November 13, 2008
Meeting Date: November 25, 2008
Vancouver City Council
Director of Grants, Support and Awards Programs, Cultural Services
Theatre Rental - Grant to Ballet British Columbia
THAT Council approve a one-time Theatre Rental Grant of $63,400 to Ballet British
Columbia to offset rental costs for the presentation of the Nutcracker Ballet at the
Queen Elizabeth Theatre December 2008. Source of funds to be $41,763 from the
2008 Cultural Services Grants Budget and $21,637 from the Contingency Reserve.
GENERAL MANAGER'S COMMENTS
The General Manager of Community Services recommends approval of the foregoing.
Approval of grant recommendations requires eight affirmative votes.
This report recommends the allocation of a one-time Theatre Rental Grant to Ballet British
In 1979 and again in 1983, City Council affirmed the principle that Theatre Rental Grants are
available to cultural organizations that use the Civic Theatres annually and have been
assigned annual ‘base level’ uses of the theatres. Council approved the current process for
Theatre Rental Grants in 1995 providing for seasonally based grants allocated in July of each
year for the coming “fall” (the second half of a given year) and “spring” (the first half of the
Theatre Rental - Emergency Grant to Ballet British Columbia
following year). Recommendations for the spring of the following year are approved in
principle, subject to the Operating Budget Review for that year.
Council policy provides for an increase in the annual Theatre Rental Grants budget to
accommodate the impact of increases in the Civic Theatre rental rates on rental grants
provided after September 1st, when the new rates take effect.
On September 12, 2000, Council approved the estab