The Canadian Arts Coalition offers three recommendations for the development of the 2018 federal budget: the implementation of the Artist’s Resale Right, a review of the Copyright Act, and investments in arts programs at the Department of Canadian Heritage. The submission addresses the two themes – productivity and competitiveness – referenced in the submission solicitation.
“The themes of productivity and competitiveness are very timely, because several legislative and labour-related issues require the attention of the federal government,” says Kate Cornell, Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition and Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly. “The government responded positively to the Coalition’s requests for investments in cultural infrastructure and in the Canada Council for the Arts, and we are very grateful for that recognition. We believe today’s recommendations will enable Canada to make the most of these ambitious investments.”
On the legislative side, implementing the Artist’s Resale Right would grant visual artists, especially Indigenous artists, the right to collect royalties on the resale of their works. Simlarly, a review of the Copyright Act and clarity on fair dealing provisions would ensure fair compensation for the educational use of copyright-protected work, and the continued production of Canadian-learning resources for our students.
The Coalition also offers three recommendations regarding the suite of arts programs at the Department of Canadian Heritage for consideration in 2018 and beyond: an increase to the funding to the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund for performing arts presenters and festivals; investment in the training and development through two essential programs (Canadian Arts Training Fund and Building Careers in Heritage); and a raise to the annual cap on the Endowment Incentives of the Canada Cultural Investment fund. The rationale for these increases offers a comprehensive outlook at the production chain and identifies synergies with other federal investments such as the doubling funding at Canada Council for the Arts and the Showcasing Canada initiative.
These recommendations were identified as priorities by 31 member associations during consultations held in May 2017. Participation of the Canadian Arts Summit and its Advocacy Committee is essential during this process – the Coalition is grateful for the Summit’s assistance.
The deadline to make submissions is Friday, August 4th. For more information on how to make a submission you can visit the Finance Committee website.