Welcome to the Co-op!
We are a group of creatives that help our artistic community achieve excellence together. Our main goal is to reduce the barriers to access that independent artists and arts professionals face in the 21st Century.
Our goal is to help you build and grow a life-long, sustainable career that you control and direct. All members are owners of the co-operative and help make strategic decisions about what that help looks like and what supports you want and need.
We know you have lots of questions and need a trusted source of information and support to help make inroads in the music industry. That's why after extensive consultation with artists just like you, we incorporated in 2018 as a not-for-profit co-operative arts service organization. That's a big fancy way of saying we exist as a structure you co-own to help you grow your business and meet your needs. A 21st-century collaborative model, tailor-made for the modern music industry.
To do so, we host world-class professional development workshops for many disciplines within the field of music and its associated industries, create employment opportunities for young artists so they can afford to focus on their careers, and address some of the secondary barriers to success like food insecurity with the No More Starving Artists Program. When we come together, we can do amazing things, so now, we do more together!
To assist independent artists & arts professionals to overcome barriers, build strong networks, and succeed in building a sustainable self-directed artistic practice that allows them to continue to control their intellectual property, their image and likeness, and digital assets.
We proudly serve our diverse community, strongly represented by members with disabilities, women, people of colour, the LGBTQIA+ community, rural and low-income participants, and Indigenous artists.
Our Leadership Team
The Co-op is an organization run by member volunteers, funded in part by grants, sponsorships and membership fees, and our leadership is inclusive of the groups we serve.
We do more together!
Our Favourite Question
How can I help?