At the forefront of our minds throughout this challenging year has been the diverse community of local artists and ensembles who call the Centre home. Thanks to the generosity of the over 1,000 donors to our Performer Support Fund, we have been able to provide a payment to each and every one of our co-presentation series artists and ensembles whose scheduled performances have been directly affected by our period of closure. That’s over 500 musicians, across nearly 250 events!
Beyond these support payments in lieu of cancelled concerts, donations to the Performer Support Fund have also enabled us to engage some of our artists to create new performances and content for our digital channels. If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you might have enjoyed some of the intimate recitals featuring favourite local artists in our new “At Home With…” series, which have already had over 60,000 views! If you’d like to find out more about how you can make a contribution to support these wonderful musicians, please visit our website here.
Beyond providing financial assistance, and creating new employment opportunities, we are also focussed on helping our community of artists navigate these difficult times by providing unique professional development. In September, we were thrilled to bring together more than 50 of our local artists for the online launch of Artist Assembly. Led by Susan Eldridge, of Notable Values, this new program of workshops, mentoring, and discussion sessions is designed to provide local artists of all career stages with practical skills and inspiring resources to help them thrive in their professional practices. We extend our sincere thanks to all of our Artist Development pillar donors who have contributed to this unique initiative, including those who generously supported at our gala dinner back in February, and we look forward to sharing more information about this unique program in the coming months.