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. Since then, the Digital Innovation Council has continued to grow: its online meetings and its Slack community have become focal places for strategic exploration and foresight with regards to digital innovation and collaboration in the performing arts.

The Digital Innovation Council is stewarded by Inga Petri, president of Strategic Moves, and Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development, CAPACOA.

The only requirements for joining 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


What's your digital initiative?

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 13:00-14:00 (EDT)
Host: Frédéric Julien, CAPACOA



Further to last year's succesful "What's your digital project?" series, CAPACOA and collegues from the Digital Innovation Council and the Digital Arts Service Symposium are convening another gathering of digital proponents.

The objectives are simple:

1. Share news of one another's digital initiative (current or in-development);

2. Identify opportunities for collaboration; and,

3. Celebrate successes.

If you are anticipating to submit an application to the Digital Strategy Fund, this web conference is a must-attend/participate.



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