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Press Release

August 2007

It's what you've been asking for!
CHRC Launches Discipline Enhancements to Career Self-Management
Guide for Artists and Cultural Workers

Ottawa - The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is thrilled to announce the release of The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) - Discipline Enhancements. These enhancements include chapters for the self employed actor, craftsperson, dancer, filmmaker, musician, new media content creator, visual artist and writer.

Funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program, TAMYC (available in print and on-line) was developed by artists and cultural workers to provide pertinent and practical information to better manage their careers. It is intended to benefit “emerging” self-employed artists and cultural workers with fewer than five years’ experience in the cultural sector.

Since its release in 2002, enthusiastic users of TAMYC (including practitioners and educators) have asked that it be adapted to address the need for discipline specific "skills development (especially career management skills)".

CHRC engaged practitioners in each of the 8 disciplines to undertake the collection of data and writing of the enhancements, which include specific information on process, regulations and resources; tips and pitfalls; and best practices. The enhancements reflect the different realities and needs of the disciplines. For example, copyright information will be very important for writers; musicians will be interested in neighboring rights and mechanical rights; visual artists need to know about contracts with galleries etc. All enhancements reflect the specificities of both English and French Canada.

"CHRC is very proud of these practical and engaging tools for self-employed artists from all disciplines. They have been developed by artists and for artists, and in direct response to artists' requests for more specific guidelines in TAMYC. They will equip them with the information they need to tackle the challenges and embrace the opportunities of being self-employed."

TAMYC and its Discipline Enhancements can be found at

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of cultural workers - artists, creators, technical staff, managers and all others engaged professionally in the sector, including the self-employed. To become a member of CHRC please visit our website.

For further information please contact Megan Guy (613-562-1535 x 31;