Creative Economy

An open source collaboration between community partners who have an interest in restarting the live experience economy in a safe way.

Calgary Arts Development is one of the leading proponents and supporters of Rise Up, which includes input into a creative economy strategy (to be published in 2021); promoting events that are safe, local and collaborative; and hosting Rise Up Relaunch Lunches.

(Wave 1 June 25, Wave 2 August 24, Wave 3 November 20, Wave 4 January 29 2021, Wave 5 April 22 2021)

Calgary Arts Development is one of the sponsors of a longitudinal study Stone-Olafson is undertaking to measure the public’s attitudes toward live experiences.

It has been extremely helpful in gauging the public’s concerns as well as their motivations, behaviours, and pent-up desire to return to in-person gatherings. The learnings from this work will help guide arts organizations as they plan for re-opening when the time is right.


We supported the Alberta Music Industry Ecosystem Report (October 2020) studied the Edmonton and Calgary music industries and made recommendations of key changes to make Alberta an internationally recognized music hub. The creative industries are key to diversifying our economy and this research helps advance Calgary as an emerging music city.