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  • ASL Interpretation
  • Closed Captions
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October 14, 2021

Lobby Chats: "I got the grant! What next?" for DIY Producers

Hosted by Generator

Kicking off The AFC's Lobby Chats with a panel discussion on DIY producing for artists!

More artists and collectives than ever have been applying for and receiving grants to create work during the pandemic. As a result, many of us have to learn what it means to produce without the support of a larger organization – from project management to contracts to protecting our personal finances and much more. Becoming a DIY producer comes with a lot of excitement and validation but also financial stress and uncertainty. This panel discussion will be helpful for anyone new to producing and managing project grants, as well as to those who have been doing it for a while but still feel like they have questions.


  • Kristina Lemieux (Lead Producer at Generator)
  •   Rachel Krehm (Founder & General Director of indie opera company Opera 5, singer)
  • Saman Shahi (Executive Director of Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto, composer, pianist)
  • Alyssa Martin (Founder & Artistic Director of Rock Bottom Movement, choreographer) 

This chat is presented by The AFC in partnership with the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and Generator.


ASL interpretation and closed captioning provided.



Unit 204, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1X7, Canada

Email: info@generatorTO.com

Generator is a mentoring, teaching, and innovation incubator that expands the skills, tools, and competencies of independent artists, producers and leaders. From intensive programs to online tools, Generator is transforming the role of the artist producer one artist at a time.