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As CHRC members know, in July the Minister of HRSDC announced that core funding and some elements of project funding for the sector council program would end in March 2013. The outpouring of support for CHRC that has come into the secretariat through emails and phone calls from across the country and across the sector is gratifying - and reinforcing! Here is a sampling of what we have heard and read:
"Combien importantes sont les actions du CHRSC pour la communauté
The Board and Executive are already fully engaged in developing strategies to ensure that cultural workers and employers continue to benefit from the rich resources that CHRC has produced in partnership with them over the years. The Board is also determined to ensure that human resource issues including training continue to be high on the cultural sector's agenda.
Over the coming weeks Board members are consulting with the sub-sectors they represent to help determine the best way to proceed. The Board meeting on September 26 will be a very important opportunity to consolidate input from the sector and begin to map out the future. Any ideas, suggestions, comments you may have are most welcome. We are in this together!
Release of Culture 3.0, The Impact of Emerging Digital Technology on HR in the Cultural Sector
The soon-to-be-released Culture 3.0 study is the culmination of months of consultation and research on the impact of emerging digital technologies on the cultural sector. The findings recognize the "profound and varied impacts within and between the sub-sectors... and in the value chain"; and explore the regional, linguistic and demographic perspectives that shape the impact of the digital technologies.
"Indeed, digital technologies are disrupting - positively and negatively - not only all eight cultural sub-sectors, but transforming the traditional function of virtually all elements of the creative chain within each sub-sector."
The recommendations, both cross-sector and sub-sector, are intended to inspire and guide employers, workers and educators alike to navigate the advantages and challenges of emerging digital technologies.
Case studies pepper the study, providing living examples of how the sector is embracing digital technologies. Here are two examples:
Suite of Products for Magazine Publishing
In the coming weeks CHRC will be releasing a suite of products for the magazine industry that it has been working on in close collaboration with Magazines Canada for over a year. These include a Competency Chart and Profile for Magazine Publishing, a complementary Training Gaps Analysis, and four on-line courses on digitization in the areas of editorial, production, advertising and circulation.
These resources were created in direct response to the challenges facing the magazine industry during the economic recession in 2008, and more broadly as a result of the rapid transformative effect of digital technology on every aspect of magazine publishing. It was an industry under siege. But it is a very resourceful industry! And it is emerging with new vigor as magazines in this country reshape and re-present themselves in the new digital universe.
The Competency Chart and Profile outline the skills needed in magazine publishing - for educators who want to develop curriculum, for employers who are writing job descriptions and identifying training needs for their workers etc.
The Training Gaps Analysis, based on the Competency Chart, includes a training offering survey and a training needs assessment. It also includes the outline for a potential Magazine Publishing 101 survey course.
Online courses will be available to training providers to help magazine publishing companies adapt to the advantages of digital technology.
Workshop on Business Skills for Producers in Toronto
Many small to medium-sized Canadian media companies have been founded by 'creative' people who through a process of growth find themselves managing a company - but without any business training. To help respond to this training gap, CHRC, in collaboration with the Canadian Media Production Association, is presenting a 3-day workshop on Business Skills for Film and Television Producers in Toronto on September 21-23. This workshop is designed for professionals in film and television who are seeking to develop their business into sustainable and growing enterprises. It will provide participants with an understanding of basic business concepts and skills in order to build their capacities in corporate visioning and leadership. The key areas of focus are:
CHRC will work with RFAVQ to deliver a similar course in Quebec later in the fall.
Production Accounting workshop in Montreal
As announced in the July e-newsletter, CHRC, in collaboration with RFAVQ, will offer a workshop on Comptabilité de production en cinéma et télévision - date and place to be announced.
Although the mini-course covers project management elements that can be used by many other cultural and business sectors, it was created to reflect the needs and skills required specifically by Project Managers in the Digital Media industry.
The CHRC recently took over the management of the www.cultureconsultants.ca website from the Association of Cultural Executives. The site will continue much as it has as a place where professional consultants specializing in various cultural sectors can be located by those needing skilled help, and a place that Request for Proposals (RFP's) can be posted by agencies, governments and others that want to reach those with a profile on the website.
We invite professional culture consultants to visit the web site and craft a listing of their experience and services.
If you are a cultural organization looking for consultants with expertise in the areas of arts and culture - you will find them here - www.cultureconsultants.ca.
Erma Barnett, Finance Officer
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Lucie M. D'Aoust, Sr. Project Manager
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Marc-André Girouard, Interim Manager, Communications and Marketing
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Geneviève Guilmette, Youth Internship Program Coordinator, Project Manager
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Michael Lechasseur, Web Coordinator
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