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The Federal budget was delivered last week and analysis of the impact for arts and culture has been swift. We are reassured and thankful that the Canada Council for the Arts budget was not cut. Additionally, and in reply to CAPACOA’s own response to the budget, the Minister of Canadian Heritage tweeted that “the [PCH] programs will be maintained” (Cultural Investment, Cultural Spaces and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund). However both the CBC and NAC budgets were reduced. “Their contributions create indispensable synergies within the sector and we are eager for ongoing dialogue regarding the impact of these and other funding cuts on, and future opportunities for, the cultural sector” said Phyllis Stenson, Board President of CAPACOA.
The budget left many unanswered questions as to how employees and clients of the department may be impacted over the coming three years and beyond. CAPACOA will continue to monitor the decisions as they become known, particularly as new policy is shaped and contextualized within program guidelines.
In closing, I would like to offer congratulations to the British Columbia Touring Council on their very successful Pacific Contact event that took place this past weekend. Joanna Maratta and her team continue to deliver the quality the organization is renowned for, despite the funding challenges they are facing. Bravo and félicitations for your professionalism and commitment to the field.
CAPACOA Responds to the Federal Budget
Here are the key points from the 2012 Federal Budget impacting the presenting and touring sector:
The budget also includes laudatory comments in regards to the value of the cultural sector:
"The Government believes that supporting the arts is essential to supporting Canada’s economy and quality of life and will continue strong support for Canadian culture."
CAPACOA responded to the Federal budget in a letter to Canadian Heritage minister, James Moore, and the minister replied via Twitter: 'Those 3 programs will be maintained' (referring to the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, Cultural Spaces, and Canada Arts Presentation Fund).
Survey Reveals New Facts About How Canadians See Value and Importance of Performing Arts
The recent release of our Value of Presenting Survey of General Public Report has drawn much attention in social media and in the newspaper. This report summarizes the findings from a survey of 1,031 Canadians, broken down by regions, on the value of performing arts presentation. Here's one highlight:
"79% of Canadians say they would miss it if there were no live, professional performing arts available in their community."
This survey, along with the survey of presenters, and all other research undertaken over the past year will be consolidated in a report of findings to be published over the next month, as part of The Value of Presenting: A Study of Arts Presentation in Canada.
Because this survey provided the first national data on dance attendance since 1998, we also published a Dance Attendance Supplementary Analysis.
Culture Days: Early registrations now open!
Pre-register by April 30 and your activity will be among the first promoted at culturedays.ca and part of a national public relations campaign including a Globe and Mail ad later in the spring.
Read the recent postings added to the CAPACOA website.
May 27 – 30, 2012 Orchestras Canada / National Meeting / Montreal, QC
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