Conversations with the Canada Council for the Arts
Last week, Orchestras Canada hosted a pair of teleconferences (one English, one French) with Aime Dontigny and Daniel Swift of the Canada Council for the Arts, with the goal of providing the orchestral community with an overview of the recent Professional Orchestra Program granting cycle. The calls were recorded, and Orchestras Canada would be pleased to share the recordings with applicants to the program. If you’d like to be sent a link to the recordings, please email Katherine Carleton.
OC’s submission to the federal Standing Committee on Finance
Also last week, Orchestra Canada submitted its recommendations to the federal Standing Committee on Finance, as part of the pre-budget process. In the brief, we described the economic, social, and cultural impact of Canadian orchestras, and recommended three initiatives to leverage and increase that impact:
An increase in funding to the Canada Council for the Arts;
The launch of a pilot program for international touring and cultural diplomacy through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Development; and
The adoption of a Stretch Tax Credit, to provide an incentive for increased charitable giving by individuals.
Temporary Foreign Workers Program Changes
We are continuing to monitor the impact of changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program on Canadian orchestras. If you are experiencing difficulties or delays in the processing of your applications, please let Katherine Carleton know.