We are making every effort to ensure this page is up-to-date and comprehensive. If you know of a resource that would be beneficial for our arts community, please let us know by emailing us at info@artskingston.ca.

 

FUNDING 

 

FUNDING UPDATES

Kingston Arts Council – Updates about the City of Kingston Arts Fund
Please contact grants@artskingston.ca with any questions about your grant.

Ontario Arts Council  – Updates about deadlines and applications for OAC grants

Canada Council for the ArtsUpdates about deadlines and applications for Canada Council grants

Canadian Heritage Updates about deadlines and applications for Heritage grants

 

EMERGENCY FUNDING 

The AFC — Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros

CBC Creative Relief Fund  Development and production funding

CBC Digital Originals — Micro innovation grants

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers

Music Together — Short-term Performance Fund for Ontarian Musicians 

National Arts Centre — Canada Performs: Short Term Relief Fund for Online Performances

SOCAN — emergency program

Unison Fund — Unison COVID19 Relief Program for the Music Industry

Writers’ Trust of Canada — emergency relief fund for writers and visual artists

Woodcock Fund Grant — emergency funds for writers mid-project

 

LOCAL EMERGENCY FUNDS

Kingston’s Friends Feeding Friends — Groceries for Kingstonians in financial distress

United Way — Local Emergency Fund

YGK Restaurant Workers Relief Fund — Support for bar and restaurant staff

 

EMERGY RESPONSE BENEFIT

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) 

Announced March 25
Benefit of $2,000 per month for wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Also of note for arts organizations: workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, will also qualify for the CERB. This will help arts organizations keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.

April 15 Update
• There’s no limit on the amount of royalty payments for past works (i.e. those produced by artists before the crisis) that an artist may get while receiving the CERB;
• Someone receiving the CERB may get paid up to $1,000 a month from other sources of income, without penalty or losing their eligibility (and again, royalty payments aren’t included in that category and may be earned on top of the $1,000);
• Someone who wasn’t working when the crisis started, but lost contracts or work that would have otherwise started had it not been for the crisis, can qualify for the CERB. All they need to demonstrate is that before the crisis they would have been working (this is especially helpful to cultural workers who have less work during the winter and many would have only started working again in the spring, which isn’t the case this year);
• People who run out of EI can then switch to the CERB.

 


ARTS RESOURCES 

 

LOCAL ARTS SLACK CHANNELS 

Join the Kingston Arts Council workspace on Slack and participate to general and discipline-specific discussions with local artists and arts workers.

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR THE ARTS 

Canadian Network for Arts and Learning  — Resource List 

CBC Arts Artists and Freelancers Resource List

Ontario Nonprofit Network Resources for Non-profits

WorkInCulture List of resources for Non-profit cultural sector

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts — Resources for the Performing Arts

CAPACOA — Coronavirus Preparedness for the Live Performance Sector 

UNISON FUND Resources for the Music Community

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres Online conferences and support

Fractured Atlas — Fundraising in difficult times

Cuseum — Webinars for museums and galleries

National Guild for Community Arts Education — Resources and discussions for arts educators

I lost my gig website

Howlround Theatre Commons — Essays and resources for the performing arts

Canadian Music Trade — resources for the music industry

WORKING AND CREATING REMOTELY – RESOURCES AND TOOLS

Fractured Atlas – Article on how to transition to a virtual workplace

Eventbrite blog – Pivoting to Online Events

SpiderWebShow – Digital Resources Guides: DYI Livestreaming, Zoom, Slack, Trello

Howlround – How to Produce a Livestreamed Event

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) – Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming

OBS How-to Guide

How choirs can keep singing together during the lockdown

Voice Over Guide – Learn how to record yourself

GoogleMeet – Google’s version of Zoom

Discord – Alternative meeting platform

Twitch – Streaming platform

Telegram – communication platform

BandLab – social music creation platform

JamKazam – social rehearsing platform

Avid Pro Tools – Free recording software

OTHER INITIATIVES

LEAN Canada – Leadership Emergency Arts Network – Immediate, grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations

NABS financial assistance for media, marketing, and communications pros

Creative Relief Collective — online directory, connecting the creative industry with consumers

CANCELLED EVENTS 

Many arts events scheduled to take place in the upcoming months have been cancelled, and most arts venues will be closed for an indeterminate length of time. The KAC understands how stressful this situation can be for artists and organizers. The KAC will continue to work with artists, arts organizations and venues to provide support and information throughout this time.

You may encourage ticket holders to make a donation to your cancelled event instead of requesting a refund. If you are currently receiving CKAF funding or planning to apply to the CKAF program for the 2020 granting cycle, please read the KAC’s statement on funding. If your event is not scheduled to happen for a few months, we recommend that you follow health updates closely (resources below) and that you use the Mass Gathering Risk Assessment Tool for evaluating the viability of events happening in the coming months.

There is no way of knowing when “normal” activities will resume, however, and we will all have to be reactive and flexible. We encourage everyone to comply with public health advisories fully and completely. We wish to ensure that our grant recipients feel supported in making the best decisions they can for their audiences and for our community without fear of penalties. 

Principles for Ethical Cancellations – Article

I Lost my Gig Canada – Facebook Group

Dealing with Cancelled Gigs – Article

Managing Gig Cancelation – Article

Offering your closed venue should governments and healthcare organizations need spaces for testing, blood donations, etc.

PLANNING FOR THE  FUTURE

It is important for artists and event organizers to track the impact of the loss of paid opportunities and the postponement or cancellation of events. Any potential compensation to be released following the crisis period will require documentation of impact; consider spending the time now to track and document revenue loss.

The Kingston Arts Council is monitoring Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council closely for any updates regarding support around financial losses due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Impact Feedback – Survey 

Generator – How to track financial losses

Metric Categories for Arts and Culture

 

OTHER LOCAL RESOURCES 

YGkares — Kingston Peer Support Network

Kingston Region Small Business initiative — Not-for-profits can tap into the expertise, and skills of Smith School of Business students via a matching service at Applied Work Experience. Services include research, strategic planning, building a digital presence, web site development, sales and marketing, e-commerce, how to innovate and pivot, design thinking, writing government grant applications, and more.

 


INSPIRED / SUPPORTED / SUSTAINED

Beyond the studio — podcast for visual artists

The Parsnip Ship — podcast plays

The Social Distancing Festival  online global artist’s community

 


TAKE CARE

Crisis Service Canada – Toll-free number 1-833-456-4566  and resources

ARTICLES
Managing Information Overload – A guide

Why You Should Ignore All that Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure

Don’t Make Yourself a Project

Taking A Pause in Response to a COVID-19 World

Manage your Coronavirus Anxiety

Take Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

Protect your Mental Health during a Quarantine

MINDFULNESS

Headspace – Free Meditation

Sandy Walsh-Sousa’s meditation recordings

 


HEALTH UPDATES

 

The KAC recommends that you carefully consider all health information and rely only on information provided by public health authorities to make decisions that affect your employees, programs and services. Here are trusted sources of information:

City of Kingston 

Ontario Public Health Unit – KFL&A

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada

CBC Coronavirus Guide

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