GENOVESE VANDERHOOF & ASSOCIATES -  A Cultural Management Consulting Firm




The Opportunity

The Montreal Bach Festival (MBF) is seeking a dynamic, multi-talented Director of Finance and Administration who has a passion for classical music and will enthusiastically help manage the organization, fundraise, and tell our unique story. A newly created position, the Director of Finance and Administration will join the MBF at a pivotal juncture, and will have the opportunity to shape the role and lead the organization into its next exciting chapter.

Reporting to Alexandra Scheibler, the founder, executive and artistic director of the Montreal Bach Festival, the Director of Finance and Administration will head the office team (marketing, box office, event coordinator/office assistant) as the chief business officer responsible for conducting the operations of the MBF including concert production, revenue generation, Board facilitation, community outreach and financial oversight. The Director will work closely with the Board to build on the MBF’s reputation of artistic excellence and keep it thriving and sustainable through increased financial strength and community engagement. The new incumbent will appreciate the MBF’s remarkable history, and will share enthusiasm for its mission.

About the MBF

The Montreal Bach Festival is North America’s premier destination for the timeless musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach and the cultural legacy that he has inspired. Through a series of concerts and educational programs, the Bach Festival showcases our elite musicians to the world and brings world class performers to Quebec. It contributes significantly to Montreal’s international reputation as a cultural metropolis, attracting both international and local audiences to enrich the life of Montrealers as well as its communal life. The greatest artists in the world come to Montreal to honor Johann Sebastian Bach. His infinitely beautiful music has found a home at the Montreal Bach Festival.

The MBF is a registered charitable not for profit organization, managed by a dedicated Board of Directors of ten and a small team. Operations are funded by ticket sales, donations, sponsorships and government grants.

The Ideal Candidate

The Director of Finance and Administration will be a proven non-profit sector leader with familiarity and passion for music, and experience in Board relations, ideally from the performing arts industry. A highly flexible individual who combines leadership qualities with excellent communication, fundraising and organizational skills, the ideal candidate will have a desire and ability to partner with volunteer Board members to develop and execute the MBFs plans in support of its continued artistic vision for music excellence.

Experienced in working with and supporting volunteer Board members, the Director will liaise regularly with the President of the Board, provide members with update reports as required, and seek out their knowledge, understanding, and connections to leverage opportunities.

Possessing a strong results-oriented work ethic, the ideal candidate will be a pragmatic and effective problem- solver, who will ensure that all administrative details are in place for our annual concert series. Working independently, with autonomy on daily matters, the successful candidate will exercise resourcefulness, sound judgement, attention to detail, and will engender a sense of trust and credibility with MBF stakeholders and community members.

Demonstrating willingness and proven ability to multi-task, the ideal candidate will effectively administer the logistics for the day to day priorities while also taking the lead on development and fundraising initiatives. Experienced in leading and managing fundraising strategies and identifying new sources of contributed income, the Director will seek to successfully build local, provincial and national relationships with related organizations, government officials and funding agencies. The candidate will also pro-actively work with volunteer Board members to engage with and develop a community of individual major gift donors as well as corporate and foundations partners.

The ideal candidate will be able to articulate the MBF vision in ways that inspire and motivate others to advance the reputation, fiscal sustainability, attendance and community support for the MBF. Demonstrating excellent communication abilities, the successful candidate will be a strong ambassador for the MBF. The candidate will be fluently bilingual, both verbally and in writing, and will effectively present the artists and works performed using accessible language. The successful candidate will possess solid interpersonal skills to relate with and build productive and cohesive working relationships with a variety of constituents, including musicians, artist managers and stagehands as well as outside entities such as vendors.

The Director will oversee, guide and encourage the other staff members in a small office environment, as well as a number of external independent contractors who contribute to the MBF’s success. A transparent and positive leader with a strategic orientation and solid integrity, the Director will bring vigor and eagerness to help us advance and sustain one of the finest music organizations of Montreal.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities

Management and Administration

-Effectively and efficiently manage the MBF’s finances and the annual operational budget.  

– Oversee and efficiently manage all aspects of the organization’s operations, guided by the Board’s vision, artistic direction and policies.

- Contracting artists upon consultation with the artistic director; contracting with venues, freelancers, employees, etc.

- Lead and manage staff and freelancers.

-Plan and manage guest artists’ logistics as well as concert detail requirements with vendors and external technical resource providers.

-Ensure appropriate resources are in place to support goals and strategies.

– Foster strong working relationships with Board members.

Fund-raising and Development

–Lead the effort to generate additional revenues and continue to secure the long term sustainability of the MBF through, government and foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, program advertising and major gift fundraising efforts.

– Develop and implement an annual revenue generation plan, strengthening existing relationships and cultivating new ones, soliciting contributions from a variety of constituencies.

