CORONAVIRUS (COVID19) – After five weeks of containment


The past few weeks have no resemblance to what we used to know. Since the beginning of the crisis, ArtExpert moved swiftly to help arts organizations and their managers.


ADVICE #1 : Get access rapidly to emergency funding
LISTEN TO THE NEWS – Each day, new initiatives are announced by Departments and Arts Councils

ADVICE #2 : Enjoy Teleworking
BUT… PRESERVE GOOD TEAM SPIRIT ; respect containment and hygiene measures ; when teleworking, keep contact ; relax and stay cool ; be grateful to your employees everydayEsprit_d'équipe_ZEN_ArtExpert_COVID19

    1. Focus on the present because nobody knows how long your workplace will be closed and cultural activities suspended
    2. Be ready to cancel your activities, but wait for the governments’ decisions on containment to proceed to a cancellation of the next season
    3. If your monthly revenue decline by more than 30 %, consider asking for business support (75 % of salaries) to maintain the expertise in your organization
    4. Otherwise, consider asking your employees to take advantage of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
    5. Ask your ticket buyers if they would prefer to be reimbursed or to donate the value of their ticket to your organisation.

ADVICE #3 : Stay connected
TO A LARGE NETWORK PROVIDING SOLUTIONS – Use available tools as for virtual meeting applications, Podcast and Web conferences ; subscribe to alerts from your sector’s associations and support groups

ADVICE #4 : Performing Arts on the Web
A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY – Consider moving your activities on audio or video digital platforms

ADVICE #5 : Prepare yourself for the economic rebound
GET READY –  For after the containment and beyond.

USEFUL LINKS for Arts Managers 

CANADA – Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
INFO Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients
Canada COUNCIL – $60M in advance funding to help stabilize backbone of arts sector as it faces COVID-19 crisis
Canada COUNCIL – Important information related to COVID-19
BDC – New Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program to help ease access to credit for entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19
MONTREAL – COVID-19: Support measures for Montréal businesses
MONTREAL – Collaborative art-industry-knowledge initiatives in digital creativity
CAM – COVID-19: Acceleration of Grant Payment
CALQ – Emergency Assistance
QUÉBEC – Government Assistance Programs COVID-19
QUÉBEC – Temporary Aid for Workers Program
TORONTO – Economic Support & Recovery for Businesses
TORONTO Arts Council & Arts Foundation
Soutien à la communauté culturelle québécoise
Art Connexion – Comité culturel AECS HÉC Montréal
Mentorat culturel – Cultural Mentorship

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