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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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Advocacy


If you are able to spare a minute of your time, we would be grateful for your help in circulating this letter reminding our elected government decision-makers of orchestras' need for support during this crisis. 

News


The Government of Canada has introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit provides $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.
 
The Canada Council for the Arts has updated its important information related to COVID-19 page.
 
On March 26th, Business / Arts will be running a special webinar with the Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Minister Guilbeault will share the measures taken by the Federal Government of Canada to support the arts sector in response to the impact of COVID-19. This event is now full. Our ED, Katherine Carleton, will attend and report back.

Resources


Spektrix has launched the Ticket Converter Tool, now available for free to all cultural organizations in Canada, the US, the UK, and Ireland, regardless of the ticketing and email platforms they use. This tool allows patrons to convert their ticket cancellations into donations or credit refunds with a single email click.

Self-care


The musicians of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra have put together this version of Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
 
Vu Le of Nonprofit AF reminds us that “Things are not normal. It’s OK to not be OK.”
Stay home if you can, stay safe,

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