About Lobby Chats
The AFC’s Lobby Chats bring people together who have experience, passion, and knowledge of critical topics that directly impact the members of Canada’s entertainment industry. Whether we’re talking to freelancers, leaders, administrators, or service providers, these conversations offer a compassionate knowledge-sharing platform where our community can come together to help each other grow and flourish in the industry on both personal and professional levels.
Lobby Chats focus on the individual’s experience, the person who is navigating what is known to be a precarious career path in arts and entertainment. These conversations will hone in on the areas of financial wellness, mental health, and career sustainability. At the end of each chat, audiences will have a chance to ask questions and join the conversation in the spirit of community support and learning.
First Lobby Chats:
“I GOT THE GRANT! WHAT NOW?” FOR DIY PRODUCERS
October 14, 2021, 1-2 pm (ET) on Zoom
More artists and collectives than ever have been applying for and receiving grants to create work during the pandemic. As a result, many of us have to learn what it means to produce without the support of a larger organization – from project management to contracts to protecting our personal finances and much more. Becoming a DIY producer comes with a lot of excitement and validation but also financial stress and uncertainty. This panel discussion will be helpful for anyone new to producing and managing project grants, as well as to those who have been doing it for a while but still feel like they have questions.
- Rachel Krehm (Founder & General Director of indie opera company Opera 5, singer)
- Kristina Lemieux (Lead Producer at Generator)
- Alyssa Martin (Founder & Artistic Director of Rock Bottom Movement, choreographer)
- Saman Shahi (Executive Director of Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto, composer, pianist)
- Mimi Mok (Business and Development Director at The Theatre Centre)
Accessibility: ASL interpretation and closed captioning provided.