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

Pablo Rodriguez Appointed New Minister of Canadian Heritage in Trudeau Cabinet Shuffle

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, who served in the role from 2015-2018, has been newly appointed as Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie.

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City of Kelowna Seeks Public Input on Cultural Plan

The City of Kelowna encourages its citizens to complete an online survey by August 31 to help dictate its 2020-2025 Cultural Plan.

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City of Vancouver Secures $400K in Funding for Music Industry

City of Vancouver Secures $400K in Funding for Music Industry

The City has also approved four recommendations to support a wide variety of small to large-scale outdoor events.

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City of Vancouver Releases "Making Space for Arts and Culture: 2018 Cultural Infrastructure Plan"

City of Vancouver Releases "Making Space for Arts and Culture: 2018 Cultural Infrastructure Plan"

The new report, approved by City Council on July 10, details key gaps in the City’s existing Cultural Infrastructure Plan, along with nine immediate recommendations create and expand cultural space in Vancouver.

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City of Vancouver Approves Over $1.6 Million in Cultural Grant Allocations

City of Vancouver Approves Over $1.6 Million in Cultural Grant Allocations

On June 5, Vancouver City Council approved four major cultural grant programs that support creative communities, awarding $1.6 million in funding to 134 recipients.

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City of Vancouver Staff Provides Updates on Creative City Strategy

City of Vancouver Staff Provides Updates on Creative City Strategy

On May 15, City staff presented to Vancouver City Council on the early findings of the Creative City Strategy. The presentation was an update on what the City has heard so far from the community during the preliminary engagement phase.

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UK Arts & Culture Round-Up: New Funding Research and a New Cultural Plan for London

UK Arts & Culture Round-Up: New Funding Research and a New Cultural Plan for London

Mayor Sadiq Khan introduces a new draft cultural plan for the City of London themed around access, and new research sheds light on repayable finance for arts and culture organizations.

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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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Federal Government Releases 2018 Budget

Federal Government Releases 2018 Budget

The 2018 federal budget, released February 27, includes support of Indigenous heritage and investment in Canadian content.

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How Does BC’s Culture Economy Compare to the Rest of Canada? Annual Report Sheds Light

The Culture Satellite Account has released the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators report, which measures the provincial economic importance of culture and sport, for 2016.

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Province Launches Community Resilience Through Arts and Culture Pilot Program

Province Launches Community Resilience Through Arts and Culture Pilot Program

The Province of British Columbia has launched the Community Resilience Through Arts and Culture Fund, to support arts and culture by and for communities outside both the Metro Vancouver Regional District and the Capital Regional District. The deadline for submissions is March 2.

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BC Government Increases Funding for International Presence Program

BC Government Increases Funding for International Presence Program

The Province is increasing its investment in the program, which showcases BC artists internationally, by $100,000 to $350,000.

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Sandra Singh Named Vancouver's New GM of Arts, Culture and Community Services

Sandra Singh Named Vancouver's New GM of Arts, Culture and Community Services

Singh, currently chief librarian of the Vancouver Public Library, will take over the role from Kathleen Llewelyn-Thomas in April.

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Minister Joly Presents Three Main Pillars of Creative Canada

Minister Joly Presents Three Main Pillars of Creative Canada

The priorities include increased funding to the Canada Media Fund, review of the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act, and a five-year, $125 million investment in creative industries.

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City of Vancouver Releases Draft 2018 Budget

City of Vancouver Releases Draft 2018 Budget

Among the planned investments, the City will contribute $580,000 in grants for arts and culture, following recommendations from the initial phase of the Creative City Strategy development.

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A Message from Our Executive Director

Last week, NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert told Brenda Leadlay that the NDP plans to keep its election platform promises, including doubling the budget for BC Arts Council.

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Lisa Beare Named New Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture

Lisa Beare Named New Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Beare was named to the newly created position when the new Executive Council of British Columbia was sworn in on July 18.

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CBC/Radio-Canada Seeks New President/CEO and Board Members

Appointment opportunities at CBC/Radio-Canada, including positions on the board of directors and as president/CEO of the corporation, are now open to the public. Deadlines for each position can be found inside.

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BC Liberals Pledge to Double BC Arts Council Budget in Throne Speech

BC Liberals Pledge to Double BC Arts Council Budget in Throne Speech

In the BC Liberal Party's throne speech delivered at the B.C. Legislature on June 22, Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon pledged that the government would double the budget of the BC Arts Council, in line with the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's recommendations.

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Federal Government Suspends Private Right of Action Provision in Anti-Spam Legislation

The private right of action provision of the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which would have allowed class action lawsuits against individuals and organizations in violation of the legislation, has been suspended. CASL comes into effect on July 1.

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