 –Research, review and write grant proposals to foundations and government agencies, and sponsorship requests to corporations.

Governance facilitation and support

– Work closely with Board members, staff and other stakeholders to establish clear goals, strategies and actions that will further the mission of the MBF and ensure its financial growth and sustainability.

– Support the Board in its priorities of organizational direction-setting, monitoring progress and fundraising.

– Provide regular reports and updates on progress and activities to the Board President and the Board members, for decision making on artistic direction, administration and governance.

– Work closely with and support the Artistic Director by overseeing financial contract negotiations with artist managers and other details of artistic administration.


Key Experience & Competencies

– Previous experience in a management position in the non-profit arts and culture sector, including program administration, fundraising, and financial oversight.

– Strong familiarity with, and a passion for, classical music.

– Demonstrated success in raising funds from public and private sources in the form of donations, sponsorships, memberships, and foundation and government grants.

– Experience managing staff and volunteers and ability to interact with a variety of constituents including musicians, artistic managers as well as vendors and independent contractors.

 – Experience working both autonomously, as well as collaboratively with the Board.

– Ability to think creatively and strategically and to plan and act pro-actively.

– Strong organizational, project management and problem solving skills with the ability to multi-task.

– Ability to incite enthusiasm and to motivate and persuade others to achieve desired outcomes.

– Excellent bilingual communication skills in French and English (verbal and written).

– Self-sufficient and experienced with computers (Macs) Microsoft Office and Excel, Adobe Creative Cloud, website management, and design/web marketing (Mailchimp) etc.

– A post-secondary degree is expected for this position. A degree in Arts or business administration will be considered an asset.  Experience in accounting. 

Salary commensurate with experience.  Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of references in confidence to:


Margaret Genovese, Senior Partner

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates


 77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103

Toronto, ON

Canada M5B 2J7



Deadline for applications:
Monday, September 23, 2019. 

C*SARN invites artists 50+


Honorary Board Member
Gordon Pinsent

Artistic Advisory Council

Peggy Baker | Laurie Brown | Max Dean | Rita Shelton Deverell
Douglas Gibson | Martha Henry | Brenda Hoffert | Paul Hoffert
Sheila McCarthy | R. H. Thomson

C*SARN invites artists 50+ to a presentation to introduce our free services that help older artists stay creative.

Presentations take place from 1:30-3:30 pm in the following locations:
Edmonton, September 16
Calgary, September 17
Regina, September 18
Saskatoon, September 19
Winnipeg, September 24

Presentations are free and include a seminar on Social Media for Artists. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is required. Details at www.csarn.ca

For more information, email info@csarn.ca. Or call [toll-free] 1-844-927-2769

Canada Council Calling all members of the Canadian professional theatre community!

Calling all members of the Canadian professional theatre community!

Do you know a talented emerging director who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them for the John Hirsch Prize!

The John Hirsch Prize

The prize was created to recognize Canadian theatre directors with no more than 10 years of experience who have demonstrated great potential for future excellence and exciting artistic vision.

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  • Value: Two prizes of $6,000 each
    (one for each of the English-language and French-language theatre communities)

  • How to qualify: Nominations must be submitted by mail to the Canada Council for the Arts by a member of the Canadian professional theatre community.

  • Deadline: October 1st, 2019

  • For further information, please refer to the guidelines.

Please share this information through your networks.

Lori Knoll
Program Officer
Prizes, Canada Council for the Arts
1-800-263-5588 | 613-566-4414,

Congratulations to Ed Mendez GTNT's new General Manager


Ed Mendez is a proud first generation Canadian of Latino descent who was born and raised in Treaty 6 territory and has always called Saskatoon his home. He has worked with virtually every theatre company in Saskatoon over the last decade as an actor, administrator, media coordinator, or board member. Ed spent four years as the Operations Manager of the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival before serving as our acting general manager for the past seven months.

He currently sits on the boards of the Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals and Live Five Independent Theatre and continues his artistic endeavours as an independent actor and director whenever possible and continues to produce independently with local sketch comedy troupe The Sketchy Bandits which he founded alongside a group of 11 other theatre artists in Saskatoon.

Ed is equally excited at the opportunity to work with Artistic Director Jennifer Dawn Bishop to lead GTNT into its 21st year of existence.

“I have always found the productions at GTNT captivating because the immediacy of these stories is so tangible. The people represented on stage are your neighbours, your friends, and they’re sitting right next to you in the theatre. These are the stories of the land on which we all live and seeing them on stage forges a deep understanding of the people living them every day.

