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We are thrilled to announce our Season of Learning.

Running from October 2018—August 2019, featuring dynamic public workshops and programs designed to help artists, producers, and leaders with the tools and skills they need—at any stage of their career. Take a look at what we have coming up.

Upcoming Workshops

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Monday, January 7 – February 25, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Registration closed - SOLD OUT

This 8 week program teaches the basics of financial literacy in the arts. Led by Kristina Lemieux, Natasha Mytnowych and Audrey Quinn Mondays from 6:30-9:30pm.

WOKE 2.0

Monday, March 11, 7PM-9PM
$25 -
Learn more or register here

The next edition in the Woke 2.0 series is all about Bystander Intervention - because we believe you can do better next time. Led by Sedina Fiati and Kristina Lemieux, presented in partnership with Storefront Theatre.

Wordpress 101
Peer Review
Excel for Producers

WORDPRESS 101

Tuesday, March 12 & Thursday March 14, 6:30PM-9:30PM
$40 for both or $25 for one -
Register here for March 12 or here for March 14
To register for both, start by registering for March 12 and we will send you a code for March 14

Make your site glamorous, efficient, and accessible with Wordpress.org (which powers 32% of the internet!). Instructor Yulia Kovaleva will teach the basic coding you need to create the website you want, including how to work with pre-made themes and how to integrate Google Analytics. The course will also cover the differences between between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, look at the most important principles of web design as well what's needed to take your website live.

This is a two-part class taking place on Tuesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 14 from 6:30-9:30pm.
If you’re a
beginner, we suggest you take both classes. If you have some experience with Wordpress, we suggest you take the Thursday class only.
Questions? Email info@generatorto.com.

Day 1:
- Wordpress.com vs. Wordpress.org: key differences
- Seeing up development environment on your laptop & Wordpress overview
- Wordpress core files & templates

Day 2:
- Intro to PHP, HTML & CSS
- Editing & customizing templates
- Going live & further resources

PEER REVIEW: CCA EXPLORE & CREATE

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30PM-9:30PM
$25 - Register here

The Canada Council Explore and Create cut-off is fast approaching, but don’t sweat! Understand how your grants will be reviewed, what a peer review process will look like, and how your peers will see your work. Part instruction, part experience, you will review the other participants grant and provide feedback and get your grant reviewed by peers in the performing arts community. Participants will  walk away with feedback that will make your application just as engaging as the art it’s going to fund. Process is facilitated by Kristina Lemieux.

You will be asked to provide your fellow participants with a draft of your grant application the two nights before the course - It doesn’t have to a complete draft, but some of the writing should be done.

EXCEL FOR PRODUCERS

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30PM-9:30PM
$25 - Register here

Excel is every producer’s best friend—we promise. Our fabulous Lead Producer Kristina Lemieux will teach you the basics: formulas, formatting, plus all the tricks and shortcuts you need to know. In just a few short hours, you’ll be excelling at Excel!

You’ll need to bring a laptop with access to a Windows version of Excel or Google Sheets.

One-on-Ones

*NEW* Need a grant reviewed or feedback on your media release? Have a producing crisis you need to work through with an outside eye? Trying to figure out non-profit incorporation, pressing tax concern, board governance, identify potential sponsor partners or need help developing your project plan? Generator is now offering one-on-one consultations and brainstorms to get you through a particular challenge. Schedule a session with any of our knowledgeable, experienced and creative brains to get help and support in the comfort of a private session. $50/hour.  

Please email info@generatorTO.com to schedule a session. In your email please indicate what the focus of the session would be so we can get you the best brain for the job.

Past Workshops

Season of Learning

Squarespace 101
You have a website...but you deserve a better one. And no, you don’t need to learn complicated code to get it! Taught by Yulia Kovaleva, this workshop taught over two sessions will give you the confidence to update your website’s content and understand different templates, pages, and galleries—all your options. Whether you walk in with a Squarespace site or not, you’ll walk out with something better than you had before: a new, improved site or a brand new 2-3 page site, ready to launch in just two classes.

Excel for Producers
Excel is every producer’s best friend—we promise. And admit it. You’re a bit jealous of those smug Excel experts. Our fabulous Lead Producer Kristina Lemieux will teach you the basics: formulas, formatting, plus all the tricks and shortcuts you need to know. Excelerate your way to balanced budgets and beautiful, easy-to-use tools and documents. In just a few short hours, you’ll be excelling at Excel! So put away that old-school calculator and let Excel do the work for you!

