September 16, 2020 Information About COVID-19 Calgary Arts Development has received a number of inquiries about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and lockdown from our colleagues in the arts sector. As a central hub of information about the arts, we are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide more information as it comes available. Each tab below is updated regularly as new information is released and is dated as to when changes were made. As this is an evolving situation, we will keep you informed of anything that is pertinent to the Calgary arts sector. This page will be updated as more information comes available. Calgary Arts Development Updates Office HoursOur offices are closed to the public effective March 16, 2020. The entire Calgary Arts Development staff is working remotely to ensure the continuation of ongoing business operations and grant investment programs. Should you need to contact a staff member, the best way to reach us is through email. Visit our staff directory for contact information. Read an important message from Patti Pon for more information. Grant Investment ProgramsUpdated March 26, 2020 – Calgary Arts Development is continuing to monitor and assess the impact that COVID-19 is having on our arts sector. In these ever-changing and extraordinary circumstances the community investment team is in the process of evaluating how our grant investment programs need to shift to support the community in relevant and responsive ways. Read our update on Calgary Arts Development investment programs for more information. Survey & Record KeepingUpdated March 25, 2020 – Event Postponements or cancellations due to COVID-19 advisories and restrictions will not have an impact on existing grants or future applications to our programs. Of high importance, we need to get a better understanding of the possible impact on our sector. This information will help us communicate to City Council and other orders of government what the magnitude of impact could be. Calgary Arts Development has sent a survey to all arts organizations who have received a grant from us. We are currently compiling the data and will allow us to begin to understand the impact COVID-19 disruptions will have on our sector. If you didn’t get a chance to fill it out, you can still complete the survey at calgaryartsdevelopment.hostedincanadasurveys.ca. If you are an individual artist, please keep accurate records of your losses for the next three months due to cancellations or deferrals taken to control the spread of COVID-19. Start collecting all your information including contracts, invoices, cancellation documents, correspondence, and a list of lost income. Calgary Arts Development is working on how best to gather this information in collaboration with other artist-serving organizations. Practice good record keeping and quantify it honestly and realistically. A handy template for tracking losses and expenses can be found at facebook.com—this template is courtesy of Tau S. Bui with English translation and provincial update by Pam Tzeng. NEW Emergency Resiliency FundsUpdated September 15, 2020 – Applications are now open for the second intake of the Resiliency Fund. Be sure to submit your application via the online grant interface before 4:30pm MDT on October 19, 2020. This fund will provide up to $50,000 to support initiatives which contribute to the resiliency of the arts sector through adapted approaches to their business and artistic practices. This could include partnerships or mergers, or new platforms for content delivery or community engagement all with the hopes of ensuring long term sustainability. This fund will invest in those organizations that are pivoting to reflect the new realities facing the sector. The Resiliency Fund is intended to invest in strategies supported by strong operational capacity and governance. Be sure to review the guidelines. This program will be administered through two intakes, with a pool of $575,000 each. If the funds from the first intake are not fully expended, they will be rolled over into the second round. If you have any questions about this program, contact Kaley Beisiegel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated August 10, 2020 – Applications are now open for the first intake of the Resiliency Fund. Be sure to submit your application via the online grant interface before 4:30pm MDT on September 14, 2020. This fund will provide up to $50,000 to support initiatives which contribute to the resiliency of the arts sector through adapted approaches to their business and artistic practices. This could include partnerships or mergers, or new platforms for content delivery or community engagement all with the hopes of ensuring long term sustainability. This fund will invest in those organizations that are pivoting to reflect the new realities facing the sector. The Resiliency Fund is intended to invest in strategies supported by strong operational capacity and governance. Be sure to review the guidelines. This program will be administered through two intakes, with a pool of $575,000 each. If the funds from the first intake are not fully expended, they will be rolled over into the second round. If you have any questions about this program, contact Kaley Beisiegel at email@example.com. Updated July 16, 2020 – This is a reminder that the letter of intent and opt-in deadline for the Recovery Fund is July 27, 2020, 4:30pm MDT. This fund provides organizations with up to $50,000 to develop and implement strategic recovery and resiliency plans that will help ensure your long-term sustainability. Organizations not currently receiving operational funds from Calgary Arts Development must complete a letter of intent in the online grant interface by July 27 in order to receive access to the full application. Current Operating Grant clients who wish to apply must email Alisha Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org by the same deadline. Be sure to review the guidelines. Applications for the Recovery Fund must be completed and submitted by August 10, 2020, 4:30pm MDT. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. Updated June 25, 2020 – Calgary Arts Development has been granted $2,000,000 by The City of Calgary in one-time Emergency Resiliency Funds. The purpose of these funds is to enable non-profits, including The City’s civic and community partners, to continue to serve Calgarians during the response phase of the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring adequate services are available, and to pursue partner capacity to support Calgary’s social, economic, and cultural recovery. These funds will be invested through two programs: the Recovery Fund and the Resiliency Fund. The Recovery Fund is intended to support the development and implementation of strategic recovery and resiliency plans, focusing on administrative, operational, technology, and human resource expenses. The Resiliency Fund is intended to support initiatives which focus on adaptive and collaborative approaches to business and artistic practice. Non-profit arts organizations may apply to both programs, which will run through the summer and fall. Please refer to the program guidelines for more information, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.COVID-19 Short-Term Relief FundingUpdated May 7, 2020 – Applications for this program were closed as of the first assessment cut off date—12:00pm MDT, Wednesday, April 8—due to overwhelming demand greater than the funds available. All eligible applications received by the stated cut off for the first assessment cycle were assessed according to the published criteria and process. 133 artists were funded to a total of $170,547.17. Elephant Artist Relief also received a grant of $30,000 to distribute through their individual artist relief funds. As the entire available pool has been distributed, we will be unable to reopen the application process for this program. We acknowledge that the impact on our community due to COVID-19 is high and while we cannot support all eligible applicants, we will continue to advocate to ensure artists are supported in other ways with other levels of government funding. Updated April 8, 2020 – Applications for the Short-Term Artist Relief Fund have been closed as of the first assessment cut off date—12:00pm MDT, Wednesday, April 8—due to overwhelming demand greater than the funds available. All eligible applications received by the stated cut off for the first assessment cycle will be assessed according to the published criteria and process. If funds remain after the results of that assessment, the program will be reopened to assess applications received after the cut off date and new applications. We acknowledge that the impact on our community due to COVID-19 is high, and that we cannot support all eligible circumstances. Please scroll down for information about alternate resources. Updated March 27, 2020 – As announced at Calgary Arts Development’s March 25, 2020 town hall, $1.15 million has been allocated toward providing immediate relief to some of the arts organizations as well as arts and cultural workers in the most urgent need due to COVID-19 impacts. The short-term relief funding of $1.15 million has been hived off of our future 2020 grant program funding envelopes that had not yet been activated in order to rapidly respond to emerging and urgent needs. These dollars will be directed in two ways: Arts Organizations Artists & Cultural Workers Please visit the COVID-19 Short-Term Relief Funding page for more details. You can also read our COVID-19 Response FAQs here. The New Experience Economy The Future of the Live Experience EconomyUpdated August 24, 2020 – Stone Olafson has released the results of their second wave of research into the attitudes and behaviours of arts, culture, entertainment, and sports audiences in Alberta. It seems that, with a few exceptions, people remain very cautious about large gatherings, and that these new survey results suggest that it will be a long and slow recovery before we return to business as usual. This is a community resource and results from the two waves of research are available. Download the second wave reports: Alberta Report Calgary