OMDC Newsletter
June 2014

OMDC Research Showcase 2014 – Highlighting Recent Studies of Ontario’s Cultural Media Sectors

On May 12, OMDC held our 5th annual OMDC Research Showcase at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. A selection of research papers funded by OMDC in the past year were highlighted by five presenters from: Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), Canadian Association of Advancement for Music & the Arts (CAAMA), Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and kidsmediacentre who gave short teasers on the findings of their research. Guests from across the cultural media industries, academia and government had a chance to network and talk to each other about industry trends and common challenges and opportunities.

You can find these reports in OMDC’s Online Research Library. The Online Research Library is a searchable collection of more than 300 reports and documents on the cultural media industries from around the world.

Opening - Part 1 of 7 - Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO of OMDC   Mobile Apps: Generating Economic Gains for Creative Media Industries in Ontario – Sharif Faisal, Information and Communications Technology Council
Growing the Pie: Alternative Financing and Canadian Documentary – Lisa Fitzgibbons, Documentary Organization of Canada   Books and Public Value – Carolyn Wood, Association of Canadian Publishers
Germany Music Market Report – Neill Dixon, Canadian Music Week/Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music and the Arts   An Ethical Framework for Marketing and Monetizing Digital Content for Children – Debbie Gordon, kidsmediacentre
Closing Remarks - Raina Wells, Director, Business Affairs & Research, OMDC   Lisa Fitzgibbons, Kate Edwards, Debbie Gordon, Carolyn Wood and Jen Brown

For more photos from this event, visit: OMDC’s 2014 Research Showcase Facebook Gallery.

Research Grant Applications Now Available on OMDC’s Online Application Portal (OAP)

OMDC is pleased to announce that applications to the Research Grants program can now be made on the OMDC’s paperless, secure Online Application Portal (OAP). You will be able to apply online (including uploading and storing corporate documents), track the status of your applications and communicate with OMDC regarding your application through the OAP.

Applications can be submitted online or on paper for the June 23 and November 10, 2014 application deadlines.

For deadlines in 2015 and after, application through the Online Application Portal is mandatory.

New users to the OAP will first have to register for a user account.

OAP training videos are available online and can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

We are also offering a WebEx training session on the OMDC Online Application Portal. Visit our website for upcoming WebEx training dates on how to use the Online Application Portal.

Upcoming Research Application Deadlines

Research deadlines will be at 5:30 p.m., Toronto time, on the following dates:

  • Monday, June 23, 2014
  • Monday, November 10, 2014
  • Monday, March 16, 2015

*OMDC reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms at any time. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are using the most current Guidelines and Application Form.

Inquiries regarding OMDC Research should be directed the Research and Strategic Planning department. Phone: 416-314-6858 / Email:

OMDC-Supported Research

Labour Market Insights in Ontario’s Cultural Industries was commissioned by WorkInCulture in order to identify high priority labour market insights for Ontario’s cultural industries. This OMDC-funded study reports on the findings of a pilot survey of Ontario’s cultural industry firms and puts forward an approach for gathering and reporting on cross-sectoral cultural labour market insights on an ongoing basis. To read the report, click here.