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Allyson McGrane

Allyson McGrane

Areas of expertise: business planning, marketing planning, fundraising and grant strategy, online content creation strategies

Allyson McGrane of Left Right Minds Initiatives has worked with a wide variety of individual and organizational arts clients including several Canadian magazines. She is currently the Director of Special Projects for Harrowsmith Magazine and responsible for seeking new funding opportunities.

In summer 2020, Allyson was hired by MagsBC to assist with online educational workshops and to consult with over 45 magazines on their applications to the new CPF Special Measures for Journalism program. She also gave a workshop on grant writing strategies at the recent MagsWest conference in September 2020 as well as online workshops on the new Aid To Publishers programs in November 2020.

Her unique background includes experience in law as well as the arts sector. She holds a B.A. (Political Studies and Drama) from the University of Saskatchewan, an LL.B. (Co-operative Education) from the University of Victoria and was admitted to the bar of British Columbia in 2001. Recent awards include a professional development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for an individual mentorship with John Paul Fischbach of Auspicious Arts Incubator in Melbourne, Australia.

Allyson is keen to work with clients on business strategies, marketing ideas and developing new projects. In addition, she enjoys grant-writing for individuals and organizations, with a focus on taking a strategic approach.