June 11 2018

La Machinerie des arts wins the 2018 Prix de la relève – Caisse de la Culture

Montréal, June 8, 2018 – La Machinerie des arts has won the 2018 Prix de la Relève – Caisse de la Culture and its accompanying $5,000 purse. The award recognizes young professional collectives and organizations that take concrete action to assist in the development of emerging artists. The winner was revealed at the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s annual meeting, attended by members of Montréal’s arts community and the Conseil’s partners.

Marie-Christine Cojocaru, Executive Director, Caisse de la Culture, Rachel Billet, Executive Director, La Machinerie des arts, Zoé Gagnon-Paquin, Executive Director and Cofounder, Magnéto, Jacques L'Heureux, President, Caisse de la Culture. Photo: Alex Paillon.

La Machinerie des arts
The jury wished to recognize the formative effect of the Machinerie des arts’s collaborative economic model, which focuses on peer learning, resource sharing, and the pooling of expertise. The Machinerie’s services (orientation meetings, a resource bank, a “partnership desk,” expertise workshops, and a guidance unit) have had a real impact on emerging artists and provide tangible solutions for their management needs.

Honourable mention to Magnéto
The jury also gave honourable mention to Magnéto, who will receive a $ 500 purse from the Caisse de la Culture. The organization whose mission is to develop the creative radio sector by producing, directing, training, and catalyzing radio productions strives to raise awareness of the human scope and cultural value of creative radio. The committee wished to acknowledge the organization’s unique mandate and the impact of its actions, which are helping to develop and popularize the radio and sound recording medium.

The jury was made up of Émilie Monnet, executive and artistic director of Onishka Productions; Patrick Giguère, composer and executive director of Code d’accès; and Axelle Munezero, executive and artistic director  of 100Lux.

About the Desjardins Caisse de la Culture
The Caisse de la Culture is a financial cooperative that has been helping artists, craftspeople, creators, organizations, and cultural enterprises develop their talents and achieve their goals since 1994. With its deep roots in the community, the Caisse assists freelancers in carrying out their personal and professional projects, offers tailored financial services to companies and organizations, and participates in the community’s social and economic development by supporting a wide range of initiatives and projects.

About Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of artistic creativity in Montreal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence and innovation in the creation, production and presentation of professional artistic endeavours. It encourages openness, discovery and daring at the heart of Montreal’s artistic landscape, thanks to its initiatives. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”