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Press Release

August 2007

CHRC Presents Tools for Performing Arts Presenters

Ottawa - The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) continues to expand its suite of tools and resources for workers in the cultural sector with the release of a Competency Chart and Profile for Presenters.

Funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program, and building on the extensive work it has carried out in the area of cultural management over the past three years, CHRC has developed this chart and profile in close collaboration with the FCCF (Fédération culturelle des Canadiens français), RIDEAU (Réseau indépendant des diffuseurs d'événements artistiques unis), and CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association /Association canadienne des organismes artistiques).

Presenters were taken to include such titles as artistic director, cultural and artistic program coordinator, cultural program supervisor, general manager / director / general director, theatre manager, venue manager, cultural centre manager, director of programming, chief entertainment officer, buyer or purchaser, impresario (considered an "old-fashioned" term), programmer (used more in Europe than in North America), and promoter (most often used when the person performing the role is not attached to a specific venue).

These valuable tools will assist Performing Arts Presenters and those with an interest in the field to evaluate their own skills and determine whether additional training is required. This material can also be applied in developing competency development programs, negotiating and customizing training programs, developing/reviewing career planning programs, creating recruitment profiles, and writing individual position descriptions.

The chart and profile can be found on the CHRC website.

CHRC has also conducted an extensive Training Gaps Analysis (TGA) based on the skills identified in the chart. Recommendations from the TGA include:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the presenter's role in the performing arts industry
  • Facilitate access to professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Develop more formalized training programs at the post-secondary level.
  • Encourage mentorship and internship programs.
  • Recognize the importance of networking to presenters.

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;