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The Effect of COVID-19 on the Performing Arts...

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

"The Effect of COVID-19 on the Performing Arts in Canada: A Preliminary Study of Funding Models in the Wake of the Pandemic"

Kaitlyn Adam, Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Albi Nani, Ivey School of Business
D. Grant Campbell, Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Abstract: This presentation combines media theory, economic theory and information science in an initial effort to clarify the predicament of the performing arts in Canada in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a dual focus on arts organizations such as theatre festivals and on individual performers, such as musicians, actors and dancers. We explore two potential models of survival: a traditional model of appealing to government support on the grounds of the social and economic value of the performing arts, and an alternative model based on the economics of online gaming communities.  We explore the implications of the widespread migration to digital environments, both in terms of artists’ employment prospects and the economic and social impacts of online performance in terms of data analytics.

This presentation is the result of a collaboration made possible by the University of Western Ontario’s student internship program, initiated in the Summer of 2020.

This presentation is part of the FIMS Seminar Series 2020/21.

All are welcome to attend. Contact Karen Kueneman at for the Zoom details.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Karen Kueneman

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