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.
Orchestras in the Ridings
We’re asking representatives from Canadian orchestras coast to coast, to request face-to-face meetings in their riding with their MP or MPs during the Parliamentary break, which runs from December 15 to January 27.
In November, members of Orchestras Canada’s Advocacy Committee met with their Members of Parliament to deliver a united message for Canadian orchestras. These meetings were the first phase of an ambitious effort to engage as many of you as possible in meeting with your MPs to share collective messages about the value of orchestras, and the importance of enlightened federal policy and funding programs.
Now that we’ve tested the messaging and materials, we need you to take the next step. Won’t you reach out to your MP today?
To Request a Meeting
- If you don’t know who your MP is, follow this link and scroll down to the “find” function, and enter your postal code.
- Check our master spreadsheet of all MPs, so you can quickly identify which MPs have already met with orchestra representatives. If you have a choice, please do request a meeting with an MP who are not yet “claimed”. We’d like the messages to be delivered TO as diverse a group as possible, BY as diverse a group as possible.
- Customize our template meeting request and send it to your MP, either by email or to the constituency office address listed on our master spreadsheet.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know. We’ll update the master spreadsheet, and will be standing by ready to help.
Meeting Tools & Materials
In this folder, you will find a range of useful advocacy tools and materials, tested by our intrepid advocacy committee when they met with their elected officials in November. To prepare thoroughly for your meeting, we encourage you to read through what’s inside:
- To request a meeting, you can use this template letter.
- To inform yourself beforehand, read through this leave-behind document and OC’s latest submission to the Standing Committee on Finance.
- During the meeting, you can use the meeting script we have developed, as well as our Social Media Guide so that OC and other participants can amplify your message. Here are some other tips to keep in mind during your meeting.
- After the meeting, make sure to thank your MP, and to let Orchestras Canada know of any feedback by sending us this form.
On January 17th,Orchestras Canada’s government relations advisor Micheline McKay discussed the process of setting up, preparing for and holding a meeting with your elected representative, and took questions on this year’s messages. You can access the recording here upon supply of a name, email address and organization. The corresponding slide deck is available here.
Advocacy Committee 2018-19
Andrew Bennett (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony), chair
Jean R. Dupré (Orchestre Métropolitain)
Melanie Gattiker (Lethbridge Symphony)
Natalie Rousseau (Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières)
Roberta Smith (Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
Harry Swain (Victoria Symphony)
Vicki Young (Manitoba Chamber Orchestra)
Katherine Carleton (Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada), ex officio
Micheline McKay (Micheline McKay and Associates) ex officio