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Financial Assistance: The Joysanne Sidimus Fund

The Joysanne Sidimus Fund is a financial assistance program which helps eligible professional artists, full-time students in, and teachers at, recognized post-secondary arts institutions (as determined by the Eligibility Checklist below) to pay for the fee-for-service treatments offered at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (Centre) by covering 75% of the cost, up to a maximum of $760 for each successful application.

This fund has been named in honour of Joysanne Sidimus, whose vision and passion were instrumental in the creation of the Artists’ Health Alliance.

Please note that this program is funded entirely through generous private donations and funding is subject to availability of funds. This financial assistance is only available as short term support and is not to be relied on for ongoing medical care and treatment.

Application forms are available below for download.

Please read through the application form carefully before applying and call the Artists’ Health Alliance at 416-351-0239 or email admin[at]artistshealth[dot]com if you have any questions.

To Apply:

Step 1:
Before applying OR re-applying for financial assistance you must have had an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre.
Applications will not be accepted until an assessment has been complete.
This appointment is free of charge and can be made by calling The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at 416-603-5263.

Step 2:
Download and fill out the correct application form. If you are not sure which form to fill out, please call our office at 416-351-0239 or email admin[at]artistshealth[dot]com.

Forms:
If you are applying for Subsidy for the first time, or re-applying in a new tax year, please use this form:
Application Form

If you are re-applying for subsidy within the same tax year, please use this form:
Re-Application Form

Step 3:
Send your completed application and supporting documents (as outlined in the application form) to the Artists’ Health Alliance:

• By fax: 416-595-0009 to the attention of Netta Kornberg
NOTE: We have been having difficulties with our fax machine and recommend sending your application by mail.
• By mail or in person:

Joysanne Sidimus Fund
Artists’ Health Alliance
​​​The Lynda Hamilton Centre
1000 Yonge Street, Suite 303
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2K2

Applications are reviewed once a month. Upon committee review, you will be notified via email about the status of your application.

Below are the upcoming deadlines to submit an application for review for that month:

• November 20, 2017 at 11am
• December 18, 2017 at 11am
• January 29, 2017 at 11am

Applications received after each month’s deadline will be reviewed the following month.

Have a question? Please click here to read our Joysanne Sidimus Fund FAQ.

Links and Resources

The Artists’ Health Alliance continuously works to provide a list of useful links and resources for the arts community. Please check back regularly for additions and updates.

Art Service Organizations:

Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) dtrc.ca
Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network (CSARN) www.csarn-craac.ca
Arts Health Network Canada (AHNC) artshealthnetwork.ca
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) tapa.ca
Canadian Stage (The Relay) www.canadianstage.com

Financial Assistance:

The AFC – the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry www.AFChelps.ca
Canvas: A Foundation for Artists www.canvasfoundation.ca
Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union www.creativeartscu.com

Health Services:

Paul B. Helliwell Patient & Family Library at Toronto Western Hospital Visit Website
Low Cost Dental Services View PDF
Mental Health Community Resources View PDF

Insurance:

The Arts and Entertainment Plan www.aeplan.ca
Writers’ Coalition Benefits Program www.writerscoalition.ca
Co-working Health Insurance Plan via Creative Blueprint coworkingontario.ca/cohip/

Podcasts:

UHN Patient & Family Libraries View PDF

In the Media:

Musician, Heal Thyself! (The Whole Note) View PDF or read it at www.thewholenote.com
Dancers and the Art of Stress Management (Healthy Dancer Canada) View PDF
10 Stress Management Tools for your Dance Bag (Healthy Dancer Canada) View PDF
The Healthy Artist Guide to a Less Toxic Studio (Toxic Nation Project) View PDF
Interview with Jill Humphries, Secretary, Board of Directors, Artists’ Health Alliance on The Dennis Report. Watch video
Interview with Dr. Lee Bartel, Board of Directors, Research & Education Committee, Artists’ Health Alliance on Metro Morning with Matt Galloway. Click here to listen.
Myths and Realities of Artitsts’ Health: Panel Discussion on Storify. Click here to read.

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Upcoming Workshops

Registration: Artists' Toolbox

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This workshop addresses the fact that artistic practice can entail unhealthy habits. Facilitated by a registered dietician and a physiotherapist, this workshop will help artists gain individual insight into their own habits in regards to diet, exercise and sleep. More details coming soon! Click ...