At Orchestras Canada, we believe that orchestras matter.
Our advocacy work focuses on issues related to orchestras’ community vitality and artistic excellence, including arts funding, tax policy, and live performing arts’ place in Canada’s diplomatic efforts.
Each year, we:
Consult with our professional orchestra members and reach consensus on key issues and potential solutions
Make the case for Canadian orchestras to Parliamentary committees, MPs and senior policy officials
Develop resources that orchestras can use in their own advocacy work at local, regional and national levels
Represent orchestras’ interests in consultation exercises that could affect arts, not-for-profit and charitable groups
Take part in joint action with other groups with complementary interests, including the Canadian Arts Coalition and Imagine Canada, among others
Advocacy Committee 2017-18
Shannon Whidden (OC Board), Chair
Andrew Bennett (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony)
Bruce Craig (Prince Edward Island Symphony/OC Board)
Roberta Smith (Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
Harry Swain (Victoria Symphony)
Katherine Carleton (Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada), ex officio
Micheline McKay (Micheline McKay and Associates) ex officio
Resources for Orchestras
Click logo above to visit our advocacy website, Orchestras Matter. It provides resources and inspiration to help Canadian orchestras share their stories with decision-makers and their communities.
Click folder above for OC advocacy resources on Google Drive.
We are proud to be a founding member of the Canadian Arts Coalition, an umbrella group whose work helps to further our own mission. Click logo above to access resources on the Canadian Arts Coalition website.