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Fondation Père Lindsay–HEC Montréal Business and Career Development Program

For Aspiring International Musicians


Registration: $300 (non-refundable)
Tution: $3,000
Seven $3,000 grants available through TD Group

Dates and Length

45 hours over three weekends (Saturday/Sunday)
February 25 and 26; March 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2017
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Bilingual (French/English)


In 2013, the Fondation Père Lindsay established the first Career Award, which provides an up-and-coming musician with $50,000 to launch their professional career on an international level. The foundation has also teamed up with HEC Montréal to create a new training program for ambitious young musicians looking to obtain the knowledge and tools required to manage and expand their career potential.

The purpose of this program is to endow participants with crucial skills so they can make the right decisions and realize their dream of sharing their passion for music with a broader audience. Regardless of their background, those who complete the program will possess the necessary know-how to put their career into “accelerando.”


Is this for you?

This program is for young musicians with their sights set on an international career.

Special features

Project-based approach

Before starting the program, participants will be asked to think about and write a description of a personal project that they feel will be the launch pad for their music career. Examples vary widely, from creating an orchestra or a festival or arranging a concert abroad to organizing a tour or setting up a music school. In an effort to cover the multiple concepts required to survive and flourish in a highly competitive environment, the project (which should take place outside of Quebec/Canada) will evolve throughout the program, based on what participants have learned. The ultimate goal is to give students the tools they need to define their project more clearly and turn it into a reality.

In theory, participants will be ready to put their project into practice immediately after completing the program.

Training approach

Who will be teaching the courses?

Program instructors include a team of career development experts, among them internationally renowned performers, HEC Montréal faculty members and experienced professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to obtain input from knowledgeable specialists and interact with high-profile guests. They will share their own success stories, insights and thoughts as to what it takes to be a prosperous professional musician in this day and age.


“Just a short message to thank you for this tremendous initiative that is the Business and Career Development Program for Musicians. It was a wonderful experience – stimulating and informative, and I congratulate you for pulling it off so well! I would also like to thank you for the grant from the Fondation Père Lindsay and TD Bank, which enabled me to take part in the program and to meet other musicians, industry professionals and business experts. It was like a gift out of the blue, at a time when I really needed it.” Meiying Li, violonist

“I attended the business and career development program with HEC Montréal faculty and made possible by the Fondation Père Lindsay. It would’ve been very helpful had I learned all this even earlier! Universities and conservatories ignore the fact that musicians are self-employed professionals, and graduates are ill-prepared to assume this role as a result. We have to stop thinking that we’ll get called for work just because we have talent. We have to create our own opportunities.” Dina Gilbert, conductor


Manon Gagnon, Training Coordinator, Fondation Père Lindsay

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