Latecomers will not be admitted.

CONTACT EMAIL: 

careercenterwest@actorsfund.org

RECURRENCE:

First and Third Tuesday of every month

DATES:

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov 06, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Dec 04, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018, 10:00 am12:30 pm

THE CAREER CENTER

Career counseling, employment training and job development to help you find work that can be done while continuing in the industry or while developing a new professional direction. Career Transition For Dancers helps dancers to thrive during all phases of their careers.

The Career Center (formerly The Actors Fund Work Program) can help you to identify and find fulfilling secondary work that complements your performing arts and entertainment career. Career Transition For Dancers assists dancers during and post-career with career planning and transition support as well as emergency financial assistance and scholarships.

SOCIAL SERVICES AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Our free and confidential social service programs are available nationally and address a wide array of challenges faced by people in performing arts and entertainment. With respect and understanding, our professional social workers offer counseling and support groups, education, emergency financial assistance and practical help.

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Show Technology: MA dot2/GrandMA2: Console User Training - Regular Course Available - Various Locations, Australia

The 1-day 'MA dot2 User Training' & 2-day ‘GrandMA2 User Training’ are starter courses intended for beginners with existing knowledge from MA dot2 & grandMA2 online tutorials on the MA Lighting YouTube channel. These courses aim to make operators familiar with the basic functions of the MA dot2 & grandMA2 lighting control panels, the panels interfaces and the main features of their software and operating philosophies.

About Show Technology:

Show Technology are the leading professional lighting distributors offering lighting solutions for commercial, entertainment and architectural projects across Australia and New Zealand. Our products are used in a diverse range of entertainment and architectural applications such as concerts, theatres, opera, television studios, schools, nightclubs, bridges, public spaces, convention centres, clubs, house of worship and churches, to name a few.

Our trainers are the best in their fields and teach with first-hand knowledge and experience. The topics are presented comprehensively and are illustrated in detail. To provide you with the best tutorial environments, the courses contain real equipment and products. The ratio of students to teachers is limited to make the process as comfortable and effective as possible. The MA Lighting University training that we deliver is industry recognised, and attendees completing these successfully will receive a MA University certificate.

MA Training:

The training programme of the MA University is certified worldwide by MA Lighting, so we can guarantee continuity of knowledge independent of your training location.

The program consists of modular units; the knowledge gained on graduation from the MA dot2 & GrandMA2 user trainings is the premise for all further training. To suit your specific needs the MA training programme has a special focus on Concert Touring/Live Events and Theatre/Musicals/TV/Film.

GrandMA2 User Training:

Duration: (2) Two Days

The ‘GrandMA2 User Training is a starter course intended for beginners with existing knowledge from GrandMA2 online tutorials on the MA Lighting YouTube channel. This 2 day hands-on training course is perfect for technicians and programmers new to MA2 but with some experience on other moving light consoles.

The course is conducted with a maximum of 10 students with no more that 2 people per console. Topics we will cover include:

  • Console Set up
  • Fixture control
  • Using presets
  • Programming cues
  • Working with Effects
  • MA Network
  • Version 3.3 software revision

All equipment, lunch and refreshments are provided. Each day starts at 10am sharp and end around 4:30pm.

MA dot2 User Training:

Duration: (1) One Day

This one day MA dot2 hands on course is perfect for beginners and operators with some experience on other moving light consoles.

The course will cover the following:

  • Hardware
  • Console Layout and Connections
  • Controlling Fixtures
  • Groups & Presets
  • Storing Cues, Cue Lists, Chases & Effects
  • Backups & Networking
  • Customizing Your Show
  • Editing Your Show
  • Live Operation

All equipment, lunch and refreshments are provided for the course. The event starts at 10am sharp and ends around 5pm. For more information please email training@showtech.com.au.

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Prolight + Sound Shanghai 2019 (PLS19): October 2019 - Shanghai, China

Prolight + Sound Shanghai is Asia’s leading trade platform for professional audio, lighting, entertainment and event technology. The show is jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt and INTEX Shanghai, showcasing the latest AV, professional audio and lighting equipment and technologies, conference systems, laser technologies and equipment, LED and LED displays, special effects, stage technologies and truss systems, broadcast equipment, AV integrated systems, as well as parts and accessories. Featuring a range of live demonstrations, seminars and forums, Prolight + Sound Shanghai is your ideal place for business and for exchanging ideas and technologies.

