Digital Innovation Council for the Performing Arts

Ever since initial explorations of digital technologies within The Value of Presenting study, digital innovation has been an area of focus in CAPACOA's research and development activities. With each learning event and post, a community of digitally curious arts folks began to come together. As of 2016, this community has a name.

The Digital Innovation Council for the Performing Arts is a national initiative to identify and investigate opportunities for emerging digital technologies in the performing arts. During Phase 1, the Digital Innovation Council focussed on consultation and research activities which resulted in the publication of Digitizing the Performing Arts: An Assessment of Opportunities, Issues and Challenges, in April 2017.

CAPACOA is now moving forward with Phase 2, the Linked Digital Future initiative. CAPACOA currently invites qualified suppliers to submit proposals for the Action Research component of the Linked Digital Future initiative, in accordance with the terms of this Request for Proposals:

Request for Proposals – Action research on semantic technologies for the performing arts

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Thursday, January 3, 2019.

The only requirements for participating the Digital Innovation Council are curiosity, openness and a desire to contribute to the success of the arts sector in the digital world. For more information, contact Frédéric Julien.


Upcoming events


Digital Arts Service Symposium

Toronto, March 15-20, 2018


Digitizing the Performing Arts - cover page

Resources and Reports

Presentation and recording from the "Digitizing Arts Services" webinar – June 25, 2018

Proceedings from the "Digital Catch-Up" web conversation – April 17, 2017

Presentation and minutes from the digital roundtable at the National Arts Services Organizations meeting – December 8, 2017

Proceedings from the CAPACOA Conference – November 15-18, 2017

État des lieux sur les métadonnées relatives aux contenus culturels – October 17, 2017

Digitizing the Performing Arts: An Assessment of Opportunities, Issues and Challenges – April 11, 2017

Recap of the Arts in a Digital World Summit – event held March 15-17, 2017

Dialogue on Canadian Content in a Digital World: Minutes – October 24, 2016

Digital Innovation Council Consultation: Summary, ahead of the Canadian Content in a Digital World consultation – May 11, 2016


The Arts Sector is Taking the Digital Shift – May 22, 2018

Sharing Attendance Data with Touring Artists (in an open and linked world) – February 21, 2018

Digital Arts Services Symposium to be Held in Conjunction with CAPACOA Conference – September 25, 2017

Are you Open to Collective Digital Opportunities? – June 21, 2017

Landmark Assessment on Digitizing the Performing Arts Released – April 11, 2017

The Digital Conversation Intensifies – March 9, 2017

Putting Arts in the Right Perspective – January 12, 2017

Dual Band: Digital Consumption and Live Arts Experience – September 26, 2016

Taking Stock of Digital Innovation in the Performing Arts – August 29. 2016

The Potential of Webcasting for the Performing Arts Sector – May 20, 2014

Landmark Study Sheds Light on Profound Benefits of the Performing Arts – April 28, 2013