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PACT Town Halls  Professional Association of Canadian Theatre Monthly 10am-11am

Arts BC Roundtable (Bi-Weekly) Arts BC Tuesdays 12pm-1pm

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion ($20) KCR Jan 26 & Feb 2 9:30am-12:30pm

Examples & Blueprints to Sell Out Your Next Fundraising Event Charity Village Thurs, Jan 27 10am-11am

What’s Next? Goal Setting Made Fun & Easy! Women in Leadership Thurs, Feb 3 12pm-1pm

Pivoting to Digital: Theatre Edition PLEO & GVPTA Thurs, Feb 3 1pm-2pm

Board Boot Camp 101 ($25) KCR Wed, Feb 16 4pm-6pm

Cybersecurity Awareness for Nonprofits and Charities Charity Village Thurs, Feb 17 10am-11am

Board Boot Camp 201 ($25) KCR Wed, Mar 2 4pm-6pm

Creating a Digital Marketing Funnel in 2022 Charity Village Thurs, Mar 10 10am-11am

Financial Resources

  1. Canada’s COVID Economic Response Plan: support to Canadians, businesses and organizations facing hardship as a result of COVID-19
  2. Canada Arts Presentation Fund: supporting Professional Arts Festivals, Performing Arts Series Presenters, and Presenter Support Organizations.
  3. Canada Music Fund: supporting individual and collective initiatives.
  4. FPCC’s Mentor Apprentice Program: This program is for B.C. First Nations individuals who want to become fluent with the goal of passing on to other learners through teaching or parenting.
  5. FPCC’s Mentor-Apprentice Program: Connections (MAPC): This new program is suitable for all adult language learners. It is for people who want to learn their language but may not be in a position to pass the language on.
  6. FACTOR’s Emergency Support Fund for Canada’s Live Music Sector: The purpose of this program is to help Canadian live music companies and organizations operating in Canada who are facing financial pressures due to public health directives in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
  7. FPCC’s Indigenous Arts Program & Indigenous Music Initiative: Indigenous (status, non-status, Métis and Inuit) artists, organizations and collectives located in B.C. are encouraged to apply.
  8. Creative BC’s Amplify BC Program: programs will open to support the rest and recovery of the province’s music industry.
  9. FPCC’s Pathways to Language Vitality Program: provides funding and support for community-led projects that revitalize First Nations languages in B.C. and help create new fluent speakers.
  10. 2022 City of Kelowna Cultural Grants Program: supporting cultural development in our community.
  11. FPCC’s Language Technology Program: This program provides support to technology, digitization equipment and training to communities to support language revitalization using technology.

Non-financial Resources

  1. Vantage Point COVID19 Response Program: short-term initiative to match you with an expert volunteer in four knowledge areas; information navigators, governance advisors, fundraising advisors and financial management advisors
  2. [email protected]: free crisis management support to arts organizations on topics such as finance, human resources, fundraising, governance, communications etc.
  3. LegalHelpBC.ca provides British Columbians with a starting point to get answers to their COVID-19 legal questions. 
  4. [email protected]: free legal information is available upon request to this email address
  5. Kelowna’s Canadian Mental Health Association: online programs and services to support mental health
  6. Vantage Point Membership: offered for free during COVID-19 crisis
  7. I Lost my Gig Canada: a space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories in response to growing income precarity in Canada
  8. Act Safe – Safety Association: safety resources for arts and entertainment industries
  9. Business and the Arts Video Resources: a new series, How are you adapting? Where they interview arts leaders from across Canada to learn about how they are changing their programming and business models in light of COVID-19.
  10. ActSafe’s COVID-19 Resource Page
  11. Arts Community Outreach Coach: First People’s Cultural Council has a new position which will connect directly with Indigenous artists and organizations to assist them in accessing FPCC programs and resources, planning projects to address COVID-19 requirements and offer advice on raising their profile
  12. Young Associates CECRA Tips: tips for navigating the CECRA program
  13. ArtsClub COVID-19 Safety Measures: safety measures outlining the audience and artist experience
  14. Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society Resources For You: helping non-profits and artists understand the law
  15. A Conversation with Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage: the recording
  16. Updated information on your Civil Liability for exposure to or transmission of COVID-19
  17. 5 steps to securing sponsors
  18. Survivor guilt: how to deal with company layoffs
  19. Recording of Townhall with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault: Sept 1
  20. 10 Ideas for Community Based COVID-19 Recovery
  21. Who Owns that Sound: Music in the Digital Age
  22. SoundON: provides BC presenters and artists with direct support to get back to doing what they do best: creating unforgettable live music experiences
  23. New 2020 T4 Reporting Requirements for All Employers: The CRA announced new reporting requirements for all Canadian employers who issue T4 slips.
  24. Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO): BC-based society that creates legal tools and resources for artists and non-profits to prevent legal issues before they happen