Stepping into its 17th edition, Prolight + Sound Shanghai 2019 (PLSS19) will be held in October at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, with a fusion of ground-breaking technologies, exciting networking, leading international exhibitors and competent visitors. More than 30,000 visitors and 650 brands and companies of pro audio, lighting and stage equipment are expected to join. This edition will continue to create an invaluable platform for more business collaborations and forward-thinking ideas to take shape.

Prolight + Sound Shanghai 2017: Facts and figures at a glance

Exhibition space 45,000sqm
No of visitors / countries 29,604 visitors from 81 countries and regions
No of exhibitors 630 brands and companies

Dynamic networking events to mix and mingle with pro audio and lighting peers!

Ground breaking forums, training courses, live demonstrations and exhibitor events will address tomorrow’s entertainment technology covering the cutting-edge professional audio and lighting technology, event and entertainment technology, solutions and various practical applications to industry.

PLSS Academy

Forums and Live Demonstrations

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High End Systems - ETC - Hog Console Training: Basic - June 26th & 27th, 2019 - West London, U.K.

This free programing introduction course covers the powerful Hog control software, which is used in the Hog 4, Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, Hedgehog 4 and Hog 4 PC application. Attendees will learn a hands-on approach, using the industry standard Big Hog hardware with Hog 4 operating software, connected to a visualiser.

About ETC – High End:

High End Systems Inc. began as a grassroots venture in Austin, TX between a musician, a DJ, and a photographer. Our mission has always been to provide quality lighting products with great service. We’ve gone on to become a global industry leader and innovative force by introducing a series of ground-breaking new technologies that helped define the industry.

We at High End Systems Inc. are proud to call ourselves an ETC company as of April, 2017. Our offices are located in Austin, TX as they have been for years. Combined with ETC we represent one of the most powerful entertainment lighting manufacturers around the globe. Now in our fourth decade of operation, we’re proud to be a pioneer in high power LED automated lighting, a pioneer in digital lighting fixtures, and producer of industry preferred lighting controllers for live event and concert touring applications.

At High End, we innovate and create the lighting products and control systems that illuminate some of the world’s biggest artists on the largest stages. Our portfolio also contains film and television studios, cruise ships, corporate events, theme parks, churches, restaurants and retail spaces.

We attribute our success to staying in touch with the needs of our customers and community. Product research and development is an ongoing collaboration between in-house engineers and lighting professionals in the field and this collaboration is largely to thank for our status as a major industry innovator and intellectual property holder.

As members of the entertainment community, we know reliability is paramount. We maintain rigorous manufacturing standards, while providing industry-leading customer support services.

ETC and High End together, known for innovation and creativity, promise to bring bigger and better things to you for many, many years to come.

ETC – High End – Training Centers & Online Videos:

The High End Systems Training Center is the portal to information about our technical training classes along with online resources including videos and tutorials. Please use the links below to navigate further.

High End Systems offers one of the industry’s top lighting and console training programs, developed to ensure you have the support and most up-to-date technical knowledge needed to be on top of your game in this competitive market.

Free, online videos developed by our Support and Training Department. Topics covered in our videos include Wholehog, DL.3 and DL.2.

HOG Family Training: Basic

This programming introduction course covers the powerful Hog control software, which is used in the Hog 4, Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, Hedgehog 4 and Hog 4 PC application. Course content is regularly updated as the software continues to add functionality.

This fast-paced course requires a good working knowledge of basic entertainment lighting terminology. Attendees will learn a hands-on approach, using the industry standard Big Hog hardware with Hog 4 operating software, connected to a visualiser.

Topics covered during the two-day course include:

  • Console layout
  • Patching
  • Show file organisation
  • Programming
  • Timing
  • Palettes
  • Cues
  • Directories
  • Pages

Sessions are held at ETC’s premises in West London.

Classes run from 10:00 to 17:00; lunch is provided.

Space is limited: only 8 seats are available for each session. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

The course is free to attend.

You must be at least 16 years of age to attend this session.

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MA University: Online Courses - GrandMA Console Training - Year Round

Ready to take your design to the next level? Learn to program with a grandMA lighting console with MA Lighting University.

As our industry is constantly progressing, we at MA Lighting believe that solid knowledge and constant learning are not only needed – they are essential. While shows are getting more and more complex these days, there is a constant need to always stay up to date. Software and features evolve. There is always something to learn and areas to improve.

