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Community Presenters Assistance (CPA) Grant Program

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits and Arts
Facilities to Support Professional Arts Performances

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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British Columbia (BC) Arts Council - British Columbia (BC) Touring Council

Deadline Date:

06/30/20 Postmarked or Email Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $15,000 to British Columbia nonprofit organizations and arts facilities to present a series or season of professional performing arts touring events. Funding is intended to enable the engagement of professional touring artists and enhance programming activity.

Community Presenters Assistance is a partnership program of the BC Touring Council, the Province of BC and the BC Arts Council, for the purpose of supporting performing arts touring throughout British Columbia by professional artists. This is carried out by providing grants to non–profit organizations in all regions of BC who present a professional performing artist series in their communities and create a healthy touring network.

There are two presenter categories:

  • Community Presenter
  • Key Presenter 

Community Presenter Eligibility

Applicants must be BC registered, not-for-profit, community-based organizations that:

  • Present an artistically diverse program of not less than three eligible professional performing arts events on an annual basis;
  • Has demonstrated, through previous activity, an ability to realize a program of comparable scale and complexity;
  • Adheres to the principle that artists must be paid for their work at recognized professional rates.

Key Presenter Eligibility

Applicants must be BC registered, not-for-profit arts facilities that:

  • Manages a performing arts facility with approximately 300 or more seats;
  • Engages full-time, professional management;
  • Presents an artistically diverse program of not less than three eligible events on an annual basis;
  • Has demonstrated, through previous activity, an ability to realize a program of comparable scale and complexity;
  • Adheres to the principle that artists must be paid for their work at recognized professional rates;
  • Shows a high level of leadership in the touring network of British Columbia and is seen as a “hub” for the presentation of touring artists in a geographic region.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145339

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Presenter – Maximum Award: $10,000
Key Presenter – Maximum Award: $15,000

The program allows up to two presenters to apply per community regardless of whether they are Key or Community presenters with a total ceiling per community of $20,000 in grant awards.

Term of Contract:

Events must occur between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must:
-Be a community based arts organization (i.e. arts must be the primary objective described in its incorporation documents);
-Be a registered not-for-profit society in BC with a minimum one year presenting activity prior to application and must provide financial statements for the most recently concluded fiscal year;
-Have completed and submitted final reports for any outstanding funding assistance provided through the BC Arts Council prior to making application for new funding;
-Be applying for programming which will occur between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (i.e. applications for deficits resulting from previous programming are not eligible).

Exclusions
-Non-Canadian artists, local artists and/or non- professional artists (amateur choirs) or highly commercial artists and any/all non-“performing artist” presentations (such as films, author readings, lectures)
-Artists who live in your community or are able to easily drive home the night of the performance.
-Choral and dance groups which do not pay their singer/dancers. They may be listed but you must show zero as the eligible funding.
-Festivals and/or performances as part of festivals. ▪ Performances already supported by BC Arts Council programs.

Activities ineligible under this program include but are not limited to the following:
-Applicants from the municipalities of Vancouver and Victoria;
-Non-Canadian artists, local artists and/or non-professional artists (amateur choirs) or highly commercial artists and any/all non-“performing artist” presentations (such as films, author readings, lectures, etc.);
-Artists not being paid fees at professional rates;
-“Splits of the door” where no guaranteed professional fee is contracted;
-Artists appearing in a series for more than two consecutive years;
-Community festivals:
-Organizations receiving Professional Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is June 30, 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

John McLachlan, Program Coordinator
1 (877) 664-2999
john@bctouring.org

Mailed applications should be sent to:
CPA c/o John McLachlan
4000 Parnell Rd
Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0

Grant Coverage Areas:

British Columbia excluding Vancouver and Victoria

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia

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