The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists is a dedicated service organization for Musical Artists. It was incorporated in 1985 to support freelance performers in the music field to make the transition from student to professional and to assist them to reach their goals at various stages in their careers.
MISSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL RESOURCE CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS (IRCPA)
The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists is a dedicated service organization for Musical Artists. It was incorporated in 1985 to (a) support freelance performers in the music field to make the transition from student to professional and to assist them to reach their goals at various stages in their careers, and (b) To inform and inspire audiences with increased knowledge and appreciation of the development of Canadian musical performing artists.
Programs are designed to enable performers to grow in their artistry and gain access to international contacts of the highest standards, in order to be employed at home and abroad.
VISION OF IRCPA
Much has been written and said about the arts and their economic value. Human assets, such as our well-trained performers, are of the utmost importance. Yet, they have more challenges than most in being recognized and supported.
The IRCPA’s focus is in preparation for auditions, maintaining current industry information and the presentation of programs designed to give artists access to national and international markets. Upon graduation artists must keep focused until steady employment begins.
The creation of a long-term, sustainable facility, will enable emerging artists to come together to share ideas and challenges, prepare as entrepreneurs, hone their artistic skills, gain confidence, and be mentored by professionals in the field who can pass on their career experience, in a caring and supportive environment.
In such a facility a reference library of scores donated by retiring icons of Canadian music enables young professionals to gain from past performances by viewing the markings. Thus traditions are handed from one generation to another. The Centre’s library makes this music conveniently accessible to everyone.
In time, a proposed retail shop featuring memorabilia of Canadian artists, past and present, will be opened in Toronto, and in collaboration with other boutiques such as the Stratford Gift Shop, and shops in Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera, both on site and on the web. The income from the shop will support the Centre.