Workshops & Panels

Dance, finding growth through community and culture

Many dance forms have faced challenges including declining attendance, declining finances, lack of diversity, and how to engage in technology while participatory dance forms such as hip hop, social dance and traditional dance including Native dance forms are growing steadily and effortlessly.  This session looks at this phenomena in several case studies and what can be done to reverse these trends by engaging and investing in community and culture.


Andre Bouchard, Program Officer at the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation

Aging Audiences

It’s not just your audience that is getting older.  It’s the whole population that’s aging (including yogis, bikers, tweeps, and, yes, your audience too). We’ve known for a while that aging would eventually trend – it has been 60+ years since boomers were babies – but did society as whole and the arts sector in particular prepare for it? Aging presents a host of challenges, but it also comes with interesting opportunities.


Frédéric Julien, Project Manager, Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA)
Kira Tozer, Knowledge Translation Project Manager, Arts Health BC

Welcoming New Audiences

Today’s artists and presenters work harder than ever to build and maintain audiences for their performances. Drawing from national research and successful models across the country, panelists will share information and examples to help artists, agents, and presenters craft effective, personalized audience engagement strategies. David Pay, Artistic Director of Vancouver’s innovative presenter Music on Main, will offer a case study on Roam, a program specifically designed to reach new Audiences. Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, will draw on his years of experience across a range of disciplines to illustrate best practices in audience development.

Chamber Music America, the national network for chamber music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen a dynamic chamber music community. With a membership of nearly 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. CMA provides its members with grant programs, consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine; the weekly e-newsletter Accent; and a member-driven website,

Music on Main presents great music in casual but stimulating environments, with top-flight musicians, an ear for contemporary music, and refreshing concert formats. Music on Main has developed a growing local, national, and international reputation as storytellers for a post-classical age. Music on Main has produced more than 250 events featuring in excess of 500 musicians and more than 50 world premieres at Heritage Hall on Main Street, the now-closed Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club in Kitsilano, and venues throughout Metro Vancouver.


Margaret M. Lioi, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber Music America
Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, Royal Conservatory at Koerner Hall​
David Pay, Artistic Director, Music on Main


NAPAMA Session: Making Artistic ₵ents VI: Getting on the same page with the IRS and CRA

As a foreign artist, do you sometimes feel like the tax agencies know your performance schedule before you do? Is your international tax attorney or accountant on speed dial? We can help! NAPAMA is pleased to offer this authoritative panel featuring a specialist from the Internal Revenue Service and a Canadian tax attorney to address and clarify critical tax issues on both sides of the border. The CRA specialist will cover the Regulation 105 and the IRS official will speak to the Central Withholding Agreement, federal and state rules specific to nonresident artists as well as their managers and crew, tax treaties, W-8BEN, W-8EXP, and options to maintain your foreign tax status with the IRS if you exceed the allowed days in the USA. Both representatives will cover the withholding on deposits and obtaining tax ID numbers. If you are touring artists cross-border, don't miss this important panel!


Scott Coil, Finance Director, UW World Series
Richard Dermer,  Tax Attorney, RAM Management-Attorneys at Law​, Montreal
Daniel Smythe, CWA Group Manager, Internal Revenue Service

Moderated by Laurelle Favreau, Director, Gami/Simonds