The Trust’s Non-Profit Advisors Program

Hello Friends –

An update for you on the Trust’s Non-Profit Advisors Program.  Please share with your contacts as appropriate.

Program Services

The Non-profit Advisors Program offers the following services in order to build organizational capacity in non-profits:

  1. A resource centre, providing advice, referrals and resources for any non-profit related question (from how to hold an AGM to how to recruit volunteers). The goal is to be responsive to the unique needs of different groups across the Basin.
  2. Free organizational assessments for groups that provide broad community benefits and are registered as a non-profit in good standing, where an Advisor considers the various aspects of an organization during an in person meeting with a senior staff person and a Board Member. From the assessment comes a report with resources and recommendations tailored to that particular organization. The goal of an assessment is to spend a couple of hours really getting to know an organization and the specific challenges and opportunities it is encountering.
  3. For groups that complete an assessment and receive a recommendation for more in-depth consulting, the Program can help develop the consulting activities, find a consultant and in many cases, subsidize the expenses and fees associated with the consulting. In this way, groups can access expert support to solve their most pressing challenges, like Board recruitment and retention, financial management or strategic planning for example.
  4. The Program provides and updates various online resources through the Non-Profit Advisors page on the Trust website.


Explore further on the Trust website  and check out all the NPA related tabs >> Program Information >> Are you a consultant? >> New Societies Act >> Resources.

If you are interested in accessing any of the above mentioned services, including completing a free organizational assessment please email with your request.

The Non-Profit Advisors Program is also engaged in service contracts with:

  1. Law For Non-Profits:  to assist Societies in the Basin transition to the new Societies Act (which came into effect on November 28, 2016).
    Societies have 2 years to transition (until November 2018) – it is a good idea to begin understanding and planning next steps in digitizing your Society’s Constitution and Bylaws to become compliant.
  1. Click on the link   sign up at a Hub (East or West Kootenay).
  2. Explore all the tabs across the top of that site page >> New Events >> Home >> Services >> Tools …and more.
  3. Watch the New Societies Act Webinars. 
  4. Download the Transition Guide and Application Filing Guide on the Home tab. 
  5. This is an opportunity to consider updating your bylaws for free before the grace period ends in November 2018.
  6. Explore more information and links about the New Societies Act: BC Government site and the Trust’s NPA site.


  1. Vantage Point:  for a series of capacity building webinars.  6 in total, 3 are available now, 3 more to come!
  1.  Housed in the Trust’s NPA site:  click on >> Resource tab >> then on Online Learning Modules near the bottom of the list.

Contact me or Keri ( ) anytime to discuss further.  Please share with others as appropriate.  Thank you!

(PS –Apologies for duplicate emails. Please let me know if you would like to be removed from this list.)


Katherine Hamilton | Program Coordinator

Columbia Basin Trust

Direct 1.250.344.2914 | 1.800.505.8998


Keri Rinehart | Program Assistant

Columbia Basin Trust

Direct 1.778.517.8063 | 1.800.505.8998

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GrantStation – Webinars


The Power of Three
Three Powerful Webinars at One Low Price

Building a Powerful Grants Strategy

April 12, 2017

This webinar will take participants through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. Fast-paced, and filled with action steps, Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, will discuss how to design and adopt a Grant Decision Matrix before beginning the process of building a specific grants strategy for each project. All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building an overall grantseeking strategy for their organization. This presentation is geared towards beginning and intermediate grantwriters. Advanced grantwriters may also find it useful as a refresher course. Visit the link above to register, or click here to register for all three webinars.


Building a Stellar Grantseeking Team

April 13, 2017

One of the most time consuming tasks for an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization is the research, writing, and submission of grant requests. And, unfortunately, it is often a task that is both daunting and isolating. This webinar taught by GrantStation’s CEO, Cynthia Adams, takes you through a step-by-step process to develop a grantseeking team, all working toward a common vision: to strengthen and build your grants program. This online training focuses on a step-by-step process to craft the perfect committee, develop a process to energize your team, and discover ways to create a sustainable program. Ms. Adams’s unique approach will help you develop a team that will generate stellar results. Visit the link above to register, or click here to register for all three webinars.


