COVID-19 Updates and Resources

July 7, 2020
New updates and resources continue to arrive everyday - below are the latest.
Please continue to refer to the COVID-19 Response for the Live Performance Sector document and to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
We're in this together! - The OP Team
In this email (click to jump):

Federal Government Culture Support: Final Phase Announced
ArtsUNITE Platform
#LightsOn Resources
Audience Outlook Monitor Updates
City of Toronto Guidance for the Cultural Sector
Policy Read: The Show Must Go On
Community Spaces in Faith Places
Bright Thoughts: TOLive Arts Squad
Canada Student Service Grant

ICYMI: Lots more COVID and non-COVID updates are
available in our latest enewsletter here
Federal Government Support for Culutre: Final Phase Announced 

The federal government has now announced the final component of Phase 2 of the $500M COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Culture, Heritage and Sport Organizations. This final component is primarily focused on funding for arts and culture organizations that do not currently receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, Musicaction or FACTOR, and/or did not receive funding in Phase 1. 

The following phase 2 allocations may be of particular interest to our network:
  • $20 million to help presenters in the live music industry (artist managers, booking agents, concert promoters, for-profit festivals and venues, etc.) through the Canada Music Fund.
  • $2.5 million to support producers of content in a language other than English or French through the Canada Media Fund.
  • $52.1 million to various arts and culture organizations that do not usually receive funding from Canadian Heritage programs and/or did not receive funding in Phase 1. This amount will be provided as follows:
    • $8.2 million for the arts sector;
    • $27.8 million for the audiovisual and digital media sector;
    • $5 million for the music industry;
    • $10 million for the publishing sector; and
    • $1 million for arts and culture organizations that serve official-language communities.

Application details for Phase 2 funding opportunities will be available shortly on the dedicated COVID-19 emergency funding section of the Canadian Heritage website.

Read full details

Artscape Launches ArtsUNITE Support Platform

ArtsUNITE LogoAs part of their Together for Artists Initiative, Artscape has artsUNITE / UNITÉ des arts, a way-finding and support platform for the creative community.

The project was created in consultation with the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and a range of arts organizations. Its purpose is to:

  • Guide artists and creative organizations through the available resources for immediate relief
  • Secure remuneration through paid work opportunities
  • Equip artists with adaptive supports for long-term sector recovery and regeneration from the pandemic
#LightsON Resources

#Lights-On: Recovery and Reboot in Live Entertainment is a series of outreach activities organized by Ryerson's School of Creative Industries, the Toronto Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Foundation, with support from a variety of cultural organizations.

#LightsOn recently shared their Interesting Reads, a collection of articles, research, and stories meant to be an information source for venue managers.
Explore Interesting Reads
Audience Outlook Monitor Updates

Audience outlook monitor logoThe latest updates from WolfBrown's Audience Outlook Monitor provide some interesting insights into audience's digital appetites. While the differing contexts of each audience must of course be taken into account, broadly-speaking the latest US surveys suggest that audiences have mixed views about engaging digitally. For example, data from multiple organizations in different cities suggests that 60-75% of patrons have not engaged with digital offerings. On the other hand about 40% of audiences are interested in buying tickets for future livestreamed performances.
Read more
City of Toronto Guidance for the Cultural Sector

City of Toronto Public Health has now shared health guidance for the cultural sector. While these initial guidelines are intended for museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, outdoor heritage institutions, they provide a useful look at the measures that the City of Toronto is currently supporting. Unsurprsingly, these include such measures as:

  • Attendance policies and contact lists for contact tracing
  • Proper use of masks
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Enhancing environmental cleaning
  • Staff symptom screening
  • Physical distancing measures
  • Increased communication with staff and patrons

Guidelines are also available on the same webpage for drive-in and drive-through events.

Read more
Policy Read: The Show Must Go On

The digital magazine Policy Options recently shared a useful piece by Shauna Brail, Nathalie Des Rosiers, Anita M. McGahan that makes a clear case for the importance of the arts to society, lays out the current dire situation, and makes policy suggestions for supporting the arts during and post-COVID.
Read the article
Exploring Community Spaces in Faith Places

A recent article from Spacing explores the results of the Community Spaces in Faith Places study in light of the current pandemic. This study, spearheaded by Faith and the Common Good, explores the extensive use of faith buildings for community initiatives (the fast majority of which are arts-related), and the imminent loss of these spaces (of 27,000 faith buildings in Canada, 1/3 are set to close in the next ten years). The Spacing article takes a close look at this issue and at potential policy solutions.
Read the article
Bright Thoughts: TOLive Arts Squad

Arts Squad LogoAs featured in previous e-updates, the Alliance of Canadian Dance Networks is now publishing a weekly enewsletter to share positive stories with the dance community.

In the June 24 issue of Bright Thoughts, TO Live Director of Producing Lani Milstein talks about The Arts Squad, a free online series specifically designed to reach kids and families through the arts.

"Kids are having a really hard time during this lockdown. There are a lot of stressors put on them by having no structure, trying to accomplish schoolwork, all while having very few outlets. So we really wanted The Arts Squad to be an opportunity for these kids to let loose and have fun while exploring the performing arts. It shouldn’t feel like school- The Arts Squad is a group of friends coming together to try out different creative things."

Five, 10-minute episodes are made available each week, one from each of five arts disciplines: music, theatre, dance, storytelling, and visual arts- specifically, comic arts.

Read more Bright Thoughts
Canada Student Service Grant 
The Government of Canada has created the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), a program that will provide post-secondary students and recent graduates with volunteer opportunities to help with the response to COVID-19 at Canadian not-for-profit organizations, while also earning them a cash grant of $1000-$5000. 

By registering with the Government of Canada’s new I Want to Help platform, nonprofits can connect with student volunteers to help you provide essential services to Canadians. 
Find out more

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