Investing in the Future of Live Performance

latest update: September 6, 2023

The 2023 federal budget provided an extension of the additional funding for the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, but not for the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF). Unless the government makes a change, CAPF clients will see their funding drop by an average of 23%.

The performing arts sector needs predictable and increased support from the federal government. Not funding cuts!

Make permanent the supplementary investments of $8 million per year in the
Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) and and $7 million per year in the
Building Communities
Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, first announced
in the 2019 budget and subsequently extended in the 2021 and 2023 budgets.

Invest an additional $30 million per year in these two programs
($21 million for CAPF and $9 million for BCAH) to support the
adaptation and growth of the live performance sector in the post-pandemic era.

These recommendations have been drafted and endorsed by over twenty industry associations.

View the list of signatory organizations

Read their case


September 22-29, 2023

Join us in getting the message out to theatres and venues, in newspapers and on social media.

Call to Action for AGENTS and ARTISTS:

Share a video in which you talk about the importance of live performances and of touring. Share it on social media with the #FutureOfLIVE hashtag.

Tips for Artist or Agent support videos

Call to Action for PRESENTERS and FESTIVALS:

Without audiences, there’s no #FutureOfLIVE. Take a photo or a video of your audience showing some love for the performing arts.

  • Invite them to bring support banners;
  • Invite them to wear a given colour;
  • Ask them to send you hand hearts;
  • Or simply ask them to raise hands for the performing arts.

And then share it on social media with the #FutureOfLIVE hashtag.


Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Montréal, QC

11:30-11:50 a.m. (EDT)

More Information


Use these banners and social media images to get the word out.

Template letter to inform your MP of upcoming or anticipated cuts as a result of not renewing CAPF funding.

This letter can be sent at any time.

Talking points for when you meet your MP.

Details about our recommendations and lots of background info, charts and tables to make a compelling case (updated August 29, 2023).

Please send us a copy of your letter and tell us about your meeting outcomes at futureoflive@capacoa.ca

Letters by province or territory