- Hanging out at the Shipyards Night Market tonight in North Van with members of the Legally Blonde cast from @TUTSVancouver., Jul 25
- RT @JohannaMWard: Learning the bend&snap from #legallyblonde @TUTSVancouver for @goVanTVShow ! What a way to start a Friday!! http://t.co/Yfu3Wf1nRm, Jul 25
- RT @VPL: Music lovers, this is yr summer. Free CBC concerts go into Aug http://t.co/okfJmSvrLk & pop-up pianos everywhere http://t.co/I0VNHYFlqL, Jul 24
- Today on the LMPR blog, we’re sharing the first post in a brand-new series, ‘Ask The Expert’. http://t.co/JO2I8DXKQy, Jul 24
- Great timing! Check out 'Ask The Expert' on our blog http://t.co/dhCa6StyUF MT @PicaticBC: Got any PR tips to share with #events organizers?, Jul 23
- Our newest blog series ‘Ask The Expert’ shares advice from @GraemeMcranor @MikeUsinger & @stuartderdeyn http://t.co/Zak8iFBKe3, Jul 23
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Communications Coordinator Shona Wercholuk is the newest member of the LMPR team. With a background in arts administration, public relations, and a passion for Vancouver’s independent music scene, she looks forward to sharing the news and stories of our diverse clientele. Tell us about yourself & how you got into arts marketing. I’ve always loved writing, and knew I wanted a career that was heavily involved in the craft but also knew I didn’t want to be a novelist. Due to this love I got a Bachelors degree in English from UBC and then immediately started working at Arts Umbrella. The arts have always been a hobby of mine, but it wasn’t until my work at Arts Umbrella that a passion to work in the arts really flourished. I also soon realized that I really enjoyed working with people and began a search for a career that could combine all three of these interests. I recently completed SFU’s Public Relations Certificate program, which aligned me with the right tools to get started in public relations. I was then lucky enough to find a career that combined my love for the arts and public relations. Where is the best place you have travelled & why? This is a really tough one! Because of my dad’s job, I have travelled a lot; I was fortunate enough to grow up all over the world as a result of that. As a child, I spent most of my upbringing in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and the city will always be very near and dear to my heart. I would have to say our family trip to Austria was my absolute favourite though. We went in December, a time of year I love, and the country was absolute breathtaking. It was the epitome of Christmas- and full of authentic markets with the most wonderful handmade trinkets. It was a place and a feeling I will never forget. What was the first show you remember seeing as a child? Shania Twain. I was 8 years old and we were living in Australia at the time. I remember feeling very proud I was seeing a Canadian perform in a different country. If you could grab a coffee with one artist – living or dead – who would it be and why? After reading some of the Bronte sisters works, I developed a fascination for them, but particularly with Emily. There’s very little published information about her, so I would really love to pick her brain. Although she was said to be very shy, so who knows how much she would say. What are you most looking forward to in your new role at LMPR? There’s so much! I’m really excited to be working with some seasoned professionals as it allows for a great learning experience. I’m also excited about all of the amazing clients I’m able to work with and help market in new and creative ways. But the most exciting thing for me has to be the fact that everyday I am able to explore my creativity in some way. Lighting Round! Morning person or night owl? Night Owl Drink of choice? A cold glass of bubbly Truth or dare? Truth Favourite book? The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde Best Movie? The Little Mermaid (I can’t help it!) Power of Flight or Invisibility? Invisibility
Digital Coordinator Jesse Tanaka is LMPR’s newest member of the team. With a background in independent music and a special skill set in online marketing, Jesse looks forward to combining his passions and working with LMPR’s broad range of clients. Tell us about yourself & how you got into arts marketing. I grew up around both visual and performing arts, my father was a potter and had his studio set-up in our basement so I’ve been working with clay since I was a toddler. My sisters and I would help out around the studio and at craft sales, but it seemed like a really hard way to make a living, so I was never really interested in the arts as a career initially. After spending a few years in construction out of high school, I wanted something completely different with a different mix of people and ended up on the other end of the spectrum studying arts management at Capilano College. I was still a little unclear about what to specialize in and one of my big sisters mentioned all the weird ideas I constantly have running through my brain would be good for marketing, so I guess that’s where it began. Where is the best place you have travelled & why? I’ve never really had the chance to do much travelling, all of my money has kind of gotten funnelled into education. I think I’ll probably be the first and last person ever to say Edmonton, but our family holidays growing up were always heading out on road trips to their folk fest. We’d load up our Suburban with my sisters and I tightly packed in beside a load of my dad’s pottery to sell on the way. At the time, I took all of the musicians I got to see for granted, but looking back I’m glad I got to travel there, instead of Disneyland like the other kids. It was definitely a big part of my upbringing. What was the first show you remember seeing as a child? I was taken to concerts and music festivals starting at a really young age, but I think the first I actually remember was Jian Ghomeshi’s band Moxy Früvous at the Salmar Theatre in Salmon Arm. They toured through Salmon Arm a few times in the mid 90s and their tape was probably my favourite as a kid. I never have gotten to meet Jian, though maybe one day. If you could grab a coffee with one artist – living or dead – who would it be and why? I’ve never really gotten a thrill out of meeting famous people, but I’d probably go with Neil Young. We could talk music, hockey and I find all of the environmental causes he’s been fighting for lately really interesting. He could probably use some marketing for his new music player, so there’s that as well. What are you most looking forward to in your new role at LMPR? I’m excited to work with LMPR’s great roster of clients and get more experience working with such a diverse range of artists. I think many arts organizations are underutilizing many online tools, so introducing the possibilities should be a lot of fun. Lighting Round! Morning person or night owl? Night owl Drink of choice? Phillips Blue Buck Truth or dare? Dare Favourite book? James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (really high level, I know) Best Movie? Fargo Power of Flight or Invisibility? Flight for sure