Report Edmonton Report Sign up at stone-olafson.com to receive notifications about information sharing workshops and when future reports become available. Updated June 25, 2020 – Stone-Olafson is supporting experience-based with timely research about how audiences will engage in a post-pandemic environment. This research is being conducted in six waves over the course of the next year with the first wave of results (based on surveys conducted between May 21 and June 2, 2020) now available. The initiative is being funded by leaders who see an opportunity to support organizations which bring remarkable experiences to life in communities across Alberta. These include Calgary Arts Development, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Community Foundation, Calgary Foundation, Rozsa Foundation, ATB, Stone-Olafson, ActiveCITY Collective, Travel Alberta, and Angus Reid. Thanks to their generous support, there will be free access to research outcomes, workshops, and sharing events to help you put the research to work for your teams. This is a community resource and results from the first wave of research are available. Download the reports: Alberta Report Calgary Report Edmonton Report The next wave of research will be launching in July with results ready for subscribers in August. If you have not done so already, sign up at stone-olafson.com to receive notifications about information sharing workshops and when future reports become available. Download the Future of Calgary’s Live Experience Economy discussion paper.BounceBack YYCUpdated May 27, 2020 – Calgary Arts Development is excited to be partnering with BounceBack YYC, an initiative to support local community organizations and businesses through this difficult time. The program offers support in three different areas: Research: Stone-Olafson is leading a province-wide research initiative that tracks attitudes towards live, in-person, face-to-face activities at the core of the experience economy. This research will run from May 2020 to March 2021. Additional information can be found at stone-olafson.com. Mobilize: BounceBack YYC is hosting hackathons to leverage the innovation and creativity of Calgary post-secondary students to support local community organizations and business during the recovery. The first hackathon is scheduled for the end of June and registration is now open to students and recent grads at bouncebackyyc.com. Share: BounceBack YYC is running weekly online forums starting on May 27, 2020. These offer insights and a platform to discuss the role that the experience economy can play in leading Calgary’s bounce back from COVID-19. Register for free at share.hsforms.com. Calgary Arts Sector Virtual Town Halls & Webinars July 2020 - Virtual Town HallUpdated July 13, 2020 – On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the community investment and impact teams shared information about The City of Calgary’s $2,000,000 in Emergency Resiliency Funds, and how they are being delivered through the Recovery Fund and the Resiliency Fund. The session also included special guest Mathew Stone, who spoke about Stone-Olafson’s The New Experience Economy project, a longitudinal study with Albertan audiences to deliver reliable and relevant data about how Albertans are reacting to what’s happening around us. There was also an update on our recent annual general meeting with City Council and some high-level statistics from 2019. The town hall was hosted on Zoom, interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL), is available to read in text form, and can be viewed below or on YouTube at any time. The chat file is also available to read. June 2020 - Monetizing Online Arts ContentUpdated June 17, 2020 – On June 15, 2020, the Rozsa Foundation hosted a community conversation around the topic of monetizing online arts content. While a comprehensive digital strategy has been a goal of many arts organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic made online content and programming an immediate and pressing project. Simon Brault of the Canada Council for the Arts called the pandemic a “wake-up call for innovation.” Kerry Clarke of the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Shelley Youngblut of Wordfest, Erin Jenkins of the Calgary Queer Arts Society, and Victoria Bucholtz of Cabaret Calgary joined Simon Mallett on a panel to elaborate on their recent and future online projects. Jason Mehmel of Sage Theatre, Peter Hemminger of the Calgary Quickdraw Animation Society, Mary Jenkins of the Rozsa Center at the University of Michigan, Kodi Hutchinson of JazzYYC, and Xtine Cook of Calgary Animated Objects Society also shared their experiences. You can watch the video recording on the Rozsa Foundation website. May 2020 - Funding Options for Alberta Artists & Arts OrganizationsUpdated May 8, 2020 – The Rozsa Foundation hosted a free webinar for the Alberta arts community to provide information and answer questions regarding financial supports for COVID-19. With presentations from Sean Casey and Tara Mazurk (Global Public Affairs), Patti Pon (Calgary Arts Development), Simon Mallett (Rozsa Foundation), and Sanjay Shahani (Edmonton Arts Council), this webinar helps gather information about these supports into one place, as well as to start looking towards the future for the arts in Alberta. The group discussed federal, Calgary- and Edmonton-based municipal, and private supports for artists and arts organizations in Alberta and the information provided was current until May 6, 2020. You can watch the video recording on the Rozsa Foundation website as well as download Sean Casey’s slides and a helpful summary FAQ document that covers all the information presented and the Q&A session. April 2020 - Virtual Town HallUpdated April 30, 2020 – With special guests, a poetry reading, and a community question and answer period, thank you to everyone who attended Calgary Arts Development’s second virtual town hall. During the one-hour session, Calgary Arts Development President & CEO, Patti Pon shared updates on our grant investment programs for 2020 and updated the sector on what we have been working on. The town hall was interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) and can be viewed below or on our Facebook page at any time. A full text transcription can be found here. March 2020 - Virtual Town HallUpdated April 1, 2020 – Once more with feeling! Due to technical issues, we were forced to postpone our COVID-19 Calgary Arts Sector Town Hall. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience. At the virtual town hall, Calgary Arts Development President & CEO, Patti Pon, updated viewers on what we have learned, what we are thinking about, and what actions we are taking with regard to the COVID-19 situation and its impact on our sector and communities. The town hall was interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL), is available to read in text form, and can be viewed on our Facebook page at any time. You can also read our COVID-19 Response FAQs here. Important Updates Government of CanadaCanada is taking aggressive new public health actions to limit the spread of the COVID-19. Updated August 20, 2020 – The federal government has announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new income support benefits that will better support all Canadians. They also announced that in preparation for this transition and to ensure support continues for Canadians whose employment has been impacted by the pandemic, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended by an additional four weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks. This means that for the many Canadians expecting to exhaust their CERB benefits at the end of August, they will now be able to access an additional month of support. EI will now be available to more Canadians, including those who would not have qualified for EI in the past, adding more than 400,000 people into the program. Those receiving EI will be eligible for a taxable benefit rate of at least $400 per week, or $240 per week for extended parental benefits, and regular benefits will be accessible for a minimum duration of 26 weeks. The government will continue to work with provinces and territories to ensure Canadians receiving EI benefits have access to skills training and employment supports, to help them get back to work. Visit canada.ca for more details. Updated July 8, 2020 – On July 7, 2020, the Department of Canadian Heritage announced the final components of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage, and Sport Organizations. The fund is intended to complement the Government of Canada’s existing COVID-19 emergency measures by providing additional temporary relief to cultural, heritage and sport organizations facing significant financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the $500 million, the second phase will provide temporary relief to support other organizations that do not currently receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada or the Canada Media Fund Phase 2 includes temporary support for Canada’s live music industry as well as recording studios and other companies and organizations that did not receive funding under Phase 1 and funding for eligible organizations with heritage collections through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program. Visit canada.ca for a detailed breakdown of frequently asked questions. Updated May 15, 2020 – The Federal Government introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to rehire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help better position Canadian companies and other employers to more easily resume normal operations following the crisis. Finance Minister Bill Morneau today announced that the Government of Canada will extend the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020. Currently, the CEWS is in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020. Extending the program is aimed at giving workers greater confidence and the Government will consult with key business and labour representatives over the next month on potential adjustments to the program to incent jobs and growth, including the 30% revenue decline threshold. Visit canada.ca for more details. Updated May 13, 2020 – As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the Government of Canada is providing direct support to students and recent graduates who are facing a very different job market this summer. Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) application period is set to launch on May 15, 2020. The CESB, which will be delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency, will provide temporary income support to eligible post-secondary students and new graduates who are unable to work or find work this summer due to COVID-19, or are working and are not making over $1,000. Visit canada.ca for more details. Updated May 8, 2020 – The Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, shared further details regarding the temporary relief measures to support the culture, heritage, and sport sectors. A total of up to $500 million has been set aside to help alleviate the financial pressures of affected organizations. Starting today, partner organizations will be contacted so that funds can begin to flow to cultural and sport organizations. Canadian Heritage is working closely with its partners—in particular, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund, FACTOR, Musicaction, and Telefilm Canada—to distribute the funds as quickly as possible using existing channels. Visit canada.ca for more details. Updated April 24, 2020 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. This program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Impacted small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70% drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. This support will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations. Visit canada.ca for more details. Updated April 17, 2020 – The Government of Canada is providing $500 million to establish a new COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations to help address the complex financial needs of affected organizations within these sectors so they can continue to support artists and athletes. The fund will be administered by Canadian Heritage via contribution agreements. Visit canada.ca for more details. Updated April 16, 2020 – The Government of Canada is working around the clock to give small businesses the support they need so they can continue to make our country strong at this critical time. With new measures to support Canadian businesses so they can keep their doors open and their employees on the job, the Government of Canada announced two new measures including expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. It also announced its intent to introduce the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. The program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June. Visit canada.ca for more details. Updated April 15, 2020 – Part-time, contract, and seasonal workers now qualify for COVID-19 emergency benefits. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more flexible rules for claiming the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to include seasonal workers, those who have recently run out of employment insurance, and people who make less than $1,000 a month due to reduced work hours. Visit canada.ca for more details. Updated April 12, 2020 – The Government of Canada’s $52 billion relief program, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, passed today in the House of Commons. The program will cover 75 percent of the first $58,700 earned by an employee for three months. Canadian businesses can apply to receive $847 per week, per employee to subsidize wages for three months, provided the employer can demonstrate a drop in gross revenues of at least 15 percent in March and 30 percent in April and May. The Federal government also announced changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians. The temporary changes to the program for this year include: An increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee. An extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021. Employers can adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services and hire staff on a part-time basis. Visit canada.ca for more details. Updated April 8, 2020 – To help Canadians and businesses get through these tough economic times, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Federal Government is proposing to introduce a wage subsidy of 75 per cent for qualifying businesses, for up to three months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. In order to address the realities faced by the not-for-profit sector, high growth companies, and new businesses, the government also proposes additional flexibility. Visit canada.ca for more information. Updated March 27, 2020 – The Government of Canada is making additional investments to support Canadian businesses from the economic impacts of COVID-19. These new investments provide support to financial institutions and allow them to quickly provide credit and liquidity options for a range of businesses. These measures are a part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which provides direct support and tax deferrals to Canadian workers and businesses to help them in these difficult times. Visit canada.ca for more information. Updated March 18, 2020 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. This includes support for self-employed Canadians, small businesses, and non-profits and charities. Visit canada.ca for more information. Canada Council for the Arts Updated May 8, 2020 – The Canada Council for the Arts welcomes the new $500 million federal emergency support program for the arts and amateur sport. The council is working to maximize the impact of the $55 million it has been allotted in this first phase of funding support for the arts sector and will address the urgent needs of arts organizations. As agreed upon with the Federal Government, the Canada Council is distributing emergency assistance to core and project-funded organizations. Eligible organizations will be contacted directly in the weeks ahead. The amounts allocated will be calculated according to a formula rather than following an assessment by peers. Visit canadacouncil.ca for more information. NEW Government of AlbertaUpdated September 11, 2020 – With important changes to relaunch guidance for Alberta’s arts sector, the following updated documents have been released by the Alberta Government as of September 11, 2020: Instrumental music Singing and vocal performance Learn more at alberta.ca. Updated June 9, 2020 – Alberta moves to stage two of relaunch. Strong testing data shows active COVID-19 cases in Alberta are lower than expected, meaning stage two of the relaunch strategy can safely begin on June 12, 2020 a week sooner than expected. As the province enters stage two of relaunch, safety remains the top priority. More businesses, sport, and recreation services can open if they are ready. Some larger gatherings for seated audience events will be permitted. In all cases, public health guidance must be followed. What can open with restrictions: K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance Libraries More surgeries Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture, and reflexology Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, and artificial tanning) Indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas Movie theatres and theatres Community halls Team sports Pools for leisure swimming VLTs in restaurants and bars Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games) Instrumental concerts Events and gatherings can be larger in stage two including a maximum 50 people for indoor social gatherings including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties. Outdoor events and indoor seated audience events including wedding and funeral ceremonies can be a maximum 100 people. There is no cap on the number of people (with public health measures and physical distancing in place) for worship gatherings, restaurants, cafes, lounges, and bars, casinos, bingo halls. The government also announced more flexibility for cohort groups—small groups of people whose members do not always keep two metres apart—including: A household can increase its close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people. Performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers). Sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues). Everyone is encouraged to follow public health guidelines and notify others in the cohorts if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. If they do test positive or have symptoms, mandatory isolation is required. Visit alberta.ca for more information and find detailed relaunch guidance documents at alberta.ca/biz-connect including those for art museums and galleries, and live music, dance, and theatre. Updated June 1, 2020 – You are invited to participate in a telephone town hall at 11:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, where Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, Tanya Fir will answer your questions about the possibility of theatres reopening during stage 2 of relaunch in Alberta. Minister Fir will be joined by: Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women, Leela Aheer Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr Deena Hinshaw Topic: Movie theatres and theatres with Minister Aheer Date: June 3, 2020 Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm For more information or to register, visit extranet.gov.ab.ca. Pre-registration ends on June 2, 2020, at 4:30pm. The registration page mentions only movie theatres, but the call is for both live theatres and movie theatres. Updated May 13, 2020 – With strict safety guidelines in place, Albertans can and should confidently support Alberta businesses as the province gradually relaunches the economy. Stage one of Alberta’s relaunch strategy puts safety first as restrictions are gradually lifted. Calgary and Brooks will see a slightly more gradual reopening, taking into account higher case numbers in these two communities, to balance public safety with the need to get businesses open and services restored for Albertans. The following dates are set for Calgary’s relaunch: Opening May 14, 2020: Retail businesses, such as clothing, furniture and bookstores. All vendors at farmers markets will also be able to operate. Museums and art galleries. Daycares and out-of-school care with limits on occupancy. The resumption of some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries will continue gradually. Regulated health professions are permitted to offer services as long as they continue to follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges. Opening May 25, 2020: Hairstyling and barbershops. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars will be permitted to reopen for table service only at 50 per cent capacity. Opening June 1, 2020: Day camps, including summer school, will be permitted with limits on occupancy. Post-secondary institutions will continue to deliver courses; however, there will be more flexibility to include in-person delivery once the existing health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted. Places of worship and funeral services, if they follow specific guidance already online. Visit alberta.ca/bizconnect for information on health and safety guidelines for general workplaces, as well as sector-specific guidelines for those able to open in stage one. Updated April 30, 2020 – While Alberta faces a long road to recovery, there are good signs our collective efforts of physical distancing, good hygiene practices, and staying safe together are helping slow the spread of COVID-19. That has given government confidence to begin implementing Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy, a plan that puts safety first while gradually reopening businesses and activities to the public, and getting people back to work. By enforcing physical distancing and following the guidance of our chief medical officer of health, today, Premier Jason Kenney shared Alberta’s phased approach to carefully and gradually re-opening the economy. With foundational elements required including continued testing and contract tracing, border controls, rules and guidance for use of mask, protecting the vulnerable and physical distancing, phases will be monitored by a robust set of triggers that will inform when it’s possible to advance to the next phase. While this is all subject to change, current projections indicate that by May 14, 2020, Alberta may proceed to Phase 1 openings. The limit of 15 people gathering remains in place and Albertans are also expected to continue to work from home where possible and limit travel to essential needs only. Phase 1 (currently scheduled for May 14) openings include retail services, hair styling and barbering, daycares, restaurants, cafes, lounges and bars with 50% occupancy limits, museums and art galleries, and additional outdoor recreation. Phase 2 openings include personal services, massage and reflexology, summer camps, post-secondary institutions deliver online, in-person or a blend of programming with restrictions, potential of K-12 schools with restrictions, movie theatres with restrictions, additional elective services. Phase 3 openings include swimming pools, gyms and arenas with restrictions, nightclubs with restrictions, industry conferences, arts and cultural festivals with restrictions, and major sporting events with restrictions. Additional early actions include the opening of some outdoor activities as well as dental and other health-care services on May 4, 2020. Further clarification and potential openings will be provided by the Provincial Government on a regular basis. Specific relaunch guidance for business owners can be found on the Government of Alberta website and you can visit alberta.ca for more information on the current situation. Updated April 23, 2020 – Alberta’s chief medical officer of health has confirmed that gathering restrictions currently in place also apply to all one-time or annual summer events, including arts and culture festivals, agricultural fairs and rodeos, major sporting championships, and industry conferences. The orders in place prohibit gatherings of 15 or more people. They also require people gathered in groups of fewer than 15 to maintain a distance of two metres from one another. These restrictions will continue to apply until evidence demonstrates that the spread is controlled. Visit alberta.ca for more information. Updated April 12, 2020 – The Government of Alberta has launched a charitable matching donation program. Starting April 15, 2020, the Alberta government will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations up to $2 million to Alberta-based charities and non-profit organizations with COVID-19 fundraising campaigns. Geared to help increase support to local charities, these campaigns include United Way Calgary and Area’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund and the Calgary Foundation’s COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Program. Visit alberta.ca for more information. Updated March 27, 2020 – The Government of Alberta has announced additional restrictions to stop spread of COVID-19. To protect the health and safety of Albertans, mass gatherings will be limited to 15 people and more restrictions will be placed on available services. These include close contact businesses, dine-in service, and non-essential retail services. Visit alberta.ca for more information. Updated March 23, 2020 – The province has also announced new support for small businesses. Providing immediate funding and supportive measures to support local businesses, employers, and employees, these include corporate income tax changes, education property tax deferral, WCB premium payment deferral, and utility payment deferral. The details can be found at alberta.ca. Updated March 17, 2020 – The Government of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency empowering authorities under the Public Health Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately and until further notice, the Alberta government is implementing additional measures, including cancelling events that have more than 50 people. Additional measures to limit the amount of time Albertans are spending in large crowds and crowded spaces are in place. All Albertans are prohibited from attending public recreational facilities and private entertainment facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, arenas, science centres, museums, art galleries, community centres, children’s play centres, casinos, racing entertainment centres, and bingo halls. Students will no longer be attending classes in K-12 schools in Alberta until further notice. Post-secondary campuses will still remain open, but in-person classes are cancelled, and only essential visits to any continuing care or long-term care facility in Alberta are recommended. Visit alberta.ca for more information. Alberta Gaming, Liquour, and CannabisUpdated March 26, 2020 – Alberta Gaming, Liquour, and Cannabis recognizes that charitable groups may need expanded use of proceeds in order to maintain key charitable programs while addressing impacts of the crisis. Organizations inquiring whether there are any changes to how charitable gaming proceeds may be used during the COVID-19 crisis are encouraged to review a Q&A document posted on its website. Learn more and download the file at aglc.ca. NEW City of CalgaryUpdated September 16, 2020 – Calgary’s temporary Face Coverings Bylaw has been extended and its repeal criteria has been updated. After receiving an update on Calgary’s Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw this week, Calgary City Council has voted to keep the mandate in place until at least December 2020 as recommended by administration. Since the bylaw went into effect August 1, 2020, there has been a significant increase in the usage of face coverings in public premises and on public vehicles. A limited city survey indicated that 89 per cent of Calgarians surveyed now wear a mask in public—up 55 per cent since July 2020. L earn more about the changes at newsroom.calgary.ca. Updated July 29, 2020 – Calgary’s temporary Face Coverings Bylaw comes into effect on Saturday, August 1, 2020. On that date, face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces and in public vehicles. Under the new bylaw, business operators or owners are required to display the signage provided by The City of Calgary in public entryways of the business, or within business vehicles. Failure to wear a face covering where required or failure to display prescribed signage can result in a penalty of $100 to $200. To download the signage, visit calgary.ca. Rules and guidelines for common scenarios have also been outlined by The City of Calgary on its Face Coverings Bylaw: Questions & Answers webpage. Updated July 22, 2020 – Calgary City Council voted to pass the temporary Face Coverings Bylaw to require the wearing of face coverings in indoor public premises and public vehicles. The City of Calgary initiates these new regulations beginning August 1, 2020. The bylaw mandates that face coverings be worn on public transit and public vehicles, and in all public indoor spaces, including City of Calgary buildings. Under the bylaw business operators or owners are required to display signage in public entryways of the business or vehicle. The City of Calgary will make downloadable signage available to businesses and operators on calgary.ca/covid19. Businesses are not expected to deny services as not everyone is required to wear a face covering. Exceptions to the face coverings bylaw include: Children under two years of age. People with underlying medical conditions or disabilities inhibiting their ability to wear a face covering. People who are unable to place, use or remove a face covering safely without assistance. People who are eating or drinking at a public premises that offers food or beverage services. People engaging in an athletic or fitness activity. People who are caregiving for or accompanying a person with a disability where wearing a face covering would hinder the accommodation of the person’s disability. People who have temporarily removed their face covering where doing so is necessary to provide or receive a service (for example, a visit to the dentist). More information will be made available for business owners, operators, and the public on calgary.ca/covid19 