The MA University

The MA University aims to enable lifelong learning opportunities, constant improvement and creates a platform for staying up to date by providing comprehensive training programs and delivering global MA knowledge to the highest quality standards.

This is particularly important when it comes to MA console training, however it is equally relevant when setting up a network utilizing MA hardware solutions.

The training program of the MA University is certified worldwide by MA Lighting and aims to guarantee a consistency of knowledge independent of the training concept and location.

GrandMA Console Online Training

If you are new the grandMA lighting console and want to get started with the basics, grandMA offers a collection of instructional YouTube videos to demonstrate the basics of grandMA programming:

Another source of education is from MA Lighting.

MA provides a number of courses and access to training at their MA University. The focus can be on concerts, touring and live events OR theatre, musicals, television and film.

MA Lighting has this to say about their courses:

By providing comprehensive training programs, MA Lighting aims to offer its customers the best possible qualifications. This is particularly important when it comes to grandMA2 console and dot2 training; however, it is equally relevant when using an MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) or setting up a network via MA-Net2/MA-Net utilising the corresponding MA hardware solutions.

Our trainers are the best in their fields and teach with first-hand knowledge and experience. The topics are presented comprehensively and are illustrated in detail. To provide you with the best tutorial environments, the courses contain real equipment and products. The ratio of students to teachers is limited to make the process as comfortable and effective as possible. Trainings within the MA Lighting University are industry recognised, and attendees completing these successfully will receive a certificate.

Two strong elements form the basis of the MA University concept, aimed to deliver the best learning experience for you. Both elements of the MA University training concept – E-learning and hands-on training – offer multiple advantages. In combination, they guarantee the best possible learning experience and a sophisticated understanding of MA’s products and philosophies for you.

Don’t have access to a grandMA console? No problem. MA provide a PC version of the grandMA software which has all the functionality of the real thing.

Finally, learn from the best. Find a lighting programmer who uses a grandMA system, and request that they let you tag along on their next gig, or at least ask for a quick tutorial in a live situation.

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Women's Audio Mission: Audio Training & Information - Online - Regular Classes

Women’s Audio Mission uses music and media and an incredible “carrot” of a training environment – the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women – to attract over 1,500 underserved women and girls every year to STEM and creative technology studies that inspire them to amplify their voices and become the innovators of tomorrow. WAM’s award-winning curriculum weaves art and music with science, technology and computer programming and works to close the critical gender gap in creative technology careers.

Women’s Audio Mission is a San Francisco/Oakland-based nonprofit organization that uses music and media and an incredible “carrot” of an audio training environment –  the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women –  to attract over 1,500 underserved women and girls every year to STEM and creative technology studies that inspire them to amplify their voices and become the innovators of tomorrow. WAM’s award-winning curriculum weaves art and music with science, technology and computer programming and works to close the critical gender gap in creative technology careers.

About WOMEN’S AUDIO MISSION:

Women’s Audio Mission addresses two critical issues:

  1. Less than 5% of the people creating the sounds, music and media in the daily soundtrack of our lives are women.
  2. The alarming 70% decline in women/girls enrolling in college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs since the year 2000.

WAM’s accomplishments include:

500+ women have been placed in paid positions with Google, Pixar, SFJazz, NPR, Dolby Laboratories, KQED, recording Mary J. Blige & Hillary Clinton for Apple, Comedy Central, Tracy Chapman, Animal Planet, Electronic Arts, etc

The White House Office of Social Innovation visited WAM to learn about WAM’s revolutionary methods of educating young women and girls.

WAM was recently featured on the SF Chronicle: wam.rocks/SFChron2016; KQED: wam.rocks/KQED2016; and NBC News: http://wam.rocks/wamNBCnews

WAM was named “Best of the Bay” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

2,000+ classes given to 12,000 women/girls over 15 years

WAM’s recording studio is the only professional recording studio in the world built and run entirely by women.

WAM has produced and recorded albums for over 150 artists from 21 countries, including GRAMMY-winners Kronos Quartet, acclaimed author Salman Rushdie for NPR, Angélique Kidjo (2014 GRAMMY Winner), Oscar-nominated film, “Dirty Wars”, tUnE-yArDs, Clarence Jones (Martin Luther King’s Speechwriter), award-winning singer Tanya Tagaq, and St. Lawrence String Quartet, providing work experience for 215+ women.

WAM was awarded Google RISE Awards in 2015 and 2016 for our integration of computer science into our curriculum.

