1. In an effort to make the annual Folk Music Ontario conference more accessible to parents, we’d like to work with their team to find ways to offer childcare and/or a spousal rate at future conferences.
Proposals for how to make this work involve lobbying the Board of Directors, outlining the importance of offering this service, doing some fund raising to support the effort, and publicizing it so that it’s certain that parents know about it and take advantage of it.
2. Consult with festivals or conference that do offer childcare, and understand their planning process and reasons for doing so.
3. Establish a set of best practices and arguments in favour of offering childcare in order to approach other conferences, festivals, and events with ways to incorporate child care for performers and other music professionals.
4. Create a database of babysitters/day care providers in regions across Canada for parents on the road.
Are you interested in working on this project, have idea or resources, or any other feedback? Please comment below!