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CHRC Newsletter
May 2007

March/April is an important transition time in CHRC's life cycle: it marks the end of one fiscal year and the beginning of another which involves careful navigating through the channels of project management to meet deadlines and financial targets. When we look back over the flurry of activity during those intense eight weeks, we realise how much was accomplished!

The Business of the Music Industry

Many of CHRC's resources have been directed towards the music industry in 2006/2007 as we lay the groundwork for developing a National Training Strategy for the Music Industry in 2007/2008.

  • The Music Publishers Competency Chart and Profile was completed- thanks to CHRC's Expert Working Group of Music Publishers, and CHRC's Music Industry Steering Committee, which oversaw the process and validated the results.

    A Training Gaps Analysis, undertaken by KiSquared consultants in Manitoba, compiled information on training needs identified by music publishers and employers, and made recommendations about ways to meet those needs.

    These documents will soon be available on CHRC's web site for all to read and for members to print. Limited hard copies are also available from the CHRC Secretariat. (contact Megan Guy at

    Three competency charts and profiles have now been completed for business functions in the music industry: Music Artist Managers; Development, Marketing, Distribution [Record Label Managers]; and Music Publishing. Two additional ones will be undertaken in 2007/2008: Live Music Production, and Recorded Audio Production.

  • Consultant Shelley Stein-Sacks completed Phase 1 of the National Training Strategy for the Music Industry. This important document is the launching pad for consultations across the country in 2007/2008, and the development of a full fledged National Training Strategy with recommendations and timelines. Phase 1 involved a secondary research review, consultations with industry associations and musicians, and a roundtable with educators to get their feedback on the issues raised by the industry. The roundtable was a full and frank discussion of training needs. It was also an opportunity to build consensus around how to meet those needs.

    Stay tuned for Phase II! As the music industry is changing and evolving on a daily basis there is a shared sense of urgency to get a handle on the training needs in particular for business skills for self-employed musicians.

  • Copyright experts Brian Chater (formerly Executive Director of the Canadian Independent Record Producers Association) and Stéphane Gilker (lawyer and teacher) have written the content for a 2-day course on Rights Management, which can soon be accessed through CHRC's web site. This timely course walks musicians through the tortuous paths of rights management as it relates to synchronization, DVDs, the Internet and ring tones. The wealth of information and practical advice in this course will please teacher, student and self-employed musician alike.

    The Rights Management Course is a curriculum tool designed to respond to a training gap, which has been identified consistently in CHRC's research over the past two years.

Theatre Technicians

The Theatre Technicians Steering Committee (TTSC), chaired by CHRC Board member Mark Melymick, met in March to review the Entertainment Riggers Competency Chart and Profile and Training Gaps Analysis. The TTSC took the opportunity of this meeting to explore the work being done in the US on certifying riggers. While theatre technicians remain generally cautious and only lukewarm about the certification process for most of their occupations, riggers are a special case given the safety issues associated with their work. Eddy Raymond, a rigger from California representing the North American Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP), spoke to the TTSC about the certification project for riggers they have developed. Canadian riggers are seeking this certification, although it does not currently exist in French and this is a problem for some Quebec riggers.

The Entertainment Riggers Competency Chart and Profile and Training Gaps Analysis will also soon be up on CHRC's web site (along with Automation Technicians and General Stage Technicians) - readable for all - printable for members. A limited number of hard copies are available through the CHRC Secretariat (contact Megan Guy at

The TTSC is now turning its attention to organising a Roundtable with educators and the industry in Vancouver during the month of August - just before the national CITT annual meeting. The focus of discussion will be formalising on-the-job work opportunities for emerging theatre technicians in "technical" and "building" occupations. Using the model of practice at the National Theatre School, which places its best students in real work situations with host employers across the country, the TTSC and Roundtable delegates will seek to identify the modus operandi and criteria for such arrangements, and to formalise partnerships between educational institutions, theatres and other host employers.

This will be a step towards improving the ad hoc nature of so much of the current training for theatre technicians.