Gordon’s vision for this company was to inspire Indigenous youth in this province to tell their stories while also strengthening their bond to their cultural traditions. He believed wholeheartedly in the power of theatre as a healing tool. He called Poundmaker his home throughout his remarkable career because he cared so deeply about his people and culture, and it’s my hope that we can continue to honor his beliefs and principles through the Circle of Voices program while strengthening the high-calibre theatre that GTNT is known for.”

For interview requests or further information contact Ed Mendez – General Manager at gm@gtnt.ca

GTNT job posting for Cultural Advisor/Life Skills Coach deadline August 21

Job posting for: Cultural Advisor/Life Skills Coach

Part-Time, Term Position

Posting Date: August 8, 2019

Deadline for applications: August 21, 2019

Location: Saskatoon, SK

GTNT is seeking applications for our Cultural Advisor/Life Skills Coach position. This position will primarily support the planning and implementation of our cultural programming activity for the 2019/2020 season. A majority of the job responsibilities involve supporting the Circle of Voices and GTNT theatre outreach programs.

• Coordinate cultural programming for the Circle of Voices program and other outreach initiatives at Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre while working alongside the Circle of Voices Coordinator.
• Provide a safe and supportive environment for Indigenous youth, staff and artists to discover, explore & celebrate artistic and cultural identity;
• Maintain a positive connection with staff, artists and youth in their administrative, collaborative, & creative endeavors;
• Support COV participants in their journey to gain valuable work experience skills and or to develop their career/ personal development goals.

The successful candidate must be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised, but also be able to work in a collaborative atmosphere with a professional, outgoing demeanor and be capable of managing multiple tasks in an artistic environment.
The preferred candidate(s) will have:
• First Nations, Metis or Inuit ancestry;
• Training and work experience with Indigenous people and cultural practices;
• Awareness/understanding of Indigenous language, culture and peoples in Saskatchewan.
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s license required.

Interested individuals are invited to submit a cover letter indicating interest along with an updated CV or Resume including references.

Applications can be submitted to:
Jennifer Dawn Bishop, Artistic Director, GTNT
306.933.2262 | ad@gtnt.ca | www.gtnt.ca

SATP AGM Notice on September 22 in Regina

The Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals will be hosting its Annual General Meeting and Board Nomination on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 1 p.m. Saskatchewan Production Studios 3rd floor meeting room 208 - 1831 College Avenue Regina, SK S4P 4V5

This is serve notice that the Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals will be hosting its Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) covering the period of July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

You must be a current Professional Individual, or Professional organization to vote on any motions presented during this meeting. However, associate and non-members are welcome to attend as observers.

Coffee/ tea and desserts will be served. *PLEASE RSVP* as space is limited by to sask.theatre@gmail.com with your name and number of guests.

Please plan on attending, we can't wait to see you there! If you have any questions about the AGM or board nominations, please give us a shout at 1-306-371-SATP (7287).

New PodCasts online today!


Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals will be hosting a series of podcasts talking about the theatre industry, Interactive Digital Media and its role in theatre & live performing arts with augmented reality, interviews with mid-career & senior career theatre artists that offer advice to other emerging theatre & live performing artists. Our interest is primarily around theatre in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Check out our latest podcast with Wes Pearce from the University of Regina. https://sasktheatreprofessionals.ca/satp-podcasts

If you are interested in hearing something specific about our theatre industry, drop us a line by email and we will do our best to create a podcast for everyone to learn.

CHRC The Code of Conduct

Dear Colleagues,

 As you may know, over the last year, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) has been engaged in a national initiative to promote Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA), including resources for artists and organizations to deal with harassment.  http://respectfulartsworkplaces.ca/.

One of the main objectives of RWA was to create a national Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts. http://respectfulartsworkplaces.ca/code-of-conduct Other cultural industries (notably music and film and television) have developed and released their own codes of conduct.  The notion of simply adapting those codes was considered – and rejected, in favour of a code developed by and for the performing arts reflecting the realities of live performance.

 We are pleased to share the resulting Code of Conduct with you today, and to invite you to become a signatory to it! We also urge you to invite your own members and constituencies to become signatories. (See the draft letter below.)

This Code is predicated on establishing the values that we believe are shared throughout the performing arts. It is not intended to replace existing policies or processes or even existing codes if organizations have developed their own. 

 As the Code states clearly: The Code of Conduct is a set of voluntary commitments developed by a coalition of Canadian performing arts stakeholders.  Each signatory is solely responsible for upholding its commitments under the Code and its obligations under the law.

 We will be building up the signatures over the summer months, leading up to a public launch in late September around Culture Days 2019.  You will be able to seize this opportunity to do your own announcement locally as a signatory to the Code.

If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact Sara Meurling (sara@culturethink.ca) or Denis Bertrand Denis Bertrand (denis@dbertrand.com) who are leading the campaign to get signatories to the Code.

