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CHRC Newsletter
July 2007

Heading into Summer!

May and June were busy months for CHRC as we drew some major projects to conclusion and started up new ones. Our Communications Officer, Megan Guy, and Web Coordinator, Michael Lechasseur, have been especially busy with press releases and web launches of a series of helpful new tools for self-employed artists and employers alike.

For the self-employed artist…

Discipline Enhancements for The Art of Managing Your Career

The long awaited discipline specific "chapters" for The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) will soon be online. Writers, actors, visual artists, craftspeople, filmmakers, new media content creators, musicians and dancers now have in The Art of Managing Your Career, tailored tips/guidelines/information to help them tackle the challenges of making a living as a self-employed artist in their particular field. These have been conceived and written by practicing professionals who "know the ropes". They are wise, practical and sometimes humorous. Please stay tuned for the official launch during the next three weeks.

For the cultural employer…

The HR Management Tools Series Grows

CHRC was pleased to add two new HR management tools to the nine already on the web site: Contracting with Independent Contractors and Using the Competency Charts and Profiles. These documents are available for all to read, and for members to download from the members' site.

As many of you will already know, the HR Management Tools have been compiled into a handy HR Management Tools Manual, which is offered to all CHRC Organisation members. These new additions and others will be offered in hard copy to add to the Manual when members renew in 2008.

CHRC has also been developing training tools…

Convergence Media - a Course Syllabus

Filmmakers and New Media artists know the blending and blurring of their art forms as technology opens new multiplatform vistas for storytelling. Fast Forward, a national training strategy for film and television, recommended that specific training be addressed to the emerging art practice spurred on by this convergence media.

Working in collaboration with professionals in the New Media and Film communities, including New Media Manitoba, and with support from the Government of Manitoba, CHRC has developed the template for a course that will bring Filmmakers and New Media content creators together to develop projects for convergence media.
The Convergence Media Course Syllabus will soon be available to educators and trainers who want to open doors to this cutting edge content creation.

Rights Management in the Music Industry

Content for a course in Rights Management in the Music Industry will also soon be available from CHRC for educators and trainers who are introducing or bringing up-to-date students and practicing professionals about the intricacies and complexities of copyright law and the business of music. As mentioned in the previous e-newsletter, copyright experts Brian Chater and Stéphane Gilker have prepared these documents - An Overview of the Music Industry, Basic Principles Copyright in the Music Industry, Case Studies on DVD Rights, Ringtones, Synchronization Rights and the Internet. 

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.

More Competency Charts and Profiles online

Competency Charts and Profiles are proving their worth throughout the sector: as tools for employers to write job descriptions; for employees and the self-employed to determine training needs; and for educators and trainers to develop curricula CHRC will be adding 3 new charts and profiles: for Presenters in the Live Performing Arts, Riggers in the Theatre Industry, and Music Publishers.

Charts will be available for public view and download and the more detailed accompanying profiles, downloadable for members.

Moving forward on the Cultural Industry Strategies

CHRC is beginning new work on four training strategies for the cultural industries of: Film and Television, Music, Book Publishing, and New Media.

The strategies are at different stages of development and implementation but they are all part of the same process, which includes the following key features:

  • they are overseen by a Steering Committee of industry leaders including employers, unions and the self-employed, and educators
  • they are highly consultative, drawing on information gleaned from regional meetings across the country
  • they are validated by a national roundtable
  • they include recommendations that have responsible parties attached to them.

Film and Television
Following the publication last November of Fast Forward, the next big step for the Film and Television Training Strategy will be the establishment of a National Training Advisory Council (NTAC) as recommended in Fast Forward. Its purpose will be to "instill the film and television industry with a training culture and mobilize all its parts to re-tool its training and skills development system". The NTAC will meet for the first time in the fall and will begin to prioritize and address the more than fifty recommendations in the strategy. It will spur on the partners who have been identified in Fast Forward to take responsibility for the recommendations and help to keep the focus of industry partners on a strategic approach to training.

On a parallel track, CHRC will be implementing some of the recommendations for which is has responsibility. These include undertaking a training gaps analysis for below-the-line positions; and preparing competency charts and profiles for producers and directors. CHRC is also continuing its maintenance of the Film and Television Training Database.

Music Business Skills
In the coming months, through cross-country consultations, CHRC's Music Industry Steering Committee will oversee the development of a National Training Strategy for the Music Industry. Shelley Stein-Sacks has been engaged to pen the document, which will be validated at a Roundtable of representatives of the Music Industry and educators in February 2008. Like Fast Forward, this document will include recommendations and the designation of those responsible for implementing them.

Parallel to the strategy process, CHRC will oversee the development of competency charts and profiles and training gaps analyses for live production and sound recording - two functions integral to the business of music. These will complement similar occupational analyses, which have already been carried out for music publishing; marketing, development and distribution; and artist management
Book Publishing
CHRC's Book Publishing Steering Committee will organize a Roundtable of book publishers and educators in early 2008 to address the implementation of recommendations made at a Roundtable in 2006. They will also be overseeing the development of a curriculum for business skills for book publishers.
New Media
The New Media Steering Committee will be looking at strategic training planning in the coming months. They will also be overseeing the development of a course on "Setting up a New Media Business". This has been widely requested throughout the NM industry as the elusive NM business model defies traditional means and methods.

Cultural Sector Representation

As announced in the last e-newsletter, CHRC is undertaking a 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.

Nordicity Group Ltd. has been engaged to undertake this work. They have considerable experience with the cultural industries, including authoring a study for DCH on Small and Medium Cultural Enterprises

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.

CHRC's 12th Annual General Meeting

CHRC held its 12th Annual General Meeting in Gatineau Quebec on June 15, 2007. The Board of Director's for 2007/2008 was elected. The Annual Report includes the audited financial statements, and letters from the President and the Executive Director summing up the year's activities.

After the AGM, the CHRC Board met with the Board of the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) to discuss shared issues of concern. Our organizations have distinct mandates and modus operandi, but a common cause: to support and nurture artists and cultural workers and Canadian culture! The CCA and CHRC will continue to foster close collaboration.

And a reminder…

Film and Television Training Database

The Film and Television Training Database is up and running on CHRC's web site. Check it out at!

Careers in Culture Online

See 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 - and the Teacher's Activity Kit as an additional curriculum tool.

As always - we invite you to contact us!

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