The 4th Montreal Self-employed Artists Conference 2004-05-05

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Contact: Linda Bell, Director, Communications, Youth Employment Services Tel: 514.878.9788 x 302 Email: lb@yesmontreal.ca Iris Unger, Executive Director, Youth Employment Services Tel: 514.878.9788 x 301 Email: iu@yesmontreal.ca www.yesmontreal.ca

Successful artists teach the “art” of doing business at conference

Montreal – May 5, 2004. Successful artists will share their secrets to success at the 4th Montreal Self-employed Artists Conference: Business Skills for Creative Souls, to be held on June 7, 2004 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Centaur Theatre.

Hosted by Andy Nulman (Airborne Entertainment), this year’s line-up of speakers and presenters reads like a who’s who of the Montreal artistic community. Speakers and presenting organizations include Terry Mosher (a.k.a. Aislin), Hilary Radley (Fashion Designer), Josh Freed (Writer), Andrea Kenyon (Casting Director), Cirque du Soleil, and the Donald K Donald Entertainment Group. The Canada Council for the Arts and Le Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec will also be on hand to discuss grant writing tips.

“This event is unique as it attempts to bridge the gap between artists and the business world by uniting successful, business-minded artists and emerging artists in a forum of discussion, information sharing and networking” states Susan Molnar, Arts Program Director at Youth Employment Services.

The conference, hosted by Youth Employment Services, is expected to attract over 300 participants from Montreal’s artistic community.

While originally founded in 1993 to assist job seekers, the not-for-profit organization Youth Employment Services quickly noticed a lack of English-language entrepreneurial services for artists in Montreal and the Arts Program was created in 2000. Comprised of a career counselor, workshops, resource library and conference, the program assists artists of all ages find or create meaningful work or self-employment in Quebec.