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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
January 2016

In this issue!


Looking Back and Looking Forward

CHRC brings a unique perspective and understanding of arts and culture in Canada, as the only national organization that serves the entire cultural sector. With the recent change in government, we are hopeful that national voices such as CHRC's will again be valued as key participants in nationwide conversations.

Memberships and product sales continue to be important financial building blocks for us.

Project funding is another key revenue source, and 2016 augurs well as we are finding support for our work from the sector, private foundations, and government partners.

In the coming year CHRC will continue to be a leader on arts and culture HR issues. As we gather project funding to develop tools in key HR areas such as mentorship, and professional development resources for the sector, we will be building on our strengths:

  • managing youth internship programs;
  • disseminating the new The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) workshops for Aboriginal artists and the new third edition of the TAMYC Discipline Enhancements;
  • developing export marketing resources for artists and cultural industries;
  • developing HR management resources for cultural administrators and organizations;
  • exploring resources for cultural entrepreneurs and businesses;
  • providing critical sector input as a member of the Canadian Consortium for Cultural Statistics;
  • maintaining networks among the sector and with education and industry partners; and
  • growing our national bilingual cultural sector job board,

The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) Discipline Enhancements

Following fast on the heels of the release of the TAMYC Aboriginal Workshop we open the New Year with the release of the third edition of the 8 TAMYC Discipline Enhancements which now contain Aboriginal specific information, examples and websites:

Working in Crafts…
Working in Dance…
Working in Digital Media…
Working in Film…
Working in Music…
Working in Theatre…
Working in Visual Arts…
Working in Writing…

We're encouraged by the number of early orders we've received of these updated resources, especially by college and university classes.

First published in 2007 as discipline-specific additions to the TAMYC guide, these 8 booklets are highly valued complements to the TAMYC business skills. The practical, thoughtful, realistic and frank counsel in the Discipline Enhancements is indispensable when considering a career as a self-employed artist.

The Discipline Enhancements can be purchased individually on CHRC's website for $9.99 each.

Membership Renewals

It's that time of the year again. We value our strong and loyal membership base - you are the heart of CHRC. Renewal invoices will be crossing your desks/screens soon. We are counting on your continuing support!

You can renew online at

Building Careers in Heritage

Don't forget the February 1 deadline for applications from cultural sector Employers for the 2016-2017 Young Canada Works youth internships in Arts Administration and Arts Practice.

A grateful YCW employer - from TIFF

TIFF"As an employer for the CHRC's Youth Internship Program, TIFF is pleased to provide recent graduates with meaningful opportunities to grow professionally in the cultural sector. With support from the program, our internships have focused on equipping interns with practical experience in the areas of fundraising and arts administration, while allowing current staff to develop their leadership and management skills as a mentor. The interns we hire consistently bring skills, enthusiasm, and fresh perspectives to their projects, and staff mentors regularly cite the experience as having a positive impact on their own professional development. In 2014, we were delighted to hire one of our YIP interns as a full-time employee. TIFF is grateful to the CHRC for their vital support of emerging cultural sector workers in Canada through the Youth Internship Program."

The Trade Commissioner service is alive again…

See "CanadExport - the official magazine of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service".

This may be of interest to our members with an international reach. For example:

New CanExport program helps exporters expand their horizons: Small businesses in Canada can boost their prospects abroad through the new CanExport program, which helps them seek and develop new export opportunities. Find out how this program could help your company by sharing the risk of testing new markets-and leaving your comfort zone behind.

And Podcast: Funding to help kickstart your international expansion: Could your company use some financial assistance to travel to target markets, attend a trade fair or conference, or conduct market research? Listen to the latest CanadExport audio podcast to learn about a new funding program designed to kickstart your international expansion.

And on a related note, FYI : Canadian Heritage is funding a Culture Trade data feasibility study for the Culture Satellite Account (CSA) this fiscal year, on behalf of our CSS partners (including CHRC). So we'll be getting a better handle on the economic impact of trade in culture goods and services.

Looking for a job? Looking for talent?

Current Job Postings

Title Organisation City, Province
President Esther Honens International Piano Competition Foundation Calgary, Alberta
Director of Administration Saskatchewan Arts Board Regina, Saskatchewan
Responsable des programmes (arts francophones) Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Program Officer (Francophone Arts) Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Assistant Professor in Directing, Department of Drama School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary Calgary, Alberta
Collections Technology Specialist Axiell ALM Toronto, Ontario
Marketing and Development Manager Yukon Arts Centre Whitehorse, Yukon

CHRC members receive a 25% discount on job postings!

Don't forget... CHRC's team at your service!

Featured Organisation Plus Member

Edmonton Arts Council

The Edmonton Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton.

Susan Annis, Executive Director
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Erma Barnett, Finance Officer

Lucie M. D'Aoust, Sr. Project Manager
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Michael Lechasseur, Webmaster

A list of 2015-2016 Board members can be found on CHRC's web site.


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