Important COVID-19 Resources for Creators and Publishers
The COVID-19 outbreak has brought unprecedented challenges to Canadian creators and publishers. Events and conferences have been cancelled and postponed, authors’ tours and travel are no longer possible and bookstores are temporarily closing.
Documenting Economic Losses and Emergency Relief
As of April 16, more creators and artists will be eligible for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Canadian Heritage Minister Guilbeault has created a video that explains the criteria for eligibility for artists and creators. If you are eligible, please visit the CERB website to apply.
You may also be eligible to apply for Employment Insurance (EI). Please visit the EI website to apply.
We join with other organizations in advising you to record any economic losses related to interruptions in your work as a creator or publisher resulting from COVID-19, including losses in income, sales as well as any events or jobs that have been cancelled or temporarily suspended. This information will be invaluable in the efforts to work with governments to support our creative economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are a writer, please take a few minutes to fill out the Writers’ Union of Canada economic impact survey.
The Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC) encourages visual artists to document their economic losses through ILostMyGig.ca.
The Association of Canadian Publisher will be sending out a weekly impact survey to members. If you are on the ACP mailing list, please fill out and pass along to any of your publishing contacts.
We also encourage you to keep supporting creators and publishers. Please consider supporting independent bookstores by ordering books from them during this time. Click here for a list of indie bookstores all over Canada that can deliver books right to your door.
Below is a list of resources for creators and publishers to assist during these challenging times. Please check back here often, as we add additional resources to the list. (List is current as of June 17, 2020.)
Access Copyright initiatives
Read Aloud Canadian Books Program: A joint initiative of the Association and Canadian Publishers and Access Copyright, the Program allows, on a temporary basis, a waiver of licence fees related to the reading of all or part of select books from participating publishers and posting of the video recording online. If you would like to offer your work for the Program, please email email@example.com.
Literary Festivals Going Virtual
Telling Tales, the Hamilton children’s book festival, will be going virtual on Sunday, September 20; meanwhile, a new Telling Tales graphic-novel event will take place June 10–12 with virtual workshops.
Word on the Street will be a free virtual festival this year. The festival will take place on September 26 & 27.
The Edmonton Poetry Festival will be postponed until the fall. As the situation develops, they will make a final announcement on their social media platforms, please keep an eye out on their Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram pages.
When Worlds Collide has been postponed till August 2021. If you have already bought tickets for this year's festival, you can request a refund by August 1st or keep this year's pass for next year. Visit their website for more information.
Writers at Woody Point has canceled its festival for this year, but will be announcing a "virtual" festival soon. Please keep checking their website.
Ochre Fest 2020 will be going digital. Please check their website in late June for a full schedule.
gritLIT Writing Workshops are online.
Voices of Today festival is going online. Check their website for scheduling and performer information.
Eden Mills Writers Festival is going online. From May – October 2020, they are presenting a series of online events. Registrations are open for both adult's and children's events.
Saskatchewan Festival of Words is going virtual and has been extended from July 13 to the 19. All events will be free!
Funding Resources, including Emergency Relief
Canada Council for the Arts has a page with useful information for artists and art organizations who have been impacted by COVID-19.
CBC has a comprehensive list of funding and resources for artists and freelancers.
The BC Arts Council has an extensive FAQ page with new funding and grant opportunities.
The BC Emergency Benefit for workers provides a one-time, tax-free $1,000 payment; Self-employed and workers not eligible for EI can apply for the benefit.
Cultural Human Resources Council has an extensive list of funding resources for the cultural sector workers that is separated by province.
The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia has compiled a list of government programs, funding updates, and advocacy relevant to BC publishers.
The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association has COVID-19 resources for its members, including information about their grant applications extensions.
The Saskatchewan Arts Board has an info page regarding their grants and event cancellations.
The Manitoba Arts Council has an FAQ regarding their grants and a list of resources for artists dealing with COVID-19.
Ontario Arts Council is regularly updating a list of resources for creators and has information about grant applications.
Arts Nova Scotia has extended their grant application deadlines. Please visit their website to learn more.
The Edmonton Arts Council has posted an info page with FAQs regarding their grants, events and services.
The Calgary Arts Council has a list of funding opportunities for creators, artists and musicians.
Please visit the following sites for cancellations or policy changes for content use during COVID-19:
Publishers Weekly has a list of cancellations, policy changes and more related to the publishing industry.
Publishers Weekly also has a list of creative resources that children’s authors and publishers are providing to help keep children engaged.
School Library Journal has a list of children's publishers, who have temporarily altered policies to help teachers move their classes online.
Publishing Perspective has a Coronavirus Industry Resource List.
Quill & Quire has a virtual-event listings for the Canadian kid lit community.
While Access Copyright’s staff is working remotely we remain available to answer your calls and emails as per usual.
Access Copyright urges you to visit the Public Health Agency of Canada for the latest information on COVID-19. We continue to monitor the situation and diligently work towards supporting publishers and creators during these unprecedented times. Please stay safe and healthy.