The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests

April 27, 2017

The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal. Uncover the most effective methods for documenting the need, as well as ways to use that information to engage the reader, by joining GrantStation’s CEO, Cynthia Adams for this new webinar! Ms. Adams will share how to call attention to the problem or need facing your organization or community, and how to take that information and create a sense of urgency so the grantmaker feels compelled to act now. This webinar is fast-paced and full of new ideas and usable resources, as well as numerous examples of need statements taken from winning grant proposals. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017. All levels of grantwriters are encouraged to attend. Visit the link above to register, or click here to register for all three webinars.
Signing up

To sign up for this event, please click here. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education.

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BCTC’s 41st annual showcase and booking conference for performing arts touring and presenting takes place at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby from March 30 to April 2.

Registration Rates Increasing March 13
Regular registration rates are in effect until March 12.  Online registration ends March 20To register, visit our website.

Conference Hotel Guest Rooms Last chance: Book today! 
The Vancouver Metrotown Hilton is the location for all conference activities except showcases. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special room rate. Click here for hotel rates and contact information. Deadline to book is today (March 10).

Deadline today! Last chance to Book an Ad and to Sponsor
Act now to book an ad in the Pacific Contact Program and/or to become a sponsor at the conference.
To book an ad, visit: /
To become a

Updated Schedule
Pacific Contact 2017 showcase artists
Register Now! Professional Development Intensive at Pacific Contact

BCTC is offering three workshops on Thursday, March 30 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown. Thank to our sponsor, The Port Theatre. You do not have to attend Pacific Contact to register for these.

WORKSHOP 1-8:30 AM to 11:30 AM 
What Can I Do? ‘Doing Reconciliation’ for non-Indigenous Arts Organizations 

WORKSHOP 2-12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Future-Ready: Digital Strategies to Know Now 

WORKSHOP 3-1:45 PM to 3:15 PM 
Emerging Best Practices in Trans Inclusion 


Announcing The Next 10 Legacy Participants
Thank you again to all of our donors. BCTC congratulates all nominators and participants of the first-ever recipients of The Next Legacy Fund. We look forward to welcoming them to Pacific Contact 2017. They are:

Nominator: Galen Olstead, Key City Theatre & Participant: Dawson Rutledge
Nominator: Lynnda McDougall, Bulkley Valley Concerts & Participant: Kaydee Hayward
Nominator:John Barth, Lakes District Arts Council & Participant:Trevor Stewart
Nominator:Valerie Dare, Errington War Memorial Hall & Participant: Fahlon Smith
Nominator:Caitlin McKee, Chan Centre & Participant: Valentina Montilla

In addition to The Next 10 Legacy participants, the following have also agreed to join our AEA Youth Advisory Council and to attend Pacific Contact 2017.

Naomi Cromwell, Nelson (Youth Advisory Coordinator)
Julian Legere, New Westminster
Murphy Patrick, Burns Lake/Lake Babine Nation
Teresa Nelson, Vancouver

Nominations Open for 2017 BCTC AwardsDeadline: March 21
The BCTC Awards offer a great opportunity to honour and acknowledge your colleagues.

BCTC members may nominate an artist, agent/manager and presenter (no self nominations). For information or to submit, visit our website. You don’t have attend Pacific Contact to nominate. 

The awards committee will review nominations and select one recipient from each category. Nominees will be announced at the Awards Dinner on April 1st.

Donate to the Sinful & Saintly Pleasures Auction 

Your donation to the auction is vital to our success and your contribution will be recognized at the Awards dinner. If you would like to contribute an item, please complete the form on our website.

Save the Dates! Pacific Contact 2018 will take place April 5-7 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel in Burnaby. Showcase applications will be available June 1 on our website with the deadline of Friday, June 30.