Governance and non-profit resources

  1. Non-profit Boards and COVID-19: what could the role of your board be during a global pandemic
  2. Canada Business Resilience Network: to help businesses and nonprofits prepare, persevere, and ultimately prosper as we collectively face the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Building an inclusive culture of wellbeing at work
  4. Directors Liability Frequently Asked Questions: information on the duties of directors, what they may be liable for and how to protect themselves
  5. Employee Rights and Employer Obligations in COVID-19
  6. Canadian Charities Connect: join other Canadian Charity Professionals to discuss tips, lessons learned and strategies for taking advantage of opportunities enabled by this transformation.
  7. ArtsBC Executive Directors’ Mastermind Group: a place where arts administrators can come together, troubleshoot, share and support one another. Key themes include governance, knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Reopening Resources

  1. BC Restart Plan: a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
  2. Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide: considerations for reopening your facilities and events
  3. WorkSafeBC’s Returning to Safe Operation – Phase 2
  4. Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission’s COVID 19 Business Resources
  5. ActSafe’s Performing Arts Industry Relaunch Framework
  6. What will it take for Canadian’s to return to the arts? Full report from Business/Arts
  7. Return to Work Letter Template

Offering Support

  1. Art Helps Auxiliary Directory: add your skills and capacity to the initiatives below to help reduce the impact of COVID-19
  2. [email protected]: experts and professionals can offer their free crisis management support to arts organizations on topics such as finance, human resources, fundraising, governance etc.

Digital and Working from Home Tools

Continue Indulging in the Arts

Impact Reporting

  • Purple Seven: Join the sector benchmark. TRG Arts and Purple Seven have partnered to provide real-time intelligence and advice to the arts and culture sector on the economic impact of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Impact Survey: Fall 2021 Edition: GVPTA is asking artists, arts workers, and arts and culture organizations across British Columbia to complete the Fall 2021 version of the COVID-19 B.C. Arts & Culture Sector Impact Survey. The deadline to respond is November 23.

Available Impact Data

One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at.  This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.

Edward de Bono

CARFAC  – carfac.ca

Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is incorporated federally as a non-profit corporation that is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization, our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.


Thompson Okanagan Network of Arts Councils (TONAC)

TONAC was born out of the dissolution of the Okanagan Mainline Regional Arts Council (OMRAC). The board of OMRAC dissolved in order to get rid of the structure and regulations that boards are required to maintain, and instead have an informal group that meets less regularly but continues to support each other.

Funds left over from OMRAC are held with the Shuswap Community Foundation and are earmarked to fund an annual meeting of arts councils in which arts councils share resources, stories and strengthen ties and network between arts councils in our region. 

Other Support for Artists:

Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists/West Chapter (CADA/BC) cadabc.org for
performers, choreographers, teachers, artistic directors & more

Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (Equity) caea.com for performers (actors,
singers, dancers), directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers,
engaged in theatre, opera and dance in English Canada

Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) imaa.ca for independent media artists
and cultural workers

BC Alliance for Arts + Cultureallianceforarts.com represents members from across the artistic disciplines. It includes organizations, professional associations, not-for-profit groups, artists and cultural workers throughout British Columbia. They also have a great job board.

City of Kelowna Cultural Plan 

The Creative Sector in Kelowna, BC: An Economic Impact Assessment

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