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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
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Advocacy


The Canada Council for the Arts is collecting information from its clients to better understand how the Government of Canada’s recently announced support mechanisms for Canadian workers and businesses address the challenges and needs of the professional arts sector during COVID-19. This survey will enable the Council to better understand the issues facing individual artists and organizations and provide insights into what other initiatives may help the sector in this time of crisis. The response period closes tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th. Learn more and read their Q&A on the survey here.
Survey Link

News


Imagine Canada has created a chart summarizing Federal Government relief measures that will apply to some or all of the sector. They will continue to update it as new programs or details about existing programs are announced.
 
SOCAN announced that it is expanding its efforts to provide financial assistance to struggling members as a result of the COVID-19 crisis by allocating up to a total of $2 million for emergency royalty advances.

Resources


The Leadership Emergency Arts Network is an immediate, grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations navigate the current crisis. Apply for support with strategic decision-making, crisis response, financial analysis, board direction, relationship mediation, HR management, systems change or inspirational leadership.

Capacity Interactive are livestreaming their ‘Bootcamp for Arts Organizations in Crisis’ on April 23rd. The livestream will feature presentations, Q+A interviews, and case studies from across the arts industry on leadership, marketing, fundraising, and wellness.
 
Want to record your own virtual orchestra? This Google doc outlines a multitrack recording process from start to finish.

Orchestras in Action


The musicians of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra have collaborated to create another virtual orchestra project: Hockey Night in Canada.
 
The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra are releasing audio recordings from past concerts as part of their MCO at Home series.
 
Sinfonia Toronto are publishing messages and short performances of their musicians at home.
Stay safe,

The team at Orchestras Canada
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