YES March Newsletter 2019-03-12

Our March Newsletter comes packed with information on what's happening at the center including our upcoming Business Skills for Creative Souls Artists' Conference on March 25th, our annual Fundraising Campaign, our English-French Chit Chat meetups, a recap from our Network Now events, our Client of the Month, YES in the News and more!



 

Our Business Skills for Creative Souls Artists Conference takes place Monday, March 25 at  the St. Jax. Don't miss it!  Get your tickets now >>>

Our Clients needs YOU  We are so close to our goal! Show your support and make a donation to our Direct Mail Campaign>>>

Find out how Elsa Corgié got the support she needed to take her band to the next level in ouClient of the Month feature>>>

Earlier this month, we held two Employment/Networking events: Empowering Employment for Newcomers and Making Connections. Check out the recap here>>>

Want to join a dynamic team? YES is hiring! If you're looking to work in the non-profit world and you meet the criteria and qualifications, we would like to hear from you! To view our current job openings click here>>>

Is your French missing a certain je ne sais quoi? The next series of our free Chit Chat French-English Language Exchange meetups begin soon. Find out more here>>> 

YES in the NEWS: Montreal rap artist Onasis praises former YES Business Coach for helping him with his business. Read the article here>>>


Looking for job search skills and strategies? Small business advice? Or to get ahead as an artist? Check out our Winter/Spring 2019 Program Book for up-to-date information on all of our programs, services, upcoming events and workshops>>>
 
JOB SEEKERS ENTREPRENEURS ARTISTS
Unemployed? Have a part-time job, but looking for full-time work? Need a job, but don't feel qualified? 

FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP!

Have a business idea and looking to take it to the next level?

LEARN MORE!

Are you creative? Let us help you learn to make a living off your art.

GET STARTED NOW!
 
As a registered non-profit charity, we help individuals to achieve social and economic integration. 
We do this by helping people find a job, start a business or earn income from their art, right here in Quebec.
Please help YES help others.  Please give today>>>
 
DARE TO DREAM BIG AT OUR BUSINESS SKILLS FOR CREATIVE SOULS ARTISTS CONFERENCE

Have you ever looked at artists who’ve made it and wondered how they got there?
Not only did they have the vision, and the talent, but they had a strategy to build their career. ​


 Designed to be useful to artists in every creative field, our full-day Business Skills for Creative Souls Artists Conference is the ultimate place to be encouraged and inspired, to extend your creative network, to discover funding opportunities and develop the business and marketing skills needed to build a sustainable and profitable career in the arts. 
 
Here is just a taste of why you should attend. Not only is the price right ($35 for a full day of inspriation, discussions and networking), you will:

Get inspired by Cheryl Sim (DHC/ART)
Dive into the blue with Tranna Wintour
Think BIG with Kid Koala, Moe Clark, Damian Siqueiros, Mireille Silcoff, Mike Payette
Get recognized
internationally with Sonya Gauthier, Harley Smart
and so much more!

Click here for more information including speakers and panel topics>>>

Cost: $35/($50 with a boxed lunch)

 
           
           
            
          
 
 LOOKING FOR A WAY TO SUPPORT WHAT MATTERS TO YOU? GIVE TO OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN 
 


Despite the booming economy in Montreal, finding meaningful work or starting a business here remains difficult for many people. Artists face the most obstacles when trying to build a creative practice. In the last year, we helped 709 artists better understand business fundamentals to earn a living from their art. 

We strive daily to ensure that more success stories are made possible. Stories like that of Jordan Perry.
 
“Like most people starting their own business, my biggest struggle was not knowing where to find clients. That’s one of the biggest things YES helped me with; not only with brainstorming ideas as to where I might find clients, but also how to track which methods are converting the best. Once I had a better understanding of that, my business became profitable almost immediately.” 

Originally from Saskatoon, Jordan Perry is a self-taught music producer, composer, songwriter and drummer and has made Montreal his home since 2005. With several years of song writing and performing under his belt, Jordan wanted to turn his hobby into something more viable. He approached YES about four years ago and has since launched his small musical empire, but not without encountering some ups and downs along the way.

 
“On top of giving me the tools to understand how to reach my target market and how to track conversions, the YES team has always been very dedicated to my success. Every business or artist coach I’ve met has made me feel genuinely important, and that they want my business to succeed as if it were their own. As a solo-preneur that kind of support is invaluable.”

Over the past year, Jordan’s accomplishments have run the gamut of making noteworthy connections with local talent musicians, receiving major radio airplay here as well in Europe and having his songs played on some prominent local TV shows, like Quebec’s Marche à l’ombre.  
 
Our campaign goal is to reach $45,000 by March 31st 2019. 

We are asking you to join us in this effort by making a gift to help at least one young person succeed.
 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. EVERY DONATION HAS A BIG IMPACT.

PLEASE GIVE TODAY.
 


 
 
 FIND OUT HOW ELSA CORGIÉ WAS ABLE TO TAKE HER BAND TO THE NEXT LEVEL 
 
Elsa Corgié is a 25-year-old violinist, born and raised in France.  She left Europe five years ago, with her classical music background in hand, to make Montreal her home.  Two years later, Elsa left her career organizing cultural events behind in order to focus on her music.

