One 2 Ones: Taxes with Gary Belding 📈

It’s tax time! 😲

But no need to worry, ArtsLink NB is here to help!

Tax time is extremely daunting for artists. Our next One 2 One session on taxes will help you de-stress and file your taxes confidently with tax tips and advice. Bring your questions to this 50-minute one-on-one consultation with professional business, finance, and management consultant Gary Belding.

April 5-6, 11, 13. One 2 One. Taxes with Gary Belding

These One 2 One sessions will cover everything   you need to know about HST and income tax, what you can claim, what the difference is between sole proprietorship and incorporation, and what it means to register your business.

How to Register

Registration is now open.

Select the “Register Here” button to see available time slots.

Time-slots are first come, first served, so make sure you sign up early so you don’t miss out.

About Gary Belding

Gary Belding graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1977. Gary has in excess of 40 years experience in both the private and public sectors, including management, business, and financial consulting as well as economic development encompassing business development and lending. 

Gary Belding

From June 1998 until his retirement in April 2011, Gary was the Manager of Business Financial Support with the provincial department of Business New Brunswick. Gary currently operates his own business, Belding Business Financing Solutions, raising capital for business start up and expansions. 

Since April 2012, Gary has published a number of articles in Risk & Business magazine. His business website is www.beldingsolutions.com Gary is a past director of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, River Front Development Steering Committee, Head Coach with Fredericton South Minor Baseball Association, and has championed a number of fundraising activities for the Fredericton Area United Way Campaign, Salvation Army Red

Shield Appeal, Sky is the Limit Snow Challenge, the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Chalmers Hospital Foundation. Gary is a past Area Governor and District Treasurer with District 45 Toastmasters and has achieved his Distinguished Toastmaster designation from Toastmasters International, the highest educational award. 

In his leisure time, Gary has been an actor in over 25 short and feature films along with being a production accountant and a film producer.

CATAPULT Pitch Day: Winter 2023 🎈

ArtsLink NB is excited to announce our first in-person CATAPULT Arts Accelerator Pitch Day and Reception in two years!

Meet the artists! Sunday, April 2, 2023. 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Charlotte Street Arts Centre Auditorium, Fredericton, NB. CATAPULT Arts Accelerator

Join us in celebrating the amazing work of our artists as they pitch the business aspects of their practice with all the new skills they’ve learned in CATAPULT.

The pitches will be followed by light refreshments, yummy bites, and scintillating conversation at a lively reception and networking event with CATAPULT alumni, where they can mingle with other artists and arts organizations.

RSVP today to secure your spot and support the excellence and vitality of New Brunswick’s arts culture.

Date: Sunday, Apr 2, 2023
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Auditorium
732 Charlotte Street

Our artists this session are:

Kelly Baker
Melissa Kennedy
Amber Carter
Joëlle Martin
Erin Goodine
Jill McNair
Helen Hillis
Laura Boudreau

Film Industry Investment Omitted in 2023-24 Provincial Budget 

March 22, 2023 – Saint John, NB – On behalf of the ArtsLink NB membership, we wish to express our disappointment that further investment in the film industry was omitted from the 2023-24 budget presented on March 21, 2023.

Arts Link NB, the arts are vital to all New Brunswickers. Response to the 2023-24 provincial budget.

Last year’s budget increase of $2.5 million to support the film, television, and new media industries, was a step forward after many years of stagnation. However, the stated intention to increase the annual investment to $20 million by the year 2026 has not been upheld.

The film industry is an integral part of New Brunswick’s cultural fabric and contributes significantly to the economy. The industry provides jobs and stimulates economic growth while showcasing the unique culture and heritage of our province to audiences around the world. It is disheartening to see the provincial government not prioritize the clear value of this industry.

Other provinces across Canada have recognized the significance of the film industry and have implemented robust funding and tax credit programs. These programs have attracted major productions to their regions, creating jobs and economic opportunities for local communities. New Brunswick is missing out on these opportunities and risks falling further behind.

We urge the provincial government to respect its original commitment to the film industry and prioritize financial support and industry incentives in future budgets. Doing so will ensure that New Brunswick remains competitive and that this important sector can thrive once again.

About ArtsLink NB:

ArtsLink NB is a member-based arts service organization, founded in 2009 to advance the arts in New Brunswick by linking and unifying artists and arts organizations and promoting their value. We represent New Brunswick artists of all disciplines from across the province.

