Performing Arts Market Access

  • In 2015/2016, ELAN conducted a research project at the request of the Canada Council for the Arts to identify the needs of tour-ready English-speaking artists in Quebec. The result was the creation of ELAN’s Savvy Sessions (workshops for performing artists) and producing showcases for tour-ready artists.
  • Performing Arts Market Access Showcase project led to national and international festival showcases at Pop Montreal, Fierce Festival (Birmingham, UK), Northside Festival (Brooklyn, NY), with the support of FACTOR: Halifax Pop Explosion Festival, and CINARS.
  • The Performing Arts Market Access Savvy Sessions were free professional development workshops forPerforming Artists aimed at enhancing the skills needed to successfully navigate a career in the arts. With a focus on Dance, Music, and Theatre, these workshopswere open to all performing artists.

    The Performing Arts Market Access Savvy Sessions project was managed by June Park.


Made au Québec

  • Made au Québec aimed to bring together two linguistic solitudes (ENG/FRE) by following media coverage of their arts scenes.
  • This project was a result of the English-speaking arts community becoming increasingly visible in Québec, with major international recognition for such artists as: Arcade Fire, Louise Penny, and Jay Baruchel.
  • Aimed to provide a flexible understanding of language in Québec. Many artists speak, create, play, write, work, and live in several languages.
  • Made au Québec was developed with the financial support of the Government of Canada.


Performing Arts Market Access Strategy

  • Sought effective ways to support market access for English-speaking artists in Quebec
  • 110 in-depth interviews were conducted with performers, and with arts producers, managers, and agents in the fields of dance, theatre, and music
  • Career goals and aspirations, barriers and opportunities, and gaps in professional knowledge were identified
  • Phase 2 of this work will be a 2-year implementation project (2016-18).
  • Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts

Grantwriting Workshops

  • Hands-on workshops delivered concrete tips and practical examples to familiarize artists with the process of developing and delivering successful grant applications
  • Montreal workshops included specific content for culturally diverse artists
  • 90+ artists in the regions and in Montreal benefited
  • Participants rated the workshop 9/10 on average
  • Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts


YEAH! (Youth, Education, Arts, and Health)

  • Fostered province-wide connections between practitioners in these four sectors
  • Discussion groups with major organizations and with CHSSN (Community Health and Social Services Network) members produced a list of 12 of the most important issues among youth in various Quebec communities
  • Examples of successful projects and best practices were shared in an online directory accessible to remote communities
  • Funded by the Government of Canada


ACCORD (Arts & Community Culture On-the-Road)


State of the Arts

  • Two-day summit of 100 community leaders from several regions of Quebec, plus funders from three levels of government
  • Objectives: Evaluate causes of growth in the community, identify opportunities and challenges, bring together new partners and resources, raise the profile of English-speaking artists
  • ELAN’s role as artistic community catalyst was affirmed, but participants also recognized their own need to participate in creating strategies and developing projects
  • ELAN’s Minority Report book was launched, putting names, faces and accomplishments to a new generation of artists as a major force in Quebec culture
  • Two panel discussions on the future of English-language artists were funded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal
  • Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, and Telefilm .