CAFTA’s new peer mentoring program is now accepting applications

The CAFTA peer mentoring program is open to all independent arts consultants working in the performing arts sector in Canada, whether or not they are members of CAFTA. Over a four-month period, the program will pair (in English and French) experienced mentors with mentees working in the performing arts sector, with the goal of providing targeted training and knowledge transfer, and helping each other “better rebuild”. CAFTA will accept up to 48 applications, either individually or in peer mentor/mentee, for a total of 24 mentoring projects. Mentors and mentees will each receive $1,000 in compensation (plus taxes, if applicable).

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Analysis of the economic contribution of culture, pandemic impact and supports

A recent study produced by Compétence Culture and conducted by AppEco shows that 19,000 people left the cultural sector’s workforce from 2019 to 2021. This massive departure exacerbates the challenges of labour shortage, generating a significant loss of expertise and skills. In addition, several other indicators in this study show an increase in precariousness. To consult the study,  click here!


Culture en action fall Grand Atelier workshop

The objective of this second Grand Atelier is to create spaces for work, conversation and celebration in order to prioritise the actions included in the 2022-2027 Action Plan for the cultural sector workforce. The actions that will be discussed are the result of a series of consultations that were organized in the spring in addition to the spring Great Workshop in which nearly 300 people participated. At the end of this first event, dozens of changes were collectively proposed and resulted in more than a hundred potential actions in several spheres: working conditions, inclusion of a diverse and diverse workforce, training and skills development, and protections for workers.

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Funding for international co-productions

CALQ wants to encourage collaborations that contribute to the promotion of original Quebec productions outside Quebec and foster new international broadcasting opportunities for organizations. To do so, the Council provides matching grants, up to a maximum of $50,000, in addition to funding international co-producers.

Who is this for?

The measure is aimed at organizations from all disciplines supported by the Council and can accommodate applications for projects of various types leading to a public presentation or publication of an original Québec production. For example:

  • a show;
  • an exhibition;
  • a performance;
  • a facility;
  • a public work of art;
  • or a monograph.

Resgistration can be done at any time.

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Eco-Responsibility as a new direction for arts organizations mission support

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec announces that eco-responsibility will be part of the next Mission Support program registration, scheduled for February 1, 2024. Indeed, the Council aims to make its next funding cycle (2024-2028) an opportunity for supported organizations to take concrete action on eco-responsibility. Thus, organizations wishing to submit to the mission in 2024 will commit to:

Eco-responsibility will be a new direction for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’s Mission Support program. (Photo montage: CALQ) (CNW Group/Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec)

Sign up for the Creative Green platform and produce, with the collaboration and support of the Conseil québécois des événements écoesponsables (CQEER), the details of the data relating to their carbon footprint;
adopt a sustainable development action plan with an eco-responsible component.

In addition, an eco-responsibility evaluation criterion will be incorporated into the next Mission Support cycle. Details regarding this criterion will be released in the coming months.

For more details it is here.


Seventeen projects with sustainable practices supported on the Island of Montreal

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), in collaboration with Culture Montréal, have announced support of $335,000 to 17 organizations under the Production component. Dissemination, promotion and consolidation of the Territorial Partnership Program for the Island of Montreal community. This component aims to support projects that are environmentally responsible and involve partnership initiatives.

The organizations receiving support for their projects are: Théâtre Aux Écuries (théâtre), Casteliers (théâtre), Conteurs à gages (littérature et conte), Festival littéraire international de Montréal Metropolis bleu (littérature et conte) and Fondation AfroMonde (multidisciplinary), Groupe Molior (digital arts), Le Monastère (circus arts), Les Compagnons Baroques (theatre), Les précieuses fissures (theatre), L’imprimerie, centre d’artistes (visual arts), LIVART (visual arts), Marguerite à bicyclette (circus arts), Mouvement Climat Montréal (circus arts), Nuits d’Afrique (music), PME-ART (multidisciplinary arts), Porte Parole (theatre) and Théâtre du Portage (theatre).


Significant Changes to the Private Sector Privacy Act (Private Sector Act)

The Government of Quebec recently made amendments to the Act respecting the private sector. The Modernizing Privacy Legislation Act makes significant changes to the Private Sector Privacy Act (The Private Sector Act). They must be implemented as early as September 2022! The purpose of this tool is to familiarize you with some of your new responsibilities and obligations (pages 1 and 2), which will be phased in in September 2022, 2023 and 2024.


Conseil des arts de Montréal 2022-2025 Strategic Plan

After consulting and listening to the actors and actors of its community, the CAM unveils its 2022-2025 strategic plan in collaboration with Deloitte.


CALQ new feedback system

CALQ has set up a system that will allow artists to receive information on the evaluation of their grant applications. The objective is simple: to highlight potential improvements to the applications assessed and to provide advice.