To bolster the artistic expression of independent comedy artists in reaching unique audiences and the creation of Canadian comedy intellectual property (IP) for presentation and distribution in Canada and the global digital market.
- To sustain an economic and cultural development infrastructure that fosters employment, investment, creative expression and production opportunities in the creation of independent art and Canadian comedy IP, including produced media and live theatrical performance.
- To stimulate content creation by promoting the professional activities of individual or groups of independent comedians, and to support their collaborations with industry stakeholders in the private and public sectors.
- To implement funding and service programs that increase the creative output, expression, reach to new audiences, profitability and competitiveness of Canadian comedy artists and industry stakeholders, improving their cultural and financial sustainability and growth at home and on the global market.
- To keep Canadian comedy arts industry talent living and working in Canada, and increase their opportunities to maintain all rights and interests (including copyright) in the IP they create.
CANCOM stimulates the creation of Canadian comedy at all critical junctures of comedy artists’ creative expression and the production of exceptional Canadian comedy IP. CANCOM’s support and programs will enable comedy artists to explore their independent, (commercial or non-commercial) creative journey, as well as make Canada competitive when responding to market-driven and regulatory demands for comedy content.
As a federally registered, not-for-profit incorporation, CANCOM supports comedy content being made and owned by Canadian comedy artists independently, as well as creates new models of collaboration. These new models benefit independent comedy artists and relevant Canadian comedy stakeholder organizations and government departments in the diverse, live theatrical performance and evolving digital media ecosystem.
Through programs and investment in produced media, live performance and social media platforms, the foundation’s funding programs generate creative and promotional activities by independent Canadian comedy artists living in provinces and territories throughout the country. The result is that CANCOM builds and expands upon a wide pool of exceptional Canadian talent who are poised for independent expression and, if they choose, commercial success at home and abroad.
In establishing and enhancing pathways for success by Canadian comedians, as well as promoting and protecting Canadian arts and culture, CANCOM bolsters the artistic integrity and financial viability of Canada’s Cultural Sector.
CANCOM Members may be organizations or individuals representing organizations from, or supporting, industries associated with comedy, including digital media, film, television, publishing, broadcasting, and live theatrical presentation. Members are comedy arts organizations that share an interest in, and benefit from, the specific service activities and funding initiatives that CANCOM undertakes.
Some of the current CANCOM Member organizations include: ACTRA National, SOCAN, CASC, onVIVA Live Video Network, The Mob’s Press, and Project 10 Productions. The members constitute CANCOM’s trade organization initiatives to promote and develop opportunities to advance their common interests, and the interests of cultural expression and comedy IP from independent Canadian comedy artists.
CANCOM leverages a unified comedy community at a national level to: collect and share vital industry intel; network and inform the comedy arts community; provide professional development programs; and increase audiences for independent comedy artists.