Get Involved:

•Become A Member or Ally
Be the first to know about special members only and VIP events, get free magazine subscriptions and passes to conferences as well as discounts on audio gear and text books.

Student or Professional Member Levels are for anyone who is woman-identified (transgender or cisgender), non-binary or gender non-conforming.

The Ally Level is for men or other identified persons that want to show their ongoing support of WAM’s programs and initiatives.

• Training

• Events

• Job Postings

• And More…

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Woman's Audio Mission: SoundChannel - Audio Training - Online - Year Round

SoundChannel brings the award winning, college-tested curriculum of Women’s Audio Mission to a worldwide audience using new online delivery methods. SoundChannel not only teaches you the right way to do all things audio but also teaches you why, by delving into the math and science that govern sound and the gear used in professional audio and recording.

Are you an aspiring music producer, recording engineer, live sound engineer or sound designer?

Get a jump-start on your career with essential training at SoundChannel!

SoundChannel is a project of Women’s Audio Mission (WAM). WAM is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women and girls in music production and the recording arts.

SoundChannel brings the award winning, college-tested curriculum of Women’s Audio Mission to a worldwide audience using new online delivery methods. SoundChannel’s online courses have re-invented the textbook, creating an entirely different learning experience: study at your own pace, see equipment up close and personal, interact and test yourself, access DIY projects and the best reading lists to brush up on the math and science necessary for a complete understanding of the field of professional audio and recording. SoundChannel not only teaches you the right way to do all things audio but also teaches you why, by delving into the math and science that govern sound and the gear used in professional audio and recording.

SoundChannel Training Library features:

•Animated, interactive e-textbooks that include audio examples, video demonstrations, DIY projects and quizzes so you can test your own progress.

•College-level content created by award-winning college professors and seasoned industry professionals. Used by colleges across the country.

•Resource library that delves deep into the science and electronics of sound and audio gear.

•Self-paced, unlimited access online 24/7.

•Affordable.

Whether you’re brushing up on recording techniques, or learning the fundamentals, there’s something here for you.

Over 6,000 students from 93 countries have been trained at SoundChannel.

SoundChannel is unlike any other available training material because it is:

1. Created and tested in a rigorous college environment by a tenured professor and 25 year audio professional.

2. Based on the science behind music production. Most music production training is weak in theory because it has been created without a solid foundation in science. It makes the content harder to understand because it seems like “magic”. SoundChannel’s materials were developed by an electrical engineer, who is an expert at making the science interesting and understandable.

3. Using current music industry references. The author was a former major-label recording artist and is an active record producer that works with artists whose music is on commercial radio stations, in Hollywood films and on television.

4. Gender and racially balanced. SoundChannel’s materials visually tie the trainings to producers, artists, educators from diverse backgrounds so that students see themselves represented in the field. There is no other training like it.

5. Revolutionary in its delivery method – full of interactive quizzes, tests and branches to other levels of difficulty or other areas of interest.

6. Full of up-close demonstrations from various viewing angles in real, world-class recording environments.

This project was made possible by funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Cultural Equity Grants, and ZeroDivide.

SIGN UP NOW:

A subscription gives you full, unlimited access to the entire SoundChannel Library. The materials are typically used by 1-2 semester course so keep that in mind when you choose a plan. You save more when you sign up for a longer plan. It’s the perfect companion for your studies.

School/Non-Profit Group Discounts:

Group discounts are available for schools and non-profits for groups as small as five. Depending on the size of the class, group pricing can be as low as $20/student per semester.

About WOMEN’S AUDIO MISSION (WAM):

Women’s Audio Mission is a San Francisco/Oakland-based nonprofit organization that uses music and media and an incredible “carrot” of an audio training environment –  the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women –  to attract over 1,500 underserved women and girls every year to STEM and creative technology studies that inspire them to amplify their voices and become the innovators of tomorrow. WAM’s award-winning curriculum weaves art and music with science, technology and computer programming and works to close the critical gender gap in creative technology careers.

Women’s Audio Mission addresses two critical issues:

  1. Less than 5% of the people creating the sounds, music and media in the daily soundtrack of our lives are women.
  2. The alarming 70% decline in women/girls enrolling in college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs since the year 2000.

