Last update: August 5, 2020
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is impacting the Mississauga arts community in a variety of ways.
We are committed to curating relevant resources that can help our creative community get support during this difficult time.
Below are resources, calls for artists/opportunities, emergency funds, and more items that we have found useful in learning about these issues and identifying information of special interest to Mississauga’s creative communities.
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We will be updating this website regularly with information that becomes available. Please continue to monitor this page for updates.
The Government of Canada has released an Economic Response Plan in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We recommend following their website for up-to-date accurate information that may be helpful to you during this time. Click here for more information.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CRB)
- A taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months. Click here for instructions on how to apply.
- Update April 16, 2020: More Artists will now qualify for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB):
Eligibility criteria for CERB have changed. It is now possible for applicants to earn up to $1,000 of employment income each month, and still qualify for CERB payments. In addition, royalty payments do not need to be included in the $1,000 maximum. This is a huge benefit for self-employed artists, many of whom may have retained some work or receive some royalties which had previously disqualified them for the federal funding program.
- Update June 16, 2020: The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been extended by 8 weeks as of June 16, 2020. Learn more here.
Destination Ontario – Ontario Live Initiative
- Destination Ontario has launched Ontario Live, A virtual marketplace that brings Ontario together to help support local artists, operators, attractions and businesses throughout the province. Learn more and register here.
The City of Mississauga has released a website dedicated to the latest COVID-19 resources for businesses, including entrepreneurs. It will be updated regularly with new information. Click here for the website.
Digital Mainstreet ShopHERE – Helping artists get online for free
- City of Mississauga has joined the Digital Mainstreet powered by Google Canada and Shopify to help independent businesses and artists build and online store for FREE! Click here for more information and to apply.
Mississauga Made – an online network of Mississauga based businesses
- The City of Mississauga has launched Mississauga Made, an online initiative inspired to support and promote local businesses across the City, including artists. Learn more here and register here.
Starter Company PLUS Program for Music
- The Starter Company PLUS Program for Music is delivered by the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) for the Mississauga area in partnership with the City of Mississauga’s Culture Division provides, the program provides:
- Free training and business skills development
- Free mentorship and guidance
- An opportunity to apply for a program grant of up to $2,000 after the completion of mandatory training and mentorship.
- Click here to learn more and register for ONE of their MANDATORY information sessions.
Mayor Crombie’s recent Arts and Culture Town Hall for the Cultural Sector provided a document with a full list of information, resources and support for the culture sector. Click here to view the document
CBC Arts has created a continuously updated list of resources to help Canadian artists and freelancers find help during the COVID-19 shutdown. Click here to check it out.
Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education (PAONE) has created a list of resources from other organizations into a collaborative platform. Click here to check it out.
Quickbooks has a great resource page that answers how to prove income when you are self-employed in Canada. Check it out here.
Doug Ford announced that Toronto and Peel Region will be moving into Stage 3 of reopening the province on Friday, July 31 at 12:01 AM.
Important highlights relating to our community:
Indoor gatherings will increase to a maximum of 50 people. Outdoor gatherings will increase to a maximum of 100 people. Social circles should continue to be kept at 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage.
When do gathering limits apply?
Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, gathering limits apply to higher risk settings and activities where people congregate, including:
- All organized or spontaneous indoor and outdoor events and social gatherings (e.g., parties, fundraisers, fairs, wedding receptions, funeral receptions)
- Concerts and live shows, including performing arts
- Convention centres and other meeting or event spaces
- Recreational attractions, courses and instruction (e.g., fitness classes, music lessons, tutoring)
Indoor gathering limits apply to events that are fully or partially indoors. Indoor events and gatherings cannot be combined with an outdoor event or gathering to increase the applicable gathering size.
Live shows, performing arts and movie theatres
Concerts, artistic events, theatrical productions, performances, and movie theatres may resume operations, including rehearsals, with the following restrictions:
- Performers must maintain physical distancing of two metres from every other person, except from other performers where necessary for purposes of the performance.
- Audiences are subject to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of at least two metres and cannot exceed gathering limits of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors. This applies to the entire facility, regardless of the number of theatres or performance stages within the facility.
- Performers and staff are not included in the gathering limits.
- Plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier is required between the audience and singers as well as players of brass or wind instruments.
- Drive-in and drive-through venues, as permitted in Stage 2, are not subject to gathering limits.
Restaurants, bars and nightclubs
- All restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments may open for indoor dine-in.
