what I do

Creator and producer of media, culture, dialogue

Independently and with others, I design, build, and resource creative and cultural work - crafting custom architectures for custom projects.

My client and collaborator roster includes avant studios, legacy institutions, peer-driven networks and sundry intrepid, independent teams.

Researcher and consultant

I surface data, build bridges, develop strategy, and open opportunities - for communities, sectors, and systems.

practice

  • cultural programming, creative production (media, culture, editorial)
  • project and business development (grants, fundraising, partnerships)
  • research and consulting 

approach

  • flexible and accessible
  • equity focused 
  • real (for real)

values 

My interests tend towards 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 creative programmer/producer, consultant, and writer based in Canada. Her practice is situated between sectors, disciplines, cultures, and communities.

Amy holds over a decade of experience in media / cultural production and non-profit / arts management, built within, and independently from, institutions in the US and Canada. She has led diverse projects and teams for platforms ranging from experimental media, to broadcast television, to festivals and hackathons 

From 2016-2020 Amy served as the first Executive Director of Toronto’s singular “anarchic, circus-like” alternative music and art series, Long Winter (Rolling Stone), founded in 2012. In four seasons, she helped to establish collective-based frameworks and a board of directors, introduced international collaborations with the co-production of a 2019 festival in Paris, France, tripled revenue and activity, and ushered the organization into annual operating funding streams.

Amy is the creator of several cross-sector interventions and international exchanges in support of alternative cultural scenes and spaces. Initiatives include a festival and research conference, co-presented by Long Winter (Toronto) and La Station Gare des Mines (Paris) in 2021 (Together Apart), and the DIY Space Project: a multi-city, transdisciplinary research and advocacy program being realized in partnership with Trans Europe Halles (a network of grassroots cultural centres in over 40 countries) and leaders from government, real estate, and nightlife in Canada and Europe. 

Independently, Amy works as a consultant to organizations and communities in culture, media, and social-purpose spaces. In 2022, she is working with VibeLab, a global leader in nightlife, on city-wide consultations to inform Toronto’s Nighttime Economy Action Plan.

She is a co-creator and creative producer of A More Beautiful Journey, a custom web XR app animating hundreds of kilometres of Toronto transit line with original, spatialized music and sound from over 40 artists.

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 Toronto, New York, Montréal, Sagueney (QC), Zürich, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and British Columbia. 

Amy interrogates and experiments with collaborators around the world.


contact

amy.gottung@gmail.com