McGuinty Government Creating Opportunity In Art And Culture Industries

    Training Projects Develop Business Skills For Theatre, Film, Television
    and Museums

    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing in
projects to help Ontario's artists enhance their business skills, Caroline Di
Cocco, Minister of Culture and Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges
and Universities, announced today.
    "We're sharpening the business edge of Ontario's arts and culture scene,"
Bentley said at an industry session for the Hot Docs Canadian International
Documentary Film Festival. "Cultural organizations such as Hot Docs are
sharing their expertise to help artists succeed both at home and in the global
    The Ministry of Culture's Status of the Artist report, released last
fall, identified a need in the arts community for business training. Today
Bentley announced that the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is
investing more than $600,000 this year in human resources, entrepreneurial and
professional development projects in the arts sector through the Sector
Initiatives Fund.
    "We believe it is the role of government to help create an environment in
which artists and our cultural industries can flourish," said Di Cocco. "These
projects will help better equip our artists to compete globally and adapt to
changes in the marketplace."
    Hot Docs receives support from the Sector Initiatives Fund for their Doc
Lab and Doc U projects. Doc Lab pairs veteran and up-and-coming filmmakers in
workshops where their teaching and mentoring will be filmed for future
educational uses. Doc U gives recent film graduates insight into the practical
'nuts and bolts' of the craft not currently available through standard
academic programs.
    "We are extremely grateful to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities and the Ministry of Culture for their ongoing support of these
valuable core programs," said Chris McDonald, Hot Docs' Executive Director.
"Professional development opportunities such as Doc Lab and Doc U are an
essential investment in the industry's creative future and we're pleased the
government shares our commitment to making them available."

    Other organizations being funded include:

        -  The Stratford Festival
        -  The Ontario Museum Association
        -  Women in Film and Television - Toronto
        -  The Cultural Careers Council of Ontario.

    The Sector Initiatives Fund is part of Employment Ontario, the province's
employment and training network. Employment Ontario expands opportunities and
strengthens Ontario's economy by removing barriers to training and
strengthening links to employment. Employment Ontario provides almost
$1 billion in integrated training, apprenticeship and labour market services,
bringing together about 1,200 service providers in all regions of the

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    The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities supports several
initiatives to develop training programs and materials for arts and culture
workers. The Sector Initiatives Fund supports the following projects in the
cultural sector:

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is launching two new
    training initiatives, Doc Lab and Doc U, to give new and mid-career
    filmmakers the opportunity to learn from industry veterans through mentor

    Women in Film and Television - Toronto is working with the Schulich
    School of Business at York University to develop a pilot entry-level
    post-graduate certificate program for new film and television
    entrepreneurs and a management level post-graduate certificate program
    for mid-level film and television professionals and business owners.

    The Stratford Festival is developing pilot curriculum for a number of
    positions in the theatre sector, including apprentice technical director,
    props and scenic art, cutters and tailors and customer service for people
    with disabilities.

    Cultural Careers Council Ontario is expanding its online inventory of
    human resources tools and developing pilot programs in business and
    entrepreneurial skills as well as a training program for senior managers.

    The Ontario Museum Association is preparing two courses on revenue
    management for online delivery and exploring options for adapting a

    Tanya Blazina                        Guy Lepage
    Ministry of Training,                Ministry of Culture
    Colleges and Universities            416-314-3497

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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY: 1-800-263-2892; Ministry of
Culture, Mark Thompson, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4071; Guy Lepage,
Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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