Cross Border Presenting Network
About Cross Border
Cross Border Presenting Network has implemented a digital platform that enables its participants to cooperate and stage more economical and successful regional tours. The goals are to strengthen the touring routes between Canada and the United States and the connections between communities, artists, and presenters on both sides of the border.
We aim to build capacity, develop leadership, and create opportunities for artists and to promote diversity and cultural empathy in communities across Canada and the United States.
Statement of Purpose
The Cross Border Presenting Network exists to strengthen and support a collaborative approach to borderless music presenting in Canada and the United States. We are focused on building stronger touring routes over the Canadain and US border to enable more successful and economical tours for artists and presenters. We believe a stronger regional touring network will enable more sustainable careers for artists, presenters, venues, clubs, promoters, agents, managers, and industry service consultants.
The Cross Border Presenting Networks’ mission, then, is to support effective cooperative relationships among presenters, venues, and promoters to stage great concerts and music experiences that will bring communities together, opening citizen’s minds and hearts to the world and people around them.
To facilitate borderless cooperation between music and arts presenters in communities across Canada and the border states across the USA
- To support borderless cooperation between Canadian and US based presenters
- To enable performing artists to have a more sustainable artistic career
- To present culturally diverse artists to communities in Canada and the United States
- To promote more cultural understanding and empathy within communities in Canada and the United States
Our vision is to provide a strong support system to enable presenters in Canada and the United States to work together to present more successful and economical cross border music / arts tours in Canada and the USA.
- Create booking and touring opportunities for Canadian live performing artists
- support presenters and agents in programming artists
- reduce the financial risk and increase the chances of success for concert presenters
- facilitate collaboration and communication across markets.
- assist with information sharing between presenters in Canada and the United States.
Presenting Cultural Work
In order to properly support and present culturally influenced work, we are conscious of and sensitive to the challenges faced by various minority communities and aim to be respectful and supportive of these communities when making space for all.
Network participants share knowledge, programming preferences and choices, support their peers, and participate in collective coordination of music performances and tours in Canada and the United States.
Through our network we maintain an up-to-date database of current happenings in the sector and the region. By sharing knowledge between participants and updating important sector developments, we enable greater cooperation and coordination between presenters in Canada and the United States to enable more successful and economical music tours throughout the region.
We share knowledge of the presenters programming choices and preferences with other presenting participants within the network to enable more borderless cooperation and coordination between presenters in Canada and the United States. Our network participants understand the benefits of sharing information generously and collaboratively to support each other through common challenges, and to find solutions together to support more successful events and tours.
The Cross Border Presenting Network supports these goals through our digital platform, working groups, and meetings at key events throughout the year.
Join the Network
Connect with other Presenters in Canada and the USA
Our participants share a common willingness to work together for mutual benefit and the betterment of the music touring sector in Canada and the United States.
Please feel free to reach out and chat with our network Coordinator Michael Owen before applying to participate. You can reach Michael here at 416 996 6939.
Presenter participation is currently free during our beta phase ending August 31, 2021.
Please sign up here.
Beginning September 1, 2021 a fee structure will be installed to support the network activities. These fees will allow us to support our network and develop our systems to continue to work with the presenting community in Canada and the United States.
Agents & Managers
Self Represented Artists
Each year, Cross Border Presenting Network participates in the block booking process to develop the tours that would travel to their communities in Canada and the United States. The tours are focused on music and cross many genres including world, jazz, blues, rock, and folk music.
Presenters; municipal performing arts centres; not-for-profit, volunteer, community presenters; venues, and for profit promoters who would like to participate are invited to register here.