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Mentorly: Writing & Publishing Mentorships - Online - All Year Round

Writing is a often a long, solo journey, but it doesn’t have to be! Connect with our wonderful mentors who have all been in your shoes and who have published dozens of articles, stories and novels between them. Whether you need feedback on your manuscript or advice on how to publish your work, they have the answers you’re looking for. Our notable mentors include Allie Larkin, Farzana Doctor, Meags Fitzgerald, Jackie Viramontez, Guillaume Morissette and Greg Santos, to name just few.

Writing is a often a long, solo journey, but it doesn’t have to be! Connect with our wonderful mentors who have all been in your shoes and who have published dozens of articles, stories and novels between them. Whether you need feedback on your manuscript or advice on how to publish your work, they have the answers you’re looking for. Our notable mentors include Allie Larkin, Farzana Doctor, Meags Fitzgerald, Jackie Viramontez, Guillaume Morissette and Greg Santos, to name just few.

Mentorly is the first online arts mentorship platform providing accessible and engaging opportunities to connect with emerging and professional artists from around the world.

ABOUT MENTORLY:

Mentorly is the very loved brainchild of professional Dancer, Ashley Werhun and Filmmaker, Katherine Macnaughton. As working artists, both experienced a significant gap in mentorship within the arts. After speaking to hundreds of artists and assessing their all-too-common pain points, the gap led to an urgent call to action: to provide artists with direct access to mentors who are eager to help them grow and steer their careers forward.

“Our mission is to empower artists by fostering learning through creative exchanges and to giving back to the community through our InKind Fund.”

Every joining member helps to build a stronger community of artists that welcomes all levels, backgrounds, and creative disciplines. Welcome to the family!

Want to help us build the arts community and the next generation of great artists? We want to partner with you!

Learn More by Clicking Here!

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Actors Fund: Guidance & Grant Program - Career Transition For Dancers - Online - Year Round

The Actors’ Fund program enables dancers to define their career possibilities while developing the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines in order to thrive during all phases of their careers. Founded in 1985, Career Transition For Dancers enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines outside of dance.

The Actors’ Fund program enables dancers to define their career possibilities while developing the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines in order to thrive during all phases of their careers.

Founded in 1985, Career Transition For Dancers enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines outside of dance.

Core program services include:

•Career Counseling and Guidance Program
•Scholarship and Grant Program

Dancers are also eligible to receive individual and group counseling services, referrals for healthcare and health insurance and, where eligible, access to emergency financial assistance.

ELIGIBILITY:

For dancers interested in career counseling and guidance:

•An active dancer must currently be working professionally (or withing the last 12 months) in the performing arts and/or entertainment industry
OR
•Currently be enrolled in a competitive dance/training/education program and intend to derive income as a professional dancer
OR
•Former dancers must have a minimum of seven years paid employment in the performing arts and/or entertainment industry with five years of earnings of at least $5,000 a year,
OR
•Dancers over 65 must be able to document that his/her primary life earnings were derived from the entertainment industry

For dancers interested in a scholarship or grant:

•A professional dance career of 7 or more years (years need not be consecutive or current) within the past 20 years;

•100 weeks or more of paid dance employment in the United States (US citizens with global dance experience inclusive);

•Total gross earnings of a minimum of $56,000 (arrived at by combining the annual gross income of the 7 highest earning years within the past 20 years);

•Document a financial need;

•Consultation with a Career Counselor, either in person or by telephone (depending on proximity to one of our offices);

FOR ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT:

We provide assistance nationally. For more information and an application, please contact our regional office closest to you.

New York City
Patch Schwadron, Senior Career Counselor
917.281.5992
pschwadron@actorsfund.org

Chicago
Maryellen Langhout, Career Counselor
312.414.0500
mlanghout@actorsfund.org

Los Angeles
Sophia Kozak, Career Counselor
323.330.2472
skozak@actorsfund.org

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Mentorly: Visual Art Mentorships - Online - All Year Round

Mentorly mentor and acclaimed visual artist Olivia Knapp wishes she too have had access to a resource that could connect her with artists working in her desired field before spending substantial amounts on art school tuition that didn’t directly yield her career. That’s why she’s so keen on giving back through Mentorly, alongside our many other brilliant visual artists, Jason Cantoro, Dave Todaro, MissPixels and Lisa McLinden. Let them guide you on finding your own aesthetic and technique and getting your work known!

