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2016 IAMA International Conference

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26th IAMA International Conference at Roy Thompson Hall

Centennial College Arts Management program students had a great pleasure to volunteer at the 26th IAMA International Conference on November 10-12.

This year’s version of the Conference has been hosted by the IAMA in partnership with Ontario Presents, a province-wide network of performing arts touring and presenting organizations. The event was held at several venues including the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Roy Thompson Hall.

There are so many things I could say about this event.

International Artist Managers Association logoThe venues were stunning and perfectly fit the Conference’s program.

The delegates’ speeches were meaningful and relevant to current challenges in the industry.

Many important issues were brought up at the Conference, among which the most distinguishing were the role conservatories have in nurturing the future professional musicians of tomorrow the changing demographic of communities and how it impacts programming, and digital challenges for the performing arts (lectured by Head of Digital Development of BBC Arts Peter Maniura).

It was a great pleasure to be around such important people in the arts management field and to even get a chance to have a chat with some of them!

The organization of the Conference was executed at the highest level, and I am without doubt that the delegates were left with the best impressions.

The 2016 IAMA Conference can be confidently labelled as successful thanks to its generous sponsors among which include The Aga Khan Museum, Air Charter Service, Andrew Kwan artist Management Inc. and Canada Council for the Arts.

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