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Call for up to 4 no-fee presentations by March 31, 2020

May 9, 20199 May 2019

Please submit brief proposals by June 5

As part of the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, Kelly Hill will conduct up to 4 presentations between September 2019 and March 2020 for no speaking fee. The speaking fee (covering preparation time) is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council as part of their funding commitment to the Statistical Insights on the Arts series.

Hosting organizations must pay for Kelly’s travel and accommodation expenses related to attending the event.

We are seeking brief proposals for up to four “no-fee” presentations between September 2019 and March 31, 2020. Proposals for no-fee presentations will be assessed and selected by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Hill Strategies Research.

Presentations should be based in large part on the findings from recent or forthcoming Statistical Insights on the Arts reports, including:

  • A Statistical Profile of Artists in Canada in 2016: Information about the working lives of artists in Canada, including statistics on the overall number of artists, artists by occupation, demographic information, self-employment rates, incomes, and the industries where artists work. Report released in March 2019.
  • Arts, Culture, and Heritage Participation in Canada’s Provinces and Largest Census Metropolitan Areas in 2016: Percentage of residents (15 or older) of Canadian provinces and 9 Census Metropolitan Areas who, in 2016, made or performed art, attended arts performances or exhibitions, visited cultural heritage sites, and read books. Report released in March 2019.
  • Demographic Patterns in Canadians’ Arts Participation in 2016: Similarities and differences in arts attendance rates for women/men, Indigenous people, Canadians from racialized groups, by mother tongue, rural/urban areas, youth, and seniors. The report examines 11 indicators of arts participation, including eight arts attendance activities, two summary indicators of arts attendance, as well as participation in making or performing art. Report released in February 2019.
  • Canadians’ Arts, Culture, and Heritage Participation in 2016: Canada-wide indicators of arts, culture, and heritage participation; arts attendance rates; active arts participation (making or performing art); trends in arts participation. Report released in November 2018.
  • Artists in Canada’s Provinces and Territories in 2016: This report will highlight key facts about artists and cultural workers in each province and territory (number, concentration, and incomes of artists). Report planned for June 2019.
  • Demographic Diversity of Artists in Canada: This report will examine similarities and differences in the situations of groups of artists in Canada: female artists; Indigenous artists; artists from racialized groups; and artists in official language minority groups. Report planned for October or November 2019 (presentations in December 2019 to March 2020 only).

Selection criteria for the no-fee presentations include:

  • Conducting presentations in various parts of the country and reaching different artistic disciplines.
  • Supporting artists, arts organizations and associations by providing them with up-to-date information on the arts sector.
  • Reaching members of non-arts communities who want more information about the arts and culture in their communities.
  • Presentations with regional or national impact.

Please send your brief proposal (1 or 2 pages is fine, Word processing format preferred, rather than pdf files), containing the following information, via email to by 5 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, June 5, 2019:

  • Proposed name, date and location of meeting / conference / event
  • Host organization(s)
  • Session information (desired length / plenary or workshop?)
  • Expected number of attendees
  • General information regarding the background of expected attendees (e.g., artists, arts organization representatives, other cultural workers, business people, politicians, etc.)
  • If part of a conference or speaker series, please indicate the typical content, scope, and attendance at previous conferences or sessions of a similar nature.
  • Potential impacts of the presentation (i.e., what you expect attendees to take away from the session)
  • How a presentation from Kelly Hill would assist in achieving the goals of the conference or session.

Presentations can be conducted in English, French, or both official languages. Proposals for webinar presentations are eligible if the host organization provides access to webinar technology.

For more information about previous presentations conducted by Kelly Hill, please visit

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