Mentorly mentor and acclaimed visual artist Olivia Knapp wishes she too have had access to a resource that could connect her with artists working in her desired field before spending substantial amounts on art school tuition that didn’t directly yield her career. That’s why she’s so keen on giving back through Mentorly, alongside our many other brilliant visual artists, Jason Cantoro, Dave Todaro, MissPixels and Lisa McLinden. Let them guide you on finding your own aesthetic and technique and getting your work known!

Mentorly is the first online arts mentorship platform providing accessible and engaging opportunities to connect with emerging and professional artists from around the world.

ABOUT MENTORLY:

Mentorly is the very loved brainchild of professional Dancer, Ashley Werhun and Filmmaker, Katherine Macnaughton. As working artists, both experienced a significant gap in mentorship within the arts. After speaking to hundreds of artists and assessing their all-too-common pain points, the gap led to an urgent call to action: to provide artists with direct access to mentors who are eager to help them grow and steer their careers forward.

“Our mission is to empower artists by fostering learning through creative exchanges and to giving back to the community through our InKind Fund.”

Every joining member helps to build a stronger community of artists that welcomes all levels, backgrounds, and creative disciplines. Welcome to the family!

Want to help us build the arts community and the next generation of great artists? We want to partner with you!

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Mentorly: Design & Arts x Business Mentorship - Online - All Year Round

Are you hitting a wall with monetizing your passion? We have just the right mentors to give you bridge the gap between making art and selling it. Gain knowledge from Art Director, artist and curator Caterina Rizzi who is also the Co-Founder of the wildly successful and fast-growing startup Breather. This highly-regarded mentor and entrepreneur will help you turn your exceptional talent into a vibrant business. Don’t wait to book, your career depends on it!

Are you hitting a wall with monetizing your passion? We have just the right mentors to give you bridge the gap between making art and selling it. Gain knowledge from Art Director, artist and curator Caterina Rizzi who is also the Co-Founder of the wildly successful and fast-growing startup Breather. This highly-regarded mentor and entrepreneur will help you turn your exceptional talent into a vibrant business. Don’t wait to book, your career depends on it!

Mentorly is the first online arts mentorship platform providing accessible and engaging opportunities to connect with emerging and professional artists from around the world.

ABOUT MENTORLY:

Mentorly is the very loved brainchild of professional Dancer, Ashley Werhun and Filmmaker, Katherine Macnaughton. As working artists, both experienced a significant gap in mentorship within the arts. After speaking to hundreds of artists and assessing their all-too-common pain points, the gap led to an urgent call to action: to provide artists with direct access to mentors who are eager to help them grow and steer their careers forward.

“Our mission is to empower artists by fostering learning through creative exchanges and to giving back to the community through our InKind Fund.”

Every joining member helps to build a stronger community of artists that welcomes all levels, backgrounds, and creative disciplines. Welcome to the family!

Want to help us build the arts community and the next generation of great artists? We want to partner with you!

Learn More by Clicking Here!

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Active Shooter: How To Respond In Your Venue

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

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Your Direct Link To Design Mentorship

Mentorly has wonderful mentors in Industrial Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Lighting and Stage Design, who are all eager to connect with you!

The world of fashion is forever changing and Andrea Lauer is on the leading edge of it. As a fashion technologist, she lectures at MIT and New York University where you can learn about sensors, electronics, and material science or how to break into the industry of technological wearables and how they weave into everyday lives. Andrea’s built artistic companies and collectives and has designed for Broadway and Theater. As a Chief Creative Officer, you’re in the most capable of hands. Fashion not your thing? Mentorly has wonderful mentors in Industrial Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Lighting and Stage Design, who are all eager to connect with you!

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Your Direct Link To Music Mentorship

Looking to start a career in music? Take advantage of a rare opportunity to be coached by our acclaimed music mentors...

Looking to start a career in music? Take advantage of a rare opportunity to be coached by our acclaimed music  mentors Andrew Wan, Ross Snyder, Paul Cargnello and Caracol, to name a few. Whether in classical or experimental electronic, these mentors thoroughly understand the industry and could be your secret edge to getting your next big break!

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Your Direct Link to Film & Video Mentorship

Gain insight into the nuts of bolts of producing and directing a film, music video, and corporate video and learn how to get your work onto the silver screen at festivals!

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Jacob Patrick, Derek Branscombe and Pawel Pogorzelski all have two things in common: they are successful filmmakers, each with a distinctive style and approach to filmmaking, and they are eager to help you navigate your film career! Gain insight into the nuts of bolts of producing and directing a film, music video, and corporate video and learn how to get your work onto the silver screen at festivals!