Susan Annis
Executive Director / Directrice générale
Cultural Human Resources Council / Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel
201 -251 rue Bank Street, Ottawa, ON  K2P 1X3
Tel. / tél  613-562-1535 x22
www.culturalhrc.ca / www.crhsculturel.ca


A Canadian Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts!


We are writing to encourage you to consider signing on to a Canadian Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts  http://respectfulartsworkplaces.ca/code  

To give you a bit of context…Since early 2018, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) has been engaged in a national initiative to promote Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) – see http://respectfulartsworkplaces.ca/

This initiative began in January 2018, following a roundtable with artist associations, national arts service organizations and major institutions in the performing arts.  One of the Working Groups established at that meeting was tasked with creating a national Code of Conduct for the performing arts. 

Since then, other cultural industries (notably music and film and television) have developed and already released their own codes of conduct.  The notion of simply adopting or adapting those codes was considered – and rejected.  The RWA Coordinating Committee and CHRC agreed that live performance must develop its own code that would reflect the specificities of work in the performing arts.  (A special effort was made to reach out to equity-seeking groups across the country, who are disproportionately affected by harassment, bullying and discrimination.)

The resulting Code of Conduct was approved by the RWA Coordinating Committee in April of this year. It embodies a set of values, expectations and engagements for artists and employers in the performing arts.  We hope you will review it with your organization and become a signatory.

Note that the Code is not intended to replace existing policies or processes that you may have developed or that are required by legislation. It is not intended to establish a policing or enforcement process.  It is intended to be a living document for all signatories, who should discuss it, adopt it and adapt it to their practices.

Please join us in support of this foundational document!


Longtime Globe Theatre artistic director Ruth Smillie to retire

Ruth Smillie

Ruth Smillie

Longtime Globe Theatre artistic director Ruth Smillie to retire

After two decades at the artistic helm of Regina’s Globe Theatre, Ruth Smillie is saying goodbye — sort of.

Come June 30, Smillie will retire from her role as artistic director, to assume the honorary position of artistic director emeritus. As “emeritus,” she will focus on redeveloping the Prince Edward Building and helping a new artistic director settle in.

She will also direct Cinderella as the 2019-20 season’s holiday show.

“I have loved every minute of my time working at Globe Theatre. I am proud of the theatre’s many successes and achievements during my tenure,” Smillie said in a prepared statement.

This includes creating the Globe Theatre School in 2006 (which contributed to the cast of a couple of shows this season), the Actor Conservatory Training Program in 2008, and the Sandbox Series.

It also includes more than doubling the audience base for Globe Theatre’s productions and completing two capital campaigns to support upgrading the Globe Theatre’s facility.

“I am not retiring from professional theatre,” Smillie said. “It will be exciting for me to have the time to say ‘yes’ to other professional opportunities.”

The Globe will appoint an interim artistic director in September, while the board of directors has begun a search for a new artistic director, to start work in the new year.

Since Smillie was named artistic director and CEO in 1998, the Globe’s annual operating budget — 70 per cent of which is derived from ticket sales — nearly quintupled to almost $5 million.

On Feb. 1, Jaime Boldt assumed the new role of executive director, separating the artistic and business leadership positions of the Globe.

“As artistic director, Ruth has showcased socially and culturally significant productions ,” Boldt said in a news release. “Ruth has acted as significant mentor and role model to many.”

This season, Smillie was a production mentor for Making Treaty 4, a cast of mostly novice actors who had trained for months at the Globe prior to rehearsals.

The Globe will honour Smillie next season.


Announcing new Bystander Intervention Training Workshop for Theatre Artists


Bystander Intervention Training for Theatre Artists Workshop offered

this October
in Regina & Saskatoon

This October 2019, Jenna Rodgers from Chromatic Theatre based in Calgary, AB will lead artists in a full day Bystander Intervention Training for Theatre Artists Workshop.

Facilitator Jenna Rodgers will lead artists in a full day workshop training that uses a social justice framework to begin the process of assessing and understanding societal power dynamics, and then taking steps toward making active change in your community. Artists can expect to be active participants throughout the day, and should arrive with an expectation of connecting the arts with community, and justice.

Date: October 7, 2019
Saskatoon Location: The Refinery
9 – 5 pm
Cost: $30*


Date: October 8, 2019
Regina Location: The Artesian Performing Arts Inc.
2627 13th Avenue, Regina, SK
9 – 5 pm
Cost: $30*

A light lunch will be provided in the cost of the workshop. If you require specific food considerations, please let us know asap.

All workshop materials will be provided at the event.

More questions? Email us.

Register now for Regina!

Register now for Saskatoon!

Cost: $30*

*All demographic spectrum artists welcome!

*Subsidized workshop fees available by email inquiry