9th Annual Montreal Self-Employed Artists' Conference a success 2009-07-08

Montreal, June 30, 2009 - Centaur Theatre was abuzz June 8 as 200 local artists assembled for YES Montreal’s Business Skills for Creative Souls Artists’ Conference. The transfer of knowledge and feelings of solidarity between established and emerging artists is what made the day such a success.

Since artists often work in isolation and without adequate moral and financial support, events like this become all the more important. “It was reassuring to hear another artist’s struggles and successes” says one of the conference attendees, adding the importance of “sustaining confidence and vulnerability.”
Among the artists and industry experts presenting were acclaimed actor Liane Balaban, and author and entrepreneur, Andy Nulman. Panels included Show Me the Money! and Networking Your Way to Success.
Theatre producer/director, Liz Truchanowicz, was awarded a first place cash prize of $1,000 as part of YES Montreal’s Artists’ Project Plan Contest, for her production of Sara Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis. The play will be presented at the Studio at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts in September during a three-week run that will mark its English-language premiere in Montreal.
“Not only will the financial contribution of this award from YES Montreal support my upcoming project, but the assistance I will receive through [YES] workshops and coaching services will provide me with the foundation, knowledge, and information I need to succeed,” says Truchanowicz.
Michaela Di Cesare and Jorge Zavagno won second prize for their film short, Inspecteur Maxime, playing July 12 at Leonardo Da Vinci Cultural Centre. Ellen Smallwood, Heather Keiller and Frances McKenzie took third place for multi-disciplinary opera, Teen Sleuths & the Freed Cyborg Choir, now playing at the St-Ambroise Fringe Festival.
A networking schmoozer organized by conference and community partner, English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) capped off a memorable day.
As a not-for-profit organization, YES Montreal (Youth Employment Services) enriches the community by providing English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses. The conference is part of YES Montreal’s long-running Artists’ Program. The only one of its kind in Quebec, this program helps Montreal area artists develop business skills and economic viability, and has done so since 1999. For more information, please visit www.yesmontreal.ca.
For further information, please contact:

Daniel Goodfellow

Director of Communications & Marketing, YES Montreal
514-878-9788 Ext. 322 Cell: 514-451-2454
Daniel Légaré
Public Relations, YES Montreal
514-878-9788 ext. 303