Season of Learning
Running from October 2018—April 2019, our Season of Learning features 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. Our 2018/19 Season of Learning workshops included…
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!
*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
Financial Literacy Program
For the 2019 Financial Literacy program (January-February), click here. For our 2018 offerings, keep reading.
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.
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.