Experimental Pilot Brings Startup Thinking to the Performing Arts

September 2, 2014 - Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance is launching a new pilot program in Toronto to help performing arts organizations de-risk promising initiatives by applying the tools and methodologies used by technolog startups.

Canada's Performing Arts AllianceLEANARTS will be delivered in partnership with MaRS and The Working Group, two leaders in the startup world in Toronto.

LEANARTS will bring together teams from a range of performing arts disciplines for a five-week crash course in startup-style ideation. Working with experienced mentors and instructors, participants will learn new strategies for shaping project ideas, explore new revenue models and improve their probability of funding.

Up to ten teams will be selected to participate in the program, which begins in January 2015. The course is structured through a mix of collaborative weekly sessions, one-on-one mentorship and assignments. Organizations working across dance, opera, orchestra, theatre and spoken word are invited to apply by submitting their ideas for sustainable new projects or initiatives.

Teams interested in participating have until October 1st to submit their applications. Those interested in finding out more are invited to attend an information session at MaRS Discovery District on Friday, September 12 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. More details can be found at leanperformingarts.com

Read the press release