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Welcome to another Member Memo!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Spring Retreat this past weekend! And an especially big thanks to Jeanne LeSage for leading us through two days of learning, rejuvenation, and thoughtful conversation.

Make sure to watch out for the launch of Contact East registration coming soon! Contact East 2022 will take place in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia from Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25.  

Congratulations to two APA members who were nominated for Canadian Live Music Industry Awards—Marshall Feit is up for the "For the Love of Live Individual" and the deCoste Performing Arts Centre is up for "Medium Venue/Festival!" Read more below. 

As always, keep reading for more news, events, and resources for the presenting sector. 

- The APA Team


Contact East registration opening soon

Make sure to keep an eye on your inboxes—registration for Contact East 2022 is opening VERY soon! 

Contact East is APA's hallmark showcase summit and Atlantic Canada's premiere performing arts booking conference. The event brings together performing arts presenters, managers, and agents to see top-quality performances from a diverse range of artistic genres, including but not limited to: music, cabaret, dance, Deaf, Disability and Mad arts, circus arts, theatre, comedy, youth-oriented programming, and cultural performances. 

Contact East 2022 will take place in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia from Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25.  

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the APA Spring Retreat!

Thank you to all of our amazing members who joined us for a weekend of open space, peer to peer discussions, and networking at our annual Spring Retreat. It was so rejuvenating to gather together and reflect on the year past, and the year ahead, set against a backdrop of pure relaxation and natural beauty of White Point Beach Resort. 

An especially big thank you to Jeanne LeSage, of LeSage Arts Management, who lead us through lively, informative and honest conversations centred around non-profit arts boards and HR.

2022 nominees announced for the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards

Canadian Music Week and the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) are happy to announce the 2022 nominees for the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards. Hosted by Jully Black, the Live Music Industry Awards will take place June 10 at the El Mocambo with performances by Jully BlackSam DrysdalePreston PabloRêve, and Nobro.

We at APA are thrilled to see two of our own members on the list! Marshall Feit is up for the "For the Love of Live Individual" and the deCoste Performing Arts Centre is up for "Medium Venue/Festival."

Industry members are encouraged to cast their votes for the CLMA voting categories by June 3 at the website here.

See the full list of nominees here. 

Digital Arts Nation digital playbook

The COVID-19 pandemic responses the world over shuttered much of normal life for a time beginning in mid-March 2020. In the resulting rush to digital we have seen how far the performing arts, and arts in general, have to go to realize the potential of the digital world to not only market live events, but explore and adopt digital business models for distribution and presentation.

Through these turbulent, rapidly changing times, Digital Art Nation has developed a Digital Playbook. It is a living tool to more easily assess digital opportunities for artists, arts organizations and alliances and make strategic and operational decisions about how to be online.

The documents were released in several installments through 2020 and 2021. All of the documents are available online HERE.

Member-to-member support

We wanted to remind you of the power and knowledge of the APA Member Think Tank. If you are looking for support from your peers and Colleagues, we encourage you to share your burning questions and concerns, just send us an email and we will share it via email to the membership. We have also set up a Member-to-Member channel on the APA Slack workspace where we will post your question or you can post it there directly. 

Email your questions to

Join out Slack channel HERE.

Use the APA conference & Zoom line

We are making our conference and Zoom lines available free of charge to APA members and other arts presenting industry folks in Atlantic Canada who need to host a phone/video meeting and do not have the means to do so.

(If you are able to set up your own conference service account, we ask that you save this free service for those who truly need it.)

If you are interested in using this service to host a meeting, please contact 

Reach out—we're here for you

We know this is a tough time for everyone, so do make sure to reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat. We'll do our best to answer any questions the best we can as the situation continues to evolve. 


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