WORKSHOPS

Current Workshops

Eight simple ways to increase your capacity without draining your resources. 
All workshops only $20.

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THE PEER REVIEW SERIES

Peer Review is a workshop series designed to sharpen your grant writing skills. Using grant drafts you have already prepared, Peer Review mirrors the grant adjudicating process by breaking apart what is expected in the grants from an evaluation perspective and solicits feedback from your peers on what works well and what doesn't. At the end of these sessions you will have a far clearer idea of where you grant needs work.

Over the two hours you will review:

  • guidelines of the grant
  • assessment criteria of the grant
  • tips on constructive critizism
  • at least one other grant application and receive feedback on your own

**PLEASE NOTE: these sessions are specific to specific grants and their unique requirements. Please make sure you are registering for the correct session for the grant category you are submitting to. 

Peer Review - CCA - Explore & Create - RESEARCH AND CREATION

June 3, 11am-1pm
Email info@generatorto.com a draft of the application form and budget form found here: http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/explore-and-create/research-and-creation by June 1 at midnight. Facilitated by Kristina Lemieux

Peer Review - CCA - Explore & Create - CONCEPT TO REALIZATION

June 3, 2-4pm
Email info@generatorto.com a draft of the application form and budget form found here: http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/explore-and-create/concept-to-realization by June 1 at midnight.  Facilitated by Kristina Lemieux

Peer Review - TAC - THEATRE PROJECTS GRANT

July 22, 11am-1pm
Email info@generatorto.com a PDF of your application form found here:  http://www.torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/tac-grants/art-discipline-funding/theatre/project-grants by no later than July 21. Facilitated by Kristina Lemieux


EXCEL BASICS FOR PRODUCERS

June 1, 6:30-9:30pm

Excel should be any producers' best friend. As one of the most powerful tools in the Microsoft Office Suite, Excel can support producers 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. Led by Kristina Lemieux.

*Please bring a laptop with Excel or Google Sheets. 


INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

June 20, 6-9pm

As sexy as staples but just as useful, this workshop teaches you simple strategies and free online tools you can use to get your inbox under control and keep your sh*^ together. 

These are the systems Generator's Director of Coordination and Communication Katie Leamen uses every day at Generator, as a producer and regular human. On one show that Katie was associate producing, she had over 200 email THREADS - that's not counting the individual emails flying back and forth. If you don't have a manageable system in place, it's easy to drown in the flood of show communications. Learn how to make your inbox your To Do list, and other sweet tricks that will save your sanity.  The words "life-changing", "mind-blowing", and "super useful" have all been used to describe this workshop.


PRODUCING A SHOW FROM YOUR OWN BANK ACCOUNT

July 18, 6-8pm

The "Return" (get the tax joke?) of this incredibly popular workshop - 100% of participants in the February workshop 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, Topics will include:

  • 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

PUBLICITY 101

June 5, 6-9pm

"Superb and full of rich information" and 100% a STEAL OF A DEAL (say past participants).  Hey SummerWorks producers - we're talking to you! And producers with shows coming up this fall who are starting to think through their publicity strategy - this is for you! One of the highest rated sessions in our Artist Producer Training Program, Generator's Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen will teach you the basic publicity tools at your disposal - how to make them and how to use them.

Topics will include:

  • Publicity vs. marketing
  • How to write a media release
  • What's in a media kit
  • Promo photos, production photos, and why you need both
  • Free online tools to support your publicity campaign
  • Some best practices for publicity on social media (in her own humble opinion)

WORD AND POWERPOINT FOR ARTS WORKERS

June 6, 6:30-9:30pm

Communicating our ideas with words and images is important as arts workers. Learn how to use these tools to collaborate, communicate and be more efficient in your office use.  

Some of the skills covered will be:
Word: Formatting, Adding Tables, Document Sections, Columns, Adding Graphics, Mail Merge
PowerPoint: Formatting, Adding Charts and Objects, Creating Handouts, Incorporating sounds, images or videos, Interactive Elements

These are skills that will serve you and your resume in any of the many roles you may take on in your career and transfer well between industries.  Led by Kristina Lemieux. *Please bring a laptop with PowerPoint or Google Slides.


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.

 

Previous Workshops

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

Publicity 101 - with Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen

Publicity 101 - with Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen

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

 An Open Source Brainstorm on the future of STAF held at 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

Squarespace for Artists – with Outside the March and SpiderWebShow

Squarespace for Artists – with Outside the March and SpiderWebShow

Artist as Entrepreneur Bootcamp – with Theatre Ontario

Artist as Entrepreneur Bootcamp – with Theatre Ontario