LMPR is looking to add a highly-skilled, big-thinking, arts-loving Communications Manager to our team! If you have a passion for publicity, client relations, and the arts, please check out our posting below: Company Laura Murray Public Relations (LMPR) is a group of highly skilled, forward-thinking professionals with a passion for marketing the arts and creative industries. The company was founded in 2011 to provide artistic, cultural, and creative organizations with a single contact and unified approach to marketing and communications. Our full range of services include public + media relations, marketing + advertising, promotions, social media + online marketing, graphic + web design, copywriting + grant writing, arts consulting, and audience development. Based out of Vancouver, LMPR delivers a variety of innovative marketing and communications solutions for clients including The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Blackbird Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars, Vancouver Opera, The Museum of Anthropology, and Vancouver Bach Choir, among others. Position LMPR is looking for a passionate and skilled Communications Manager to join our growing team of specialists. Reporting to the company Principal, the Communications Manager will work with, and manage the accounts of, a wide variety of arts organizations across the country, fostering a strong relationship built on trust with the client and internal teams. Providing a consistently high level of client relations, the Communications Manager will work to raise client profiles, increase ticket sales, and achieve organizational goals by providing efficient, strategic communications services, with an emphasis on public and media relations. This is a full time salaried position. Occasional evening and weekend hours required. Responsibilities Oversee all stages of project planning and execution to ensure highest level of quality is always met Motivate and inspire teams to generate imaginative, innovative work, and solutions Identify strategic innovation opportunities for the client and LMPR Develop and implement high-level media relations strategies for LMPR clientele Oversee multiple media relations campaigns, including staff management and client reporting Identify various story leads within each campaign and craft accompanying pitches for individual journalists Write communications copy, including press releases, show descriptions, and correspondence Secure interviews, reviews, and coverage for clients across a wide variety of outlets Direct all aspects related to keeping the client/LMPR relationship optimal Build strong relationships with clients and provide strategic guidance and direction Establish innovative cross-promotions and partnerships with local businesses and arts organizations to connect clients with audiences in unique, unexpected ways Utilize a variety of social media and online tools to amplify the reach of client coverage Oversee and direct workflow and progress of assigned team Provide leadership support to LMPR team members Maintain a close working relationship with the LMPR Management team Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or a related field of study Three to five years’ experience in communications, media relations, marketing, or related field Strong writing and editing skills Excellent organizational skills and/or project management experience Excellent verbal and written communication skills Familiarity and comfort with software and online tools, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, YouTube, and Photoshop Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment Strong team player Passion and experience with the performing arts is highly valued To Apply Please send resume and cover letter to: email@example.com no later than April 11, 2014. All applications will be kept in confidence. No telephone calls or faxed applications, please. We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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Coordinator, Marketing + Online Sarah Cruickshank is LMPR’s newest member of the team. With a background in dance and PR, Sarah looks forward to combining her passions and working with LMPR’s broad range of clients. 1) Tell us about yourself! I’m a B.C. native who grew up spending weekday nights and weekends in dance studios! Upon graduating from high school I wasn’t ready to stop dancing, and moved to Ontario for further training and education. It was out there where I first caught the contemporary dance bug! Other hobbies and interests include anything outdoorsy–hiking, sailing, camping, surfing (occasionally!), and snowboarding. 2) How did you get into arts marketing? I got to a point where I was feeling restless as a dancer, yet still felt a strong draw to the performing arts. I took a deep look inwards and realized I preferred to be behind the scenes supporting artistic friends in their own creative accomplishments, rather than on stage. Still living in Toronto at the time, I reached out to several marketing professionals at arts organizations to learn about their experiences. From there I decided that this was the job for me and moved back to Vancouver to pursue formal PR and marketing education. 3) Which arts organizations inspire you? As a dance student in Toronto I was always very moved by the dancers and dance pieces of Toronto Dance Theatre. Christopher House has an incredible vision that’s truly inspiring. I once had the opportunity to train under him for a semester and it was an experience I’ll never forget! Additionally, I’ve always been inspired by Crystal Pite’s electric movement. I was 17 when I first saw her perform and have been following her career ever since. 4) What excites you about the arts in Vancouver? The incredible pool of talent we have here. There are so many creative people living and working in Vancouver – musicians, dance artists, visual artists – the talent of these individuals has a truly positive impact on the texture of our cultural landscape. 5) What are you most looking forward to in your new role at LMPR? I’m looking forward to getting more involved with and connected to the arts community in Vancouver. I’m also overjoyed to be learning more about marketing the arts from the incredibly talented team here at LMPR!