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Financial Literacy

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PRODUCING A SHOW FROM YOUR OWN BANK ACCOUNT

The "Return" (get the tax joke?) of this incredibly popular workshop - 100% of participants recommend it and say it is money well spent and a STEAL OF A DEAL.

You got the grant, you booked the Festival, the show is happening, you deposit your cheque...now what? Many independent artists use their personal bank accounts for art projects without really knowing what we are doing or what risks we are exposing ourselves to. Generator's Financial Administrator and artists' tax preparer Tova Epp will take you through the things you really need to know and common mistakes:

  • Self-employment vs. personal expenses

  • Keeping track of project expenses and what is tax deductible

  • Claiming individual grants on your income tax

  • HST and government filings

Excel for Producers

Excel is any producer’s best friend. If it isn’t yet, you need to get in this workshop ASAP! As one of the most powerful tools in the Microsoft Office Suite, Excel can support producers in so many different ways - from budgets to box office to schedules to audience management. Come learn the Excel basics including everything from formulas to formatting as well as tricks and shortcuts. In just a few short hours, you will be excelling at Excel!  Please bring a laptop with Excel or Google Sheets. Class is also available to take online.

Budgets, Cash Flow and Basic Project Accounting*

Join us for this crash course in accounting basics for indie producing. One of the most stressful parts of making your own work is not knowing where the money is. With this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of project accounting and have a better sense of how to keep track of the cash. We will cover budgeting, tracking income and expenses, reading financial reports and creating your own accounting systems. We will be using templates and worksheets to teach the basics - some knowledge of how to use Excel is beneficial. Please bring a laptop with Excel or Google Sheets.

Taxes, Government Reporting and Banking*

Producing means dealing with the government. Learn which government agencies you need to be reporting to and with what information. We will go over the difference between sole proprietorship and ad hoc collectives, basics of GST/HST, and banking strategies. From tax forms to key terms, this workshop will ensure you are comfortable with the compliance requirements of producing your own work.  Please bring a laptop with Excel or Google Sheets.

Paying People*

So you know how to build the perfect team, but when it comes to paying them, you aren’t sure if you’re dotting all your Is and crossing all your Ts. Find out who is an employee and who is a contractor and the different payroll expectations for each. We will also cover types of agreements, payroll deductions and remittances, T4/T4a/T5 creation, and CAEA bonds. We’ll use example scenarios and simple worksheets to help you navigate the responsibilities of hiring people. Please bring a laptop with Excel or Google Sheets.

Incorporation and Charitable Registration*

To incorporate or not to incorporate? Curious about what it means to incorporate a non-profit or become a charity? Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each incorporation type, the responsibilities of each status, and the steps to proceed. We will talk about what it means to have a board of directors and how funders interact with each incorporation type.

*developed as part of Generator’s Financial Literacy Pilot program.
 

 

More from the Past

Thinking Creatively when Crowdfunding -  with Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen

Thinking Creatively when Crowdfunding - with Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen

Peer Review  - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Peer Review - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Answering the Why: An Unusual Writing Workshop -  with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Answering the Why: An Unusual Writing Workshop - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Publicity 101      - with Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen

Publicity 101 - with Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen

Excel Basics for Producers  - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Excel Basics for Producers - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Word and PowerPoint for Arts Workers  - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Word and PowerPoint for Arts Workers - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Producing a show from your own bank account -  with Financial Administrator Tova Epp

Producing a show from your own bank account - with Financial Administrator Tova Epp

Open Source Brainstorm  on the future of STAF held @ The Theatre Centre.

Open Source Brainstorm on the future of STAF held @ The Theatre Centre.

smART money: Personal Finance for Arts Workers -  with Natasha Myntowych

smART money: Personal Finance for Arts Workers - with Natasha Myntowych

SmART Living for Artists -  with Artists' Health Alliance

SmART Living for Artists - with Artists' Health Alliance

Information Management -  with Director of Coordination & Communications Katie Leamen

Information Management - with Director of Coordination & Communications Katie Leamen

Artist as Entrepreneur Bootcamp –  with Theatre Ontario

Artist as Entrepreneur Bootcamp – with Theatre Ontario

Squarespace for Artists –  with Outside the March and SpiderWebShow

Squarespace for Artists – with Outside the March and SpiderWebShow