The Essentials

The Essentials are 60-minute online lunchtime training sessions given by a guest on a specific arts management topic. These one-time events are part of a larger series of events that respond to a broad theme.

The Essentials were developed to provide an opportunity for artists to do a quick learning event that is easier to fit into their schedule than a longer educational activity. In a presentation format, our guest will share knowledge and experiences related to the topic. At the end of the session, participants will be able to ask questions in the chat room but there will be no discussion period.

In order to make this activity accessible to as many people as possible, we have opted for a scale of rates to allow each person to contribute according to their means: $10 (accessible rate), $15 (regular rate), $20 (generous rate).

Coffee-chats

The Coffee-chats are morning professional gatherings in which we introduce you to a personality who inspires us and who holds a remarkable uniqueness. These occasional activities are part of a larger series of activities that respond to a major unifying theme. The Coffee-chats were set up with the objective of enhancing some of our professional relationships, breaking isolation, arousing inspiration and curiosity, and even answering some organizational questions that might be on the minds of artists and cultural workers.

In the format of an interview, our guest discusses with a member of the the Machinery team a subject of concern to us in order to highlight their innovative approaches. Also, with the idea of initiating discussions on management practices, a period of exchange with the public is always planned, in order to respond to certain real needs and issues experienced by members of the cultural community.

À la Carte Services

À la Carte Services are customized, ad hoc support services provided by the Machinery team to meet the immediate organizational needs of artists and arts companies. They can take various forms.
La Machinery’s team of seasoned managers have complementary areas of expertise. They are now making their skills available to help build management capacity in the arts community. The Machinery consultant will work in a spirit of collaboration and experience-sharing to help meet organizational needs.

Examples of À la Carte Services :

  • Strategic consulting and planning
  • Review of grant applications (in English and/or French)
  • Idea development for a communications campaign
  • Project management (web redesign, daily work organization, etc.)

 

To apply for this service: contact  info@machineriedesarts.ca.

Note that the availability of À la Carte Services is subject to the skills and schedules of the Machinery team.

Toolbox

The Machinery’s Toolbox contains 266 practical and strategic tools designed to improve management of artistic projects and cultural organizations. It provides professional frameworks for planning, organization and simplified management in the area of culture. The purpose of the tools is to improve and facilitate quality of work through templates, guides, outlines and methods for immediate application to specific work situations.

A vast array of guides and theoretical solutions is available. The Machinery’s project was to develop practical tools built by the people who use them. We therefore worked with experienced managers to compile and compare current work methods.

The results are tools that are versatile, collaborative and informative, but especially simple to use. The Machinery is aware that there are many different work solutions and these tools are intended to be among the many legitimate options out there.

The Toolbox is a unifying project that mobilized 10 leading partners in the culture sector, 14 cultural creators/tool developers and five financial partners. The free distribution of the tools is designed to democratize knowledge and foster professional development.

 

Financial partners: Conseil des arts du Canada, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Caisse de la culture, English-Language Arts Network (ELAN).

Creative content partners: Agence Mickaël Spinnhirny, Culture Montréal, Culture pour tous, École national de théâtre (ENT), English-Language Arts Network (ELAN), Québec numérique, LA SERRE – arts vivants, La Vitrine culturelle de Montréal et Youth Employment Services (YES).

Creative team: Rachel Billet, Morgane De Bellefeuille, Mark Lawes, Jod Léveillé-Bernard, Katherine Lynch, Roxana Pasca, François Richer, Danielle Thibault et Ingrid Vallus.

Toolmakers : Lesley Bramhill, Adrien Bussy, Hélène Couture, Catherine Desjardins-Jolin, Caroline Ferland, Josée Guérette, Benjamin J. Allard, George Krump, Patrick Lloyd Brennan, Amy Macdonald, Joana Neto Costa, Sarah Pinelle, Hanneke Ronken, Lydie Revez, Jovanny Savoie, Olivier Simard-Hanley et Sébastien Turcotte.

Associates:  Analogos | John Detre, Bernadette Blain, Gonzalo Coloma-Rospigliosi, Hanna Sybille Müller et Sophie Préfontaine.

360 Clinics

The 360 Clinics are designed to equip the next generation of artists who want to develop independence and acquire new management skills. The clinics take the form of six micro-training sessions that cover a number of topics in administration, strategy and communications.

During the meetings, we aim for a cohort effect. Participants are asked to share their issues and experiences in relation to the theme of the workshop in question. A climate of learning is fostered through this exchange as well as via contributions from the Machinery’s team as well as guest speakers.

 

There is currently no registration period for the 360 Clinics.

 

Cohort 20-21 | in partnership with Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI)
Soroush Aram, Baharan Baniahmadi, Davide Chiazzese, Marthe Halvorsen, Moïa Jobin-Paré, Hea R. Kim, Lynn Kodeih, Paige Krämer Rochefort, Nasim Lootij, Alyag Malkhassian, Diyar Mayil, Renata Paciullo Ribeiro, Lavinia Picu, Patil Tchilinguirian, Kathy Alexandra Villegas and Elsy Zavarce

 

Cohort 20-21 | in partnership with Théâtre Aux Écuries
Sofia Blondin, Laurence A. Clavet (Théâtre des Trompes), Sarianne Cormier, Laurence Emery, Marie-Ève Groulx (Collectif Tôle), Marina Harvey (Collectif Tôle), Antonia Leney-Granger (Théâtre du Renard), Gabriel Morin (Le Complexe), Véronique Pascal (Les compagnons baroques), Anaïs Pellin (Kleine Compagnie), Isabel Rancier (Théâtre du Fret), Karine Sauvé (Mammifères), David Strasbourg (Le Complexe) and Marc-André Trépanier.

