COVID-19: CALQ – New program to compensate for loss of ticket revenues


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On Wednesday, October 7, the Conseil québécois de la musique attended a meeting that brought together the main performing arts groups in order to obtain more details on the compensation program for loss of box office revenues announced on October 2. Anne-Marie Jean, President and CEO of CALQ, and Mary Daveluy, Secretary General and Director of Program Planning, answered questions from the community.

An assistance program will be available next week on the CALQ website and will be accompanied by an FAQ section. A lot of information has been circulated since the announcement of this new program and changes have since been made.

Who is it for?
The assistance is intended for specialty broadcasters, multidisciplinary broadcasters and producers (self-broadcasting), whether they are currently supported by CALQ or not. They must, however, meet CALQ’s eligibility criteria.

Support is available to everyone, regardless of region and level of alert.

Maximum amount that can be granted
Of the $50 million announced on October 2, $37.5 million will be administered by CALQ, while SODEC will manage the balance.

  • The calculation of the maximum amount that can be awarded to each applicant will be based on the assessment of an applicant’s usual ticketing revenues for a full year. A reference year determined by the applicant between 2016 and 2019 will be used for the calculations.
  • A maximum box office revenue cap of $75,000 per performance will be considered in order to calculate revenue in that reference year.
  • The resulting total for the reference year will be multiplied by 75% to determine the maximum amount that can be awarded.
  • For each applicant, starting in the reference year, an average ticket price will be determined (one average adult price and one average youth price). The number of tickets that cannot be sold taking into account reduced gauges or the cancellation of a show will then be honoured by the programme, using the average ticket price as the maximum refundable amount.

Aid to support the entire artistic chain

The aid is intended to compensate for the loss of ticketing revenue for a period from 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021.

The aid will be granted whether or not performances take place, provided that it can be demonstrated that the cancellations are due to health restrictions in force (closed theatres or outbreak of COVID-19 within a production).

In order to benefit from the aid, broadcasters and producers will have to demonstrate :

  • at the time the application is submitted, that a program of shows has been planned and that contracts have been formalized or agreements with artists have been reached. This programming may be the initial programming or a completely redesigned one.
  • upon submission of the progress report and final report, that all contracts have been honoured 100%, thus ensuring that musicians and all those around them, agents, composers and others are entitled to their fair share of the assistance granted.
  • The aid will be divided into three instalments: 50% upon submission of the application, 35% upon submission of the progress report and 15% upon submission of the final report.

Deadline for applications
Organizations will have until November 15 to submit an application. Responses are expected before Christmas.

Dominic Trudel is the general director of the Conseil québécois de la musique.

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