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Dance Ontario's Creative Partnership Program will provide $2,000 in production/creation support to each of two choreographers for NEW work to be premiered at DanceWeekend'19 next January. Choreographers whose membership is current at the time of submission are eligible to apply.

All forms of dance will be considered and two works each approximately 15 minutes in length will be selected.

Announcing: Arts Action Now!
Arts Action Now is Ontarians for the Arts primary activism vehicle.
We are looking for insightful, knowledgeable and proactive community leaders to volunteer as arts advocates and meet with local MPPs and Candidates. We encourage to you get involved! 

Toronto Dance Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Whitford as its new Managing Director. Ms Whitford has been working at the intersection of arts and business as an independent producer for the past decade in both Toronto and London, UK. She is currently the manager of Culture & Arts at Baycrest Health Sciences, overseeing a dynamic team of professionals who enrich older adults’ lives through cultural programming.

The following has been recdeived from the RAD's Clarke MacIntosh who has been working diligently to reduce current licensing fees -
On January 12, 2018 the Copyright Board issued an updated Tariff 6.B for the years 2013-2017. This recent determination increases the tariff for dance schools rather significantly:  

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Settlement Tariff 6.B

A recent change to the rules in the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) will be a huge step forward for artists in Ontario who get benefits from these income support programs and receive arts grants.

On December 13, 2017, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) announced that, effective that day, arts grants are exempt as income and assets in both ODSP and OW.

The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) is surprised by Budget 2018’s oversight of artists. This budget focuses on women, Indigenous, and marginalized members of the Canadian society, which is commendable. Yet, if the goal was to highlight precarious workers, the federal government missed the opportunity to recognize the role that 650,000 cultural workers play in the Canadian economy. Based on the Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada, the average income of artists is 32% lower than other workers.

City Council passed its 2018 operating budget on February 12, including a $2 million increase to arts funding, $500,000 of which will go to Toronto Arts Council. With this increase, the City has finally met its longstanding $25 per capita funding target. We thank and acknowledge City Council for all its good work contributing to this achievement.

At DanceWeekend's 25th Anniversary Edition, Claire Whitaker received this year's Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award from last year's recipient, Tess Vosper.
She was nominated by Patricia Fraser, Artistic Director of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Image: Patricia Fraser and Claire Whitaker

Eleanor McMahon will leave Tourism, Culture & Sport for the Treasury and Daiene Vernile, who represents Kitchener Centre, is now Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Daiene Vernile was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Kitchener Centre.

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