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CHRC Newsletter
September 2013

In this issue!

TAMYC E-learning courses are now online!

Our big news this fall is that The Art of Managing Your Career – CHRC's essential guide for business skills for self-employed artists and cultural workers – is now available in 5 clear, compelling E-learning courses!

We've promised these courses for a long time. Producing them has had its challenges, but we are very happy with the results, and we know you will be too.

The 5 courses mirror the popular 5 TAMYC chapters. Like the guide, they contain what you need to know to make your artistic career a financial success.

For the E-learning courses see our web site at

For the full package of offerings associated with TAMYC go to

For our francophone members and colleagues, you will note that, for the first time, CHRC has not produced its material in the two official languages, which is our standard practice. This is because steps have been taken in Quebec, through the Conseil québecois des ressources humaines en culture (CQRHC) with support from the government of Quebec, to produce a series of online training modules in French, also based on TAMYC (L'Art de gérer sa carrière). These are available to francophones across the country. For further information on the French courses, please see

TAMYC Discipline Enhancements under review

In 2007, CHRC engaged professional artists in the areas of dance, theatre, music, digital media content creation, writing, visual arts, acting and craft, to write specific chapters on "the art of managing their careers" in their own disciplines. These "discipline enhancements" have been very helpful additions to the TAMYC guide.

However, 5 years later we realize that they need updating. The digital revolution and social media have transformed so much in the creative chain – from creation to production to marketing and distribution.

With support from the Canada Council, CHRC has engaged professional artists to review and revise the 8 discipline enhancements. Over the next couple of months the updated enhancements will appear on the website among the rich TAMYC offerings that now include the 5 E-learning courses (mentioned above).

CHRC's Annual General Meeting 2013

CHRC's 18th AGM was held in Toronto at the time of the meeting of the national Board. This being a year of transition, it was low key – in contrast to last year's AGM which was held next to the well-attended national HR Forum.

Three Board members whose first and second terms were up in 2013 (Board members can serve a maximum of 3 3-year terms) volunteered to extend their terms for an extra year to provide the stability and direction that the Council needs as it refocuses its energies and revenue streams. There were therefore no elections. The Board continues. CHRC is extremely fortunate to have such leadership and dedication to steer it forward.

There was one departure however. Cynthia Lickers Sage who has brought an aboriginal perspective to the Board, as well as great experience and wonderful people skills to all our discussions, will not be returning in 2013/2014.

Richard Hornsby, as president, expressed CHRC's deep thanks to Cynthia and wished her well in her ventures.

HR Activity in Fall 2013 – PATAC reports

One of the first meetings on our collective return from summer holidays was with CHRC's Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PATAC) . The reports of the partners from across the country were encouraging. However, concern was expressed by some about the upcoming renewal of the federal/provincial Labour Market Agreements (LMAs) which govern the transfer of training funds form the federal government to the provinces. The current LMA funds have supported important training and HR initiatives in several provinces. The federal government has announced that the renewal negotiations will factor in the new Canada Job Grants program which involves a 3-way split in funding: 1/3 federal, 1/3 provincial, and 1/3 private industry.

Here are a few of the highlights from the reports:

British Columbia

  • There is new momentum on BC's Labour Market Partnership Project. Arts and Culture has been recognized as "a subsector deserving of some particular attention within the project". The Alliance for Arts and Culture will be included in the advisory committee meetings which are about to get underway.


  • Creative Saskatchewan is a new provincial agency with a $5M investment fund. The Board is in place and a search is now on for the Executive Director. Staff and program delivery to follow. The development of either or both of business capacity and skill development in the creative industry is anticipated by the regulations.

  • The Emerging Youth Leaders Project is underway. This year-long pilot is for young/emerging cultural leaders to share experiences and skills that will strengthen their ability to introduce and sustain grassroots driven initiatives in the communities where they live. Through a series of retreats participants will have an opportunity for skill development, personal creative growth, information sharing and necessary time to reflect for new ideas to emerge. Young leaders will be matched with mentors for the duration of the project.


  • ACI Manitoba's annual training based on The Art of Managing Your Career continues to be a success. With the new fall cohort, over 200 participants will have gone through the course since ACI started offering the program. Among the graduates are 8 deaf artists (with the province covering the cost of interpreters).

  • ACI is extending the AMYC programme to include rural artists in a program called Ripple Effect. They have adapted the AMYC curriculum to address the specific needs of artisans / crafters who work from their homes in a rural setting. This program seems to be groundbreaking as it is a potential municipal economic development strategy that may encourage funding from municipalities to provide this program in other regions.

