what I do

I design and curate programs, produce projects, generate dialogue, and facilitate support across a range of media, spaces, and communities. 

My roster includes bespoke studios, legacy institutions, peer networks, and sundry intrepid independent teams.

services

  • cultural, media, festival, editorial programming and production (focus on interdisciplinary, cross-sector projects)
  • writing and editing 
  • fundraising
  • research and evaluation
  • project and organizational development
  • coaching, consulting, facilitation

approach

  • accessible
  • flexible 
  • socially focused
  • real (for real)

values 

Committed to boundary-pushing creation, creators, and ways of creating.

My interests tend toward the marginal, relational, speculative, systemic, and complex. I’m propelled by the eternal persistance, and infinite configurations, of an alternative. 


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bio

Amy Gottung is a programmer, producer, researcher, and writer based in Toronto, Canada. She has led landmark projects and diverse teams for platforms ranging from experimental media, to broadcast television, to international festivals.  As a consultant, she works across cultures, sectors, and disciplines.

From 2016-2020 Amy served as Executive Director of Toronto’s singular “anarchic, circus-like” underground music and art series, Long Winter (Rolling Stone). In four seasons, she helped guide the establishment of collective-based frameworks and a board of directors, introduced international collaboration with the co-production of a 2019 festival in Paris, France, tripled revenue and activity, and ushered the organization into annual operating funding streams.

With partners in research, urban planning, policy, and real estate, Amy has been driving local interventions and international exchange in support of DIY cultural scenes and spaces. Activities included a festival, conference, and editorial program in the fall of 2021, co-presented by Long Winter (Toronto) and La Station Gare des Mines (Paris), and a 2022 multi-city research tour of DIY spaces and advocacy initiatives with three Toronto collectives, through a partnership with Trans Europe Halles.

Amy is a co-creator and creative producer for A More Beautiful Journey, a custom web XR application that will animate hundreds of kilometres of transit line with site-specific, generative sound and music. The project will launch in September 2022, in association with the centennial anniversary of the Toronto Transit Commission and the City of Toronto’s Year of Public Art. 

Amy holds a SSHRC-funded M.A. from the University of Toronto and a B. Mus from McGill University. She has lived and worked in New York, Montréal, Sagueney (QC), Zürich (CH), Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She interrogates and experiments with collaborators around the world.



always looking for the others

amy.gottung@gmail.com