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New Audiences Are Not Unicorns

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When done right, self-service is a great option to offer customers. When done to merely cut costs, or when done with a poor understanding of the user, it’s mostly annoying. – Seth Godin

Patrons new to the arts are often surprised to learn that some of the highest-calibre artistic offerings in cities like Toronto are primarily presented by volunteer-run organizations (like the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto), or just a handful of full-time staff (like Soundstreams Canada or Alliance Française).

They accomplish the Herculean job of creating rich artistic experiences and eye-catching marketing materials with limited resources. These are the hidden miracles that arts professionals and volunteers work everyday, despite the thankless task. The personal fulfillment they take from the job is one of the reasons they stick around, despite the fraught realities confronting the arts.

It is this dedication that makes the challenge of attracting new audiences such a frustrating one. What more can be done to show the value of the arts? How much more can we give to the creation of unique and memorable artistic experiences? Read on…

What kind of Digital Future do the Performing Arts Deserve?

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“…digital networks will continue to be increasingly central to daily life and anticipates a time when they are regarded as a mundane, but vital part of the social infrastructure.” ~ Andrew Clement and Leslie Shade, “Access Rainbow” (PDF)

Infrastructures are essential yet invisible to us, even as they play a critical role in our everyday lives. Just imagine if our power grid goes out, roads collapse, or water ceases to flow in our homes. Unimaginable disruptions.

We are in an era of constructing digital infrastructures. From high profile projects like electronic health records, which requires the coordination of policy makers, creating of new jobs, and the partnership of various health organizations, to the less visible but no less impressive network of digital applications and social platforms. Read on…

BeMused Network Open House 2016

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BeMused Network Open House
“Building the Future of Performing Arts”

Guest Speaker: Ben Dietschi, Executive Director of Soundstreams Canada
Featured Performers: Jazz Pianist Ron Davis (Symphronica), Vocalist Janet Whiteway,
and Contemporary Dancers from the Chimera Project
November 29, 2016 • 5:30-7:30pmHeliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue) MAP
RSVP / Press Release


What does an arts-friendly and patron-focused ticketing service look like? What does it mean to build digital infrastructures for the arts? How can we empower the growing number of independent performing artists and organizations? Come meet the artists, patrons, and partners who have helped shape BeMused Network in the last three years, and how you can be a part of our vision to help artists focus on their art. Read on…

Building Digital Infrastructures for the Arts in Canada

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“If we wish a different world, it is necessary to design humane and liberating technologies that create the world as we wish it to be.” — Bonnie Nardi

What does it mean to build a digital infrastructure for the arts? What does it take?

A digital infrastructure is a network of independent systems that play nice with each other. I imagine a digital infrastructure that will exclusively serve the arts community, provide end-to-end services for their most pressing needs, and ensure its sustainability by evolving with the times we live in. Read on…

Performing Arts as a Living Collection

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The future library will not be a bricks and mortar institution, but distributed and decentralized.

Imagine a library full of not books, but performing artists. As you walk down the aisle, you can experience any sort of performance you can think of – and a great number of ones you couldn’t even imagine.

If such a library existed, I would spend all my spare time there, happily getting lost, exploring every art form. Read on…

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