This year, SPACQ (Société professionnelle des auteurs et compositeurs du Québec) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. To mark the occasion, the organization has taken the opportunity to enhance its training plan with several workshops that may be of interest to SOCAN members who wish to improve their skills.
From Aug. 2, 2021, SPACQ members have priority on workshop registrations, but waiting lists are available for non-members. The nine workshops are held virtually through the Zoom platform.
Here are the workshops offered by SPACQ in the Fall of 2021:
Writing an effective funding application—Yzabel BeauBien
Participants will learn how to identify the right programs and develop the right tools to maximize their chances of getting a positive response to a funding request.
Dates: Sept. 11 and 12, 2021
The Author’s Instinct—Vincent Vallières
This creative workshop aims to teach and consider a selection of simple but effective songwriting and composition tools to ensure clarity of message.
Dates: Sept. 24, 25 and 26, 2021
Toolkit for stalled songs—Manuel Gasse
Participants will develop tools that will allow them to give a second life to unfinished songs or, to improve their existing ones.
Dates: Sundays, Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021
Writing for others: the mission of the lyricist—Nelson Minville
The aim of this workshop is to understand the reality and working conditions of the lyricist, and to learn how to write lyrics to an existing piece of music.
Dates: Saturdays, Oct. 16 and 23, 2021
Creative Workshop—Saying the little things right is huge! —Jim Corcoran
The workshop aims to consider a more surprising choice of words and a wider range of ideas in songwriting, based on a second-glance approach and the revision of existing texts. Guest: Marjolaine Beauchamp
Dates: Nov. 6 and 7, 2021
Hip-Hop Creative Writing Workshop—Webster
This workshop will be an exploration of tools and new work methods for songwriters of the rap/hip-hop scene. Guest: Boogat
Dates: Nov. 12, 13 and 14, 2021
Wearing all the hats—Self-production—Andréanne A. Malette
Participants will learn how to take control of many aspects of their singer-songwriter career, and how to decide what they entrust to others. This workshop will give them the tools they need to become increasingly autonomous.
Dates: Nov. 28 and 29, 2021
Positioning your artistic approach in the current market—Jacynthe Plamondon-Émond
Participants will learn how to better plan their career and, if necessary, re-position themselves during their career. This workshop aims to inspire insights that will guide each participant in developing a vision of their project.
Dates: Dec. 3, 4 and 11, 2021
The Composer and the Music on Film—Master Class—Michel Corriveau
This workshop aims to create understanding of the job of a screen composer, and to teach how to work with different directors and different budgets. Tips and exercises are also included.
Dates: Dec. 11 and 12, 2021
Visit the SPACQ website to sign up, or for more information. https://www.spacq.ca/