HR Management Tools

CHRC held a Roundtable with its Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PATAC) in late March to review its nine existing HR Management Tools that were created in 2004, and to validate the direction of the two new HR Management Tools: Contracting with Independent Contractors, and Using Competency Chart and Profiles. Members will know that the first nine HR Tools have been compiled in an HR Management Toolkit, which has been offered to new and renewing organisational members. The new tools will be added to the Toolkit for new and renewing members in January 2008, although they will be available well before that on CHRC's web site.

CHRC and PATAC also took the opportunity of meeting face to face to discuss ways of disseminating the HR Management Tools throughout their jurisdictions. They prepared individual dissemination plans for the Tools, which demonstrate the depth and richness of the partnership between CHRC and its PATAC colleagues, which reaches the grassroots of the cultural sector as well as the provincial and national associations.


One of CHRC's highlights over the past two months was a reception with our Quebec colleagues, held in the context of our quarterly Board meeting in Montreal, and organised in collaboration with le Conseil québécois des ressources humaines en culture (CQRHC). It wasn't just the delicious food, or the warm ambiance of the historic Auberge Saint-Gabriel that made the event so memorable. The buzz which will stick in people's minds was around the place mats created by CQRHC for the occasion, on which were listed the many projects our councils have collaborated on over the past three years (from creating competency charts and profiles, to developing industry training strategies, to writing curriculum tools), and the many individuals who have been involved. A presentation by President Michel Laurence and Executive Director Louise Boucher to the CHRC Board, following the reception, emphasized the ongoing collaboration of our two councils in the coming months.

Cultural Sector Representation

CHRC is about to launch an exciting project, which will test the parameters of the council and perhaps even our understanding of the cultural sector. In response to queries from HRSDC with regard to the presence of large employers from the cultural industries in the activities of the council, and the inclusion of the newspaper industry in the definition of the cultural sector, CHRC has established a Steering Committee of Large Cultural Employers to oversee two major studies: one of medium and large cultural employers in Film and Broadcasting, Music and Sound Recording, New Media, and Book and Magazine Publishing: and the other of the Newspaper Industry. Both studies will look at the economic impact of the target groups, develop a profile of the cultural workers in their industries, and describe the corporate structure of the industries.

A call for proposals was released at the beginning of May. Work is expected to begin in early June, and the Steering Committee is asking for the final drafts to be presented to them at the end of September.

These studies will inform CHRC on its role as representing all aspects of the cultural sector (including medium and large employers in the cultural industries) on its Board and through its committees and other project work.

Two New Courses: Critical Thinking for Cultural Managers and Research Skills for Documentary Filmmakers

CHRC was delighted to be chosen with two other sector councils (Biotechnology and EcoCanada) to develop online courses for two "essential skills" (critical thinking and document use) for two occupations in the cultural sector. Five young cultural managers, and five emerging documentary filmmakers worked with curriculum developers to created short interactive courses which help the user to consider their skills in these areas and how they might hone them.

The courses are now complete and available in English and French on CHRC's web site for all to access. We encourage you to scroll through the exercises and challenge your own critical thinking and document use skills, in case studies that are drawn from the cultural sector.

Film and Television Training Database

Just a reminder about the new Film and Television Training Data Base (TDB), which is up and running on CHRC's web site. It was launched in February and has enjoyed a busy first couple of months, which included adding 10 new training providers.

Check it out!

(We are pleased to add that we are about to undertake the development of a similar training database for the New Media industry...)

Careers in Culture Online

And a reminder about the new web versions of Careers in Culture - all eight books: Cultural Management as a Career, Now Hear This, The Mind's Eye, The Interactive Zone, The Spotlight's On, Words on the Move, The Art of Storytelling, and the new From Shortwave to Widescreen.

(These books come with the Teacher's Activity Kit as an additional curriculum tool.)

Notice of Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to announce that CHRC will be holding its 2007 Annual General Meeting in Gatineau, Quebec on June 15, 2007 at 11:00 am. More details to follow. We hope you will be able to attend.

As always - we invite you to contact us!

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