Lil' Biz is a quarterly workshop series that aims to help musicians and other creative types gain practical skills and business know-how.
Each edition is a day-long event with local experts presenting segments focusing on a specific topic. From online promotion to managing a project budget, a team of pros has been assembled to share their knowledge and field questions. It's a 101 guide to navigating the business side of Montreal's creative world, all from an empowering DIY perspective. Meet the amazing people who will be speaking at our upcoming edition, this Saturday February 24th at Espace POP!
Ryhna Thompson is the Founder and President of many businesses in the cultural and creative industries. Under the banner of her company Envision Management & Production, an artist management and creative production company working with musical and multi-disciplinary artists, projects and organizations, she has worked with cutting edge, internationally-recognized artists such as Kid Koala, Amon Tobin, Bell Orchestre, Esmerine, FOXTROTT and others. Ryhna works with artists and collaborators to conceive, produce and manage projects in the realm where music intersects with film, animation, theatre, literature and interactivity, and in the context of building long-term careers.
James Goddard has been promoting concerts for most of his life. Since 2011 he has been based in Montréal. Lately he has been working on developing the non-profit arts presenter Le Congrés des Futurismes Radicaux and he was recently hired as a project coordinator for Cinema Politica's The Next 150: Documentary Futurism project. He performs experimental music solo as skin tone and as part of the collaborative duos NYON and Platitudes, as well as the groups Nag and Egyptian Cotton Arkestra. He believes in independent culture and is a steadfast supporter and participant of the DIY musical community.
Omar is the host of CJLO 1690AM's "Hooked on Sonics" and until recently was the station's longstanding Head Music Director. He's spent years at CJLO sorting thru incoming records and reviewing new music for rotation on his show. When not indulging in his other interests of cookies, soda pop, fuzzy animals, and buddy cop movies, Omar is an accountant and management consultant, and has been in private practice for 15 years.
Guillaume is an associate at a Montreal law firm that specializes in intellectual property matter. Since 2010, he has been involved with the Montreal Artists Legal Clinic / Clinique Juridique des Artistes de Montréal (CJAM), which provides free legal information to artists through individual consultations, workshops and general information on its website www.cjam.info.