The BC Alliance’s skills development opportunities include sessions on topics of importance to artists and cultural workers.

Our workshops and webinars are presented by some of the top experts in their fields.

BC Alliance members receive discounted rates on workshops and other professional development opportunities. 

We are proud to offer ASL interpretation and remote access via live streaming to all of our workshops and information sessions. Simply select these options on the registration form.  

Questions? Check out our FAQ below, or contact Joyce Wan, administrative coordinator, at 604 681 3535 (201) or

Grant Writing Success with Mary Ann Anderson


Writing a successful grant application can be a challenge – both for long-time applicants, as well as newcomers to the process. And an increasingly competitive grant environment can make success even tougher to achieve.

The BC Alliance offers a suite of workshops to help your grant stand out from the crowd. Mary Ann Anderson, of Little Dog Creative Consulting, offers Grant Writing 101 (note: this workshop has ended), a foundational workshop, followed by a two-session clinic: Grant Writing for Individuals and Organizations. See below for more information.



WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2018; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 1, 2018; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
COST: $90.00 BC Alliance members | $170.00 non-members

This two-session workshop provides participants hands-on learning via a collective writing clinic. Take this opportunity to tap the “hive mind” of your colleagues and Little Dog Creative Consulting: Bring your toughest grant question, and we’ll tackle it together! This is a great opportunity to gain crucial practical experience in constructing clear and effective narrative, and demystifying budget forms. Due to the participatory nature of this session, we regret that we are unable to offer remote access via livestream.

This workshop is tailored to individual artists and arts organizations who are seeking an applied approach to enhancing their grant writing practice. If you are looking for the workshop previously being offered titled GRANT WRITING FOR INDIVIDUALS, it has been merged into this workshop due to insufficient registration.


About the Presenter

Mary Ann S. Anderson is a Vancouver-based arts administrator, who has worked in the local cultural community since 1989. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Arts Administration Program, Mary Ann has been the executive director of a number of organizations, including arts service groups, galleries, artist cooperatives and municipal government agencies. Mary Ann has considerable experience in public fundraising, and in the development of fundraising plans and has forged successful relationships with funding agencies across the country. Over the course of 12 years, she was responsible for the delivery of the North Vancouver municipal granting program, working with 50+ arts organizations. Mary Ann is the founder of Little Dog Creative Consulting, which provides consulting services in the areas of arts management, organizational planning, capacity building and public fundraising.

Digital Ladders Information Session

 Image: Istock.

Image: Istock.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 2018; 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. OR Tuesday, November 20, 2018; 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
WHERE: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
COST: Free

Want to know more about how you can participate in the BC Alliance's far-reaching digital literacy initiative, Digital Ladders? Attend one of two free info sessions with Nudge Consulting president Sue Biely and digital expert Robert Ouimet. Sue and Robert will explain the program and its structure, introduce the lead facilitators and program designers, review application forms, selection processes and key dates, and answer any questions you may have about this innovative initiative.

About the Presenters

Sue Biely is a trailblazer in Canadian independent media, designing and facilitating projects to enable the sector to adapt to and utilize ever-changing forces. With a history in content, policy, business models, conference design, workshop delivery, partnerships and campaigns, Sue continually works to bring a diversity of voices and mediums to storytelling and innovation for the common good. 

Robert Ouimet is an award-winning journalist. He joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the ’80s where he created and produced a half dozen network shows for CBC Radio in Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver. His Vancouver team created some of the CBC’s first digital projects, and under his leadership, its websites and radio programs won more than 30 international awards, including the Prix Italia, New York Festival, and multiple Webby awards. Since 2003, Robert has worked as an independent media consultant working with clients like Microsoft and the National Film Board of Canada.

Financial Management with Linda Gorrie


Enhance your financial toolkit with these workshops from arts administrator and financial whiz Linda Gorrie. Register for both workshops for a 20% discount.



WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2018; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
COST: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream

Learn the basics of finance for your arts, culture or heritage organization, including: full cycle accounting; understanding financial statements; cash vs, accrual accounting; financial statement types and presentation; the role of the manager in working with a bookkeeper and accountants; communicating with your board of directors; operating and project budget management; reporting (external and internal); external reporting (CADAC, WCB, charities, not-for-profits, etc.); managing cash flow, and more.


WHEN: Thursday, November 22, 2018; 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
COST: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream

How can you plan and manage the growth of your organization? Do your financial projections reflect internal capacity? Is program delivery driving the organization at the expense of investing in organizational capacity? Let this workshop guide you as you develop your financial strategy. You'll learn about revenue diversification, evaluating fundraising readiness, financial management and organizational capacity, budget revision, internal and external reporting, and long term financial strategy and sustainability.