Press Contact:

Julie Whitenect, Executive Director, ArtsLink NB

ArtsLink NB Mentorship Pilot Program: Call for Applicants

ArtsLink NB is now accepting applications for our mentorship pilot program. Artists of all disciplines who live in Atlantic Canada face the unique challenge of pursuing their practice from a marginalized area of the country. Building networks through lifelong engagement in peer-to-peer and mentor-to-mentee discourse is vital to pursuing a career for any arts professional, but the need is especially high in New Brunswick. 

ArtsLink NB Mentorship Pilot Program. Professional experience, guidance, artistic practice, shared knowledge. Apply by March 31, 2023.

In response to this, ArtsLink NB is now launching an intensive 12-month mentorship pilot program that connects artists who wish to share their professional experience and guidance with other artists. This pilot program will build on the traditional mentorship model, with an open door to lateral and cross-disciplinary collaborations between mentor and mentee.

Each participant (mentee) will be paired with a mentor for a year-long mentorship. 10 artists will be selected for a mentorship with a mentor whose experience and knowledge can enhance that of the mentee. Mentorship candidates will be practicing arts professionals who aspire to gain knowledge and skills to expand their current practice. The mentor’s role is to advise on professional activities and guide the mentee in a career-building process through peer-to-peer dialogue. 

Application Criteria:

  • Successful candidates must be a member of ArtsLink whose primary residence is in New Brunswick. Mentors may reside anywhere in Canada. 
  • Artists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have the time over the next year to commit three to four hours a month to this mentorship.
  • Applicants must detail how a year-long mentorship would positively impact their practice.
  • Applicants do not need to have a mentor in mind, but are encouraged to make suggestions.

If Selected:

  • Each of the 10 mentees in the initial cohort will complete a pre-mentorship survey detailing their goals and expectations for the mentorship.
  • Based on each survey, potential mentors will be proposed by ArtsLink.
  • Mentors are contacted to determine their interest.
  • Available mentors are contracted by ArtsLink NB
  • Mentors receive remuneration of $1,500 to be disbursed in two installments to help ensure satisfactory performance throughout the program. 
  • An additional $500 is available as a discretionary fund for travel, materials, or to attend workshops together, etc. This will be paid by mentor or mentee upfront, and reimbursed upon submission of receipt.
  • Mentors and mentees will meet virtually or in person, for an average of 3 to 4 hours per month.
  •  At the 6-month mark, mentors and mentees will each complete a short report detailing the work they have done, whether they feel they are progressing to their stated goal; and comment on the success/challenges of the mentor-mentee relationship. 
  • At the conclusion of the 12-month period, a final report will be submitted by both mentor and mentee to gauge the success of the mentorship program. These reports will detail the progress made on the goals established at the outset.


  • Friday, March 17, 2023: Call out for participants announced
  • Friday, March 31, 2023: Deadline for application submission
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2023: Mentees will hear back on the status of their application
  • April 15, 2023: Mentorships begin, mentors are paid 1st installment
  • October 15, 2023: 6 month progress reports submitted (by both mentor and mentee), mentors are paid second installment
  • April 15, 2024: Mentorship ends, final reports and expense reports submitted

To Apply:

Lending Library Giveaway 📚

It’s contest time!

You could win a coveted ArtsLink NB swag bag in our Lending Library Giveaway!

Lending Library Giveaway. Win and ArtsLink NB Swag Bag

Here’s what’s in the prize package:

  • An ArtsLink NB tote bag
  • Two ArtsLink NB t-shirts
  • Two ArtsLink NB pens
  • An ArtsLink NB pencilcase
  • An ArtsLink NB hat
  • A much-sought-after ArtsLink NB notebook
  • Buttons!

To enter the contest, you get one ballot each for the following activities before noon on March 23rd:

  • Liking and sharing this post
  • Posting a picture of yourself reading a Lending Library book or using a Lending Library item and tagging ArtsLink NB

The winner will be drawn on March 23rd at 2pm.

In the meantime, you can find out more about our Lending Library here.

Experts on Call

We are excited to announce that the Experts on Call pilot program has officially launched!

Whether you want to improve your understanding of Google Analytics, get actionable tips for digital marketing, optimize your SEO strategies, enhance your online presence, or even learn about UX and accessibility best practices, our Experts on Call pilot program is here to help you reach your goals!

