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Jeff Alexander is the President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. He has overseen the activities of the orchestra’s 125th anniversary season; worked in support of the wide range of education and community engagement program; supported and represented the organization on multiple domestic and international tours; and led a process to develop a new strategic […]


The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation report and its calls to action destabilized many common assumptions about relationships between Indigenous and settler communities in Canada. In response to the report, many orchestras and other cultural institutions began to examine how we engage with our communities, and to rethink the ways in which we collaborate and partner […]


Updated April 9th, 2020 The Government of Canada has announced details for the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program offering a 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a rate of 75 per cent of the […]


The Ontario Arts Council has changed some of its grant program deadlines for this spring, and you can click through to details from this page. The OAC also has useful and regularly-updated COVID-19 FAQs on its website, here. Minister’s Town Hall Meeting This morning, March 26, Lisa Macleod (Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture […]


We encourage you to download the PDF of this letter and to share it with your MP. Download Letter PDF A template for a ‘cover letter’ email is also available for your use here: Download Cover Letter Sent by email to: The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage; The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of […]


As of April 13th, 2020, jobs posted on Orchestras Canada’s job board will require remuneration information. This could take the form of: an annual salary (or salary range) an hourly rate (or range) a per service rate a total amount, for contract work or an RFP for example Pro-bono jobs or professional development opportunities will […]


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Blog post by Nick Walshe, Orchestras Canada Last month, I attended the Canadian Opera Company’s (COC) second Digital Stage Symposium. The Digital Stage is a collaborative project between the COC, the National Ballet of Canada, and Sheridan College’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre, and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. It […]


As part of our advocacy work, we’ve prepared a leave-behind document, useful for meetings with federal and provincial members of parliament, or indeed for any meeting where you’re hoping to demonstrate the value of orchestras to a decision-maker. This document also highlights some key facts about orchestras in Canada, and summarizes our four most recent […]


As part of our commitment to promoting Canadian content, we have added a Canadian Holiday Repertoire Library to our website and are inviting you to submit works appropriate for the holiday period, written by Canadian composers. We hope that this collection will grow and make it as easy as possible for music directors and artistic […]