Next Stage: Q&A on COVID-19 implications for performing arts

25 May 2020

The performing arts world is confronting some of the harshest challenges of any industry in the wake of the global pandemic. Cancelled and postponed events, potential repurposing of venues and dramatic drop in revenue are among the many issues raising concerns.

On May 21, Gowling WLG’s Entertainment and Sports Law Group hosted a Q&A webinar in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts/l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA). During this webinar, the panelists answered questions posed by members of the performing arts industry on a diverse array of topics, including issues related to contractual interpretation, employment and copyright.

Some of the questions covered in the webinar include:

  • What is the legal meaning of force majeure?
  • What is contract frustration?
  • Is an industry directive for a temporary closure an appropriate force majeure trigger?
  • Does a preventative closure/cancellation trigger a force majeure clause?
  • Can employment contracts be revised to reflect the “new normal”?
  • How can we ensure that artists/contractors are healthy before coming on site?
  • What copyright issues should my organization consider when posting performances online?
  • Can my organization post archival footage that was never intended to be shared publically?

Our speakers provide key tips to navigate issues in the performing arts sector that have arisen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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