Cohort 19-20
Marie-Jeanne Beaulieu, Jean-François Boisvenue (La nuit / Le bruit), Anneke Brier, Késia Demers (Productions Erapop), Nicolas Guillemette, Gabriel L’Archevêque (Productions Erapop), Léo Loisel (Castel Blast), Antoine Pelletier (Productions Erapop), Guillaume Rémus (Castel Blast), Claire Renaud (La nuit / Le bruit), Stefania Skoryna (Nous Sommes L’Été), Olivia Sofia (Castel Blast).

Orientation Session

This brief meeting with the Machinery’s team provides an opportunity to analyze the organizational requirements associated with the management of an artistic project, to reflect on the organization’s stages of deployment or to clarify its programming calendar.

Using tables, schedules and checklists, the Machinery helps artists identify their priorities, set goals and discover potential solutions to facilitate the management of their operations. Orientation sessions are also an opportunity for the Machinery’s team to pinpoint which of its services and/or tools may be useful to the artist for a specific project or request.

To apply for this service, you can make an appointment directly with us.

Workshops

Our Expert Workshops provide a forum for artists and cultural workers to share experiences. Each workshop has a theme selected in line with concerns identified by the Machinery’s members. In a small-scale setting, facilitators lead an exchange based on the participants’ realities and issues. At the end, participants are able to enrich their professional practice and identify potential solutions for tackling the issues addressed.

Support Unit

Placing the artist at the heart of a performing arts skills cluster, the Machinery gives the artist access to managers with specific expertise. The support team is made up of both the Machinery team members and specialized cultural workers.

The goal is to accelerate the development of established or growing artistic companies by mobilizing a cell of managers to respond directly to the artist’s needs. The support is therefore tailored to suit the company’s business models and objectives.

Long-term mobilization of a “tailor-made” team of managers who respond to the needs of artists and their companies. Machinery’s involvement evolves according to the company’s deployment cycle in order to act as a lever for the artists.

Here are the four formulas:

  • 360-degree accompaniment to strengthen general management
  • Organizational capacity-building for a small work team
  • Strategic project to work on a specific deployment with the help of a specialized team
  • Flex service for one-time mandates to meet immediate organizational needs

Companies currently supported include : 14 lieux (Martin Messier), AP&A (Andrea Peña), Productions Onishka (Émilie Monnet), Compagnie Katie Ward (Katie Ward)

Companies we have worked with in past years : Coeur Battant (Catherine Vidal), L’homme allumette (Philippe Cyr), Louise Bédard Danse (Louise Bédard), Théâtre de l’Opsis (Luce Pelletier), Un et un font mille (François Grisé)

To know more on how to register to receive this support : info@machineriedesarts.ca

Please note that due to the investment involved in this type of support, La Machinerie examines every program application carefully and cannot guarantee acceptance of new artists.

Organizational Mapping

The Organizational Mapping delivers an action plan in which the Machinery’s team provides a 360-degree analysis of the company or collective’s environment. The analysis stems from a diagnosis of clarity of artistic vision and effectiveness of management practices and includes practical recommendations that can be applied over the medium term. The action plans compiles activities and resources necessary to achieve quantitative and qualitative goals identified by the Machinery’s team. This strategic positioning process offers a method of achieving the company or collective’s goals and ultimately realizing its mission.

This is an accelerated process with a short time span for those who do not have the resources or time to carry out the exercise with an external consultant. We work in conjunction with teams and boards of directors using a comprehensive strategic thinking and planning approach.

To register for this service: Make an appointment using this form or contact info@machineriedesarts.ca.

Collaborations Unit

The Collaboration Unit is a mechanism for connecting applicants with a related resource at the Machinery in order to establish a collaborative working arrangement for a specific one-time project.

The Machinery has assembled a pool of more than 150 cultural workers in various occupations with a wide range of specific skills and expertise. The Machinery’s team handles the arrangements to connect the applying artist with seasoned managers from Quebec’s arts community who are able to fill the organizational need in a spirit of collaboration and experience sharing.

Collaborations Unit examples :

  • Strategic positioning
  • Production marketing tools
  • Chart of accounts and accounting data entry
  • Legal establishment of a business (registration, licence, etc.)

 

To apply for this service: Contact  info@machineriedesarts.ca.

Collaboration Unit terms and conditions

Collaboration Unit terms and conditions
The Machinery will plan a meeting between the applicant and the resource to confirm their interest in working together, set out the nature of the collaboration and provide a framework for the process.
A collaboration agreement is signed jointly by the parties and the Machinery’s management. It describes the nature of the work to be completed, the goals set collectively and any identified remuneration.
The Machinery collects a fee from both parties calculated according to the value of the collaboration agreement. The fee is 1% for the applicant and 5% for the resource, with a minimum service charge of $5. Note that the amount is capped at $50 for the applicant and $250 for the resource.
The Machinery establishes a process of assessing the collaboration in order to guarantee quality of service. Through this process, the Machinery thus ensures that the work ethic established in the applicant/resource relationship meets our organization’s philosophy and values.