Digital Connections. Experts on Call, ArtsLink NB. The arts are vital to all New Brunswickers.

You can book a training appointment now with one of our experts! Experts On Call is designed to provide artists and arts organizations with resources and access to digital experts by booking online training appointments with them.

There are four experts on our Experts on Call network, with expertise in areas such as Digital Marketing, SEO, UX and Web Accessibility, Google Analytics, etc. Each organization is given an allowance of two training appointments per calendar month, which you can use however you wish.

Each training appointment is one hour. To book a training appointment, go to this link and click the “Book Now” button.

One 2 Ones: Proposal Review with Kathleen Buckley 📄

Do you have questions about how to write a great proposal? 

Our next One 2 One will give participants all the information you need to successfully fund your artistic proposals. This session is happening before the upcoming artsnb creation grant deadlines.

by ArtsLink NB, March 21, 2023. One 2 One. Advice tailor made for your success. Proposal Review with Kathleen Buckley

Bring your questions about grant writing and grant applications to this 20-minute one-on-one consultation with professional grant writer, Kathleen Buckley. Here are some possible topics for your session with Katie:

  • Bring an idea: Bounce ideas with Katie and find grant programs that suit your upcoming project.
  • Bring a draft: If you have a draft grant proposal written already, or an unsuccessful application you’d like feedback on, bring a printed or digital copy to the meeting for Katie to edit.
  • No project in mind? Use this time to chat with Katie about how she approaches grant writing and hear some of her top tips for writing a strong proposal.
  • Haven’t applied for a grant before? Use this time to talk to Katie about how grant programs work!

How to Register

Spots are limited for these consultations: They are first come, first served.

Update: Time slots are now fully booked. To put your name on the waitlist, click the button below.

Time slots available (in person or through Zoom) on Tuesday, March 21. 

About the Facilitator

Kathleen (Katie) Buckley is an arts administrator and writer from Saint John, New Brunswick. She recently served as Executive Director of Third Space Gallery and is a founding director of the Atlantic Art at Night Festivals Alliance (AANFA).

Over the last three years, she has provided grant writing support to non-profit organizations and artists of all career levels applying to a variety of public arts funders including Canada Council for the Arts, Heritage Canada, Music-Musique NB, artsnb, Arts Nova Scotia, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, and more.

Kathleen’s writing has also appeared in Visual Arts News, CreatedHere Magazine, and Predella: Journal of Visual Arts. Kathleen is now self-employed as a professional grant writer.

Welcome Jessica Dunphy to ArtsLink NB 😊

Join us in welcoming Jessica Dunphy (she/her) to the ArtsLink NB team as our Interim Programming Director!

Meet our interim programming director, Jessica Dunphy

Some of you may have already met Jessica, as she’s hit the ground running by participating in our ongoing CATAPULT Arts Accelerator and in the recent One 2 One sessions.

Here’s a bit about Jessica:

“Jessica’s passion is working in the arts in Canada, especially in her home province of New Brunswick. She has spent years in Halifax, New York, Vancouver and Toronto where she appeared in numerous plays, independent films, and performance art pieces along with directing for the stage and writing for radio and television.”

“Her love of the arts, especially film, culminated in 9 exciting years at the Toronto International Film Festival where she honed her arts administration, events, and community engagement skills. In her spare time you can find her mauling her poor dog, watching Criterion Channel, and searching local bakeries for the perfect chocolate chip cookie.”

One 2 Ones: Social Media with Cait Milberry 💬

Our next One 2 One session will be Social Media with Cait Milberry.

Spots are limited for these consultations: They are first come, first served.

Registration is now open for time slots on March 6, 7, and 8. You can sign up at this link: https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/er2oNpEe/vote

March 6-8, 2023. One 2 One. Social Media with Cait Milberry.

Social media is an extremely integral part of your art business, but it can be extremely overwhelming. Where should you focus your energy? What’s the difference between Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? Should you be on Snapchat or TikTok? How do you avoid endless scrolling? Cait Milberry will answer your questions and help you develop a sustainable strategy that works for you.

Cait is a strategic advisor and marketing manager with over a decade of experience working with brands, bands, and various businesses across North America. Her focus is building and implementing sustainable strategies and creating content that backs them up.

Time slots are available for Zoom or in-person meetings (in-person sessions will take place at the ArtsLink NB office at 228 Germain St. in Saint John).