Thursday, January 17, 2008

Budget Committee hearing


On February 5th the Toronto City Budget committee will hear public concerns about city spending. You can sign up for a three minute slot by emailing buc@toronto.ca. With city money being as tight as it is, it's easy to assume that arts funding will be on the chopping block if the voices of the arts community are not heard.

Apparently Toronto funds its artists at a much lower rate per capita than other North American cities. The differences listed here are pretty staggering:

Toronto: $13 per capita

Chicago: $16

Vancouver $19

Montreal $32

New York $54

San Francisco $80

Admittedly it's unfair to compare the figures with the US, where state and national funding are undoubtedly lower than in Canada, but the comparisons with Vancouver and Montreal (almost three times as high) is troubling.

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