“I just wanted to take a chance to fulfill a dream I had since I was a child,” Elsa says. “When I first started, it was just me and my violin playing in the Montreal metro.” Everything changed when she met up with soon-to-be fellow bandmate, Chakib Kouidri, who had a project on the go, called Nomad’Stones.

“I started playing some gigs with him and, little by little, a connection was formed,” she continues. “I also became the co-manager of the band and since then, we have played many showcases and festivals, launched our first album, been to France, Mauritania, New York and have been selected as the Radio Canada Revelations in world music. It’s been a crazy adventure!”
Elsa first came to YES because she felt overwhelmed by dealing with lot of situations at the same time. “Today the music industry is very different than some years ago. There is a lot you have to do by yourself before finding a team to work with.”

“I met with the YES Artist Business Coach and together, we faced each challenge, one at a time,” Elsa says. “She was able to give me insight I didn’t have, and it was a great help. She definitely helped me go through some steps with my project from how to do a proper follow-up after a networking event, to analyzing contracts and grant writing.”

The results are in. Elsa says, “We are building a stronger team, we got our first grant, we're working on our second album and planning our international development.”

“Having those sessions with her was invaluable and the support I received was priceless.”

Find out more about Nomad'Stones>>>
 
 SO MANY GOOD THINGS TO SAY ABOUT OUR NETWORK NOW EVENTS!
 
On Tuesday, February 12th we held two unique employment-networking events at the Centre Mont-Royal.

During the morning event, Empowering Employment for Newcomers, we got great insights from our panel of newcomers who gave a first-hand account of their journeys to launching a career in Quebec. Have you ever thought about what it would take to leave your country and start new somewhere else?  It was such an inspiring way to start the day and led to a speed networking event where 20 newcomers got the chance to highlight their talents and expertise in a way that would be impossible with a resume or job application alone.

Thanks to the support of our funders and the 20 companies that participated, we helped open doors to a lot of successful futures.
 

Click here to view all photos from the event.

This initiative was supported by: 




In the afternoon, we heard HR leaders discuss the myths, trends and solutions for today's labour market, in our Making Connections event. We also put a fresh, new twist on the traditional job fair and helped match 40 talented and motivated job seekers with over 20 companies.

Special thanks to our funders and corporate contacts for helping to make this event a huge success!
 

Click here to view all the photos from the event.

This initiative was supported by:



 
 
JOB SEEKERS: IMPROVE YOUR FRENCH CONVERSATION SKILLS AND GAIN EXPOSURE TO LOCAL BUSINESS CULTURE
 
 
Join us for a variety of meet-ups with both English and French speakers in our free Chit Chat Language Exchange Program. These meetups will help you to break out of your comfort zone and build your confidence speaking French.

The next session starts April 3 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the YES centre, followed by other activities on April 10, 17, 24 & May 1.

 
For more information contact Ltomlinson@yesmontreal.ca  // 514-878-9788 ext 336 
 
YES IN THE NEWS: MONTREAL RAP ARTIST SINGS PRAISES FOR YES
 
Here is a great read from The Concordian about how local rap artist Onasis gained radio airplay and high chart numbers with the help of one of our former business coaches, the late and great, Gerald Silverberg.

Gerry's teachings were honest and direct: "You’re doing music business; you have the music part down, now you have to handle the business and that’s where the money’s at." Those words couldn't be truer for Onasis and countless more artists looking to make a viable business from their creativity. Read the full article here>>>

If you're looking to take your passion, your art to the next level, join us March 25 at the St Jax Montréal for our Business Skills for Creative Souls Artists Conference. Find out more>>> 
 
VIEW OR DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY OF OUR WINTER/SPRING 2019 PROGRAM BOOK 
 
 
DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • The YES Centre is open, free of charge, to everyone on a drop-in basis from Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm for use of the computers, phone, internet, Wi-Fi, fax machine and  resource library. 
  • We offer one-on-one support to: entrepreneurs (all ages), job-seekers (ages 18-40 years), artists (all ages), as well as a Mentorship Program.
  • Many of our workshops and services are offered online - for a complete listing of all our programs and workshops, click here to view our  Winter/Spring 2019 Program Book.
  • We have an extensive Job Board on our website with full-time, part-time, seasonal, student and casual positions. You can apply for these postings by visiting the centre at 666 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 700, during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm).
For information and updates, visit our website at www.yesmontreal.ca
 
 
OUR PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF: 
 

 

 
 
 
THE BARWICK FAMILY FOUNDATION      THE JOHN DOBSON FOUNDATION        THE HAY FOUNDATION
     THE PEACOCK FAMILY FOUNDATION     THE ROSSY FAMILY FOUNDATION    
THE TAUBEN FAMILY FOUNDATION   THE ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION   

THE ERIC T. WEBSTER FOUNDATION
THE GALLOP FAMILY FUND AT THE FOUNDATION OF GREATER MONTREAL 
 
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