The latest news on BC's arts, culture and heritage sector.

Vancouver City Council Passes Culture|Shift Cultural Plan

Vancouver City Council has approved Culture|Shift, the new 10-year cultural plan prioritizes affordable and accessible spaces, cultural equity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization.

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Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Seeks Signatories for Performing Arts Code of Conduct

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Seeks Signatories for Performing Arts Code of Conduct

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts has issued a Canadian Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts, a series of guidelines to create “safer, more inclusive, respectful workplaces where artists can thrive, free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence.”

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$300,000 Vancouver Music Fund to Elevate Indigenous and Underrepresented Voices

$300,000 Vancouver Music Fund to Elevate Indigenous and Underrepresented Voices

The City of Vancouver and Creative BC have partnered on three new music grant programs to support Indigenous and underrepresented artists, which will be funded by the City’s $300,000 Vancouver Music Fund.

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Pacific Contact 2020 Opens Showcase Applications

Performing artists are encouraged to apply for the showcase, which takes place April 4-5, 2020 in Burnaby.

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New Report Sheds Light on Canadian Orchestras' Relationships with Indigenous People and PoC

New Report Sheds Light on Canadian Orchestras' Relationships with Indigenous People and PoC

Orchestras Canada’s new report, Re-sounding the Orchestra, presents an analysis of systemic inequality and coloniality in the orchestra, and offers recommendations to help advance diversity and equity.

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Kelly Tweeddale to Depart as VSO President

Kelly Tweeddale to Depart as VSO President

Tweeddale, who also serves as President of the VSO School of Music, will take on a new role with the San Francisco Ballet, effective September 3.

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Take Part in the Vancouver Music Strategy Conversation Series

Take Part in the Vancouver Music Strategy Conversation Series

Share your opinion to help shape the future of music in Vancouver at community feedback sessions on May 29 and June 26.

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Music BC Announces New Executive Director

After announcing the departure of Alex Grigg as executive director last week, Music BC has shared that Lindsay MacPherson has been hired as his successor.

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New Report: "Vitality and Impact of Arts Presenting"

New Report: "Vitality and Impact of Arts Presenting"

Performing arts presenters are a vital component of their communities and the overall arts ecology, according to a new research report by CAPACOA and Hill Strategies Research.

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BC Touring Council Offers "On the Road 2.0" Touring Workshop

On April 2-3 in Burnaby, the BC Touring Council is offering the "On the Road 2.0" Touring Workshop for young, aspiring emerging performers, agents, managers and administrators. The deadline to register is March 27.

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Vancouver Opera Hosts Upcoming Panel on Housing Crisis and Its Impact on Artists

Vancouver Opera Hosts Upcoming Panel on Housing Crisis and Its Impact on Artists

Moderated by BC Alliance executive director Brenda Leadlay, the panel, to take place January 23, will explore how the current housing affordability crisis is affecting artists’ quality of life in Vancouver.

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VSO Orchestral Institute Announces New Three-Year Partnership with University of British Columbia and 2019 Auditions

VSO Orchestral Institute Announces New Three-Year Partnership with University of British Columbia and 2019 Auditions

The VSO Orchestral Institute will be in residence in Vancouver in partnership with the University of British Columbia from June 24 to July 3, 2019. Musicians ages 15-25 are invited to apply to audition.

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Upcoming Panel: Promoting Mental Health in the Music Industry

Upcoming Panel: Promoting Mental Health in the Music Industry

Music BC is hosting a free panel on mental health in the music industry, to take place in downtown Vancouver on November 17.

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Vancouver International Jazz Festival Co-Founder Ken Pickering Dies at 66

The BC Alliance offers its sincere condolences on the passing of Ken Pickering, the co-founder and artistic director emeritus of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, who died of throat cancer on August 10.

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Applications Open for Pacific Contact 2019

Applications Open for Pacific Contact 2019

Pacific Contact, which takes place over four days from April 4-7 in Burnaby, is the BC Touring Council’s annual showcase and booking conference for the performing arts. The deadline to apply is Saturday, June 30.

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Creative BC Announces Amplify BC Funding Program Dates

Creative BC Announces Amplify BC Funding Program Dates

On May 24, Creative BC announced the opening of its first two Amplify BC funding programs and the timeline for all remaining program openings and deadlines.

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Applications Open for MusiCounts TD Community Music Program

Applications Open for MusiCounts TD Community Music Program

The program provides musical instruments and equipment to community centres, after-school programs and other community non-profit organizations. Applications are due by May 9.

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SOCAN Foundation Launches Indigenous Songwriter Award

SOCAN Foundation Launches Indigenous Songwriter Award

The winner of the TD Indigenous Songwriter Award receives a prize of $10,000 and will attend the Indigenous Music Awards gala in Winnipeg on May 18, 2018.

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BC Government Launches New $7.5 Million Fund for Music Industry

BC Government Launches New $7.5 Million Fund for Music Industry

Creative BC will work over the coming months to design and launch new programs focused on industry development, individual career development and live music events. 

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Four Canadian Music Festivals Pledge Gender Equality in Performer Lineups

Four Canadian music events have pledged gender parity across their lineups by 2022. They join an international movement led by the UK-based PRS Foundation, seeking to "[empower] women to transform the future of the music industry."

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