- Nightclubs are not yet safe to open, except for the purpose of serving food or drinks to patrons in accordance with the conditions that apply to restaurants and bars.
- Singing or music may be performed by a person or group at the restaurant or bar, with restrictions, including barriers between the performers and patrons and physical distancing. Dancing may only be performed by someone working at the establishment with restrictions.
Recreational courses and instruction
- Examples of recreational courses and instruction include music lessons, language classes, tutoring and art classes.
- All instructional classes are subject to gathering limits.
- Physical distancing must be in place for participants, other than when necessary for instruction. Face coverings are recommended in those situations.
- Equipment must be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
- Plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier and physical distancing are required for any instruction that involves singing or playing wind or brass instruments.
Mississauga Updates for Stage 3
Benares Historic House, Bradley Museum and Small Arms Inspection Building will be open starting August 4 with modified access and services. More information will be available on our website and social media channels.
Meadowvale theatre will be open to receive inquiries and issue rental agreements.
Living Arts Centre
Meeting rooms will be available as of August 17. Church group bookings, RBC Theatre, studio rentals, info desk, reception and box office will all reopen on September 8.
Hammerson Hall will reopen for rental bookings that meet provincial guidelines as of October 1 and community courses are set to resume on October 13.
The film office is open and accepting film permit requests.
Closures that remain in Effect
Major Festivals and Large Events
All large events taking place at City facilities and parks continue to be cancelled until September 7, 2020.
- CALLING ALL CREATIVES: 2020 MAC Micro Grants
- Applications due August 19
- CALL FOR ARTISTS: Headwaters Arts – Open-Juried Exhibition- Fall Festival
- Submissions due August 21
- CALLING ASPIRING MUSICIANS: The Laurie Pallett Metalworks Scholarship
- Applications due August 23
- CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: #ApartTogether: Stories of COVID-19 in Mississauga Writing Contest
- Submissions due August 31
- CALL EMERGING ARTISTS: VAM’s Creative Residency 2020-21 Program
- Applications due August 31
- CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Colour and Form Society: Open-Juried Exhibition
- Submissions due September 1
- CALL FOR MUSICIANS: Music Together Series
- Applications evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- NOMINATE ARTISTS: 26th Annual Mississauga Arts Awards
- Due to COVID-19 challenges, MARTY Nominations will now be accepted on an ongoing basis until we have further information.
Ontario Music Investment Fund
- Ontario Creates – Ontario Music Investment Fund
- Ontario Creates has launched the Ontario Music Investment Fund to provide targeted economic development investment to the province’s vibrant and diverse music industry
SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund
- SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund
- SOCAN Foundation announces the launch of the SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund for SOCAN members during the COVID-19 pandemic. While SOCAN members are quarantining, the SOCAN Foundation offers this program to provide some financial support to music creators and publishers to get through these unprecedented times. This new fund is open to all SOCAN members who have earned more than $500 in royalties in the four most recent SOCAN distributions.
- Applications will be accepted from June 26, 2020 until August 15, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early as once funds are exhausted, the application portal will be closed.
UNISON Benevolent Fund
- UNISON COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
- Unison provides free counselling and emergency financial relief for the Canadian music community.
- Unison has launched a $500,000 fund to support musicians, entertainment professionals, venue owners and other members of the Canadian music community who are unable to work because of COVID-19
We are currently sending out weekly email newsletters with COVID-19 resources and engaging virtual and socially distanced art activities and events happening in our Mississauga creative community. If you aren’t already subscribed to our mailing list, please subscribe below.
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We have recently partnered with Smiles Are Essential, an organization that spreads joy through physically-distanced music and dance for frontline workers and residents of long-term care facilities. We look forward to supporting their efforts and continuing to help them lift spirits up through the arts. Donate to them here if you can.
On May 8, 2020, we presented Rise Up Mississauga – Concert of Hope a made in Mississauga show of inspiring talent by outstanding musicians, singing uplifting songs, in solidarity with front line and essential workers soldiering on for us through this pandemic. Click here to watch it.
We also want to encourage you to send us positive stories about your creative projects that so we can share, enjoy and learn from. Send them to email@example.com and we will promote them on our social media!
Visual Arts Mississauga encourages you to participate in their new creative campaign using the hashtag #TogetherAtHome. Artists around the world are expressing their creativity in isolation and VAM encourages you to tag them in your creative projects!
Note: City Hall has been closed to the public. All MAC staff are working from home, and our office is closed until further notice.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us individually. All general inquires please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Douglas, Executive Director
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