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CHRC Newsletter
September 2008

Hitting the ground running

Though it is always challenging to move projects forward during the summer months between everyone's holidays, CHRC has been steadily laying the groundwork for an ambitious project agenda this fall. Here is an update of where we're at and what we're aiming to accomplish over the next couple of months.

Film and Television

Competency Charts and Profiles

As directed by the National Training Advisory Council (NTAC) for Film and Television, CHRC is undertaking the development of competency charts and profiles for two key occupations in the film and television industry: namely Showrunners and Location Managers. We have identified Expert Working Groups of accomplished practicing professionals in both occupations to work with us to this end. They will be meeting with our DACUM expert to develop the charts in September and October (with profiles to be developed in November).

Course Content Documents

Also under the direction of the NTAC, CHRC has pulled together two Working Groups (including industry professionals and educators) to oversee the development of course content documents for Production Accountants and Business Skills for Producers. As CHRC has done in other areas of skill gaps, it will engage knowledgeable consultants in each area to create the training material that will respond directly to industry's needs - the material will prepare emerging cultural workers and upgrade the skills of practicing cultural workers in areas of key importance to the industry. (An example of course work completed by CHRC for the film and television industry is for Convergence Media.) Work will get underway on both of these documents in September.

Health and Safety Working Group

Liz Shorten, a highly respected consultant with expertise in training in the film and television industry, has been engaged to develop a background document on establishing sharing practices and possibly standards for health and safety in the industry. CHRC's Working Group will meet on September 29 to discuss the document and its recommendations. We are hopeful that this initiative will open new avenues for cooperation in the industry to strengthen its safety standards.

Meeting of the NTAC and the RTOs

Preparations are underway for the scheduled second meeting of the NTAC for film and television on November 28 in Ottawa, and of the Regional Training Organizations (RTOs) the day before. The CEO of Britain's SkillSet has accepted our invitation to attend the meetings to share their progressive experience in the UK as they pour the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars into training for the audio visual industries.

New Media

New Media Content Creation Technology Road Map (NMCC TRM)

CHRC's Expert Working Group, which is guiding the development of the New Media Content Creation Technology Road Map has been working hard over the summer to build the WIKI for the TRM. The WIKI will act as the home for the project on an ongoing basis. At their final meeting in Ottawa on September 19, the EWG will identify and prioritize technology projects that will support the development of Canada's New Media industry, and highlight the related HR issues. They will also outline next steps for technology projects and propose a method to keep the TRM up-to-date on an ongoing basis.

The NMCC TRM will be officially released on September 25 in the context of National Digital Media Day.

Competency Charts and Profiles

CHRC has named an Expert Working Group of New Media Producers to undertake the development of a competency chart and profile for their profession. They will meet in October to begin the task. This will complement the chart and profile that CRHC has already completed for New Media Content Creators.

Setting up a New Media Business

Just a reminder of the excellent background document on Setting up a New Media Business which is available through CHRC's website - along with a teacher's guide. This resource is rich with tips and best case examples of how to get going in the largely uncharted waters of New Media businesses, and how to teach and train those heading in that direction.

Music and Sound Recording

Although progress has been slow on the Music Industry Training Database and the feasibility study on internships (recommended by the Music Industry National Training Advisory Committee in June) as we seek confirmation of funding to pursue these projects, we are moving ahead quickly on the course content document on Marketing Trends in Music in the New Economy. Consultant Shelley Stein Sacks has conferred with educators to ensure that the cutting edge content he is developing will complement what is currently being offered in educational institutions, and add important new information about marketing in this rapidly changing business. A Working Group of musicians and educators will meet in the early fall to review an early draft of the document. CHRC looks forward to making the full course document available in late October.

Magazine Publishing

CHRC hopes to launch a national compensation study of occupations in the Magazine Publishing industry in late September. We are currently seeking HRSDC funding approval for this project. The study will consider and compare compensation levels for over 30 occupations (both employees and freelancers) in small, medium and large magazine publishers across Canada. A Steering Committee has been set up with the help of Magazines Canada to carry the project forward when funding is confirmed.

