COVID-19 Updates and Resources

May 11, 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):
Funding Updates
The Event Safety Alliance's Reopen Guide
Upcoming Webinars
Chronicles of a Pandemic: The Long Wait for Audiences
Funding Updates
On Friday, the federal government announced details of the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. While more details are still to come, here are a few key highlights:
  • $198.3 million will be allocated to the arts and culture sector through existing funding programs at Canadian Heritage.
  • $55 million will be distributed through Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) in order to help artistic organisations that support artists.
  • A two-phased approach to speed up the distribution of funds
  • Phase 1 is for funding recipients who are projecting a significant financial impact as a result of the pandemic:
    • Top-up to existing recipients through Canadian Heritage’s arts and culture programs, which include the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, Canada Arts Training Fund, and Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program. To simplify the process, current recipients of targeted programs will only need to fill out an attestation. The minimum amount awarded will be $5,000.
    • CCA will use a formula-based approach to deliver the funds. Clients will be able to apply for up to 25% of recently approved funding.
    • If your organisation receives funding from more than one participating department or agency, you may only request funding from one of these organisations for support from the Emergency Support Fund. 
  • Phase 2 will provide temporary support to other organisations, which include those in the arts and culture that do not currently receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the CCA, and our other participating organisations. Further details on Phase 2 will be announced in the coming weeks.
Useful links:
Find out more
The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

The Event Safety Alliance has now launched their Reopening Guide.

The Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers. The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks.

Rather than best practices, the Guide is a tool to allow each event professional to think through their own circumstances, looking closely at each aspect of an event and proposing potential mitigation strategies. 

This Guide is the product of contributions from more than 300 professionals from all facets of the live event industry.

View the Guide
Upcoming Webinars

information symbolBelow are a few upcoming webinars in addition to those that we shared last week. We continue to maintain a listing of upcoming online support events in the COVID-19 Response Document

Thursday, May 12 at 2pm ET: Moving Forward Together: Best Practices for Maintaining Relationships and Booking New Dates (offered by NAPAMA and APAP)

Friday, May 15 at 1pm ET: Q&A for Agents and Managers with Rachel Bendayan.- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Friday, May 15 at 1pm ET: The intersection of race, mental health, and stigma in the age of COVID-19 (offered by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion)

Thursday, May 21 at 11am ET: Force Majeure and other legal questions (offered by CAPACOA) Stay tuned for details and registration
Visit the response document for more
Chronicles of a Pandemic and the Performing Arts

CAPACOA logoThe COVID-19 pandemic has brought a daily avalanche of constantly-shifting news, concerns, updates, and government responses. Presenters, agents, and artists are all trying to grasp a new and rapidly-evolving reality. This is why CAPACOA, with support from Ontario Presents, has determined to document the changing state of the situation, as you report it to us during our online gatherings. We hope that our weekly Chronicles of a Pandemic and the Performing Arts will help those of us in the sector, and those looking to support it, to grasp our unique situation as it continues to evolve.

The latest chapter provides a useful overview of recent audience research, including insights into timelines and patterns in audience intent to return to cultural activities:

Chapter I: Performing Arts Presenters and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
Chapter II: Postponements and cancellations: both are a loss and have adverse effects
Chapter III: Municipal and other publicly-owned presenters: connectors of touring circuits
NEW Chapter IV: Arts and entertainment among the most impacted by the COVID-19
NEW Chapter V: The long wait for audiences
Read more

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