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March 2014 Member's Newsletter

This month's edition features Membership Renewal; a Report from Kate Cornell on What the Federal Budget means to the Dance Community; and advocacy alert...announcing the 2014 CADA/West Annual Conference.

It's Membership renewal time!

Please fill out this membership renewal form and return it to us, along with your fees and current dance CV, by April 1 for your membership year April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015.

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For those of you in our Professional and Emerging Membership categories, we're pleased to announce an increase to the TSP pool for 2014–15, to $35,000—our biggest pool ever!

If you're a Student Member, renewing gets you the same great Professional Discounts at associated businesses, including studios and clothing stores.

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What the Federal Budget means to the Dance Community

By Kate Cornell, Executive Director of the CDA

On February 11th, I had the privilege of being the English-language spokesperson for the Canadian Arts Coalition’s response to the Federal Budget. In meetings leading up to the day, members of the Coalition expected no mention of the arts whatsoever. So, when we got the budget document – we were pleasantly surprised.

The programs at the Department of Canadian Heritage were renewed for five years and the Canada Council was allotted $25 Million for five years (this is NOT new money, but money Council no longer has to apply for on an annual basis). So, what does this all mean for dance???

The programs at the Department of Canadian Heritage include CAPF – Canada Arts Presentation Fund. This is the primary source of funding for dance presenters and festivals. Presenters and festivals produce/commission choreographers who in turn hire dancers. The renewal of CAPF is significant for the dance community. Presenters and festivals are at the centre of the dance ecology and if they don’t have consistent funding – the rest of the community suffers.

As I mentioned in this Georgia Straight article, this is not new money but it is a step in the right direction. As Chair of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Arts Coalition, I will continue to advocate on behalf of the dance community.

Do you have any comments on this report? We would love to hear from you: contact us

Advocacy Alert

Save the date!

The 2014 CADA/West Annual Conference will take place May 10, 1–5pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Stay tuned to next month's newsletter for more details, but this year's theme is Communication.

Many ideas and actions arise out of these events. See what went down the last two years:

2013 CADA/West Member's Unconference
2012 CADA/West Member's Unconference

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