Coronavirus Response for the
Live Performance Sector

Last updated: April 6, 2020         Hyperlink to this document:

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For the most up-to-date and authoritative information regarding the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada, please consult the website of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the website of your local public health authorities.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

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  1. Introduction
  2. Monitoring and information sharing
  3. Measuring impact
  4. Upcoming online support events
  5. Resources
  1. From public health authorities
  2. Collections of resources
  3. FAQs and resources from funders
  4. Business continuity, economics, and HR
  5. Support for artists and agents
  6. Livestreaming and digital performances
  7. Webinar recordings
  8. Other resources
  1. Recommendations for the Live Performance Sector
  2. About this document


This document was designed with the intention to provide factual information, recommendations and resources to help the live performance sector prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada. This document shouldn’t be seen as a substitute to official information from public health authorities.

If you have information that you would like to share in this document, please reach out to or 

Monitoring and information sharing

CAPACOA created a mailing list to monitor problems associated with COVID-19 and share best practices for dealing with them. If you wish to stay tuned or to report unfortunate events, you may subscribe (and unsubscribe) to this list here:

Measuring impact

It is critical that we track the impact of this crisis on our sector so that we may advocate for support.

Please report any event cancellation (festival, tour or single performance) in this tracking spreadsheet.

Several ASOs have been developing a more robust impact assessment framework to measure losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to soon have standard survey questionnaires. If you have an existing impact measurement model to share, please contact Frédéric Julien, at

In the meantime, we encourage you to track the impact on your organization/work/venue as much as possible, and to respond to any surveys that you might receive from individual ASOs. The I Lost My Gig Canada’s Impact Survey is a good survey for individual cultural workers.

If you have  interest and capacity to take on a more active role in advocacy and impact measurement, please reach out to

Upcoming Online Support Events

Our sector is coming together to support each other during this unprecedented time. Here are just a few upcoming activities that may be of use. All events are free of charge:

CAPACOA Weekly Presenters Town Hall

PACT COVID-19 Weekly Town Hall for the Canadian Performing Arts Sector

Weekly Conference Call for Ontario-based Presenters

NAPAMA: Moving Forward Mondays

NAPAMA: Wellness Wednesdays

Peer to Peer Conversations, offered by PACT


From public health authorities



Collections of resources

COVID-19 FAQs and resources from funders



Business continuity, economics, and HR

Support for artists and agents (also see business continuity section above)

Livestreaming and Digital Performance

Webinar recordings:

Other resources:

Recommendations for the live performance sector

Be safe, be kind, be supportive to one another.

About this document

This document was created by CAPACOA, in collaboration with the Performing Arts Alliance and partner associations such as Ontario Presents, the Canadian Live Music Association and the Ottawa Festival Network. The document is collectively maintained by CAPACOA and its partner associations. The risk assessment and the recommendation to members represent our best opinion in the light of available information. Any question about this document can be addressed to Sue Urquhart, at