Book Publishing

Don't forget the very useful "Book Marketing in an Online World" modules available through CHRC's website, which were prepared as background documents for courses in educational institutions and through professional associations, and even for individuals.

Update of the Compensation Survey for Arts Administrators

As we said in the last newsletter, CHRC, in collaboration with the Canada Council and DCH, is undertaking an update of its 2003 National Compensation Survey for Arts Administrators. We have established a small Steering Committee to oversee the project, and a larger Advisory Committee of leaders in the sector to assist in ensuring that the tone of the research tools is good and that those who receive the request to participate will be ready to respond. The research will take place in September and October, with a final report due in December.

CHRC comings and goings

CHRC wishes (former) Communications Manager Megan Guy a fond farewell and Godspeed as she leaves us for new horizons in England. She has served the Council faithfully and effectively over the past two years, overseeing many communications initiatives in a time of considerable activity, especially in terms of new product releases.

We are in the next breath pleased to announce that Geneviève Chassé, who has been responsible for the Youth Internship Programmes, will replace Megan as Communications Manager. Geneviève, who has her degree in communications, knows the Council well and is very familiar with our modus operandi, as well as our services, products, and projects. It should be a seamless transition from the point of view of our members and readers. For the time being, Geneviève will continue to work on the Youth Internship Programmes which are currently in full gear and running smoothly. We are waiting to see if the Career Focus Programme will be renewed in 2009.

CHRC is preparing for a Board Retreat in early October, to be held at Montebello, Quebec, to provide newly elected Board members with an opportunity to get to know the Council in more detail, as well as their fellow Board members. Among the heavy agenda items before them will be the project proposals that CHRC will be taking to HRSDC for funding in 2009/2010, its own infrastructure funding, and the terms of reference for a Study of HR issues in Cultural Enterprises. More about these items in the next e-newsletter.

Cuts to DCH programmes

Recent cuts to programmes in the Department of Canadian Heritage amounting to close to $44 million hit ones that CHRC has worked closely with in the past few years, notably Trade Routes (in the development of our Export Marketing competency chart and profile and workshops); and the four national training institutions for the film industry: the Canadian Film Centre, the National Screen Institute, INIS, and the CSTC.

The CFC, NSI, INIS and CSTC were identified in Fast Forward, a national training strategy for the film and television industry, as key players in this country's film training infrastructure. In the highly competitive global environment of the film industry they provide critical support for our film industry on a national basis. We share the deep concern of our colleagues across the country about the gap this is leaving in an already fragile training infrastructure for an industry with such an important labour market, financial and cultural impact.

Noteworthy from the Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board of Canada has recently released a report entitled "Valuing Culture: Measuring and Understanding Canada's Creative Economy", available on the Conference Board website. Prepared for the International Forum on the Creative Economy, this report highlights the substantial social, cultural, and economic contributions of Canada's culture sector and assesses its economic footprint.

Document Highlights

Valuing Culture: Measuring and Understanding Canada's Creative Economy examines the culture sector as a cornerstone of the creative economy.

Arts and culture industries play a vital role in attracting people, business, and investment, and in distinguishing Canada as a dynamic and exciting place to live and work.

The Conference Board estimates that the economic footprint of Canada's culture sector was $84.6 billion in 2007, or 7.4 per cent of Canada's total real GDP, including direct, indirect, and induced contributions. Culture sector employment exceeded 1.1 million jobs in 2007.

Technology is revolutionizing business models in the creative economy, altering the way culture is created and consumed. Consumers are becoming "prosumers" who actively create and customize content.

The "long tail" business model of many niche markets is altering how arts and culture industries sell their products and services.

The culture sector bridges geographical distances and creates greatly expanded social networks."

Keep in touch...

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions, concerns and comments. Staff are at 613-562-1535, at the following extensions and emails:

Susan Annis, Executive Director - Extension 22 -

Erma Barnett, Finance Officer - Extension 29 -

Geneviève Chassé, Manager, Communications and Marketing / Youth Internship Programme Coordinator - Extension 31 -

Lucie M. D'Aoust, Sr. Project Manager - Extension 21 -

Kim Larocque, Project Manager - Extension 24 -

Michael Lechasseur, Web Coordinator - Extension 26 -

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