Basics of Finance for Arts and Culture Organizations
Financial Strategy for Arts and Culture Organizations
Special Rate: Finance Workshops with Linda Gorrie

About the Presenter

Linda Gorrie has been working as a professional arts administrator since 1984, most recently as administrative director of Playwrights Theatre Centre (1998-2013), director of finance and administration for the Vancouver International Film Festival Society (2013-2017) and business management consultant to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and grunt gallery (2004-present). She participated in the Banff Centre School of Management Arts Management Program (1987), was a member of the Executive Director’s Learning Circle (Vantage Point) and was awarded the Mary Phillips Prize at the 2005 Jessie Theatre Awards. She served as treasurer of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) (2005-2015), and chairperson of the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation (2008-2015). She is currently a board member for Neworld Theatre.

Digital Marketing for Arts: Facebook + Instagram Advertising

 Image:  Salavat Fidai .

WHEN: Wednesday, November 28, 2018; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
COST: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream

In this follow-up to last spring's popular workshop, digital arts marketer Brian Paterson sheds more light on the diverse world of online marketing. Taking a highly practical approach, Brian will delve into specifics and strategies for online marketing platforms that offer arts and culture organizations some of the highest returns: Facebook and Instagram. In this session, participants will explore case studies that highlight best practices and sound strategies, and equip them with working knowledge and advanced tactics to start planning their own campaigns.

About the Presenter

Brian Paterson is a partner at Murray Paterson Marketing Group (MPMG), an award-winning marketing agency dedicated exclusively to servicing the arts and creative industries. A classically trained actor, Brian discovered a broader stage for his talents by marrying his intimate knowledge of the arts with his skill and passion for marketing. With MPMG, he provides digital marketing expertise to organizations including Bard on the Beach, PuSh International Festival for the Performing Arts, Eastside Culture Crawl, and Vancouver Folk Music Festival, among others.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the BC Alliance's workshops take place?

All sessions take place in the BC Alliance boardroom (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver) unless otherwise noted.

Where should I park while attending a workshop?

Parking is available at 980 Howe Street at an all-day rate of $10. 

Can I access the sessions remotely?

If you're outside the Lower Mainland, or are otherwise unable to attend these workshops in person, watch and submit your questions from where you are with live online access. To join us digitally, select the Livestream option from the registration form. You will receive a link to the video by email.    

If you have any questions about livestreaming, contact Joyce Wan, administrative coordinator, at 604 681 3535 (201) or


We are proud to offer ASL interpretation at all of our workshops and information sessions. Please indicate on the registration form whether you will require ASL interpretation.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

48 hours cancellation notice is required to obtain a full refund.  

Do you record your workshop sessions? wHAT IF i DON'T WANT TO BE CAPTURED ON CAMERA?

Registrants who attend workshops or info sessions in person consent to potentially being recorded on video. If you do not give permission to be recorded, please contact Joyce Wan before the session, at 604 681 3535 (201) or

I have a question you haven't answered here! Who should i contact?

Contact Joyce Wan, administrative coordinator, at 604 681 3535 (201) or

Previous Sessions

Other 2018 workshops and info sessions have included:

Grants 101: an information session

Date: February 1, 2018
Facilitator(s): Walter Quan & Douglas Durand
Type: Free Info Session

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Arts Leading The Way

Date: February 21, 2018
Facilitator(s): Naomi Cromwell
Type: Workshop

Community Gaming Grants Program – What’s New for 2018

Date: March 5, 2018
Facilitator(s): Mike Sherman
Type: Info Session

Principles of Digital Marketing for Arts

Date: March 14, 2018
Facilitator(s): Brian Paterson
Type: Workshop

Digital Records Management in Three Steps: A Guide for Small Organizations

Date: March 28, 2018
Facilitator(s): Rhiannon Herbert
Type: Workshop

CSA Presentation on the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators

Date: April 5, 2018
Facilitator(s): Department of Canadian Heritage
Type: Free Webinar

Foundation Funding for Arts Organizations

Date: May 2, 2018
Facilitator(s): Grant Advance
Type: Info Session


Date: October 10, 2018 
Facilitator(s): Mary Ann Anderson
Type: Workshop

Workshop Proposals

Have a suggestion or a proposal for a workshop? Send an email to Brenda Leadlay, executive director.