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John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

Current winners: Chelsea Carlson and Diana Weir

Chelsea Carlson (top) and Diana Weir (bottom)

Photo: Tim Matheson (top), Banko Media (bottom)

Current Winners

Chelsea Carlson
General Manager, Savage Production Society
Producer, Royal City Musical Theatre Company

Mentorship Award
Chelsea will be mentored by Lori Marchand, Managing Director, Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre focusing on management and communication.

Diana Weir
Executive Director, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Mentorship Award
Diana will be working with Marc Stevens at the National Arts Centre learning about the work of large-scale institutions and how this can be applied to smaller regional-based orchestras.

What is this prize?

The John Hobday Awards in Arts Management are granted to talented arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional development or mentoring purposes.

  • The Professional Development and Renewal Award is granted to an outstanding arts manager wishing to take part in a recognized program, seminar or workshop.
  • The Mentorship Award goes to an arts manager who is seeking to acquire different knowledge, experience and skills under the supervision of a mentor in his or her field.

Prize amount

Two prizes of $10,000 each

How to qualify

Apply to the Council.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipients from among all applications received.

For applicant and mentor eligibility criteria, application forms and further information on these prizes, see the John Hobday Awards in Arts Management Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

These prizes were established with a $1 million donation from the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation to the Canada Council for the Arts. John Hobday made an enormous contribution to improving the work quality and professionalism of Canadian arts managers by promoting professional development and continuous training and focusing on the profession's importance for the growth and viability of the arts.

Further Information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer, Prizes

E-mail: sarah.brown@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 6004

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 6004

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Cumulative list of winners

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