CHRC The Code of Conduct

Dear Colleagues,

 As you may know, over the last year, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) has been engaged in a national initiative to promote Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA), including resources for artists and organizations to deal with harassment.  http://respectfulartsworkplaces.ca/.

One of the main objectives of RWA was to create a national Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts. http://respectfulartsworkplaces.ca/code-of-conduct Other cultural industries (notably music and film and television) have developed and released their own codes of conduct.  The notion of simply adapting those codes was considered – and rejected, in favour of a code developed by and for the performing arts reflecting the realities of live performance.

 We are pleased to share the resulting Code of Conduct with you today, and to invite you to become a signatory to it! We also urge you to invite your own members and constituencies to become signatories. (See the draft letter below.)

This Code is predicated on establishing the values that we believe are shared throughout the performing arts. It is not intended to replace existing policies or processes or even existing codes if organizations have developed their own. 

 As the Code states clearly: The Code of Conduct is a set of voluntary commitments developed by a coalition of Canadian performing arts stakeholders.  Each signatory is solely responsible for upholding its commitments under the Code and its obligations under the law.

 We will be building up the signatures over the summer months, leading up to a public launch in late September around Culture Days 2019.  You will be able to seize this opportunity to do your own announcement locally as a signatory to the Code.

If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact Sara Meurling (sara@culturethink.ca) or Denis Bertrand Denis Bertrand (denis@dbertrand.com) who are leading the campaign to get signatories to the Code.

Susan Annis
Executive Director / Directrice générale
Cultural Human Resources Council / Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel
201 -251 rue Bank Street, Ottawa, ON  K2P 1X3
Tel. / tél  613-562-1535 x22
www.culturalhrc.ca / www.crhsculturel.ca

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A Canadian Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts!

Dear

We are writing to encourage you to consider signing on to a Canadian Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts  http://respectfulartsworkplaces.ca/code  

To give you a bit of context…Since early 2018, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) has been engaged in a national initiative to promote Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) – see http://respectfulartsworkplaces.ca/

This initiative began in January 2018, following a roundtable with artist associations, national arts service organizations and major institutions in the performing arts.  One of the Working Groups established at that meeting was tasked with creating a national Code of Conduct for the performing arts. 

Since then, other cultural industries (notably music and film and television) have developed and already released their own codes of conduct.  The notion of simply adopting or adapting those codes was considered – and rejected.  The RWA Coordinating Committee and CHRC agreed that live performance must develop its own code that would reflect the specificities of work in the performing arts.  (A special effort was made to reach out to equity-seeking groups across the country, who are disproportionately affected by harassment, bullying and discrimination.)

The resulting Code of Conduct was approved by the RWA Coordinating Committee in April of this year. It embodies a set of values, expectations and engagements for artists and employers in the performing arts.  We hope you will review it with your organization and become a signatory.

Note that the Code is not intended to replace existing policies or processes that you may have developed or that are required by legislation. It is not intended to establish a policing or enforcement process.  It is intended to be a living document for all signatories, who should discuss it, adopt it and adapt it to their practices.

Please join us in support of this foundational document!

ASO