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CHRC Newsletter May 2013

posted on 12:54 PM, May 30, 2013
 Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
May 2013

In this issue!

Revamped CultureWorks.ca job board!

We're pleased to have the CultureWorks.ca banner flying over our revamped job board!

Some of you will remember Talent Gallery which was the first incarnation of this job board in the 1990s. It moved to the recognizable "stool" motif and new name Cultureworks.ca in 2004.

Now, with a refreshed modern look and the advantage of new technologies, our updated CultureWorks.ca is a prime resource for successful marriages between talent/skill and job opportunities in the cultural sector. It takes its unique place as a national cross-sector job board, beside other excellent industry-specific and region-specific services (such as the Job Boards of the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology and Ontario's Work in Culture).

The new site is accessible, user friendly – and affordable. Job postings at $75 rank well below other popular job boards, and they have the advantage of being targeted to cultural job seekers and employers.

Remember that during this launch period we are offering 50% off job postings as we test and populate the site which is rapidly catching the attention of job seekers and employers alike.

CHRC Current Releases - Focus on the Digital Media Industry

DM HR Toolkit Building on the brand and success of our HR Management Toolkit, we have packaged an HR Toolkit to meet the specific HR and training needs of DM workers, employers and educators. It includes:

  • IDM Team Competency Chart and Profiles
  • Training Gaps Analysis
  • Canada's Interactive Digital Media Industry: Where Creativity Meets Technology in the Digital Economy – a context paper

Interactive Zone Update 
As part of our recent focus on the DM industry, we have also updated Interactive Zone – the Careers in Culture web site that offers young people interested in a career in the DM industry a bird's eye view of the job possibilities and some very practical advice on how to prepare for them.

Starting a DM Business 
And for DM entrepreneurs, a resource for Starting a Digital Media Business. This handy, practical guide was written by Lynda Brown, who has years of experience in the DM industry starting her own business and coaching others along that path. This latest CHRC offering is landing right where the need is greatest: among the start-ups that feed the multi-billion dollar industry at the heart of Canada's digital economy. And will soon be available in ePub format for your e-reader.

Guide for Educators and Trainers soon to be released

After considerable consultation with educators and trainers to get the voice, language and examples "right" from their point of view, we are pleased with the final result of From Competencies to Curriculum and Training: a Guide for Educators and Trainers on using CHRC's Competency Charts and Profiles.

This concise, clear, compact document will open doors for educators and trainers alike on how they can draw on the rich resources of CHRC's 25 competency charts and profiles to:

  • Perform a training needs assessment and subsequently determine a training program's goal
  • Determine a training program's objectives
  • Determine program content and learner prerequisites
  • Define competency-based evaluation standards
  • Determine a program's learning sequence
  • Establish learning outcomes
  • Establish performance indicators

The Guide also suggests ways to develop and select learning activities. It will be available in early June, free of charge, on CHRC's website with all our competency charts and profiles and on the teaching resources page for Educators and Trainers.

Meeting of the Live Performing Arts Caucus

In the years between 2004 and 2007 CHRC was able to work with the Live Performing Arts sub-sector in the development of competency charts and profiles for LPA Technical Workers. We had strong representation from both management and unions on our steering committee and on our expert working groups.

However it became increasingly difficult to attract the attention of our main government funders (HRSDC) on LPA related projects – their focus was very much on digital media and the "cultural industries".

CHRC has nonetheless maintained strong connections with the Live Performing Arts in other ways – for example through a working group established at our HR Forum 2012. That gathering of LPA workers and employers was vocal about its interest in continuing to meet on HR issues. With such encouragement, CHRC invited key members of the Live Performing Arts from theatre, dance, opera and music to join an LPA Caucus to carry the HR discussion forward.

The LPA Caucus met for the first time in March. It was an invigorating meeting which saw the focus shift from everything-but-digital-media to a full exploration of the real impact of digital technology on the LPA today. With the guidance of these dedicated LPA leaders, CHRC is seeking project funding to further that exploration.

CHRC's LPA Caucus is 'a force to be reckoned with'. We're delighted to convene it and partner with its members to address HR issues in the LPA.

Our PATAC Partners

CHRC's reach is pan-Canadian. Our roots are in the provinces and territories. That's why our Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PATAC) is so important to us. Over the years we have worked collaboratively on projects and continue to identify common issues that we can effectively address together. We have also witnessed the value of sharing information and experiences and learning from each other's challenges and successes.

CHRC convenes PATAC for a face-to-face meeting once a year (this year it was held on March 25) and holds conference calls every three or four months.

New on our PATAC team (our new "Patacians!) are Tom McFall, Executive Director of the Alberta Crafts Council; and Reg Winsor, Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Crafts Council.

Good Culture News! Canadian Indie Music sector hits the right economic note

Sound Analysis, An Examination of the Canadian Independent Music Industry, is a recently released groundbreaking report commissioned by the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) that quantifies for the first time the specific economic impact of the [independent music] sector.

In the words of CIMA: "this report…shows what the sector has long known - the Canadian-owned independent music industry creates jobs, generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue every year and dramatically contributes to the national economy."

Highlights include:

  • In total, the industry generated approximately $292 million in revenues in 2011, and contributed more than $300 million in GDP to the Canadian economy
  • Artists generated another $79.4 million in revenues
  • In total, the industry had a GDP impact of $8.2 million per $10 million of industry revenue, meaning that for every $10 million of revenue generated, the independent music industry added $8.2 million to the Canadian economy
  • As a whole, the industry generated an average $1.22 return in taxes for every $1.00 in support from the federal and provincial governments
  • Almost half of the music firms in Canada - 46% -- are sole proprietorships
  • More than 13,400 Canadians are employed in the industry, 67% of which are artists
  • 60% of the industry earns $50,000 a year or less in gross revenues, while the top 10% earn more than $500,000 annually
  • Approximately 73% of these revenues are earned in Canada
  • Employees of music companies earned an average $22,250 in wages in 2011
  • Individual artists earned an average of $7,228 per year from music-related activities in 2011, though they only spent 29 hours per week pursuing such activities
  • 53% of independent music companies are bullish on their future, expecting business to grow by 10% or more

Of Note... The World Creators Summit

The World Creators Summit (formerly known as World Copyright Summit), will take place in Washington DC at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center on June 4 and 5, 2013 (with an opening cocktail party on June 3 evening).

Presented by CISAC, it is the leading international and cross-industry event addressing the future of the creative community and the entertainment business in the digital economy. The event's slogan, "Create – Connect – Respect," encapsulates the event's vision of a fair and sustainable environment for the creative sector.

Now in its fourth edition, this biennial event aims at establishing a constructive dialogue, exchange ideas, debate diverse viewpoints and discuss the remedies linked to intellectual property and creative content online with all the stakeholders in the new digital economy, from creators, rights organizations and guilds, to content service providers, broadcasters, telecommunications operators, hardware manufacturers, legal experts and policy-makers.

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