Planning your Season? Use the ArtsonTour Directory
The 2017 ArtsonTour Directory is now available. The directory features listings of touring artists from all disciplines with video links, bios and contact information. To get listed, visit our website.
Industry News

2017 Webinar Series for Festival Presenters
Ontario Presents, in partnership with Atlantic Presenters Association, are offering a free webinar series for festival presenters. Upcoming topics include Telling your Story (March 22) and Collaboration, How to Make it Work to Your benefit (March 29). Click here to sign up.

Call for BC Culture Days Ambassadors, deadline March 31
BC Culture Days invites all BC artists to apply to be a 2017 Culture Days Ambassador in their community. Winners will receive $1,000 towards community activation and production of a Culture Days activity. To apply, visit their website.

Registration Open for Arts BC Conference, April 27-30, Ucluelet
Register Now for The Wave Forward, the New Fundamentals of Arts and Culture Leadership. This year’s conference focus is on retreat and renew. To register, visit their website.

Register Now to Save: ArtsReach Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference, June 12-13, Toronto
The theme for this year’s conference is Coming Together, Setting the Course for Audience and Donor Growth. To make the event as affordable as possible, register by March 24 to get the lowest price and 3 for the price of 1.

ArtStarts in Schools Opportunities for Artists, deadline March 20
The Arts Integration Learning Lab: Performing Artists Edition is a professional development experience for performing artists in Greater Vancouver. Artists selected will be fully subsidized to tuition to attend five days of interactive workshops (April 24-28). Learn more and apply at

Creative Spark Vancouver! Deadline April 21
Emerging artists across all disciplines who have an interest in building their careers and working with young people in an arts-based capacity are invited to apply. Grants of up to $2,000 are available. Eligible artists must be living in the City of Vancouver or residents and members of the Musqueam, Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Learn more and apply here

BC Music Fund: Music Company Development Program, deadline June 15 
BC music companies can apply for funding to support the growth and build the capacity of their companies. This program will support business development activities including improvements to processes, skills training and talent scouting. For more information or to apply, visit their website.

CITT/ICTS Awards, Call for Nominations, deadline March 31
CITT/ICTS Awards are designed to honour individuals and companies from a spectrum of the Canadian live performance industry. As a member of CITT/ICTS, this is your chance to recognize a company, the work of a mentor, a colleague or someone whose work you admire. For information or to nominate, visit their website.

MusicBC partnering with Mundial Montreal & M for Montreal
Music BC is pleased to announce a partnership with M for Montréal & Mundial Montréal. BC artists are encouraged to apply to showcase at both events. Selected artists will also be encouraged to apply for funding as part of their Road-To Series touring grants. For more information, visit their website. 

PACT’s Conference & AGM, May 24-27, Charlottetown, PEI

The annual conference and AGM of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre provides a platform for great dialogue and networking, and to an opportunity to interact with your peers from across the country.

SpaceFinderBC: Get listed or find a listing 
SpaceFinder BC is a free-to-list, free-to-search online database that enables artists and arts organizations to search for creative spaces that meet their needs in terms of location, amenities, availability, pricing, and more. To list your space, click here or contact To search available spaces, click here.

Mark your calendar for World Theatre Day, March 27
World Theatre Day was created as an annual event in 1962 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), to celebrate all things live theatre. Each year a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace, which is translated into different languages and distributed widely.

2017 & 2018 Showcase Application Deadlines

Break Out West & The Western Canadian Music Awards Submissions, deadline March 13
BreakOut West Festival, and Western Canadian Music Awards take place September 13-17 in Edmonton. For information or to submit, visit their website.

Western Arts Alliance (WAA): deadline March 31
WAA takes place September 5-8 in Seattle, WA.
To apply, visit I Want to Showcase.

Alberta Showcase: deadline April 1
Alberta Showcase takes place October 1-22 in Fort Saskatchewan.
To apply, visit I Want to Showcase.

