It often takes more than a good singing voice, or a convincing
monologue to become a successful performer in Alberta. Dedication and a
strong support system are key ingredients on the road to fame and fortune,
and still, artists must draw from additional resources in order to keep
afloat in an increasingly competitive industry. For these reasons, it is
rare to find a performer unattached to professional associations,
organizations that offer their members a variety of services including
representation and education.
Professional groups have been around for as long as there have been
musicians, actors and dancers to populate them. The Calgary Operatic
Society was established in 1895, and for a time, produced an opera ever
year, beginning with the Pirates of Penzance in 1896. The Musicians
Protective Association was formed in 1907, its mandate to advocate the
rights of local artists, as was the foundation for the Edmonton
Musician's Association, still in business today.
The groups profiled in this section include community based organizations
such as Alberta Dance Alliance and
Music Alberta, which welcome members
with skill levels ranging from amateur to professional. Then there are the
more exclusive clubs, such as Alberta Ballet and
Edmonton Opera, where
membership is accepted only after an extensive auditioning process. These
particular organizations also serve as places of employment for the
province's top performers, showcasing Alberta talent to audiences from
around the world.
Each of these groups, and countless others, have contributed immeasurably
to the development of arts in Alberta. Though the arts community consists
of thousands of talented individuals, it is the organizations that support
and manage their endeavours, making their artists available to the public.
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