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CALL TO ACTION: Share the urgent need to fix fair dealing with the federal government

Over the past few months, Access Copyright has worked with a small group of authors to test out a book mailing campaign to push Prime Minister Trudeau and the federal government to reform the Copyright Act so that Canadian creators and publishers are paid for the use of their work by the education sector.

You may have seen authors such as Sylvia McNicollRobert Rotenberg and Amy Stuart on social media sharing that they mailed one of their books as well as personal letter to the PM.

Many of the authors who have taken part have received letters back from the PM’s office confirming their mailing were getting through and thanking them for sharing their work with the Prime Minister.

With that welcome news, it is now time to take this campaign to the next level.

That’s where we hope you will get involved.

It’s all part of an effort to bring to Ottawa’s attention the urgent need to address the education fair dealing exception, which has resulted in much of the education sector refusing to pay approximately $150 million in royalties for educational copying.

The federal government plans to introduce a bill later this year to update the Copyright Act to address its obligations under Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement to extend the term of copyright protection. They are also in the process of conducting a series of consultations around various aspects of copyright law which will inform additional the amendments to the Act. At this time, the government has not indicated any intention to address the harm caused by the education fair dealing exception.

This is deeply concerning as our creative sector has been dealing with the impact of this issue for almost a decade now. That’s why we are asking you to join this campaign today and share your work and your thoughts on what it means to be a Canadian creator with the PM, and why the federal government needs to take action to fix fair dealing.

Here is how you can get involved 

Mail one your books to Prime Minister Trudeau: Who better than you to share a Canadian story with the PM? Along with a book, include a personal note to him describing what trying to build a living as a professional writer looks like in Canada. How do you make ends meet? What sacrifices do you have to make? How has the loss of royalties from the education sector affected you? The mailing address is:

Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, P.C. , M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

 

Share your mailing on social media: Before you mail out your book, please take a picture and post it to your social media platforms, with an explanation of why you are sending your book to the PM—for example, “I mailed my latest book to Prime Minster Trudeau to remind him what supporting Canadian creators really means.” It’s important that Canadians see the faces behind our stories and their rich diversity.

Here is how to make your message heard

  • Tag Prime Minister Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau), Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault (@s_guilbeault) and Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne (@FP_Champagne).
  • Use the hashtags #IValueCdnStories & #cdnpoli.
  • Tag our organization as well as Access Copyright (@AccessCopyright) and I Value Canadian Stories (Twitter: @valuecdnstories; Facebook: @IValueCanadianStories; Instagram: @ivaluecanadianstories).
  • Please email editor@accesscopyright.ca to let us know you have mailed a book to the Prime Minister.

Encourage others to get involved: Help build the momentum by encouraging others in your network to take part.

Amplify what others are doing: Share posts related to the campaign. Just search for #IValueCdnStories on Twitter, Instagram in Facebook and then RT, share, like and comment away!

Have questions? We’re here to help. Email Access Copyright at editor@accesscopyright.ca.

The Arts and Culture Sector Needs Help 

ACT NOW! :

The Arts and Culture Sector Needs Help

 

March 9, 2021 – ArtsLink NB and the Association acadienne des artistes profesionnel.le.s du
Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB) are publishing today the English version of the report entitled
ACT NOW! For the Survival of the Arts and Culture Sector (MAINTENANT AGISSONS pour la
survie du milieu des arts et de la culture). This report is the result of two rounds of consultations
with 250 artists, arts and cultural organizations and businesses in New Brunswick to outline a
plan to revive the sector.

“Between January 2020 and January 2021, 17% of jobs in the information, culture and recreation
sector were lost in New Brunswick. The Canadian Arts, entertainment, and recreation sector
suffered a 50% loss in generated revenues between December 2019 and December 2020. Help is
needed more than ever in the sector. We would expect measures in the next budget to help the
industry.” Carmen Gibbs, Executive Director of AAAPNB.

Upon reading of the report MAINTENANT AGISSONS, ArtsLink joined forces with the AAAPNB to
translate the report as they recognized the issues, needs, and solution propositions were alike in
the Acadian and Anglophone communities.

“ACT NOW! For the Survival of the Arts and Culture Sector will be a key guiding document for
the recovery of New Brunswick’s arts and culture sector, and reflects tireless hours of
consultation and research. ArtsLink NB recognizes the importance of disseminating the
recommendations broadly to strengthen and protect the arts sector. We look forward to working
alongside our partners on the action items identified in the report.” Julie Whitenect, Executive
Director of ArtsLink.

