Conference 2019: Small Budget Orchestra Day

9am – 10am Check-in, coffee and snacks

Coffee break sponsored by Honens.

10am – 2pm Small Budget Orchestra Sessions
  • 10am: Welcome and round table introductions
  • 10:30am: Show Me The Money! Busting Myths and Customizing Your Fund- Raising Strategy. Jerry Smith, General Manager, First Stage Arts Consultants.
  • 11am: Avoiding Disaster: Seven things to watch out for. Steve Smith, Statistician, Orchestras Canada
  • 12pm: Lunch and networking, Rehearsal Hall B
  • 12:45pm: What makes a great funding proposal? Q and A with a special guest who has seen a lot of them!
  • 1:15pm: HR on a dime: finding the people to do the work. Jeanne LeSage, LeSage Arts.
  • 1:45pm: Wrap up and thanks
2pm – 4pm: Breakout Sessions by Topic. Designing 21st Century…


  • Orchestral training and career paths. Long-term solutions and short term “hacks” for diversifying orchestras, chaired by Nelson McDougall.
  • Fundraising Workshop. With Jayne Watson, CEO of the National Arts Centre Foundation.
  • What is Resilience Anyway? Rehearsal Hall A. Workshop led by Patrick Towell (Golant Media Ventures, and The Audience Agency).

4pm – 4:30pm: Coffee Break

Sponsored by Dean Artists Management.

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Arts Data You Can Use

Aimé Dontigny and Alexis Andrew (Canada Council for the Arts) present a report on the Canada Council’s recent research relevant to orchestras. Highlights will include a presentation of the Council’s recent analysis of Canadian orchestra trends; an introduction to the Council’s work on the qualitative impact of the arts; and an overview of the Council’s pilot survey of the demographic composition of Canadian artistic institutions’ employees and boards.

Simultaneous interpretation for this session is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

9pm A conversation over drinks, hosted by OC’s Advocacy Committee

What would you like to see on Orchestras Canada’s federal advocacy calendar this year – pre-election, and following? Find out what your peers are thinking, share your own perspectives, and learn how you can get involved. This meeting will be hosted by OC advocacy chair Andrew Bennett. Metropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex St.