Welcome to the Arts Beat newsletter, where we feature a round-up of news updates posted to the Hamilton Arts Council blog by our staff, Board of Directors and members of our artistic community. We're sending out this Arts Beat newsletter every month and welcome submissions from our artist members.

If you're a member of the Hamilton Arts Council and would like to contribute to our blog please contact stephen@hamiltonartscouncil.ca to discuss your ideas. We'd love to hear from you!


The Hamilton Arts Council is launching a project to assess the arts community’s priorities for short-term, small-scale funding support for artists and to develop a funding model to address those priorities. Based on community input on artists’ needs, we aim to develop a new funding model that can be funded, implemented, and sustained over time. We're hosting a public discussion on microfunding on Monday May 1, 2017 from 7PM to 9PM at the Central Branch of the Hamilton Public Library.

Follow the link for details on the event.


The Hamilton Arts Council is seeking dynamic, hard-working individuals committed to furthering the reach and impact of the arts in the Hamilton region to join our Board of Directors. The role of the Board is to advise on policy, planning and strategic direction, and assist with the leadership and promotion of the Hamilton Arts Council’s Mission, Vision and Values in accordance with its bylaws. Applications will be accepted until Thursday May 4, 2017.

Follow the LINK to the Application Form.


Did you miss The Big Picture 2017 Arts Forum or do you have more to say about the arts in Hamilton? Take the on-line survey and help shape future efforts to make a stronger, more inclusive arts community in the city of Hamilton.

Follow the link to the on-line Survey Form

30 years of Brott Music

By Boris Brott

(This is the first in a series of blog posts by the Brott Music Festival in celebration of the Festival’s 30th anniversary this year which kicks off in June.)

In 1987, Boris Brott conceived of an idea—a music festival for the City of Hamilton during the summer. The first festival, which lasted 11 days, was featured across Hamilton and was immediately a great success. The Brott Music Festival (BMF) from that day on has grown exponentially, captivating audiences for the last 30 years. In addition to musical performances, it has also become renowned for the numerous educational and professional development programs that have been created under Brott Music since its inception. The Brott Music Festival has become an artistic staple in Hamilton and the surrounding areas.

Music is a cornerstone of our daily lives. It’s what brings us together and it’s what gives us inspiration. Knowing this, Boris Brott was determined to bring some more musical excitement to the city of Hamilton during the summer months. With support from his wife Ardyth...



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