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Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
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The federal government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses. This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Impacted small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. This support will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations.
 
New Brunswick and Saskatchewan have announced their reopening plans.

Funding


BC: The BC Arts Council’s Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement is now open for applications from eligible organizations. Organizations who have received at least one BC Arts Council project assistance grant in the past three years within eligible programs can apply for a one-time grant of up to $5000.
 
Calgary: The Rozsa Foundation and the Calgary Foundation have announced an investment of $600,000 into the arts sector to address emergent needs. This COVID-19 Granting Program has two components: the Programming Cancellation Grant and the Online Programming Grant.

Resources


Fundraising and Marketing in a Time of Crisis: On April 17th, OC hosted a panel discussion with senior members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s staff team. We recommend listening to the recording of the event, as it’s packed full of useful fundraising and marketing approaches, for all times, but particularly for during the current crisis. We picked out five (plus one bonus) tips from the discussion to share.
 
On May 1st at 11am EDT, Business/Arts are hosting a conversation with Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. Mr. Brault will share how the Canada Council is working with the federal government on practical and immediate ways to help the arts sector face the challenges of COVID-19. Register here.
 
An article from Blue Avocado on “communicating with donors during a maelstrom.”

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)


On April 23rd, we attended a Norton Rose Fulbright webinar, Helping Canada’s Not-for-profit Sector Weather the Storm. You can access the recording here, and the slides here.
 
The presentation elaborated on what has already been said about the CEWS, which is now open for applications.
  • The issue of what is considered revenue is defined in the new rules (see slide 14)
  • The government's online calculator is a useful tool. 
Members should also be pointed to force majeure and frustration options when contractual compliance is not possible (slides 17-20). It should be noted that, while COVID-19 is likely to be considered an "unforeseeable" event at this time, it may not be considered unforeseeable in the future. 

Orchestras in Action


This group of 40 young musicians from across Canada recorded the 2nd movement of J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins.

The Stratford Symphony Orchestra has moved its fundraising gala online - the Phantom Ball.
Stay safe, be kind,

The team at Orchestras Canada
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