July 9, 2019 – CAPACOA encourages all performing arts organizations to sign on to the Canadian Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts recently lauched by the Cultural Human Resources Council.
This initiative began in January 2018, following a roundtable with artist associations, national arts service organizations and major institutions in the performing arts. One of the Working Groups established at that meeting was tasked with creating a national Code of Conduct for the performing arts.
Since then, other cultural industries (notably music and film and television) have developed and already released their own codes of conduct. The notion of simply adopting or adapting those codes was considered – and rejected. The RWA Coordinating Committee and CHRC agreed that live performance must develop its own code that would reflect the specificities of work in the performing arts. (A special effort was made to reach out to equity-seeking groups across the country, who are disproportionately affected by harassment, bullying and discrimination.)
The resulting Code of Conduct was approved by the RWA Coordinating Committee in April of this year. It embodies a set of values, expectations and engagements for artists and employers in the performing arts. We hope you will review it with your organization and become a signatory.
Note that the Code is not intended to replace existing policies or processes that you may have developed or that are required by legislation. It is not intended to establish a policing or enforcement process. It is intended to be a living document for all signatories, who should discuss it, adopt it and adapt it to their practices.
Please join us in support of this foundational document!