within the coming days. Updated May 11, 2020 – Today, City Council approved two financial relief packages for Calgary nonprofits including $2 million for targeted partnership to support arts through Calgary Arts Development. Part of a $15 million package, these funds will be directed to nonprofit partners of the City of Calgary who deliver effective programs and services including $8 million for enhanced support of social programs and services, and $5 million for civic and community partners. Community associations and social recreation groups who are struggling to meet fixed daily expenses were also allocated $6 million to support their immediate financial needs. Updated April 30, 2020 – Today, City Council approved further support for businesses in Calgary as they navigate the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has hit local businesses hard, with many having to close their doors in efforts to flatten the curve and slow down the rate of infection. New supports for businesses include: A small business support team available to support businesses pivoting their business model as they re-open. Further information on how businesses can access this service will be made public and shared out to the business community in the coming weeks. The expansion of the Centre City Enterprise Area to include all commercial properties through a pilot. This means a reduction in processes, barriers to entry and cost savings for businesses as they re-populate physical space. Waiving of the business license renewal fee for one year to reduce the financial burden on businesses. Six-month relief efforts effective May 1, 2020 including: Waived planning and development fees for change of use and home occupation (class 2) development permits, residential certificates of compliance and pre-application fees, to support businesses adapting to COVID-19. Deferred planning and development fees for commercial building permits, development permits, subdivisions, land use amendments, outline plans, and road closures. 75% of payment will be deferred to final stages of approval, offering financial flexibility of better cash flow management through projects. Fee simplification through elimination of the set up front deposit, simplifying by applying one common fee schedule rate to all outline plans and land use amendments, and applying the deferral relief above. Extensions on development and building permits offered to ensure existing approvals will not expire while businesses deal with the impacts of COVID-19. Visit newsroom.calgary.ca for more details. Updated April 24, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to the provincial public health order to prohibit gatherings with more than 15 people, all City of Calgary supported events set to take place through August 31, 2020 are cancelled. In addition, The City is cancelling permits for third party events that were set to be held on City land through August 31 which means those events cannot proceed. The City will continue to reevaluate this decision and the August 31 date could be extended in consultation with the Province’s direction and Alberta’s’ ability to flatten the curve. If the event cancellation date is to be extended past August 31, The City will notify event organizers. A total of 166 festivals and events set to take place on City land through to August 31 have been impacted. Updated April 3, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to the recent provincial public health order to prohibit gatherings with more than 15 people, all City of Calgary led events set to take place through June 30, 2020 are cancelled. In addition, it is cancelling permits for third party events that were set to be held on City land through June 30. The City’s decision provides clear direction and enables event organizers to make sound decisions to help limit the spread of COVID-19. It also means event organizers can stop incurring event costs such as marketing, ticket printing, infrastructure fees, booking talent, and staffing. The City will continue to reevaluate this decision and the June 30 date could be extended based on the Province’s direction and Canadians’ ability to flatten the curve. If the event cancellation date is to be extended past June 30, The City will notify event organizers by May 5, 2020. At this time, The City is not requesting that organizers cancel events scheduled for July and August. The City is working with these event organizers on the assumption that they will go ahead. However, it is advising organizations to make contingency plans in the event we do need to extend the cancellation date. A total of 79 festivals and events set to take place on City land through to June 30 have been impacted due to COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions. Updated March 19, 2020 – The City of Calgary has enacted a state of local emergency. This gives The City the power to ensure reducing the capacity of events and facilities. All City of Calgary recreation facilities, City-owned, partner-operated facilities, and all Calgary Public Library branches are closed until further notice. All community associations are closed and regular programming has been cancelled. In addition, all in-person public engagement activities with The City have been cancelled until after April 30. Opportunities to gather public input into City projects will still be available online. All festivals and events planned to be held between now and April 30 on or in a City facility with an expected attendance of 50 people or more must be canceled or postponed. This decision is in alignment with the federal and provincial direction on mass gatherings, as well as The City of Calgary’s current approach to public engagement due to COVID-19. Until further notice The City of Calgary will not be taking any event permit applications for 2020. Please contact your City liaison and let them know if you are interested in postponing your event. For questions and further information, please email email@example.com. Visit calgary.ca for more information. More Funding Opportunities & Supports Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Updated August 22, 2020 – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has put Canadians first, providing the support they need to continue to make ends meet while staying safe and healthy. As we gradually and safely restart our economy, the government is continuing to support Canadians through the next phase of the recovery. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was an important and necessary temporary response to support Canadians who had to stop working due to the pandemic. The government will be transitioning to a simplified Employment Insurance (EI) program, effective September 27, 2020, to provide income support to those who remain unable to work and are eligible, and introducing a new suite of temporary and taxable recovery benefits to further support workers. While the government prepares for this transition, and to ensure support continues for Canadians whose employment has been impacted by the pandemic, the CERB will be extended by an additional four weeks, providing a new maximum of up to 28 weeks of benefits. Temporary measures to help Canadians access EI benefits more easily include: 120 hours of work required to qualify Minimum benefit rate of $400 per week At least 26 weeks of regular benefits And, as the CERB begins to wind down, there are plans to introduce a suite of three new recovery benefits to provide needed support to Canadians who continue to face financial hardship even as the economy starts to re-open. The three new benefits are: Canada Recovery Benefit Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit Learn more at canada.ca. Updated August 21, 2020 – The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has supported more than three million Canadians since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing support to businesses so they can keep their workers, including furloughed workers, on the payroll. The federal government proposes to extend the current treatment of furloughed employees under the CEWS program by four weeks—from August 30 to September 26. This would mean that employers who qualify for the CEWS would be able to continue to claim up to a maximum benefit of $847 per week to support remuneration for each of their furloughed workers. Further details about the calculation of CEWS for furloughed workers for remaining periods of the program will be announced in the coming weeks. Applications for claim period 5 (July 5 to August 1) are open at canada.ca. Updated April 27, 2020 – To help employers keep and re-hire workers amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has implemented the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). This economic measure provides a subsidy of 75% of an eligible employee’s weekly earnings, to a maximum of $847 per employee per week, to eligible employers, for up to 12 weeks. Retroactive to March 15, 2020, the CEWS will prevent further job losses and encourage employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is administering the CEWS on behalf of the Government and the application process opened today and more details can be found at canada.ca. Updated April 17, 2020 – The Government of Canada is providing $500 million to establish a new COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations to help address the complex financial needs of affected organizations within these sectors. The fund is meant for organizations that can’t qualify for the existing wage subsidy because of the lumpy or irregular nature of their revenues as well as to cover contract workers. The fund will also provide advances on future grants and contributions to help maintain liquidity as well as small subsidies to cover some fixed costs. Eligible organizations and businesses include: Canadian not-for-profit cultural, heritage, and arts organizations National sports organizations, multisport service organizations, and Canadian sport centres and institutes Canadian journalistic organizations Canadian book publishers Canadian production companies that work in the film or television industries Organizations in the music industry Television and radio broadcasters Recipients of the Digital Citizen Initiative Updated April 15, 2020 – With more flexible rules for claiming the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), part-time, contract, gig, and seasonal workers now qualify for COVID-19 emergency benefits. To help more Canadians benefit from the CERB, the government will be changing the eligibility rules to: Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB. Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Extend the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19. Updated April 13, 2020 – The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. The CEWS prevents further job losses, encourages employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help better position Canadian companies and other employers to more easily resume normal operations following the crisis. Eligible employers include: Individuals Taxable corporations Partnerships consisting of eligible employers, non‑profit organizations and registered charities. Those that see a drop of at least 15% of their revenue in March 2020 and 30% for the eligible periods. Public bodies are not eligible for this subsidy. Public bodies generally include municipalities and local governments, Crown corporations, wholly owned municipal corporations, public universities, colleges, schools, and hospitals. Updated April 6, 2020 – With a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19, applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are now open. There are two ways to apply: Online Over the phone with an automated phone service at 1.800.959.2019 or 1.800.959.2041 Both of these services are available 21 hours a day, seven days a week. Both services are closed from 1:00am to 4:00am MDT for maintenance. PLEASE NOTE: More supports for gig workers, part-time employees, students, and those who don’t qualify for CERB are expected to be announced in the coming days. Updated March 31, 2020 – The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant, and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes supports for individuals, families, and businesses. The application process will open through the government’s website in early April 2020. Applications will be accepted through the Canada Revenue Agency MyAccount secure portal, your secure My Service Canada Account (MSCA), or over the phone. If you’ve already applied for employment insurance and your application hasn’t been processed yet, you’ll automatically be applied for the CERB instead. PLEASE NOTE: An access code is your key to accessing secure online services through the Government of Canada. You need to have an access code before you can register for MSCA. If you register online, you will receive your access code by mail within five to 10 business days so be sure to start the processes as soon as possible. Find a breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan at canada.ca. Make Sure to Set a Title Updated July 21, 2020 – The City of Calgary knows our festival and event community has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in the cancellation of in-person events from April until August 31, 2020. It wants to support our city’s typically active and vibrant festival and event industry so that citizens and visitors can once again enjoy Calgary’s community spirit by safely experiencing arts, culture, sport, and recreation events. The new Microgrant Program supports the additional costs that public arts, culture, sport, and recreation events now require to meet health and safety guidelines and regulations for events that are planned for July 20 through December 31, 2020. Events can be in-person or online. Eligible events could receive between $500 and $4,500 in support. Non-profit organizations, charitable organizations, and Calgary Business Improvement Areas (BIA) are eligible. Applications will be accepted from July 20 to November 13 for public events planned between July 20 and December 31, 2020. Apply early—the program will close November 13 or as soon as all funding is allocated. For more information visit calgary.ca.Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant Updated June 29, 2020 – The Government of Alberta has announced funding for small- and medium-sized businesses, co-ops and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 to offset a portion of their relaunch costs. Application intake will remain open until August 31, 2020 or for four weeks following the start of Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy—whichever is later. An official date for intake closure will be posted on the application page when Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy is announced. Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding. Businesses, cooperatives and non-profits can use these funds as they see fit to help offset a portion of their relaunch costs, such as implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, which could include: Physical barriers. Purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies. Paying rent and employee wages. Replacing inventory. Program details and application can be found at alberta.ca.SOCAN Encore! Updated May 14, 2020 – Music lovers across the country and social media platforms have benefitted from the generosity of Canada’s music creators since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, with live online concerts on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram. Compensating music creators and publishers for their invaluable work,SOCAN is launching Encore! Encore! will ease the financial burden on SOCAN writer members and their publishers created by the pandemic. A total of approximately $200,000 is available each quarter for the program for the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown in Canada. To receive an Encore! payment for a live music event on Facebook or Instagram: At least 10 songs or compositions must be performed live, or a live performance of at least 30 minutes must take place, on Facebook or Instagram, from March 15, 2020, to March 7, 2021 (inclusive). At least 100 people must have accessed the online event. A set list of all music performed has to be sent via SOCAN’s Notification of Live Music Performance (NLMP) form, with the venue identified as Facebook or Instagram. Claims must be made within 90 days of the Facebook or Instagram concert occurring. Each online concert will be eligible for a total payment of $150, with shares of royalties going to all rights holders of the music performed. Visit socanmagazine.ca for more details. Indigenous Community Support FundUpdated April 8, 2020 – The health, safety and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, is and will remain a top priority for all. The Indigenous Community Support Fund helps Indigenous communities prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. The call for proposals for urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations and communities is now open. The deadline is April 13, 2020 and more details can be found at sac-isc.gc.ca.Crew NationUpdated April 8, 2020 – Live music inspires millions around the world, but the concerts we all enjoy wouldn’t be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes. As COVID-19 puts concerts on pause, Live Nation wants to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make a living. Crew Nation is powered by Music Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization, that will be administering the fund. Live Nation has committed $10 million to Crew Nation—contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans, and employees dollar for dollar. Learn more at livenationentertainment.com. SOCAN Enhanced Emergency FundUpdated April 2, 2020 – Expanding its efforts to provide financial assistance to struggling members as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, SOCAN is supporting songwriters and screen composers whose ability to sustain their income has been compromised by the impact of the crisis on the music industry. Each individual application will be considered on its own. SOCAN provides royalty advances to thousands of deserving creator and publisher members every year as part of its commitment to nurturing the careers of Canada’s music creators and domestic music publisher members are able to access support as well. Members who’ve been affected by the COVID-19 crisis and wish to apply for the program should contact SOCAN’s Membership team at 1.866.307.6226, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details can be found at socan.com. Calgary Foundation Pandemic Recovery ProgramUpdated March 26, 2020 – Listening to local charities in order to bridge the gaps and meet critical needs, the Calgary Foundation’s Pandemic Recovery Program supports all sectors serving our community. Learn more about the program and other ways the Calgary Foundation is supporting the local charitable sector at calgaryfoundation.org. COVID-19 Community Response FundUpdated March 26, 2020 – The COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a collaboration with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency), and United Way of Calgary and Area, to support community agencies who are working diligently to keep Calgarians safe and well. The resources raised through this fund will ensure agencies on the ground can continue their critical work in this time of need. The fund will support vulnerable populations at greatest risk including the elderly, Indigenous populations, those experiencing mental health and addiction issues, persons with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, newcomers to Canada, and others that may be impacted by this public health crisis. Learn more about the program at calgaryunitedway.org. Elephant Artist Relief Society Relief FundsUpdated March 26, 2020 – Elephant Artist Relief Society (EAR) helps artists mitigate crisis, creating a financial bridge over troubled waters, and laying the course back to making art. EAR provides financial assistance in the case of a medical, financial or personal emergency. For ten years EAR has served visual artists that have, for example, been struck with illness or catastrophe. Three years ago, the organization launched an assistance program to