"I love this program. I feel really lucky to be a part of it. It's a great thing to be developing contacts with our peers across the disciplines and the country. I love getting to see each other once or twice a year and build relationships that will only strengthen with time."

Ann-Marie Williams, CanDance Network, participant

TSP at ECMA 2015



CAPACOA is pleased to partner with the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) to deliver The Succession Plan program at the East Coast Music Week from April 8 – 12th, 2015 in St. John’s, NL.

The Succession Plan (TSP) is a mentorship and peer network development program for emerging and mid-career presenters and other arts professionals. The program seeks to strengthen core competencies, provide leadership development and equip participants with the tools and resources necessary to be active participants in the development of arts and culture in their community. 

The TSP at ECMW will include three components embedded in the conference:

1. One-on-one mentorship: Participants will work with 1-2 mentor(s) throughout the weekend (min. 1 hour daily), and will be provided with a framework to continue this support relationship;

2. Opportunities to network with peers in small and in larger groups to discuss the new realities of working in the arts and other relevant issues related to their work;

3. Experience of the ECMW programming, within the framework of the TSP group.

This program is an excellent opportunity for emerging and mid-career arts professionals to spend time working through questions that they have about their work, meet individuals at the same level in their career and begin to create a vision for their next steps. It is also a way to experience the ECMA conference within a supportive and informative peer group. Relationships built during the TSP can last a lifetime.


The program is open to emerging and mid-career presenters, agents, managers, arts administrators and other arts professionals from diverse backgrounds, regions, urban/remote communities and large/small organizations across artistic disciplines.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

1. Be currently employed/working in the performing arts;

2. Have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the arts;

3. Complete all aspects of the application.



TSP Participants will need to be fully registered for the ECMA event. All travel and accommodation costs are also the responsibility of the participant.


Candidates should complete the application and submit all required material by Friday, February 27th, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of CAPACOA and ECMA staff and consultants.

Please note that participants will be required to complete a comprehensive evaluation about their experience in the TSP Program at ECMW.

To apply, please provide the following components via email to erin.barnhardt@capacoa.ca:

1. Application form;

2. Responses to questions listed on application form;

3. A copy of your CV.

Applications in electronic format preferred, but can also be faxed to 613-562-4005.


PLEASE NOTE - SPACE IS LIMITED The TSP Program can accommodate 10 participants maximum. If we are unable to include you at the ECMA event, we will keep your application on file for future consideration. All applicants will be contacted in advance of announcement of the final participant list.

*subject to change