Rozsa Arts Management Program (RAMP)

What: Business skills for arts managers, festival directors, marketing and resource development professionals, sector employees from all organizational sizes and genre, and arts business owners
Who should apply: Mid to senior level arts professionals
Where: Calgary and Edmonton
Dates: Calgary (Sept 2016 – March 2017); Calgary and Edmonton (Sept 2017 – March 2018)
Tuition: The Rozsa Foundation subsidizes participants working for non-profits on a sliding scale based on your organization's annual budget per their most recent financial statements.  You can contact us beforehand, or make your application and we can let you know your cost (ranging between $100 per person for very small organizations to $1,000 for large entities.

Description: The Rozsa Arts Management Program provides early to mid-career arts professionals an opportunity to become familiar with new concepts or dig a little deeper into topics including governance, resource development, marketing, human resources, leadership, and finance. This unique certificate program is designed to address the specific needs of arts administrators through customized content that is both relevant and practical, while providing an important opportunity for peers to network and learn together.

Graduates of the program receive a certificate that signifies a commitment to organizational excellence and professional development. On a macro scale, this program aims to increase sector standards by supporting consistency in best practices and providing a transferable framework for excellence in arts administration. A year following the completion of RAMP, participants will be invited to an Enhancement Session, which is aimed at having cohorts reunite to share and assess the impact of their respective ALPs. 

Reason: As Alberta’s artistic landscape continues to mature, diversify and thrive, the demands on arts administrators are growing. The Rozsa Foundation believes intentional investment in the education and professional development of the workers on the front lines of this vibrant sector will further support the sustainable growth of arts and culture in this province.

History: For five years, the Foundation offered management sessions with professors from the Haskayne School of Business at no charge to all grantees. Now, the Rozsa Arts Management (certificate) Program is offered through Executive Education at the Haskayne School of Business. This professional development opportunity includes twenty-one hours of customized instruction, and mentoring while addressing a current workplace challenge. "RAMP" is offered at discounted rates to all who currently work in arts administration. Participants must be prepared to complete all course work and adhere to the set schedule. It is expected that their Board Chair will endorse their application and that members of the board will attend the presentation of project.

Process: Each participant will select an existing challenge within their organization and will work closely with a faculty mentor to design and implement a plan to address it. The program culminates with participants presenting their Action Learning Projects (ALPs), which are designed to move their work forward in an impactful and measurable way. ALP presentations have covered everything from new audience development, board succession planning, fund development, strategic planning, membership development, organizational sustainability, human resources, youth and community outreach, plus many more challenges faced by the arts sector. It is an exceptional professional development and networking opportunity for arts administrators.

Apply: Applications for RAMP can be made at any time of the year; however, we will not be making a decision about acceptance until June 2017. The arts organization you are working with will need to apply by filling out the online form here: 

Contact: Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director, Rozsa Foundation, 403-245-6063 or