Ask any critically acclaimed rapper: Just because you’re getting praised doesn’t mean you’re getting paid.
Or ask the leaders of the Remix Project, a celebrated Toronto non-profit for at-risk youth that must now scrounge for money to avoid major cutbacks.
Replicated in three countries, lauded by the United Nations, visited by Governor General Michaëlle Jean and twittered about by Mayor David Miller, Remix will lose $200,000, about 40 per cent of its operating budget, when its grant from the National Crime Prevention Centre expires in September.
The organization’s six-month training program has been heralded for preparing creative but vulnerable young people for careers in the arts — and, in doing so, keeping them out of trouble. But if it does not raise $100,000 by the end of October, it will be forced to shrink significantly, says executive director Gavin Sheppard.
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