support artists from other disciplines, with hopes of offering this fund for years to come. Learn more at elephantartistrelief.com. AFC Emergency Financial Aid: COVID-19Updated March 26, 2020 – The AFC supports entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance. The AFC can provide short-term emergency financial assistance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid. This assistance is based on immediate financial need with the goal to help the largest possible number of applicants with their most critical needs. Learn more at afchelps.ca. Unison COVID-19 Relief ProgramUpdated March 23, 2020 – Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. Since the outbreak, Unison has received an overwhelming number of requests for assistance from the music community. Registrations have increased by 1,900% or nearly $200,000 per week. Unison’s emergency relief assistance is a critical safety-net for members of the Canadian music industry deeply affected by the COVID-19 virus itself and the precautions and protocols surrounding it. The Unison COVID-19 Relief Program will be allocated towards housing costs, medical expenses, and groceries. Learn more at mailchi.mp. Past Funding Opportunities & Supports First Up with RBCxMusic Updated May 20, 2020 – Musicians and recording artists who traditionally rely on income from paid performances continue to experience financial hardship with the suspension of live events. To support the Canadian music community during these challenging times, RBC is excited to introduce First Up with RBCxMusic, a series of 30-minute, recorded performances submitted from selected emerging artists across Canada. RBCxMusic will select more than 100 artists to participate in the program in 2020. Each individual performance will be a part of a cross-country initiative that includes emerging Canadian musicians and recording artists. RBC will provide each selected individual participant with a $1,000 reward (or up to $1,500 for a group of two or more selected participants), promotional support, and mentorship opportunities. Applications are open from May 20, 2020 at 7:00am MDT to June 4, 2020 at 3:00pm MDT. Learn more at rbcxmusicfirstup.ca. Rozsa Online Programming Grant & Rozsa COVID-19 Programming Cancellation Grant Updated May 7, 2020 – Calgary Arts Development joins the Rozsa Foundation and Calgary Foundation in this key partnership to help the arts to find new ways to connect with audiences, while also providing Calgarians with the sense of belonging and togetherness they often seek through the arts. These additional funds bring the total funds made available through the Rozsa Foundation’s COVID-19 granting programs to $750,000. The Online Programming Grant is no w available to individual artists, artist collectives, registered non-profit arts organizations, and charitable arts organizations. Learn more at rozsafoundation.org. Updated April 24, 2020 – Thanks to an additional $200,000 from the Calgary Foundation, these programs now have a funding pool of $600,000. This investment ensures that the Rozsa Foundation is able to support more arts organizations to weather this crisis and look forward to exciting future opportunities that will be a key part of their recovery. Learn more at rozsafoundation.org. Updated April 9, 2020 – In response to the current pandemic and its devastating impact on the local arts community, the Rozsa Foundation is introducing two new granting programs, providing $400,000 of additional investment into the arts sector. These one-time programs are intended to both alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures facing arts organizations, while also enabling them to be forward-looking, seeking opportunities to use digital technologies to deliver programming to audiences and using the arts to address specific community needs at this critical time. The Rozsa COVID-19 Programming Cancellation Grant offers funding support for arts organizations to help to cover the cost of artist fees paid out to those whose contracts unfortunately had to be terminated due to COVID-19 related cancellations. While the Rozsa Online Programming Grant supports arts organizations to create innovative programming or activities that can be shared digitally with an audience to deepen connection to community, reach new audiences, and implement a digital approach to programming that may continue beyond this period of physical distancing. Applications for both programs open on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. These grants have a streamlined application process and it is the goal of the Rozsa Foundation to assess applications on an ongoing basis, with notification on whether a grant can be provided within 72 hours of the receipt of the application. Learn more and apply at rozsafoundation.org. Digital OriginalsUpdated April 22, 2020 – Do you want to share your creation online? The Canada Council for the Arts and CBC Radio-Canada are teaming up to launch Digital Originals, a new fast forward initiative to help artists, arts groups, and organizations pivot their work for online sharing. Countless artistic activities have been cancelled or delayed due to COVID-19, but countless creations have also reached an impressive online audience. The Digital Originals initiative supports and amplifies this new, strong and innovative online relationship between audiences and artists from Canada. Applications will be accepted through the Canada Council portal beginning in mid-May and will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 15, 2020 or until the budget has been allocated Learn more and apply at canadacouncil.ca. CBC Creative Relief FundUpdated April 9, 2020 – In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CBC has launched the CBC Creative Relief Fund to provide immediate, urgent support to Canadian creators. The unprecedented new fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations, and short documentaries. Canadian creators can apply immediately until 11:59pm EDT on April 24, 2020. Learn more at cbc.ca. Canadian Writers' Emergency Relief Fund Updated April 8, 2020 – The Access Copyright Foundation (ACF) is proud to announce it has stepped forward with a $100,000 donation to ensure the important financial support offered by the Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund can continue. The funding provides a much-needed boost as the first round of applications ends on April 9. It will expand eligibility in the second round, which opens on April 10 and closes on April 20, to visual artists in addition to writers. Updated April 1, 2020 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada and The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) announced the creation of the Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund to provide support to professional authors financially affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. The fund will begin with an initial amount of $150,000 and distribute grants in amounts of $1,500 to writers that have seen contracted or projected income evaporate due to the current public health crisis. Financial support for the program is supplied by three program partners—the Writers’ Trust, TWUC, and the Royal Bank of Canada. Learn more at writerstrust.com. The first round deadline is April 9, 2020. Glad Day Lit Emergency Survival FundUpdated April 8, 2020 – A support organization geared towards LGBTQ2S people, Glad Day is uniquely positioned to be able to identify and support LGBTQ2S artists, performers, and tip-based workers who are in dire financial need. Their funding is meant to address the issue of queer and trans peoples’ sources of income being far more likely to come from non-traceable sources and employers. Learn more about its emergency survival fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, and tip-based workers at gladdaylit.ca. The Photographer FundUpdated April 8, 2020 – Format is made up of a Canadian team of experts working at the intersection of the tech and creative spaces geared to help photographers succeed and thrive. Freelance photographers are prime examples of vulnerable people in times of severe economic turbulence and The Photographer Fund has $25,000 for photographers struggling to make ends meet. Learn more at format.com. COVID-19 Supports for AlbertansUpdated April 6, 2020 – The Government of Alberta’s Emergency Isolation Support program is now closed after successfully distributing about $91.7 million to 79,596 eligible Albertans since the launch of the program—close to double the amount originally allocated. This was a temporary program to provide one-time funding until the Government of Canada announced its own support program. Updated March 26, 2020 – The Alberta government is providing immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families and vulnerable populations. These include a one-time emergency isolation support payment, a utility payment deferral, a student loan repayment deferral, and an education property tax freeze. Find a breakdown of the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 supports at alberta.ca. Broken Pencil's COVID Zine Micro GrantUpdated April 5, 2020 – Broken Pencil is putting up $1,600 of its own cash towards this project, and we are asking zine lovers and unusually wealthy eccentrics to help match it. If it hits the goal of $3,200, they will offer eight different $400 grants for zine creators whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic. All grant recipients have to do is make a zine during this bizarre time! Learn more and apply at docs.google.com. National Theatre School of Canada Art ApartUpdated March 23, 2020 – The National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) is allocating $60,000 in support of emerging artists (as 80 grants of $750). These funds will be granted to theatre artists in training, or artists who have completed a theatre training program within the past five years, to present a piece of art online. Theatre artists currently enrolled in and artists graduated within the past five years from a theatre training program anywhere in Canada are invited to submit a project. NTS recognizes that university and conservatory-type training programs are not accessible to everyone and therefore encourages artists who consider themselves to be in training (mentorship or culturally specific learning) to submit their work. Find all the details at ent-nts.ca. Scam Warning NEW Government of CanadaUpdated September 16, 2020 – Beware of fraudulent emails, texts, or calls about repaying benefits or requesting personal information. Call the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre to report a scam at 1.888.495.8501. There are many fraud types, including new ones invented daily. Taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number. These scams may insist that this personal information is needed so that the taxpayer can receive a refund or a benefit payment. Cases of fraudulent communication could also involve threatening or coercive language to scare individuals into paying fictitious debt to the CRA. Other communications urge taxpayers to visit a fake CRA website where the taxpayer is then asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. These are scams and taxpayers should never respond to these fraudulent communications or click on any of the links provided. Learn more at canada.ca. City of CalgaryUpdated May 21, 2020 – There have been reports of a text message claiming to be from The City of Calgary asking for personal information to be sent to a Hotmail account. Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate fraud and cyber crime. The City is not texting Calgarians nor offering citizens $135.60 a month. Visit antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca for a list of scams to be aware of. Canadian Bankers AssociationUpdated April 27, 2020 – Local groups have reported community members receiving Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) scam calls, emails, and texts. These scam messages inform you that you, or someone in your household, are eligible for CERB. The message purports to come from a government agency such as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), or from your financial institution, saying you have received a deposit from the CRA, or important information about the CERB. If you receive any messages like this, do not share your SIN, date of birth, or credit card information. Visit cba.ca for more information on how to spot the latest government benefits scam. Calgary Police ServiceUpdated March 26, 2020 – The Calgary Police Service reminds citizens to be aware of various scams related to COVID-19. There have been reports of people getting calls and texts in which residents are told they have tested positive for COVID-19. The scammer then asks for health card numbers, ID information, and your credit card number. Alberta Health Services will never ask for credit card information and asks you to report the attempt by calling the non-emergency line for local law enforcement. Other scams include fraudulent texts indicating that the Emergency Relief Fund has deposited $1,375.50 into people’s bank accounts. Be sure to visit the government’s website directly for reliable information. Cyber criminals are also sending emails that claim to provide information about COVID-19 and provide links to websites or include attachments. These links and attachments can contain malware and are a threat to networks, systems, and data. Be diligent and exercise caution when reviewing all emails. Visit the Calgary Police Service’s Facebook page for more information. Helpful Links Government Agencies Calgary Emergency Management Agency: The City of Calgary’s response to COVID-19. Alberta Health Services: Information and guidance from Alberta Health Services (AHS) regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19. AHS is the lead agency for any health operations and public communications. Government of Alberta: Learn about COVID-19 and actions being taken to protect the health of Albertans. Health Canada: Travel health notice. Government of Canada: A hub of information from the Federal Government including updates, a breakdown of government response, and resources. Arts Sector Resources Canadian Funders Calgary Arts Development: A disaster preparedness plan for the arts. Rozsa Foundation: An update from the foundation on COVID-19. Alberta Foundation for the Arts: COVID-19 information for AFA stakeholders. Government of Alberta: An online toolkit for artist and non-profit organizations to pivot to digital content and operations. Canada Council for the Arts: How COVID-19 is affecting its programs and services. Canadian Heritage: Information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19. Advocacy Groups Imagine Canada: Information for the Canadian nonprofit sector including breakdowns of parliamentary updates and advocacy news. IntegralOrg: COVID-19 resources for nonprofits and charities. IntegralOrg: COVID-19 resource kit for nonprofit and charitable employers. CARFAC: CARFAC’s response to COVID-19. I Lost My Gig Canada: A space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share impact stories and resources. Canadian Live Music Association: COVID-19 federal aid package and the live music industry. Professional Association Canadian Theatres: of The PACT COVID-19 resource page includes information from Canadian Actors Equity and a theatre pandemic plan. Alberta Arts Service Organizations Music Calgary: COVID-19 resource links. Alberta Media Arts Alliance: COVID-19 information page for media artists. Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation: An organization that informs, supports, connects, and establishes newcomer and immigrant artists. Alberta Dance Alliance: Resources for dancers in need of help during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Writers’ Guild of Alberta: COVID-19 information page for Alberta authors. Theatre Alberta: Resources for Alberta’s theatre community. CARFAC Alberta: Resources for Alberta’s visual arts community. IATSE 212: A union representing entertainment technicians, artists, and craftspeople in Southern Alberta. Other LEAN Canada: A Leadership Emergency Arts Network sharing information for organizations. Momentum: A full listing of all financial supports for people impacted by COVID-19. CBC Arts: A continuously updated list of funding resources for Canadian artists and freelancers. CBC News: An interactive list if financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19. COVID-19 Freelance Artist & Writer Resources: A list of resources for Canadian artists, writers, and media workers during COVID-19 shutdowns. Business Resources Alberta Biz Connect: Workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely. Tourism Calgary: COVID-19 business continuity and reopening resources for tourism partners. Calgary Emergency Management Agency: A business continuity checklist specific for infectious disease outbreak. Calgary Chamber: Emergency preparedness resources for businesses. Momentum: A full listing of all financial supports for businesses impacted by COVID-19. International Resources Grantmakers in the Arts: An update and action items for COVID-19 and arts funding. Americans for the Arts: A COVID-19 resource and response centre. Hyperallergic: An international daily report on how COVID-19 is impacting the art world. Artnews: An international daily report on how COVID-19 is impacting the art world. COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources: A list specifically designed to serve freelance artists and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. Events in the Community Listings YYC What’s On: Calgary Arts Development is continuing to update our events calendar as more information becomes available. If you are an event planner or organizer with a postponed or cancelled event, please email us at email@example.com so we can update the listings and share your information. CJSW Events Calendar: CJSW is compiling an updated list of online events so that everyone can still engage with their local community in meaningful ways. Rozsa Foundation: A list of online arts programs and opportunities offered by Alberta artists and arts organizations. #LoveYYC from Home: As Calgary comes together in challenging times, Tourism Calgary invites you to stay connected with our community with online experiences you can take part in from the comfort of your own home. Support local and check it out. CBC Arts: A weekly list of online arts events throughout the country. Webinars & Town Halls What the Fund? CERB, CESB, and the Individual Artist: David Cheoros (Edmonton Arts Council Strategic Investments & Community Relations Specialist) and David van Belle (Theatre Alberta) lead a discussion with Janis Richards (JRich Business Services) and Derek Stevenson (ATB Financial – Branch for Arts & Culture) to answer some of the questions artists may have about how CERB and CESB will affect them. DigitalASO (Phase 2): This free, English-language webinar provides an introduction to planned activities for DigitalASO (Phase 2), a national strategic effort to bolster digital justice and foster an inclusive ecosystem for shared digital innovation in Canadian arts and culture. Register and take part on May 13, 2020. Calgary Chamber #Here4YYC Webinar Series: As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, the Calgary Chamber will be hosting a daily webinar providing resources, information, and support to help you and your business through the uncertainty. The webinar will take place from 11:00 to 11:30am, Monday to Friday. CPHR Alberta Webinar Series on HR Pandemic Essentials: CPHR Alberta is offering a free webinar series for Canadian HR professionals who are navigating work during the coronavirus pandemic. From March 31 to April 23, 2020, check out two webinars per week with industry experts. PACT Weekly Town Hall Meeting: PACT is convening a weekly town hall meeting every Thursday to discuss the effects of the pandemic on Canadian theatre. They are free and open to all managers, producers, and administrators in the Canadian performing arts—whether or not your company is a PACT Member. Cancellations & Postponements CBC Calgary: COVID-19 local updates along with cancellations and closures. Global Calgary: COVID-19 cancellations and postponements. Calgary Arts Google Doc: A crowdsourced list of show and work cancellations due to COVID-19 measures.