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Job Opening: Master of Ceremonies for Contact East 2019

March 1, 2019 | Each year, Contact East brings together the very best talent in music, theatre and dance, to showcase and pitch their work to regional, national and international presenters. Contact East is a meeting place for artists and presenters to facilitate numerous and diverse performing arts activities in Canada and on international stages. This year’s event will take place September 26-29, 2019 in Charlottetown, PEI.

Contact East is organized by the Atlantic Presenters Association. A member-based, regional arts service organization, the APA delivers programs and services that build capacity, develop leaders and create opportunities for its members in Atlantic Canada’s performing arts presenting field. Our members are the venues, festivals, and series that bring live professional performing arts experiences to Atlantic Canadians.

Master of Ceremonies Responsibilities:

Meet with organizers - Prior to the event, the MC meets with the organizers to run through what’s expected of them, understand who else will be participating in the event, and discuss the overall agenda.

Prepare introductions and speeches - Working with APA staff, the MC prepares the speech for the event, based on the discussions with the organizers and artists, and prepares any introductions they need to give to present other participants or speakers. This may involve brief discussions with artists backstage, research and finding out key facts, such as career highlights.

Check participators - On the day of the event, the MC works closely with the Stage Manager to confirms and amend the schedule and notes/speech to accommodate any last-minute changes to the running order of the occasion.

Ensure events run to schedule - Working with the Stage Manager the MC may need to tactfully interrupt a showcase that is going way over schedule.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

Adaptability – must be able to react to situations quickly and find the best way to respond

Friendly disposition – must be relaxed, professional, and friendly—put people at ease and make the audience feel welcome.

Quick thinker – quick thinking is a must-have skill—the MC needs to be able to remain calm under pressure and quickly resolve issues that may arise.

Sense of humor – must have a great sense of humor and the ability to make people laugh

Excellent presentation skills – MCs need to be natural-born public speakers and be able to present speeches clearly, calmly, and in an entertaining manner

Familiarity with Atlantic Canadian performing arts scene – the MC needs to be comfortable with the music, dance, and theatre scene across Atlantic Canada in order to create meaningful and engaging speeches, as well as deal with any improvisation as it arises.

Position details:

Duration: approx. three full days on site (about 15 - 20 hours in total) between September 26-29 (prior meetings may be required)

Compensation:

$1500.00 flat fee

Three nights accommodations during the event

Travel subsidy (amount TBD)

How to apply:

Please send a well-written cover letter and resume to laurie@atlanticpresenters.ca no later than March 31, 2019.

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