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Community Presenters Assistance Program

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits for
Professional Performing Arts Touring Events

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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BC Touring Council

Deadline Date:

06/30/18 Postmark or Electronic Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $15,000 to British Columbia nonprofit community organizations to present professional performing arts touring events. Funding is available to community-based arts presenting organizations as well as qualifying arts facilities.

There are TWO components of the program:

Community Presenter Assistance:

Eligible applicants must be BC registered, not-for-profit, community based arts organizations that present a series/season of professional performing artists.

Awards are available annually to BC community-based performing arts presenters (excluding those in the City of Vancouver and the City of Victoria) to enable the engagement of professional touring artists and enhance programming activity.

An eligible community presenter is defined by the following specific criteria:
-Presents 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.

In conducting its assessment, the jury members considers the following evaluative criteria:
-Artistic merit and balance of the proposed program (it is expected that community presenters enable access to a wide range of performing arts activities);
-Previously demonstrated success in the presentation of events; n e extent of other performing arts activity available in the geographic region;
-Financial feasibility of the proposed program;
-Previously demonstrated accountability and administrative capacity;
-The diversity of revenue sources, including significant earned revenues and the extent of local support

Key Presenter Assistance:

Eligible applicants will be BC registered, not-for-profit arts facilities of approximately 300 or more seats that employ full time, professional management and that present a series/season of professional performing artists. Organizations from the City of Vancouver and the City of Victoria are ineligible. Applicants are eligible for up to $15,000

Awards of up to $15,000 annually (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) are available to BC community- based performing arts presenters (excluding those in the City of Vancouver
and the City of Victoria) to enhance programming activity.

Assistance under this component is not formula based. Awards are based upon the subjective evaluation of an Adjudication Committee and may not be at the maximum level.

A key presenter is defined by the following criteria:
-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. (Note: though three is a minimum, it is expected that Key Presenters deliver a more extensive season);
-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.

In conducting its assessment, the Adjudication Committee considers the following evaluative criteria:
-Artistic merit and balance of the proposed program (it is expected that Key Presenters will enable access to a full spectrum of performing arts activities);
-Previously demonstrated success in the presentation of events and development of audiences;
-The extent of other performing arts activity available in the geographic community;
-Financial feasibility of the proposed program;
-Previously demonstrated accountability and
administrative capacity;
-A diverse source of revenue including significant earned revenues and an extent of local support.

When there is more than one presenter in a community:

The program will allow 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. Where a Key Presenter and a Community Presenter apply from the same community, priority will be given to the Key Presenter when determining the amount of the awards. For example, if after being assessed by the jury it is determined that the Key Presenter would receive the maximum award of $15,000, the most the Community Presenter could receive would be $5,000 even if they were eligible for $10,000. is maintains the support of the key presenter which acts as a hub for the broader touring region.

Where there is a Key Presenter, the program will only consider applications from a Community Presenter from the same community if the Community Presenter is presenting a series or programming that is not being delivered by the Key Presenter. An example would be where a Key Presenter does no classical music and/or dance programming but the community presenter does.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171253

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Presenter Assistance: Applicants are eligible for up to $10,000.

Key Presenter Assistance: Applicants are eligible for up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Events may occur between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

General Eligibility Criteria:

-The applicant must be a community based arts organization (i.e. development of the arts must be the primary objective described in its incorporation documents);
-The applicant must 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;
-The proposed program budget must demonstrate a diversified revenue base that includes significant earned and private sector revenues, community support and funding from sources other than the BC Arts Council;
-Applicants must have completed and submitted final reports for any outstanding funding assistance provided through the BC Arts Council prior to making application for new funding;
-Applications must be for programming which will occur between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 (i.e. applications for deficits resulting from previous programming are not eligible);
-Applications from organizations receiving Professional Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council will not be eligible.

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 commercial artists (including tribute bands) and any/all non-“performing artist” presentations (such as films).
-Artists not being paid fees at professional rates;
-“Splits of the door” where no guaranteed professional fee is contracted
-Artists appearing for more than two consecutive years;
-Community festivals;
-Start-up costs or “seed” funding;
-Individual or group travel expenses; capital expenditures (construction, renovation, property and/or equipment purchase);
-Wages for fund-raising, competitions or conferences.

Exclusions:
-Non-Canadian events and artists and commercial/general entertainment artist/events.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked by June 30 or, if scanned, emailed as PDF attachment(s). Applications sent after this date will not be accepted.

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
(877) 664-2999
john@ bctouring.org

CPA
c/o John McLachlan
4000 Parnell Rd
Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia