The new school year is just around the corner and it dovetails, as it does every year, with a diversified offer of training courses in the field of music, and particularly in publishing. The Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM) offers a very attractive program to help you perfect your knowledge of music publishing and get started in this key sector of the music ecosystem.

APEM offers a comprehensive 42-hour training course (in French only) that takes place over 10 weeks, with the objective of training new publishers, and promoting best practices in music publishing. Legal foundations, contracts and licenses, and the organization and artistic direction of a publishing company are only a few of the topics that will be discussed by publishing experts such as Daniel Lafrance, Me Claude Brunet, David Murphy, Valérie Gauthier, Marie-Laurence Asselin and Carmel Scurti-Belley.

The APEM training program will be held in person at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) in Montréal. The Winter 2023 session, though, will be dispensed online.

For all the details and to register, click here. But hurry, classes begin on Sept. 8, 2022.

Happy learning to all!

The new school year is just around the corner and it dovetails, as it does every year, with a diversified training offer in the field of songwriting. The Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ) offers you a multitude of training courses to perfect your knowledge.

SPACQ is offering several new, interesting training sessions for songwriters, presented by expert trainers, who’ll share their experience and passion for creating music.

While some of the workshops offered in the fall are already full, there are still spaces available for the following workshops, but you should hurry:

– Musique à l’image – Savoir éviter les pièges avec Lucie Bourgouin
Atelier hip-hop d’écriture créative avec Webster
– Écrire pour l’autre: la mission du parolier avec Nelson Minville
Musique à l’image – Apprivoiser la création d’une trame sonore avec Jean-Olivier Bégin
Réalisation: musique électronique vs chansons avec Poirier

Happy learning to all!

Oli Féra has won the finals of the Grand concours Hydro-Québec, the central event of the 2022 Festival international de la chanson de Granby, held on Aug 24, 2022. The theatrical singer-songwriter Féra won over a jury of about 100 music industry professionals, tasked with choosing the top finalist of the five who took the stage for a final performance. Their selection was based on the artists’ originality, the quality of their repertoire and delivery, and their professional maturity.

Féra thus earns a $25,000 career development grant, as well as eight other awards that will certainly help her follow in the footsteps of past winners such as Lisa LeBlanc (2010), Patrice Michaud (2009), Alexandre Désilets (2006), Pierre Lapointe (2001), Lynda Lemay (1989), Luc de Larochelière (1986), and Jean Leloup (1983).

The other four finalists don’t walk away empty-handed, since the festival offers plenty of awards and prizes: Maude Sonier won five, La Charpie four, Chino two, and Zéphyr Bielinski one. Overall, these various prizes are worth a total of more than $100,000.

Congratulations to Oli Féra and the other four finalists!

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