What is it? Spaces and places are quality venues and rehearsal spaces that can meet different needs for performers and musical genres (performing, rehearsing, recording and educating). Also included are outdoor spaces, both purpose built and parks, as well as community spaces or multi-purpose spaces where music is performed or practiced.
What it looks like according to folks we talked to…
A variety of indoor and outdoor spaces are available at different rates, and well-equipped (e.g., community halls, schools, arenas, churches, theatres, parks, restaurants, pubs, patios, and dedicated music venues, etc.)
Spaces are available for various music activities (rehearsal, performing, recording, collaborating, etc.)
Busking programs/licences make more public spaces available to performers
Options for audience members
Keep scrolling for ideas and examples of bringing spaces and places to life in your corner of Alberta.
Not sure where to start? Look for ideas with the colour associated with your role in the music industry:
Support access to affordable spaces (public and privately owned) and ensure they are equipped for music activities and events.
Information and Examples
Local Example: Arts Council Wood Buffalo purchased a building in 2022 that will become an arts incubator with spaces for rehearsal and performance (additional article). Additionally, Arts Council has also worked with Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts and Keyano College to utilize their theatre spaces for live music.
Local Example: City of Medicine Hat worked with a private/public partnership to sell the historical Monarch Theatre with the intention of it remaining a unique, cultural hub for the community. (additional article)
Local Example: One participant shared, “Local bars have live music almost every weekend and they see a significant difference in terms of attendance and sales when there is music versus not.”