11 Feb 2017
- Last Updated on 11 February 2017
- Written by Grace Smith
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get booked to perform at music festivals or at any artistic event? Bob Nesbitt, Founder and Producer of The Ottawa Grassroots Festival, will conduct a workshop specially designed to help participants build their confidence to approach Artistic Directors. Southminster United Church at 15 Aylmer Avenue near Bank Street provides the setting for this Sunday afternoon event, which will take place on March 19, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bob Nesbitt has years of wisdom and great advice to share with musicians who are ready to take their music to a higher level. When asked why facilitating this workshop is so important to him, Bob Nesbitt explains: "In order for emerging and more established artists to advance their careers, they need to really understand how to sell their craft. The business side of music is often overlooked.”
“There is a right and wrong way to approach a Festival Director/Producer,” said Nesbitt. “The techniques and advice I will impart during the workshop can be applied to other artistic events. I attend many music festivals and conferences that are teeming with musicians and singer-songwriters all hoping to secure bookings. It’s surprising to me how few artists will pitch to an Artistic Director, if the opportunity presents itself, “explained Nesbitt. “With the right tools, musicians can pitch with success. Attending my workshop is a great start in the right direction and will boost confidence, in those where it may be lacking. It’s a wise career investment."
The registration fee for the 2-hour workshop is affordable at $30. Nesbitt is planning to donate the money collected from the session to The Ottawa Grassroots Festival. The workshop will offer hands-on exercises and a real opportunity to apply what is learned. The day following the workshop, Monday March 20th, participants are invited to pitch Bob Nesbitt by email. The one who makes the best pitch will be offered a morning spot to perform at OGF 2017 and be paid for performing. How sweet is that?
The 6th annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival is a not-for-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers and prides itself for the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community and nurturing inclusivity in a fun and friendly way. The festival runs April 20-23, 2017 at the same location of the workshop. Evening performances are ticketed events and the daytime programming on Saturday and Sunday is free.