"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 Folk Music Ontario 2014


About The Succession Plan Program:

CAPACOA is pleased to partner with Folk Music Ontario and Folk Music Canada again this year to deliver a mentorship and peer networking program at the FMO conference in Toronto from October 16 – 19, 2014.

The Succession Plan (TSP) is a mentorship and peer network development program for emerging and mid-career presenters and other performing 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 comprises three components embedded in the Folk Music Ontario Conference’s Export Development Program:

  1. One-on-one mentorship: Participants will work with a mentor throughout the weekend (min. 1 hour daily);


  1. 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.


  1. Integration into the Folk Music Ontario and Folk Music Canada’s Export Development Program activities, such as networking opportunities, professional development sessions, etc.

We encourage you to visit our website www.capacoa.ca or contact our Outreach and Membership Development Manager, Erin Barnhardt, at erin.barnhardt@capacoa.ca if you require further details about the program.



The program is open to emerging and mid-career presenters, artistic directors, festival personnel, venue managers, agents and artist managers from across the country. We will accept 5-7 participants to The Succession Plan program at the 2014 FMO Conference.*

Applicants to the TSP program should meet the following criteria:

  1. Currently employed/working in the performing arts;
  2. Have a minimum of 3 years professional experience in the arts;
  3. Able to attend and fully participate in the Folk Music Ontario Conference in Toronto, ON from Wednesday, October 15th – Sunday, October 19th, 2014.


*Please note:  Participants are eligible for a full conference registration as part of this CAPACOA/FMO/FMC partnership, pending funding.


Application and Selection Process:

Candidates should complete the application and submit all required material ASAP, with an absolute deadline of Monday, August 4th, 2014. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprising CAPACOA, FMO and FMC staff. Participants must register for the FMO Conference in advance of the program, in order to take part in some preparatory activities and to enable adequate mentorship matching.

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

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

1. TSP 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 5-7 participants in this program. If we are unable to include you at the FMO Conference this year we will keep your application on file for future consideration.  All applicants will be contacted in advance of announcement of the final participant list.


What Participants are saying about the TSP:

As an emerging arts presenter, one of my critical needs is to build a network of domestic peers - both experienced arts professionals and emerging leaders in the field. This program offered me the fantastic opportunity to meet a great number of people in these categories. Building such a network gives me the opportunity to continually build my understanding of the music industry, with specific focus on presenting, in this country. The most important outcome of this experience is/was the 'immersion'. Taking four full days to intensively think about what we present and the way we present it as well as one's personal and professional trajectory is such a rare opportunity to be creative, innovative, and reflective. “

Stefania Paterak, Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, participant


“My experience in the TSP was amazing. The most important outcome of this experience was that I now feel connected to a strong peer group and am excited about our interaction in the future. I feel that this is only the beginning.”

Sara Palmieri, Brock University Centre for the Performing Arts, participant