WORKSHOPS

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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.

 
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Squarespace 101 - December 11 & 13 6:30PM - 9:30PM

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.


New course—register here!

 
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Excel for Producers - Monday, January 7 - 6:30PM - 9:30PM

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!


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

 

FINANCIAL LITERACY

 
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Monday January 7 – February 25 6:30PM - 9:30PM

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.

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

Financial Literacy (Past)

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PRODUCING A SHOW FROM YOUR OWN BANK ACCOUNT

January 11, 6:30-9:30pm
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

Monday, January 15, 6:30pm - 8:30pm OR
Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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*

Saturday, January 20, 11am - 4pm

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*

Sunday, January 21, 11am - 1pm OR
 Friday, January 26, 5pm - 7pm

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*

Sunday, January 21, 2pm - 4pm OR
Wednesday, January 31, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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*

Wednesday, January 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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