  • Another valuable training programme which draws on CHRC's materials is the HR training en français using the Trousse à outils pour la gestion des ressources humaines. A franco-Manitoban HR specialist will deliver the program to several French arts groups.


  • WorkInCulture is ramping up its impressive online training offerings. They have two online crash courses (Marketing, People Management); one about to be launched (Practical Business Planning); two more almost through development (Financial Management and Project Management); and two more in the wings (Export Readiness and Maximizing Revenue from Your Facility). As well, WorkInCulture recently piloted the delivery of a face-to-face workshop on Marketing that blended the workshop with the online course.

  • Also in the training area, WorkInCulture will be partnering with the Scarborough Arts Council to deliver their signature The Business of Art course, a six week course that covers business planning for the creative community; and their mentoring program partnering with ArtsBuild, where the focus is senior and middle managers who identify a business skill that they would like to work on with a mentor.


  • While the Conseil québecois des ressources humaines en culture (CQRHC) is busy on many fronts, one of the most interesting undertakings is its collaboration with New Brunswick as that province sets up its own sector council. The Acadie / Québec collaboration began in June 2011 and CQRHC's role in this is a transfer of expertise in the development of an HR strategy in culture. L'Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB) has financial support from the NB Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour to develop this strategy which will be inclusive of francophone, anglophone and first nations communities. This exchange of expertise is approaching mid-term; a third meeting will take place in late November and a fourth meeting in late February, before the report is submitted to the Government of New Brunswick.

  • CQRHC members will meet at its forum to be held on June 16 and 17, 2014, on the occasion of its 15th anniversary. The 2014-2017 three-year strategic plan will be developed during this forum. This corresponds to the renewal of funding of sectoral committees for the period 2014 to 2017.

Nova Scotia

  • Nova Scotia is in the throes of an election campaign so much is up for grabs. However, the cultural sector and support for it are bubbling, as seen in $425,000 of new funding from Support4Culture; and approximately $1.5 million from the provincial Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage for other programs for community arts and related developments, heritage and libraries and other projects. As well, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council is overseeing the development of a culture sector strategy.


  • Culture PEI was sad to say good bye to Executive Director Henk van Leeuwen, however the organization finds itself in good hands with their new ED, Mark Sandiford. Mark has worked in the cultural sector in PEI for many years – mostly in film and digital media – and has served on several CHRC committees. We've always appreciated his wisdom, good judgment and breadth of experience. At this, his first PATAC meeting, Mark comments: "Thanks for sharing all of that really useful information. I am going to steal at least three of your ideas right away." That's the idea Mark!

  • The biggest PEI 2014 - funded project is marketing training for all of the projects that received grants under the $5 million fund.

  • Another initiative is a pilot to create an Arts Commons that initially will allow artists to share access to a business person to help them get their own practices on a solid financial footing. Eventually, this Arts Commons will allow artists to access other shared resources in a virtual/distributed fashion across the Island – an interesting project for all PATAC partners to track.


  • The Yukon Government recently completed a Visual Arts & Craft Strategy. There was a Cultural Labour Task Force Study done in 2000 which showed cultural industries were contributing more to Yukon's economy than mining at the time. The recently completed Craft Strategy recommends an economic impact study to be done on the visual arts and craft sectors, however the Yukon Arts Centre will urge Yukon Government to implement a study of the whole Cultural sector.

  • We are currently in discussions with different sectors and are hoping to offer The Art of Managing Your Career as a series of workshops for all cultural workers. We are hoping we can deliver remotely to rural communities as well.

The Supreme Court wades in

CARFAC-RAAV and the National Gallery of Canada continue to be at odds on the matter of minimal fees for exhibition of artists' work. Their disagreement has wound its way through through the legal system – from CAPPRT to the Federal Court of Appeal and now to the Supreme Court.

In essence this is the issue: The National Gallery believes that the Copyright Act, which protects the rights of individual artists, trumps the Status of the Arts Act, which allows artists to organize collectively. The NGC believes that because CARFAC and RAAV do not have copyright assignments from all individual Canadian artists, they do not have the right to negotiate minimum fees for their work. They argue that artists have a right to accept less than the minimum fee that CARFAC/RAAV are attempting to negotiate for them. CARFAC-RAAV on the other hand are fighting for the right to negotiate mandatory minimum artist fees, in accordance with certification under the Status of the Artist Act. They argue that under SAA, they are able to negotiate minimum working conditions for artists, which includes minimum fees for copyright. Artists may negotiate higher fees, on an individual basis, if they wish to do so. [From a CARFAC briefing note].

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