Announcement, Industry Listing, Submission.

LEADERSHIP EMERGENCY ARTS NETWORK (LEAN) is an immediate, grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations (big and small) deal with what is coming at them during this crisis. Celia Smith, Jeanne LeSage and Michele Maheux launched this national initiative a few days ago and already have 55 advisers signed on: sector leaders including board members, current and former arts Executive Directors, consultants, etc. from across the country. 

If you need help at this time in strategic decision-making, crisis response, financial analysis, board direction, relationship mediation, HR management, systems change or inspirational leadership, LEAN ON US! Click here for more info and to sign up.

Announcement, Industry Listing.

Carleton University Professor Jennifer Robson has created a very useful plain language guide to help those trying to access government programs in the time of coronavirus. Robson’s posted a Google Document online with straightforward instructions on how to apply for things like Employment Insurance, Caregiver Benefits, rent subsidies and others. She answers questions like: “I’m self-employed. What benefits can I get?” and “I am at home because my kids cannot go to school or daycare. I need money to make ends meet.”

You can find Robson’s guide here in PDF form online.

Announcement, Industry Listing, Submission.

COVID - 19 has left a lot of artists out of work with little or no money. 

Government aid is coming but it's still unclear about who qualifies and who doesn't. 

And it isn't rolling out until April. 

Bad New Days wants to help ease stress by administering micro grants for artists to buy groceries. 

How It Works:
Artists of any discipline can request a one time, no questions asked, micro grant of $75 for groceries, food and other essentials. 

Grants will be first come, first served and we'll keep giving them out as long as the money lasts. 

To apply, simply send a message to badnewdaysperformance(at) In the message identify that you are an artist and...that's it! No further info is required. 

If you're in a position to donate anything, no matter how small, please do.
This is a very small action we can do as a community to immediately offer some aid to those who need it. 

If you can give, please do! 
If you're in need, please ask!

Be safe! 

In solidarity,
Adam and Victor from Bad New Days


Event, Industry Listing.

Tuesday March 31 @ 7pm ET

Streaming on URGNT Facebook and Maclean's

Tune in this Tuesday, the 31st at 7pm ET to catch THE HOLY GASP perform their latest release "Mmm Urkh But" in its' 18-minute entirety.

Streaming on URGNTFacebook and Maclean's

"Mmm Urkh But is a new work of musical literature by The Holy Gasp, written for bass clarinet and percussion. It is the story of a man and woman, who, having concluded that the difficulties in their relationship have been caused by an inability to communicate, embark upon a radical experiment in language, and commit to a life together in which three words alone are ever uttered. The domestic themes in this new work may very well resonate with those trapped at home in the name of social distancing. It may serve as a cautionary tale for those growing impatient and hostile towards their loved ones. Enjoy."

You can support the #urgntlive series by supporting our GoFundMe campaign at or by purchasing a tshirt from

Thank you for your continued support.

the URGNT team

Announcement, Industry Listing.

Small businesses, non-profits and charities: we've built something for you.
We're crowdsourcing a list of tech, digital marketing, communications and website professionals who are willing to volunteer their time to help you with digital projects during the pandemic.

See the List

Want to add your name to the list of people who are donating their skills and time? Click here to fill out the volunteer signup form.

Announcement, Industry Listing.

Our thoughts go out to the many artists and arts organizations, and to their loved ones around the world, whose health and livelihood are being directly affected by the global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

We know these are difficult times. The effects of the pandemic continue to raise many important questions across our borders and boundaries. Although we can’t predict the extent of its impact on Canada’s national arts community, we are sensitive to the many challenges ahead for artists, organizations and their stakeholders.

Answers to your questions:

We have put together a COVID-19 Info update page with FAQs and guidance to keep you informed about the latest regarding:

  • Financial impacts like emergency funding, financial losses and grant payments.
  • Federal government support measures to support artists abroad and enhanced access to employment insurance.
  • Suspension of funding for public events and travel-related activities and for grant recipients.
  • Grant details involving applications, assessments, cancellations and reimbursements.

If you cannot access an online version of this information and require a PDF, please email:

Our website is being updated regularly.  We are using our social media channels to announce the updates. Please help us support the community, by sharing this information with your own networks.

Quick facts:

  • Some Deadlines and notification of results have been extended.
  • We are suspending our funding for projects that are dependent on domestic and international travel during a four-month period from March 16 to July 31, 2020.
  • We aim to reply to all questions within two business days; our ability to do so may be affected by the volume of queries received by staff and by our availability to respond. Thank you for your continued patience.