Manitoba Showcase: deadline April 1
Manitoba Showcase takes place October 19-22 in Russell.
To apply, visit I Want to Showcase.

Mundial Montreal, deadline April 3
*Mundial Montreal place November 14-17 in Montreal.
To apply, visit their website.

Contact East, deadline April 5
Contact East takes place September 21 – 24 in Membertou, NS.
To apply, visit I Want to Showcase.

Arts Northwest: Deadline April 14
Arts Northwest takes place October 19-22 in Tacoma, WA.
To apply, visit I Want to Showcase.

Ontario Showcase: deadline April 17
Ontario Showcase takes place November 9-11 in Petrolia.
To apply, visit I Want to Showcase.

OSAC Showcase: deadline April 24
OSAC Showcase takes place October 15-17 in Regina.
To apply, visit I Want to Showcase.

CAPACOA Conference: deadline May 5
CAPACOA takes place October 15-18 in Ottawa.
To apply, visit I Want to Showcase.

IPAY Showcase 2018: deadline May 14
IPAY takes place January 24-28 in Philadelphia, PA.
To apply, visit I Want to Showcase.

Pacific Contact 2018: deadline June 30
Pacific Contact 2018 takes place April 5-8 in Burnaby. Applications will be available June 1 on BCTC’s website.

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NYTimes: German Art Collectors Face a Painful Past: Do I Own Nazi Loot?

People with prominent collections and unsettled consciences have stepped forward to investigate what they own.

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There Are Museums for Spies and Bigfoot. Now There Will Be One for Women, Too.

NYTimes: There Are Museums for Spies and Bigfoot. Now There Will Be One for
Women, Too.

The New-York Historical Society will devote its fourth floor to the Center
for Women’s History, which will enshrine the contributions of women.

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International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2016 Finalists

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2016 Finalists

March 16, 2017 — The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2016 finalists. Now in its 16th year, ISC is undeniably the world’s largest international songwriting competition, with over 16,000 entries coming from 137 countries from all over the world. Displaying great cultural and musical diversity, entrants hail from countries in every corner of the globe, from Ghana to Croatia, India to Tunisia, South Korea to Armenia, Saudi Arabia to Kenya, the USA to the UK, and many more.

This year, 355 finalists have been selected from 23 categories of music genres. For the first time ever, a majority of the finalists (60%) hail from countries outside the USA.

The winners will be selected from the finalists and will be announced in late April or early May, 2017, once the judging process is complete. ISC judges include high-profile executives from 25 record labels and esteemed artists such as Tom Waits, Chris Cornell, Ziggy Marley, Lorde, India Arie, Bastille, Joe Bonamassa, Hardwell, Sara Evans, Donovan, Vijay Iyer, Rickie Lee Jones, Jesse & Joy, and many more. Over $150,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded to 71 winners, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) in cash and over $25,000 in additional prizes.

Winning ISC is a distinction that has propelled many artists to achieve greater success, including obtaining recording, publishing, and licensing deals; better gigs; press and recognition; and much more. Past winners have included: Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; For King And Country; and many more.

All finalists’ songs are currently posted as part of “People’s Voice”, an online voting platform that allows the public to listen to and vote for their favorite ISC finalist. The winner of People’s Voice is selected solely by public vote and is in addition to, and completely separate from, the regular winners who will be selected by the prestigious ISC judging panel. Visit to listen to the 2016 ISC finalists’ songs and to cast your vote. Voting will end at 11:59 PM (EST) on April 14.

