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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
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News


The Canada Council for the Arts has teamed up with CBC/Radio-Canada to offer $5,000 micro-innovation grants through the Digital Originals program. CBC/Radio-Canada will curate and feature selected projects in a digital showcase. Digital Originals will support Canadian artists and arts organizations to reach Canadian audiences online during the COVID-19 crisis by enabling them to adapt their work for digital dissemination.

New Brunswick: The province has announced a new category under the Community Investment Fund to support non-profit groups affected by COVID-19. This funding will provide eligible small to medium-sized non-profits with grants between $500 and $10,000.

Resources


OC Event: Facebook Live: Video Orchestra 101. As the arts world looks to reinvent itself in the face of the continuing shutdown, it’s been inspirational to see orchestras across Canada recording themselves and making music together from their own homes. Making this kind of online content isn’t for the faint-hearted: from click tracks to synchronizing video to formatting for different social platforms, there a few tricks to learn. Donovan Seidle at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has put together a series of video tutorials on how to create a project like this. We’ll be launching these video resources via Facebook Live at 1pm Eastern Time on Tuesday April 28th. Join us and Donovan to learn about the process of creating your own physically distanced orchestra project from start to end.

Orchestras in Action


Last night, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra launched their VSO@Home series with performances and talks from their musicians and music director.
 
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has moved Cork and Canvas, their annual fundraising auction, online.
 
The Georgian Bay Symphony have adapted and moved the last two concerts of their season online. These events feature the soloists from their original concerts, streaming to Facebook and YouTube.
 
The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra has launched their education series, Rhythm & Recess. Each Wednesday at 11am (NL Time), their musicians “share knowledge about the instruments they play through performance, story-telling, and art.”

Advocacy


Ontario: We recently sent a letter to Minister Lisa Macleod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries, thanking the provincial government for relief measures already announced, and requesting further help for the arts community. The letter can be found on our website.

Québec: In case you missed it, a message from the Conseil québécois de la musique about a teleconference held between provincial government representatives and the cultural sector earlier this week (French only).
Stay safe, be kind,

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