Canada’s National Arts Centre, Facebook team up to pay musicians for livestreams

Starting with performances from Jim Cuddy, Serena Ryder, Whitehorse, more

Many concerts, tours, and festivals have been cancelled across the country as part of the spread of COVID-19, and as a result, many musicians are hosting livestreams to brighten the spirits of everyone as we all social distance. Now, The National Arts Centre (NAC) and Facebook have teamed up to offer artists a paid alternative to these livestreams.

The Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists will be providing a whopping $100,000 in artists fees in order to support online performances as part of the #CanadaPerforms series.

The first in the series took place today on NAC’s Facebook page, and it saw a performance from Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy alongside Jim Cuddy Band, Devin Cuddy, Sam Polley, and Colin Cripps, who all stood 1.5 metres apart from each other. Additionally, a host of early performances have already been scheduled, including Serena Ryder, William Prince, Irish Mythen, Erin Costelo, and Whitehorse.

Watch the performance below.

Musicians are able to apply for the grant by posting a 45- to 60-minute online performance between now and March 31st, and emailing a link to the performance to