How To Make The Most of Showcases and Music Conference

by SaskMusic

May 14, 2012 in SaskMusic News

SaskMusic Proudly Presents


Rick Fenton
Executive Director, BreakOut West,

Kevin Korchinski
Executive Director, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, and

Lynne Bailey
Executive Director, Prairie Debut

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 7pm
Regina: The Creative City Centre
1843 Hamilton Street

Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 7pm

Saskatoon: The Two Twenty
220 20th Street West

Whether you are “officially showcasing” or not, music conferences and festivals offer tons of great opportunities for artists and musicians, agents, managers, talent buyers, and pretty much anyone working in the industry. Having a plan of attack and scheduling meetings ahead of time can help to ensure you get the biggest return on your investment.

In this workshop, Rick Fenton of BreakOut West, Kevin Korchinski of OSAC, and Lynne Bailey of Prairie Debut will discuss how to prepare to make the most out of each event you attend. They will discuss what you should be doing in the days and weeks leading up to an event, how to get results during the event, what NOT to do, and how to properly follow-up with the connections you make.

Pre-Registration is appreciated as space is limited; call 1-800-347-0676 or email

Cost: $20 per person; or free for SaskMusic members. Everyone is welcome.

For more information please contact Carly Gowan at SaskMusic, 1-800-347-0676 or email

About Rick Fenton
Rick Fenton has made his living in the music industry for over 30 years, starting out as a musician in the mid ‘70s, then landing at the CBC in 1981 where he produced everything from radio drama to classical and popular music in Calgary, Toronto, and Edmonton. Rick moved to Winnipeg in 2001 to take on the position of Artistic Director for the Winnipeg Folk Festival. After four seasons he started his own company and produced television shows and live events for the Olympics, JunoFest, the Queen’s visit, Premier’s Conference and many others. Rick’s other home over the years has been the recording studio, where he’s produced over 20 albums for artists as diverse as Big Dave Mclean, Greyhound Tragedy, Bill Bourne, and Ian Tyson. For the last 4 years Rick has been the Executive Director of the Western Canadian Music Alliance and the BreakOut West Festival, Conference and the Western Canadian Music Awards. He still plays guitar, most lately in the earth-shatteringly mindless pub rock band “The Angry Dads.”

About Kevin Korchinski
Kevin Korchinski is currently the Executive Director of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils. OSAC books over 250 performances and visual arts tours a year in Saskatchewan communities. Every fall OSAC holds its “Showcase” event for its presenters. Prior to being the Executive Director, Kevin was the Performing Arts Coordinator at OSAC, directly responsible for routing tours and the showcase application process. Kevin has also worked in the radio industry and spent several years as the Saskatchewan Sales and Promotion Representative for Warner Music Canada.

About Lynne Bailey
Prairie Debut is a block-booking network dedicated to the promotion of professional classical musicians and world music artists. Working with existing provincial touring network organizations, concert presenters and arts councils in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Prairie Debut develops performance tours which enables communities of all sizes to bring world-class artists to their concert audiences. As Executive Director for Prairie Debut since 1996, Lynne Bailey has been the “start to finish” coordinator for 38 concert tours in the Prairie Provinces and the Yukon. Each year Prairie Debut works with the organization’s selected artists on their marketing and showcase performance preparation for provincial CONTACT events. She continues with the planning and contracting of the tour and finally the travel logistics for the tour itself. From a small Manitoba town, Lynne thoroughly enjoys working with the presenters who bring these wonderful performances to their communities.