Heather Gibson is responsible for all non-orchestral music programming at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Heather and her team work tirelessly to bring the best new, emerging and established artists to our stages from across Canada and around the world and to develop international opportunities for Canadian artists to perform, produce, and present their work around the globe.
Beginning in March 2020, Heather created #CanadaPerforms, an emergency relief fund for Canadian artists. The program provided funding to nearly 700 performing artists and authors over three months at the beginning of the performing arts shut down. The emergency relief fund evolved to include non-profit festivals and organizations with a program entitled The Road to Canada Day. Over the first six months of the shut down, #CanadaPerforms and Heather’s team distributed nearly $950,000 across Canada in the performing arts
Originally from Manitoba, Heather Gibson built her career in the performing arts in Halifax where she graduated from Dalhousie University. Prior to joining the National Arts Centre in 2016, Heather had a successful arts management company in Halifax. Her career began in theatre management in 2000 and quickly developed to include festival management, special events and conference management, arts consulting, artist management and booking, and venue ownership.
Heather’s commitment to supporting the ever-changing landscape of the arts continues by working to develop emerging artists, and deliver an equitable representation on stages for women, artists who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour, and artists from the LGBTQ+ community.