MagsBC aims to support the BC magazine industry and its members by offering programs that will assist magazine publishers, staff, freelancers and others in creating a better, more innovative and sustainable magazine industry.
We have applied for funding for the following programs for 2021 to 2023 through the Canada Periodical Fund Collective Initiatives Program, and we have already received funding for both the Magazine Coach Program and Professional Development for 2020-2021 from Creative BC as well:
- Internship Subsidy Program: Since 2010, MagsBC has subsidized dozens of internships at a variety of member magazines, making it easier for publishers and staff to bring in new talent, get some much-needed support for their operations, and help develop the next generation of publishing professionals.
- Magazine Coach Program: MagsBC pairs “coaches”, experts in a particular area, with member magazines for a half-day consultation. Normally, participating magazines contribute $175 toward the consultation and receive a summary of recommendations afterwards. However, currently, we are asking magazine publishers to pay what they can. Very small magazines may ask to have this fee reduced or waived.
In addition, this iteration of the program will see MagsBC offer two-hour consultations for experts to follow up with publishers six months to a year after the first consultation to assist with roadblocks or further initiatives.
- Magazine News Podcast Program: if accepted for funding, MagsBC plans to offer a new weekly podcast spring 2021 on the industry, bringing in experts to talk about issues and innovations, highlighting upcoming training and speakers, and sharing news and information.
- Professional Development: Since its inception, the Magazine Association of BC has offered relevant and timely professional development seminars and webinars at various times during the year to complement its Magazines West Conference. For 2021 to 2023, we have suspended our conference and instead will offer professional development webinars throughout the year, much of it in response to an urgent need by the industry.