Posted on 19 August 2015.
Orchestras Canada’s Advocacy Committee for 2015-16 has been hard at work in the last few weeks, developing a work plan for the year, and preparing our annual pre-budget brief to the federal Standing Committee on Finance.
Although the Standing Committee was dissolved when the writ was issued for the October 19 election, we don’t feel that our labour was wasted: the five recommendations developed by OC’s committee will, we believe, create excellent fodder for good discussions “at the door” with candidates from all political parties in the coming weeks, and we always value the chance to clarify orchestras’ contributions and their needs. Finally, while we need to be nimble and responsive to shifting circumstances, we think this work will help guide our efforts over the next year.
Orchestras Canada’s five recommendations to the Standing Committee for 2015-2016 include the following:
- Increase the Canada Council for the Arts’ Parliamentary appropriation by $35 million in 2016, with a long-term goal of reaching $300 million.
- Enable international market access by increasing investment to provide $25 million for strategic development of international arts markets.
- Implement the proposed Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Donations
- Ensure that arts and culture infrastructure projects (renovation/retro-fitting, equipment purchase, or new construction) be eligible for funding consideration through existing or future federal infrastructure investment programs.
- Expand the current Children’s Arts Tax Credit to include the cost of tickets for children attending live arts performances.
Our sincere thanks to the members of the Advocacy Committee:
Harry Swain (Victoria Symphony)
Meghan Unterschultz (Edmonton Symphony/Winspear Centre)
Shannon Whidden (Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra)
Matthew Jones (Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra)
Thérèse Boutin (Orchestre symphonique de Québec)
Angela Birdsell (arts consultant, Fredericton, NB)
Katherine Carleton (Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada), ex officio
Micheline McKay (Micheline McKay and Associates), ex officio
The Canadian Arts Coalition has just released its Election Toolkit, an attractive and useful compilation of arts facts, resources, and advice that we commend to you highly. You can explore it here.
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Posted on 05 August 2015.
Business leader and philanthropist Pierre Lassonde has been named Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, effectively immediately, and for a five-year term. He succeeds the late Joe Rotman in the role. Speaking about the appointment, Canada Council CEO Simon Brault said, “Pierre Lassonde holds a deep conviction of the importance of the arts in the lives of individuals and nations. He is well known for his ability to analyze and understand the risks and, even more so, the opportunities of the business world. His knowledge, considerable experience and creativity will serve him well in the role of Chair of the Canada Council, addressing the challenges related to the public funding of the arts.”
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has announced that its Concertmaster for the last six seasons, Dale Barltrop, has been appointed First Violin of the Australian String Quartet. Mr. Barltrop will conclude his work with the VSO at the end of the 2015-16 season, and will return to live in his native Australia full-time for the first time in eighteen years. Speaking about his time with the VSO, Mr. Barltrop said, “The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has been my family and my life for the past six years. I am eternally grateful to the staff, board, patrons and the wonderful musicians of the VSO for allowing me the opportunity to serve this community.”
The Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra has announced the appointment of Susan Quinn as Conductor of the Junior Strings Orchestra. Ms Quinn holds degrees in violin performance and music education from Memorial University and a Master’s in Conducting from the University of Maine. She is Director of Choral and String Ensembles at Holy Heart School, and also leads the Quintessential Vocal Ensembles choirs.
Michael Murray is the new Executive Director of the Toronto Musicians’ Association, Local 149 of the Canadian Federation of Musicians. He comes to the role after eight years as the Ontario Arts Council’s Popular and World Music and Arts Service Organizations Officer, during which time his outreach efforts to first-time, new-generation and OAC priority group artists resulted in a significant increase in applications to the Popular Music program.
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Posted on 08 July 2015.
The Canada Council for the Arts has posted application materials for the 2015 John Hobday Award for Arts Management for established and mid-career arts managers, with a 30 September 2015 deadline. For more information, please visit canadacouncil.ca.
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