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Media Artists Creation Projects

Grants to Ontario Individual Media Artists
and Directors for Innovative Projects

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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10/01/20 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $40,000 to Ontario individual professional media artists or directors for innovative projects that further the applicant's development as an artist. Funding is intended for film, audio, video, new media, virtual reality, video and electronic games, and digital as independent artist-controlled art forms in the production and post-production phases of their projects.

There are two categories for this grant opportunity:
- Emerging Artist: Applicants have completed at least one independent media work and are not currently enrolled in a formal media arts education program.
- Mid-Career and Established Artist: Applicants have completed at least two previous media works independently. Mid-Career artists have a history of independent media arts practice of at least 5 years. Established artists have a history of independent media arts practice of at least 15 years.

The program’s priority is to support projects that are innovative in content, point of view, form, style, technique or process. In addition to considering the OAC’s priority groups, this program also strives to support gender parity.

This program funds production and post-production costs, including artist and personnel fees, equipment and facility rentals, related travel expenses, insurance, promotional materials, prototyping, rights for visuals and sound or music, etc.

Applicants may apply for:
- Animation
- Audio or video art
- Dance film or video
- Documentary
- Drama or comedy
- Experimental
- Media art installation
- New media
- Media-based performance projects
- Web-based art projects
- Video or electronic games
- Virtual reality projects

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154972

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts for Emerging Grants are $10,000 maximum. Grant amounts for Mid-Career and Established Grants are $40,000 maximum.

Important: Total project budgets must not exceed:
- $75,000 for Emerging applications
- $300,000 for Mid-career and Established applications

Term of Contract:

The activity for which the applicant is requesting funding cannot start before the applicant receives grant results and it must be completed no more than two years after the applicant receives the grant check.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Artists or directors who have a permanent physical address in Ontario
- Artists or directors who work with or without a producer
- Artists or directors who hold copyright over the work. Contracts with producers or other funders must not require that the applicant give up such control, even if they are arranged after the applicant has received confirmation of OAC support
- Emerging, mid-career or established artists/directors who have completed the requisite number of independent works
- Graduate students who are applying to the Mid-Career and Established category only. The applicant must provide a letter from the department head stating the applicant's proposed project is not a part of the applicant's academic program

Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information (see below).

Ineligible Applicants:
- Producers
- Secondary and undergraduate students
- In this program the applicant must skip a deadline before reapplying
- Artists who apply to the Visual Artists Creation Projects program in the same year
- Collaborators (e.g., co-director) named in one application cannot be the applicant or collaborator on another application submitted to this program at the same deadline
- Collaborators (e.g., co-director) named in one application cannot be the applicant on another application for the same project submitted to this program in the same year
- Applicants who have previously received a Media Artists grant in the Mid-career & Established category cannot apply in the Emerging category

For a list of what this program does not fund, see the URL for Full Text link below.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline dates: April 15 and October 1, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
- Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
- Grant notification will be available approximately four months after each deadline.

The applicant may only apply for one grant in any program per deadline.

Please be aware that OAC may need advance notice to provide certain alternative formats and additional support in order for applicants to submit their application at the program deadline date.

For additional information, please contact Amber Yared as soon as possible to discuss options.

Guide to OAC Project Programs:

Guide to OAC Assessment:

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

Online application:

Amber Yared
Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7461

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