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The Definitive Facebook Marketing Guide

Let’s be clear right upfront: Facebook marketing is not the same thing as Facebook advertising. Yes, your Facebook marketing strategy can include advertising (more on that below), but since Facebook is, after all, a social network, your strategy...

Let’s be clear right upfront: Facebook marketing is not the same thing as Facebook advertising. Yes, your Facebook marketing strategy can include advertising (more on that below), but since Facebook is, after all, a social network, your strategy should also include efforts to build lasting relationships and ongoing engagement through valuable content that’s not about making the sale.

How to create a Facebook marketing plan in 7 steps

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Arts X Business with Mentorly

If you’re looking to build a company from the ground up, fundraise like a pro, produce a show or a festival, and make your employees think more creatively, find the guidance you need by connecting with renowned artist...

If you’re looking to build a company from the ground up, fundraise like a pro, produce a show or a festival, and make your employees think more creatively, find the guidance you need by connecting with renowned artist and social entrepreneur, John Michael Schert! John Michael has gone from Professional Dancer to Executive Director and Producer of companies like Trey McIntyre Project and the Treefort Music Fest. He has graced the pages of the New York Times for his innovative work and regularly lectures at the Chicago Booth School of Business and Google.

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Introducing Mentorly, Your Direct Link To Arts Mentorship

Mentorly is the very first online arts mentorship platform, connecting artists around the world. Mentorly is their direct link to mentorship.

Mentorly is the very first online arts mentorship platform, connecting artists around the world.

Mentorly is their direct link to mentorship.

Head over to Mentorly.co and sign up as a mentor, mentee, or both. Pick your discipline, browse our community of critically acclaimed mentors, request an hour-long session, and meet your chosen mentor via videoconference – all seamlessly hosted on our intuitive platform.
The experience is curated by Mentorly, taking all of the guesswork and intimidation out requesting guidance.

At Mentorly, we believe in supporting emerging artists, because talent and hard work aren’t the only defining factors of success. Thanks to mentors’ generous donations, our InKind Fund sponsors artists lacking the financial means to book a session with the mentor of their choice.

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Your Direct Link To Circus Mentorship

Whether you like to test your body’s limits or simply love entertaining audiences, passion for Circus Arts isn’t everything; you need to practice extensively with a clear idea of your unique offering and that’s just a first step…

Whether you like to test your body’s limits or simply love entertaining audiences, passion for Circus Arts isn’t everything; you need to practice extensively with a clear idea of your unique offering and that’s just a first step… Which school do you choose? What company do you audition for? Tania Holt, world-touring aerialist with Cirque du Soleil, choreographer, and coach is available to help you find your way. Connect with her on Mentorly.co.

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Acrobatic Demo Reels - What does Casting want to see?

Many aspiring performers spend hours preparing a show reel for auditions with introduction graphics and music and carefully selected well-shot pieces from their prior work. But what does casting want in a show reel? Here are a few tips.

Imagine you are a casting agent and you have to watch hundreds of show reel submissions per week. All they are seeking in your acrobatic demo reel is a demonstration of your ability. In one resident Las Vegas acrobatic show, those responsible for casting watch the audition show reels without the sound of the reel on. So instead of painstakingly choosing the music for your reel, focus on what the casting teams are really looking for.

  1. Keep it under 3 minutes.
  2. Provide footage of competent skills only (not what you could do 5 years ago, what you can do now)
  3. Do not show a progression of skills. This is unnecessary. Show the final skill. A good casting agent knows what it takes to get there.
  4. No need to repeat skills from different angles
  5. No need for amazing production value, artistic lighting etc. Casting want to see your skills clearly.

Alongside your demo reel, provide your CV. Do not forget to include this information:

  1. Name. Address. Email. Telephone number.
  2. Include your Date of Birth.
  3. Height. Weight. Eye colour and hair style/colour.

In terms of CV layout:

  1. Previous performance experience (most recent first) with dates.
  2. Background training and achievements.
  3. Education
  4. Special Skills
  5. Links to Demo reel
  6. Provide headshot and full body shot (form fitting clothes/top off for boys)
  7. 2 references and contact details of those references.

Providing all of the points above give casting a good idea of you and your ability. From this information, casting will have enough to assess your suitability for the role they are seeking to fill.

Give them what they need the first time around. Good luck!

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