What is the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS) and who should fill it out?
With the 2020-21 season underway, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an outsized effect on the arts and culture sector in Canada. Choral Canada has joined forces with 30+ national and provincial arts service organizations representing a range of artistic disciplines across the country to co-commission the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS). This survey is intended for professional arts organizations, artists, and arts workers across Canada. To ensure that the professional segment of our Canadian choral arts sector is heard, we invite professional choral artists/individuals, as well as professional choral organizations, to fill out this survey. These professional artists/individuals include singers, conductors, artistic directors, composers, arrangers, administrators/managers/arts workers, and accompanists/collaborative pianists -- anyone receiving fees or salaries for their work in the choral arts sector (non-education).
All professional arts organizations, artists, and arts workers across Canada are encouraged to participate in the survey by Monday, November 23, 2020. The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The more responses we receive, the better the data will be
In order to advocate to government officials and funding bodies, national and provincial arts service organizations need a more concrete understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and culture sector. Initial arts and culture surveys sent out in the spring gathered data that was instrumental in the design and development of government and public sector policies that helped many artists, arts workers, and arts organizations weather the storm, such as the #ILostMyGig survey.
As we approach the nine-month mark in this complex new landscape, new data is needed to inform medium- and long-term policies that will shape the Canadian cultural sector for years to come. The National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS) was designed to capture a snapshot in time.
Your contribution to this survey is invaluable in helping our national and provincial arts service organizations paint a clearer picture of the current state of the arts and culture sector and advocate more effectively on your behalf.
What about all the other "non-professional" choirs/singing groups? We have been impacted, too!
Absolutely. Choral Canada and the provincial choral organizations (BC Choral Federation, Choir Alberta, Saskatchewan Choral Federation, Manitoba Choral Association, Choirs Ontario, Alliance chorale du Québec, New Brunswick Choral Federation, Nova Scotia Choral Federation, Choral NL) are collaborating on our next survey, following up from the one in April 2020, to measure the impact COVID-19 is having on our choral arts sector, including our schools, faith-based choir/singing groups, and volunteer-run choirs/singing groups of all types. More information on that survey will be released soon.
However, if your choir or singing group includes any paid individuals in the arts & culture sector, such as conductors, accompanists and administrators, please have them fill out this NACIS survey. These voices need to be heard in this national advocacy campaign with the other artistic disciplines in Canada.
About the Survey
Questions revolve around the impact COVID-19 has had and will have on your work, finances, and plans. You will not be asked for any identifying information other than the first three digits of your postal code and the arts service organization(s) with which you or your organization are affiliated.
There are two paths through the NACIS. You may choose to fill it out
as an individual professional artist or arts worker,
or on behalf of a professional organization, group, or collective.
The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. If you’d like to represent both perspectives, you may choose to complete the survey twice.
Aggregate data will be shared with and reported on by the arts service organizations who commissioned the study. You will also have the opportunity to consent to sharing your survey responses with Choral Canada and any other arts service organization(s) you select for the purposes of sector- and region-specific reporting.
Who is behind the NACIS?
The NACIS was co-commissioned by a group of national and provincial arts service organizations representing a range of artistic disciplines across Canada:
Alberta Craft Council
Alberta Dance Alliance
Alberta Magazine Publishers Association
Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society
Alberta Media Production Industries Association
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta
Atlantic Presenters Association
Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF)
Book Publishers Association of Alberta
Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA)
Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA)
Dance Umbrella of Ontario
Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA)
Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF)
Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)
Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG)
Ontario Culture Days
The Association for Opera in Canada (formerly Opera.ca)
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)
Playwrights Guild of Canada
Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta (RAFA)
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)
Writers’ Guild of Alberta
The contributing arts service organizations have retained PRA Inc. (Prairie Research Associates Inc.), a national marketing research firm based in Winnipeg, to administer the survey.