This federal election, Orchestras Canada encourages all members to make sure that federal candidates know about your orchestra, and the impact you have on your community.
As Imagine Canada explains, charities and not for profits are well-positioned to share information with federal candidates during an election campaign—but it’s important to remain strictly non-partisan! For more on this, please visit canadianartscoalition.com.
Using Orchestras Canada’s resources (here and here), the Canadian Arts Coalition’s Arts Vote Election Toolkit, and data and perspectives from your own organization, each orchestra in this country has a powerful story to tell.
Orchestras contribute to our economy, our social wellbeing and Canada’s place in the world – and you can bring this to your candidates’ attention!
- Contact each candidate to share information about your orchestra and remind them that you are an important part of your community. Tell them about your audience and programs, and consider using OC’s pre-budget brief to the federal Standing Committee on Finance as your starting place (you can find the brief here).
- Ask their views on arts support and policy.
- Let them know you will stay in touch.
Encourage your board, staff and volunteers to use these resources as well, to ask candidates questions on the arts at meetings and at the door. Through Orchestra News and our social media assets, Orchestras Canada will keep you up to date on any relevant polity or platform announcements.
We are also part of broader sector initiatives, like Imagine Canada’s election monitoring. As relevant information becomes available, we’ll make sure you know about it.