Professional Development

Tap your Network for Hidden Potential



“Everything we do comes down to creating and maintaining meaningful relationships with those around us.” ~ Emily Rho

At the “Leverage your Network” workshop last week, everyone mapped out the nodes and ties in their networks based on their top three priorities. I went around asking people their impressions of the exercise. Here is what Emily Rho, pianist and general manager of Pocket Concerts, had to say. Read on…

Plan for the Growth of your Artistic Vision



“The problem isn’t a lack of funds – the lack of funds is a symptom of the problem.” ~ Graeme Page (former NetGain Consultant)

In this guest post, Christine MacLean (freelance arts manager for the likes of Syrinx Concerts Toronto, Academy Concert Series, World Music Project and Toronto Classical Singers) shares her perspective as a participant in last week’s “Growing from the Bottom Up” workshop presented by NetGain Partners. It was so valuable to have the experience of consultants working with large organizations applying their insights to smaller and independent arts organizations. Let us know if any of the topics covered strike a chord with you!
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Learn to Leverage your Network with Margaret Lam


“I think the simple act of having a plan is already going to be a major leap forward from going on your gut instincts or hunches.”

Thanks to everyone who took part in last week’s “Growing from the Bottom Up” workshop, and to Genevieve Tran at NetGain Partners along with Doug Simpson for synthesizing the knowledge and insights they have gleaned from working across the arts and culture sector in the last two decades. The final summer workshop this Wednesday will be all about “Leveraging Your Network”, hosted by BeMused Network founder Margaret Lam at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (140 St. George Street), 4-6pm. Read on…

Growing from the Bottom Up with Genevieve Tran


“If you educate yourself, if you know that there are steps in the real world that you should take, then you’ll take them and you will grow successfully.” ~ Genevieve Tran

Last week’s “Legal Fundamentals” workshop with Andreas Kalogiannides was a great success. It was a catalyst for a variety of conversations and covered important topics that many independent artists overlook.

The second workshop, taking place on August 6, will be hosted and presented by NetGain Partners (53 Berkeley Street), a boutique management consulting firm that has a long history of working with many major arts organizations in Toronto. They share our passion and belief that there is tremendous potential to be cultivated within the independent performing arts sector, and BeMused Network is excited to have them as collaborators on this pilot series. Read on…

Make Legal Planning Part of Your Artistic Career


“We are building entire careers around producing this artistic product, but we so often fail to think about protecting it.” ~ Ben Dietschi

In this guest post, Ben Dietschi (Managing Artistic Director, Spectrum Music) shares his perspective as a participant in last week’s “Legal Fundamentals” workshop presented by Kalogiannides LawI hope that Ben’s reflection will bring you out to our next workshop on August 6 with NetGain Partners on “Growing from the Bottom Up”!
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Legal Fundamentals with Andreas Kalogiannides


“If your goal is to make a living from your creative work – or even a lifelong career – then you must give thought to more than just being a creator.” ~ Andreas Kalogiannides

The upcoming professional development workshops are just one facet of BeMused Network’s effort to help the performing arts community connect in real life. Knowledge sharing is an important part of cultivating an independent performing arts career, “and these workshops bring together like-minded artists and domain experts in legal, business, and technology spaces,” says Margaret Lam.

Think to the conversations you might have had at the pub or at a gig – where you might have serendipitously mentioned a problem you were having to just the right person who had a solution. The workshops aim to give serendipity a hand, making connection facilitation an explicit goal. Read on…

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