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Digital Innovation Council for Arts and Culture
Breakthroughs: Progress Report on New Digital Platforms in the Performing Arts
Realizing two new breakthrough digital platforms for the performing arts has been our top priority since 2019:
1. The Pitch: Online Showcase for the Performing Arts, a business-to-business application that will bring artists, agents / managers, concert buyers / venues and presenting networks together in a new digital business relationship; and
2. The Public Place Network that uses a social enterprise model to create access to the streaming technology currently monopolized by YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix and the like. PPN is set to spawn a brand new, purpose-built Digital Presentation Platform where artists and performing arts organizations can bring their digital shows to paying audiences.

Both platforms are being developed in Canada:
1. The Pitch is led by Debbie Peters of Magnum Opus Management in Whitehorse, Yukon.
2. The PPN & Digital Presentation Platform is led by Doug Berquist, a film maker and technology innovator from Calgary, Alberta.

Both platforms use a social enterprise model in which they seek to create greatly improved market access for performing artists and companies while effectively connecting them either to touring and digital performance opportunities (1) or to audiences (2). A hallmark of social enterprises is that the majority of benefit is returned to the arts community using them, while generating sufficient revenue to sustain and grow these breakthrough digital applications long term.

Who this session is for:
Anyone working in the performing arts including creators, artists, performing arts companies in all disciplines, agents and managers, promoter, arts presenters and presenting networks.

What will happen:
In this 90-minute long information session, the project leaders will give you a progress report for each initiative. They will answer your questions and curiosities about how both platforms are intended to work and how they will advance the opportunities for artists and companies, agents and managers, presenters and presenting networks.

Feb 16, 2021 11:00 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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