Helpful Links

Arts and Service Organizations

Performing Arts Service Organizations
Canada – West to East
Art Starts in Schools – BC
Alberta Arts Touring Alliance – Alberta
Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils – Saskatchewan
Manitoba Arts Network – Manitoba
Ontario Art Council – Ontario
Ontario ContactOntario Presents
CAPACOA – Ontario – National
Rideau – Québec
CINARS – Québec – International
Contact East – Atlantic Canada

United States
Arts Midwest
Arts Northwest – Pacific Northwest
Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)
Folk Alliance
International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA)
Southern Arts Federation
Western Arts Alliance (WAA)

Other Arts and Service Organizations
Alliance for Arts and Culture – Vancouver
Arts BC
The Dance Centre – Vancouver
GoVolunteer – Resource library for not-for-profits and voluntary organizations

Government Links

BC Arts Council
Department of Canadian Heritage
Canada Council for the Arts

Industry Links

CITT/ICTS is a national arts service organization that actively promotesthe professional development of its members and works for the betterment of the Canadian live performance community. CITT/ICTS provides unique opportunities to its members to communicate, network and expand their knowledge and skills through workshops, conferences, electronic forums, and publications in the areas of technology, management, design, architecture and education for live performance in Canada.

Made in BC – Dance on Tour is committed to strengthening meaningful relationships between presenters, dance companies, dance outreach workers and audiences. Made in BC is a multi-year pilot project that seeks to improve the position of BC contemporary dance within the province.

Music BC – The Pacific Music Industry Association
Music BC serves as the West Coast representative for FACTOR, providing information about FACTOR funding programs. Career Development Series workshops for musicians, covering topics such as festival and tour planning, industry contracts, and media. The resource center is available to members. The library contains several directories from Canada, the USA, and international locations, as well as other resource books, videos, and trade publications.

SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) works to ensure that its member composers, lyricists, songwriters and music publishers are fairly compensated when their music is broadcast or performed in public. SOCAN sells music users access, in the form of licences, to all of the music in its repertoire, which includes the Canadian music assigned by its members. By virtue of reciprocal agreements with performing rights organizations worldwide, SOCAN’s repertoire also includes musical works written by international music creators.

Work Safe BC
A non-profit dedicated to safety and health in the performing arts and film industry for British Columbia.

For Artists

Book: How to be Your Own Booking Agent – It’s packed with helpful information.

Training in the Arts

Arts & Entertaiment Management Program
Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC provides students with the skill-sets and hands-on experience to work in the industry.
Contact School of Visual and Performing Arts 604.984.4911 or

Grant MacEwan University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications, Edmonton Alberta
Arts and Cultural Management online certificate program