What’s next:

  • We are working closely with our colleagues at Canadian Heritage to develop proposals for short-term measures, which will help the sector get through this crisis. 
  • As we identify and confirm new information or resources, we will update our site.
  • Check our website and other channels regularly for updates.  If you don’t have online access, let us know so we can send you the latest update.

When you can expect to hear from us again:

  • We will only send out another message like this one if we have a major announcement to share. In the interim, we encourage you to follow us on social media and to keep an eye on our COVID-19 Info update page. 
  • Please review our FAQs; if you have questions we haven’t addressed, email us at:

A message to you from our CEO and Director, Simon Brault:

  • The latest message from CEO and Director Simon Brault is available on our web site.

While these are difficult and unsettling times, we remain committed to doing all we can to support the arts community and to preserving its invaluable role within Canadian society.

As you navigate the challenges ahead, we are with you in working to keep bringing the arts to life.

Industry Listing, Submission.

We are still accepting applications!

MEET MARJORIE gives artists the opportunity to showcase themselves or present an idea to Artistic Director, Marjorie Chan. Artists selected from the application process will be given ten minutes to showcase themselves or present an idea. Talk about your idea, sing a piece from your show, or just introduce yourself!  We’re on the lookout for exciting new artists to work with and remarkable artistic projects to facilitate, collaborate on, and be inspired by. Be sure to think outside the box—we are most interested in seeing artists who have something to say beyond “please produce my show”.

We are now accepting submissions for our next MEET MARJORIE session on April 15 & April 16, 2020. The meetings will take place in the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace; there is no piano in the space, and no technical elements will be available. Be prepared to bring everything you need. Set-up time should be included in your timeslot. If you are not available to be in person at these meetings, we may consider meeting you via video.

Theatre Passe Muraille is a wheelchair accessible venue. Please note any accessibility needs in the submission form.

All submissions are due on April 1, 2020. We thank everyone for their submissions, but only successful applicants will be notified.
To apply click on the link below. 


Announcement, Industry Listing.

These free sessions for the arts and culture sector will address topics related to supporting through and recovering from the effects of COVID-19.

Recent weeks have been particularly difficult for members of the arts and culture sector, and GVPTA has been working to explore ways that we can help the community to navigate through and beyond the current situation. 

GVPTA is pleased to invite arts workers and artists from all disciplines and all across the country to tune into a new webinar series we're calling Working Through This. These free sessions for the arts and culture sector will address topics related to supporting through and recovering from the effects of COVID-19.

We've announced the first two sessions in the series below. Click the links in the descriptions below to register for these Zoom sessions. 

Stay tuned for announcements of further Working Through This webinars shortly. 

Working Through This: Legal Clinic for the Arts with Martha Rans

Thursday, April 2, 11:00am–12:00pm 

Artists and cultural workers are currently facing many uncertainties as a result of COVID-19. Many are navigating legal issues surrounding human resources, landlord/tenant negotiations, commercial tenancy, artist contracts, force majeure clauses, and more.

Lawyer Martha Rans, Legal Director of the Artists' Legal Outreach in Vancouver will address current pressing legal issues of importance to the arts and cultural sector, covering discussion points driven by the questions that you provide in the online registration form.

This webinar is presented in partnership with the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society.

Register for Legal Clinic for the Arts

Working Through This with Jacky A. Yenga

Friday, April 3, 1:00pm–2:00pm 

We invite artists and arts workers of all disciplines to attend this presentation about building resilience and cultivating community connections even during times of physical isolation.

Jacky A. Yenga - aka Jacky Essombe - is the founder of the Spirit of the Village. She is a performer, TEDx speaker and best-selling author, and teaches how to use the power of community to grow and develop a sacred bond with Rhythm while experiencing authentic joy, fulfillment and belonging. She brings the healing message of her African ancestors through wisdom teachings, songs, stories, music, and dances from her village in Cameroon and beyond.

Register for Working Through This with Jacky Yenga

Announcement, Industry Listing.

This morning the government announced that more help will be coming very soon.

While there are no details as of yet, we will be continuing to monitor and assure that if you qualify we are making you aware and where applicable will be applying these relief measures.

This is what we know:

  • Qualifying small and medium business will receive a 75% Wage Subsidy
  • Backdated (retroactive) to Sunday March 15
  • We do not know if there will be maximums but we expect to have further details by Monday


  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will still be in effect for those that are self employed and not earning
  • Canada Emergency Business Account - $40K loans to qualifying business, interest free for the first year and under some conditions first $10K is forgivable
  • $12.5 billion in additional support cash flow requirements - allowing guaranteed loans to help with cash flow for qualifying business
  • GST/HST and Duties/taxes owed are deferred to June (essentially as an interest-free loan)
  • The goals of these measures are to help rehire and keep employees hired that have not yet had to lay off their staff