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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.
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:
Interactive Zone Update
Starting a DM Business
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:
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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Susan Annis, Executive Director
Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC)