"I love this program. I feel really lucky to be a part of it. It's a great thing to be developing contacts with our peers across the disciplines and the country. I love getting to see each other once or twice a year and build relationships that will only strengthen with time."

Ann-Marie Williams, CanDance Network, participant

TSP at APAP 2014


CAPACOA is pleased to partner with the Canada Council for the Arts to deliver The Succession Plan program at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) annual conference in New York from January 9th – 13th, 2014. This is the second year of this exciting collaboration, as the TSP program moves into an international setting.

The Succession Plan (TSP) is a mentorship and peer network development program for emerging and mid-career presenters and other arts professionals. The program seeks to strengthen core competencies, provide leadership development and equip participants with the tools and resources necessary to be active participants in the development of arts and culture in their community.

The APAP TSP will include three components embedded in the conference:

  1. One-on-one mentorship: Participants will work with two mentors throughout the weekend (min. 1 hour daily), and will be provided with a framework to continue this support relationship;
  2. Opportunities to network with peers in small and in larger groups to discuss the new realities of working in the arts and other relevant issues related to their work;
  3. Experience of APAP’s expo hall, panels, showcases and special programming within the TSP framework.


This program is an excellent opportunity for emerging and mid-career arts professionals to spend time working through questions that they have about their work, meet individuals at the same level in their career and begin to create a vision for their next steps. It is also a way to experience the APAP conference within a supportive and informative peer group. Relationships built during the TSP can last a lifetime.



The program is open to emerging and mid-career presenters, agents, managers, arts administrators and other arts professionals from diverse backgrounds, regions, urban/remote communities and large/small organizations across artistic disciplines.

TSP Alumni of the TSP Program are encouraged to apply to participate in this special edition of the program.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

1. Be currently employed/working in the performing arts;

2. Have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the arts;

3. Must have the ability to attend and fully participate in ‘Shine’, APAP’s Conference from January 9th – 13th, 2014. .


All participants are responsible for covering all their own expenses, including travel, hotel, per diem, etc.

As part of the CAPACOA and Canada Council for the Arts partnership, successful applicants will be provided with a discounted APAP Conference registration (details provided to successful applicants).



Candidates should complete the application and submit all required material by Monday, December 9th (or as soon as possible). Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of CAPACOA staff and consultants.

Please note that participants will be required to complete a comprehensive evaluation about their experience in the TSP Program.

To apply, please provide the following components via email to erin.barnhardt@capacoa.ca:

1.2013 TSP Application Form;

2. Responses to questions listed on application form;

3. A copy of your CV.

Applications in electronic format preferred, but can also be faxed to 613-562-4005.


PLEASE NOTE, SPACE IS LIMITED The TSP Program can accommodate 5-7 participants. If we are unable to include you in 2014 we will keep your application on file for future consideration. All applicants will be contacted in advance of announcement of the final participant list.


What Participants are saying about the TSP

“As an emerging arts presenter, one of my critical needs is to build a network of domestic peers - both experienced arts professionals and emerging leaders in the field. This program offered me the fantastic opportunity to meet a great number of people in these categories. Building such a network gives me the opportunity to continually build my understanding of the music industry, with specific focus on presenting, in this country. The most important outcome of this experience is/was the 'immersion'. Taking four full days to intensively think about what we present and the way we present it as well as one's personal and professional trajectory is such a rare opportunity to be creative, innovative, and reflective. “ Stefania Paterak, Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, participant

“My experience in the TSP was amazing. The most important outcome of this experience was that I now feel connected to a strong peer group and am excited about our interaction in the future. I feel that this is only the beginning.” Sara Palmieri, Brock University Centre for the Performing Arts, participant