COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Mar 26, 2020
Dear members of Ontario's touring and presenting industry,
We are continuing to work to support the sector through this challenging time, and have a few new pieces of information and upcoming events to share.

We continue to encourage you to visit the COVID-19 Response for the Live Performance Sector document for the most up-to-date resources.
In this email (click to jump):
New Canada Emergency Response Benefit and other financial resources
TOArtist COVID-19 Response Fund
Free Ticket Converter Tool from Spektrix
New Study: Artists in Municipalities
IPAA Offers Free Membership
New Canada Emergency Response Benefit Announced
Plus: Additional EI and Wage Support Resources

There is new information constantly emerging and we know it is difficult to make sense of what financial supports may be important to you at this time.

The Government of Canada has just announced a new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Here is a summary of the fund, extracted from the full press release:

"To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.

The CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB. This would help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.

...The portal for accessing the CERB would be available in early April. EI eligible Canadians who have lost their job can continue to apply for EI here, as can Canadians applying for other EI benefits.

Canadians would begin to receive their CERB payments within 10 days of application. The CERB would be paid every four weeks and be available from March 15, 2020 until October 3, 2020."

Please see the press release for full details.

Here are a few additional resources that we have found helpful regarding business continuity and economic support. Please see the COVID-19 Resource Document for additional links:
View Resources

TOArtist COVID-19 Response Fund

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In addition to the financial resources listed above, the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation have just announced the TOArtist COVID-19 Response Fund. Toronto-based, self-employed artists can apply now for funds up to $1000. Eligibility criteria and application information is here. The first intake of this fund will accept applications to replace lost revenues from March 12, 2020 to April 30, 2020. 

The fund is also accepting donations to help meet demand.
Apply for funds or donate
Free Ticket Converter Tool from Spektrix

Spektrix  recently launched the Ticket Converter Tool, which is now available for free to all cultural organizations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland, regardless of the ticketing and email platforms they use. Created in response to the unprecedented challenges the arts industry is facing due to Covid-19, The Ticket Converter Tool allows patrons to convert their ticket cancellations into donations or credit refunds with a single email click.

  • Designed to help arts organizations encourage patrons to convert some or all of their ticket refunds into either donations or account credit.
  • Works by mapping a report from their CRM system to their email provider.
  • No payment is taken using the tool.
  • Does not collect customers’ personal data and Spektrix does not collect any data.
  • Works for organizations using any bulk email service, regardless of CRM system.
  • Free to use.
Find out more
Now available: Detailed study of artists in Canadian municipalities

Now available from Hill Strategies, Artists in Canadian Municipalities in 2016 examines the number and incomes of artists in each Canadian municipality, based on the 2016 census and the boundaries of census subdivisions, not metropolitan areas. This may be useful for municipal venues who are currently seeking to support the artists in their community.

Resources available include:
  • A detailed report with a primary focus on groups of municipalities by population and detailed information about select municipalities
  • Downloadable data (in Excel format) on artists and cultural workers in all Canadian municipalities with at least 40 artists.
Find out more
IPAA Offers Free Membership

IPAA LogoFor a limited time, the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance is waiving all fees on new membership registrations. IPPA encourages all creatives and presenters alike to join and connect.

Membership to IPAA provides each user with a portal from which they can share their works and engage with a larger presenter network. If you're a presenter (Indigenous or non) looking to engage more Indigenous artists in your programming, consider becoming a member today and support Indigenous arts across Canada.
Become a Member

Thank you for being part of Ontario's live performing arts sector!
We appreciate you and we are here for you!

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