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Grants to Quebec Professional Music Organizations,
Choirs, & Performers for Concerts & Performances

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Grants of up to 75% of project cost to Quebec professional music creation and production organizations, choirs, musicians, and music groups to produce and present concerts and performances, including the revival of a performance. Goals of the program include supporting young artists and facilitating public attendance at music performances.

Specifically, this opportunity pursues the following objectives:

- Support artistic excellence in music, the diversity of practice and creative renewal;
- Encourage the creation, production and dissemination of Quebec musical works;
- Ensure the performance of works in the repertory;
- Foster the integration of young Quebec musicians into a professional work environment;
- Facilitate access throughout Quebec to musical performances and broaden public exposure to such performances;
- Develop and heighten audience awareness;
- Contribute to the recognition of professional artists.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156902

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to 75% of the cost of the project.

Term of Contract:

One year.

The CALQ may, under exceptional circumstances, support for a period of two years projects that display artistic promise.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Professional creation and production organizations, artists and artists' groups in the realm of music and all professional choirs that create, produce and disseminate specific performances.

- Choirs comprising a regular group of singers recruited by means of auditions directed by choral directors whose competence is, in the CALQ's opinion, recognized by their peers and which interpret the choral repertory are also eligible. Such choirs must have been active for at least two years and perform each year two different concert programs and have presented at least three concerts in a professional context.

- The organization is recognized as a producer when it assumes the artistic management and the cost of designing, rehearsing and presenting the performances or concerts.

In the realm of music, the professional context designates premises and organizations devoted primarily to dissemination, e.g. auditoriums or concert halls, cultural centers or other recognized dissemination premises or organizations.

- The applicant must work in the realms of lyric art, choral singing, classical or contemporary instrumental music, electronic, electroacoustic and contemporary music, jazz, traditional and Aboriginal music, and world music.

An artists' group made up mainly of the same people who are working in another artists' group or an organization submitting an application may not submit more than one application per year.

- In the case of choirs made up of amateur singers, the CALQ's grant applies to the presentation of only one concert per year and must be used to pay the fees of professional musicians who participate in the rehearsals and the concert, e.g. the choral conductor, orchestral section leaders, soloists and instrumentalists.

General eligibility:

Artists define themselves as follows:

- They declare themselves to be professional artists;
- They create works or practice an art on their own account or offer their services for remuneration, as creators or performers, especially in the fields under the responsibility of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (CALQ);
- They have gained the recognition of their peers;
- They disseminate or publicly perform their works in places and/or contexts recognized by their peers.
- The artist must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and in both instances must normally reside in Quebec and have resided there over the past twelve (12) months.

Applicant artists' groups:

- A group refers to a group of writers, storytellers or artists, regardless of their number. Each member of the group must be a professional writer, storyteller or artist and satisfy the program's eligibility requirements. One member must represent the group as coordinator and the group must not have received financial support for the same project under other CALQ programs.

The same coordinator must always represent permanent groups unless exceptional circumstances arise.

To be eligible, an artists' group must:

- Not be registered
- Be registered as an association (ASS) with the Registraire des entreprises du Quebec.
- An artists' group registered with the Registraire des entreprises du Quebec as a general partnership is ineligible.

This support is not available to:

- An organization that receives an operating grant
- An organization, an artist or an artists' group that does not collect any ticketing revenue or guaranteed fee sales in respect of the project submitted.

Pre-Application Information:

Under exceptional circumstances, when the type of project warrants doing so and the organization, the artist or the artists' group makes such a request by checking the appropriate box on the form, the CALQ will attach greater importance to the criteria concerning the project's impact. In this instance, the project's artistic quality will account for 50% of the weighting, the project's impact for 30% and the project's management for 20%.

Contact Information:

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

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Canada: Quebec;

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