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All Access Town Hall: The Gradual Reopening of Performances

UPDATE: the Town Hall has been postponed to September 15 at 3PM ET)

Three women sing and play joyously, along with a guitarist at the back. The side angle from the photo could lead to believe that the performers were close to one another, but physical distancing is implemented.

Employment in arts and culture industries, August 2020

While the Canadian economy is slowly recovering, another 6,600 live performance workers lost their job in August.

Agents and Managers Community Meetings

Since March, CAPACOA has provided a channel through which our business members may assemble. These meetings, moderated by Eoin Ó Catháin (chair of the NAPAMA Canada Executive), have been an invaluable resource for the community of agents and managers in Canada to connect and share with their peers. ...Read More

All Access Town Hall: Global Toronto Successes

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Time: 14:00 (ET) As an increasing number of artist showcases, pitches, and conferences began to shift from in person to digital platforms, we can glean from past successes to look at our future practices – CAPACOA hosted a town hall on this very subject. On Tuesd...Read More

Still from a video showing the face of a woman in front of a white wall. The caption reads "I feel very alone".

Employment in arts and culture industries, July 2020

Nearly all arts, culture and heritage industries showed signs of recovery in July 2020. Employment in performing arts industries is still 23% below pre-COVID levels, but hours worked continued to rebound.

View of Parliament buildings from Ottawa river

CAPACOA submits recommendations for the continuation and recovery of the live performance sector

CAPACOA’s pre-budget submission brings forth new recommendations for emergency and recovery support in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.

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International Market Development Initiative 2020 Announcement

About the opportunity CAPACOA is a national presenting association, with a mandate for leadership in the arts and culture sector.  One of CAPACOA’s priorities is to be a catalyst for Canadian organizations to engage in cultural diplomacy, in order to facilitate collaborative, reciprocal and cre...Read More

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Employment in arts and culture industries, June 2020

Performing arts companies saw the largest decrease in total hours worked in June 2020: -73,5%.

Online cultural offerings satisfy audiences’ cravings… for now

A lot of people enjoyed live-streamed performances since the beginning of the COVID crisis. But they may not continue when venues reopen.

Artists and cultural workers still among most impacted by the COVID outbreak

Employment in the information, culture and recreation industry was 83.1% of its pre-COVID level, the second-lowest proportion across all industries.

All Access Town Hall: Showcasing and Conference Models

On July 21st at 1:00 PM EDT (please note the webinar was originally scheduled at 3:00 PM), CAPACOA is hosting a panel discussion to highlight the new pitch, conference and showcasing models exacerbated by the global circumstances we must now navigate. In this moderated discussion, panelists will exp...Read More

All Access Town Hall: CAPACOA Programs Information Session

In this hour-long information session, members of the CAPACOA team will answer your questions about two of our programs: the Linked Digital Future initiative (LDFI) and the Presenters Capacity Building Program (PCBP). Both programs are important parts of the support CAPACOA aims to build in its memb...Read More

All Access Webinars: The Law and Live Streaming

On Friday, June 26, at 11AM, CAPACOA and the Canadian Dance Assembly are hosting a webinar on the topic of The Law and Live Streaming. As an increasing number of artists and venues are exploring digitizing their arts events, questions arise around the legal responsibilities and rights of artists, ve...Read More

All Access Town Hall: Live Streaming and New Business Models in the Performing Arts

On Tuesday, June 23rd at 3PM (ET), CAPACOA will host a moderated Town Hall discussion about the new business models for the performing arts in light of Covid-19.

Cultural workers gathered in Montreal hold a colourful banner requesting an extension of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.

Arts sector in dire need for extended emergency support

The COVID-19 ASO Response Group submitted a joint letter to government officials outlining the dire impacts of the pandemic on our sector and advocating for continued supports for arts and culture.

This chart shows a steep and profound decline for Information, culture and recreation, while the rest of the labour force is seeing a smaller decline and then a rebound.

Employment rebounds, but culture workers aren’t seeing signs of recovery just yet

Between February and May 2020, 192,300 workers in information, culture and recreation industries lost their job. Employment declined from 778,700 to 586,400: a 24.7% drop.

All Access Webinars: Managing Mental Health and Building Resilience in the Performing Arts

Living in the time of COVID, many of us are dealing with uncertainty, fear, grief, and anxiety. CAPACOA is here to support you, not only in business but also in your mental and emotional well-being.

All Access Webinars: A Clean Slate for Reopening

CAPACOA invites you to join us for a conversation on reopening and public safety. Facing COVID-19 and the prospect of reopening undoubtedly presents challenges for different groups and regions.

Webinar Next Stage: Q & A on Covid-19 legal implications for the Performing Arts

CAPACOA invites all its members and partners to this upcoming free webinar around legal issues and the Covid crisis please feel free to share among your colleagues. If you have questions about the legal issues that COVID­19 poses for the performing arts business, join us for a Q&A webinar on Thu...Read More

Crowded lobby with patrons coming in and out of the theatre.

What will make audiences feel safe to return to live performances?

Consumer surveys provide valuable information about audiences' attitudes towards various safety precautions.

CAPACOA Agent Retreat 2019

Agents and Managers Industry Survey of the Effects of Covid-19 in Canada

An immediate survey of Agents and Managers recognized by the industry was conducted by the COVID-19 Crisis Committee in conjunction with NAPAMA Canada and CAPACOA to measure the effects and impacts of these cancellations. The sector has seen drastic short-term impacts, and longterm repercussions ...Read More

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CAPACOA Applauds Emergency Support for Performing Arts Organizations

CAPACOA congratulates the Federal government for their recognition of the annual contribution of the arts and culture community to the economic vitality of Canada and their timely response and support to one of the hardest hit sectors during this global health and economic crisis.

Infographic: The level of concern of entertainment consumers is high. It will take a minimum of 4 months before reaching a level of comfort.

The long wait for audiences

The entire live performance sector wonders: “When we’re allowed to reopen, will audiences come back?” Consumer surveys north and south of the border provide many nuanced, and very useful, answers.

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CAPACOA writes to Minister Guilbeault

Michele Emslie, CAPACOA’s Board President wrote to Minister Guilbeault on behalf of the performing arts sector in Canada.  The letter outlining the current situations facing CAPACOA members during COVID.