The consultations were carried out, in June and October 2020, through the round tables of
the Renewed Global Strategy for the Integration of Arts and Culture into Acadian Society in New
Brunswick. This structure enabled the AAAPNB to quickly consult artists from all disciplines,
festival and event organizers, presenters and other artistic, cultural and heritage organizations,
as well as cultural businesses in the music, music and entertainment sectors, media arts and
publishers.

This report proposes six main courses of action for the sector to come back to life, ensuring that
all elements of the artistic ecosystem can survive the crisis. For the sector to succeed in the
short, medium and long term, the following recommendations should be followed:

• Ensure a solid foundation for the arts and culture sector, in particular thanks to the adoption by
the Government of New Brunswick of a law on the status of the artist, and provide for the
alignment of the procedures implemented with those federal government, and urging the federal
government to complete the review of the Copyright Act.

• Allocate a stimulus fund and new investments for the arts and culture sector, and tax foreign
web companies to finance these funds and investments.

• Strengthen artistic and cultural organizations and industries, in particular by providing more
funding for the basic operations of artistic and cultural organizations.

• Foster creation, distribution and professional development by increasing funds for the creation
and production of new works, by increasing funding for creative residencies, by granting an
additional amount to all presenters to ensure the maintenance of their activities and by creating
a fund to help artists and cultural workers to enable them to take the necessary training or have
access to professional resources to promote themselves on the Web.

• Stimulate demand for cultural products by putting in place a series of measures to restore
public confidence, encourage local purchasing and provide transport assistance.
To read the report: aaapnb.ca or artslinknb.com
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For interviews
Julie Whitenect
Executive Director
ArtsLink NB
506-608-9914
julie@artslinknb.com

Jean-Pierre Caissie
Directeur adjoint
AAAPNB
506-852-3313 ext 224
jeanpierre.caissie@aaapnb.ca

Mawi’Art and artsnb partner to support Indigenous arts in NB and beyond

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mawi’Art and artsnb partner to support Indigenous arts in NB and beyond October 2, 2020 (Fredericton) – Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artists Collective and the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate closely for the benefit of Indigenous artists and arts organizations in New Brunswick and beyond.

For years, artsnb has worked tirelessly to foster the development of Indigenous arts in New Brunswick. Notably, artsnb, with input from its Circle of Elders, inaugurated Equinox several years ago, a grant program open exclusively to NB Indigenous artists and arts organizations to help them bring their plans and ideas to fruition. artsnb also recently ran a number of workshops and a mini-conference aiming to help Indigenous musicians expand into new and wider markets. These projects have led to the release of a full album of original material (All My People) and a couple of music videos which have enjoyed much airplay online. These projects have also brought several of the participants to international venues in French Guyana, Morocco, and Australia.

artsnb worked with the other members of the Atlantic Public Arts Funders (APAF) network to create and run Petapan (First Light), the premier Indigenous arts symposium in the region. The first symposium was held in Nova Scotia in 2014, the second in New Brunswick in 2016, and the third one in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2019. At the last symposium, participants agreed that the next one should be organized by an Indigenous organization and that Mawi’Art should take on that role. APAF members supported this decision and agreed to lend Mawi’Art their knowledge and expertise.

Mawi’Art was established in 2013, originally as an organization to help Indigenous artists in Atlantic Canada develop and sell their work. Mawi’Art’s stated goals are to support their members through their artistic and business development activities, and to increase the profile of Indigenous arts from the Atlantic provinces by building partnerships across Canada, establishing and maintaining markets for members’ work, and providing opportunities for patrons to interact with members.

“Mawi’Art’s involvement in major events such as the Assembly of First Nations held in Fredericton in 2019 demonstrate our effectiveness in raising funds, finding partners, planning, organizing, and delivering complex projects on time and on budget,” stated Charlie Gaffney, Chair of Mawi’Art.

The new partnership agreement lays the groundwork for a closer collaboration between artsnb and Mawi’Art. In the short term, artsnb will share its experience with Mawi’Art to help them organize, promote and run the fourth Petapan symposium, which—COVID permitting—will be held in Fredericton in the summer of 2021. In the longer term, artsnb commits to helping Mawi’Art gather momentum and become a strong advocate for Indigenous artists and arts organizations in New Brunswick and the Atlantic region, so that they can grow and prosper.

“Artsnb is extremely pleased to enter into this important partnership with Mawi’Art. We are committed to the support of Indigenous artists, and happy to be a part of the planning of the fourth Petapan Symposium. We are all stronger together,” said Carol Collicutt, Chair of artsnb.

 

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