The complete panel of 2016 judges include:

Recording Artists: Chris Cornell; Lorde; Tom Waits; Ziggy Marley; American Authors; Donovan; Bastille; Joe Bonamassa; Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks); Keane; Hardwell; India Arie; Kaskade; Danilo Perez; Jay Farrar (Son Volt/ Uncle Tupelo); Vijay Iyer; Sara Evans; Afro Celt Sound System; Jesse & Joy; Gerald Casale (Devo); Mike Stern; Carlos Vives; Joy Williams (Civil Wars); Rickie Lee Jones; Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel); Ana Barbara; Salif Keita; John Mayall; Fat Joe; Luis Fonsi; Art Alexakis (Everclear); Nicholas Gunn; Ryan Bingham; Amadou & Mariam; Jordan Feliz; Matt Maher; Mariana Vega; and Femi Kuti

Industry Executives: Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Seymour Stein (Chairman / CEO, Sire Records); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Craig Balsam (Owner, Razor & Tie/Washington Square/Kidz Bop); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); Steve Yegelwel (Senior Vice-President, Island Records); John Esposito (Chariman & CEO, Warner Music Nashville); Afo Verde (Chairman, Sony Music Latin); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); John Burk (President, Concord Label Group); Mike Easterlin (President, Fueled By Ramen / Roadrunner Records); Angel Carrasco (Latin Music Consultant / Producer); Aaron Bay-Schuck (President of A&R, Interscope Records); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Gordon Kerr (CEO, Black River Entertainment); Nate Albert (EVP of A&R, Capitol Records); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); Richard Gottehrer (Founder / Chief Creative Officer, The Orchard); Albert Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Nick Burgess (Sr. VP of A&R, Virgin / EMI); Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Entertainment); Chris Eckman (Co-Founder, Glitterbeat Records); Colin Barlow (Managing Director, RCA UK); Peter Weber (Co-Founder, Glitterbeat Records); Jacob Edgar (Founder, Cumbancha); Laura Margolin (Publishing, Glassnote Records); Benjamin Groff (Founder, The Brill Building); Golnar Khosrowshahi (President, Reservoir Media Management); Sas Metcalfe (President, Global Creative, Kobalt Music); Carianne Marshall (Partner, Songs Music Publishing); Rich Goodman (President, Rip Tide Music Group); Chris Van Belkom (VP, Combustion Music); Tamara Conniff (EVP, Roc Nation); Jerome Spence (VP Film/TV, Secret Road); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); Claire S. Green (President, Parents’ Choice Foundation); Cyndi Nelson (General Mgr, Zanies Comedy Club); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); and Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment).

Sponsors include: Adam Professional Audio, Berklee College of Music, Big Joe Stomp Box Company, CAD Audio, Celebrity Access, D’Addario, Dark Horse Institute, Disc Makers, Fran’s Chocolates, Gauge Precision Instruments, Gig Salad, Graph Tech, Irie Magazine, Klotz, LANDR, Lewitt, Lowden Guitars, Lurssen Mastering, Marshall, Merch Cat, Musicians Institute, oneRPM, OWC, PRA Audio,, Sweetwater, and Thalia.

Entries are now open for the 2017 competition. For more information and to enter, go to

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Using Discards to Build Art (and Rebuild a City)

Using Discards to Build Art (and Rebuild a City)

The Chicago artist Theaster Gates, who has a new show at the National
Gallery, makes works from castoff objects, revitalizing his neighborhood
with their sale.

CHICAGO – “It’s a super-interesting moment to be at the National Gallery,
where the question of what it means to be an American, and what kind of
American are you, has a new kind of resonance,” said Theaster Gates, the
sculptor, installation and performance artist and urban interventionist,
whose exhibition “The Minor Arts” opened there this month in Washington.

Mr. Gates has taken materials he salvaged from shuttered African-American
businesses, schools and churches on the South Side of Chicago, where he is
based, into a tower gallery in the museum’s East Building. There, he has
reconstituted slate shingles from a roof, wooden planks from a gym floor and
bound copies of Ebony magazine into monumental structures that echo abstract
canvases elsewhere in the institution, but are embedded with unsung stories
of black laborers and entrepreneurs.

This highly visible platform at the National Gallery of Art, which attracts
more than five million visitors annually, shines a light on Mr. Gates’s
mushrooming grass-roots revitalization project on Chicago’s South Side,
which invests in people and places others have written off.

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