Tuesday, February 3, 2009

All The News Fit to Print

Hi all. Not being able to blog on the road has made posting a challenge the last few weeks. So this is going to be a quick summary of things I've been following recently.

2 comments:

daniel said...

Hi MK,

I just want to clarify the first point in your posting.

Luminato did not receive any money, directly or indirectly, from this year's federal budget.

The Canadian government awarded a one-time $25 million grant to The Canada Prizes for The Arts and Creativity, AKA The Canada Prizes.

The Canada Prizes is an individual, not-for-profit organization. While its founders Tony Gagliano and David Pecaut founded Luminato as well, the two organizations operate completely independently of one another and are in no way affiliated.

The Canada Prizes will have its own board members, its own staff, its own operating budget and its own mandate, independent of Luminato.

At this time, there is no guarantee or formal agreement in place that participants in The Canada Prizes would be invited to perform at Luminato.

For further information on The Canada Prizes, I urge you to read Martin Knelman's articles from this week's Toronto Star, which I have linked below.

http://www.thestar.com/comment/columnists/article/580087

http://www.thestar.com/Entertainment/article/581921


Thanks,

Daniel Davidzon
Publicity Coordinator
Luminato
www.Luminato.com

MK Piatkowski said...

Thanks for the clarification, Daniel. I thought the money had been part of the budget that went to festivals.

This still doesn't make me feel any better about it. I'd be a lot more inclined to get behind it if there was an infrastructure in place that allowed Canadian artists to promote their work internationally. Since that got decimated last year, this really feels like a huge move backward.

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