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John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

Awards to Canada Arts Professionals to
Recognize Outstanding Achievement

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Canada Council for the Arts

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM Local Time


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Awards of $10,000 to Canada arts professionals at arts organizations to acknowledge outstanding achievement. The monetary awards are intended to be used for professional development and mentoring opportunities for mid-career and established arts managers. Professional development may include a short-term, recognized program, seminar or workshop for professional renewal and revitalization.

There are two distinct awards:

  • The Professional Development and Renewal award allows an outstanding established or mid-career arts manager to take part in a short-term, recognized program, seminar or workshop for professional renewal and revitalization.
  • The Mentorship award allows an exceptional mid-career arts manager who is seeking to acquire different knowledge, experience, and skills to be mentored by an outstanding established or mid-career arts manager.

For the Professional Development and Renewal award, eligible expenses include:

  • The cost of the short-term program of study (registration fees, etc.)
  • Travel costs to and from the training site (based on economy fares)
  • Subsistence costs
  • The cost of supplies related to the program of study (books, manuals, other materials and so on).

For the Mentorship award, eligible expenses include:

  • Your salary replacement costs during the mentorship project and, if this applies, salary replacement costs for the mentor
  • Travel costs related to the mentorship project (based on economy fares)
  • Subsistence for the mentees and the mentor
  • The cost of supplies related to the mentorship project

The John Hobday Awards in Arts Management were created to:

  • Recognize the arts management profession
  • Recognize excellence and accomplishment in this profession
  • Contribute to the professional development and revitalization of experienced managers
  • Contribute to the transfer of knowledge and experience from established and midcareer managers to the next generation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160587

Number of Grants:

Two awards

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility – Who can apply?
Art management (also referred to as arts administration) applies business administration techniques and processes to the art world. It includes running the daily business operations of art institutions either private or public.

Arts Managers may be responsible for a portfolio of work such as marketing, audience development, education, production, fundraising, government relations, etc. They work in arts organizations of all kinds, such as producing, presenting and exhibiting organizations (theatres, opera companies, symphony orchestras, dance companies, galleries, museums, etc.), arts councils, arts service organizations, government, and many other related areas.

Arts managers from any artistic field of practice supported by the Canada Council may apply for the awards. You must also:
- Be currently employed by a Canadian professional arts organization. Your mentor must also be currently employed by a Canadian professional arts organization (if applicable).
- Have a minimum of 10 years of professional activities (but not necessarily in consecutive years)
- Have significant expertise in arts management in one or more of the fields of practice funded by the Canada Council (multidisciplinary activities, circus arts, dance, Deaf and disability arts, digital arts, traditional Indigenous arts/culture, inter-arts, literature, media arts, music and sound, theatre and visual arts)
- Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.

Ineligible applicants:
Arts organizations, talent managers, booking agents or those who represent artists as managers are not eligible (this does not include gallery representation).

Award funds cannot be used for activities that occurred before the award deadline.

No posthumous awards will be given; successful applicants must still be living for the duration of the project.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline – 1 March 2021
Your completed application form must be submitted by email on or before the deadline date by 11:59 pm (local time). The Canada Council will not assess late or incomplete applications.

Application limits – you can apply once per year
You may apply for only one of the awards in a given year. You may receive both a Professional Development and Renewal award and a Mentorship award, but only one of each during your career.

Notification of results – approximately 5 months after the deadline date

Application/Nomination Assistance and Access Support:
Application/Nomination Assistance contributes to costs for services to help with a prize application or nomination for individuals who self-identify as:
- Deaf, hard of hearing, having a disability or living with a mental illness
- First Nations, Inuit or Métis facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers.

To submit a request, contact the prizes officer 4 weeks prior to the deadline.

Access Support funds individual applicants who self-identify as Deaf, having disabilities or living with a mental illness, as well as groups and organizations that dedicate the majority of their resources towards supporting these communities. This supplementary grant provides a contribution towards costs for specific services and supports required to carry out a project funded through a Canada Council program.

The peer assessment committee may decide not to award one or both prizes in a given competition. The committee may also choose 2 recipients for a Professional Development and Renewal award OR 2 recipients for a Mentorship award.

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions and submit completed application to:

Sarah Brown, Program Officer
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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