Tricia Baldwin (left) with Music Director Jeanne Lamon at the Tafelmusik Media Label launch party
Tricia Baldwin, Managing Director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, is a 2012 recipient of the John Hobday Award in Arts Management administered by The Canada Council for the Arts. The prestigious awards were created to recognize excellence and accomplishment in Canada’s arts management profession, acknowledging the need to invest in professional development for arts leaders.
Ms. Baldwin is also the recent recipient of a full scholarship from the Harvard Business School Club of Toronto in collaboration with KPMG to attend Harvard University’s course in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in July 2012.
"I am very grateful for the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, John Hobday and the Samuel and Saiyde Bronfman Foundation for the honour of receiving the award. John Hobday set the bar high in arts management and I am very excited to embark on this tremendous journey of international learning," says Tricia Baldwin. "I am also thrilled to be going to Harvard University for the Strategic Perspective course and thank the Harvard Business School Club of Toronto and KPMG for this incredible opportunity."
The John Hobday Professional Development and Renewal $10,000 award allows an outstanding established or mid-career arts manager to undertake professional development and revitalization. Ms. Baldwin plans to use her award to learn about future trends in the recording and internet arenas from international leaders in the field who are bringing music to millions through live, recorded and internet-streamed processes. She will also attend two related conferences: the NAXOS international conference in connection with the inaugural Classical:Next professional forum near Munich in May 2012, and the annual MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale) conference in Cannes, France, in January 2013. A series of conferences are organized to promote MIDEM's growing vocation — educating the music industry about new trends, distribution and revenue streams.
Introduced in 2006, the John Hobday Awards were made possible by a $1 million endowment from The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. John Hobday, CM, was executive director of the Foundation between 1983 and 2002, before becoming director of the Canada Council for the Arts from 2003 to 2006. He made a major contribution to improving the quality and professionalism of Canadian arts managers, to providing opportunities for their formal education and ongoing professional development, and to demonstrating the importance of the arts management profession to the growth and sustainability of the arts.
Tricia Baldwin became Managing Director of Tafelmusik in July, 2000. Under her leadership and in collaboration with Music Director Jeanne Lamon and the Board, staff and artistic team, Tafelmusik has experienced tremendous growth. Ms. Baldwin spearheaded the recent creation of Tafelmusik’s own multi-platform record label, Tafelmusik Media, and prior to that, organized numerous award-winning international recording and television projects, as well as frequent international broadcasts.
During Ms. Baldwin’s tenure, Tafelmusik has enjoyed a prolific and prestigious period on the world stage including 57 provincial, national and international tours. The last 12 years under her guidance have also seen the development of future audiences and artists through the expansion of Tafelmusik’s satellite venue programmes, and the bringing to fruition of major education, outreach and artist training initiatives, including the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, in partnership with the artistic team. During this period, Tafelmusik has built its operating budget from $2.7MM to $5.1MM, eliminated its deficit, enjoyed eleven successive surplus budgets, increased its endowment from $314k to almost $4MM and built balance sheet funds to $1MM.
Ms. Baldwin received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, and her MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Prior to Tafelmusik, Tricia was the Executive Director of Ballet British Columbia and General Manager of the Kingston Symphony. She serves on the Advisory Board of York University’s MBA Arts and Media programme, and is a mentor with the Cultural Careers Council of Ontario.