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Grants to Ontario Performing Arts Organizations for Arts Internships

Performing Arts Internships


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Metcalf Foundation
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Important Dates
Deadline: 10/03/23 2:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $36,000 to Ontario performing arts organizations for arts internships. Funding is intended for opportunities that will promote career development by offering new skills, knowledge, work experience, and industry contacts. The Foundation will support the creation of internship opportunities for administrators, choreographers, composers, conductors, curators, designers, directors, playwrights, and production staff. Other emergent roles will also be considered.

The Metcalf Foundation wants to strengthen the performing arts by supporting paid internships for artists, administrators, and production staff in various roles. The internship program helps organizations create productive entry points into the sector, realize opportunities to foster leadership, and respond to skill shortages in critical areas. It provides individuals with more knowledge, better skills, broader work experience, and useful contacts – all of which will help them make a stronger professional contribution to the performing arts.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations applying to this program must:
- Be professional theatre, dance, music, or opera companies;
- Be based in and active within Ontario;
- Have a minimum of three years of organizational/production history;
- Have a current, valid charitable registration from the Canada Revenue Agency; and
- Identify the intern in the application.

Metcalf’s Performing Arts program grants are limited to organizations in the live performing arts, defined as theatre, dance, music, and opera companies or those working between and among these disciplines (including creation/production companies, festivals, and professional training institutions). The Foundation will also consider requests from arts service organizations serving the live performing arts, but, except in rare circumstances, it will not consider cross-disciplinary service organizations that serve a variety of art forms including the performing arts.

Organizations may apply individually or in partnership with others.

Co-op work terms, or any other component of an intern’s educational degree, are not eligible for funding.

Funds granted from this program may only be used for an intern’s salary and statutory benefits (CPP and EI costs). No other costs, including mentoring costs or fees, external professional development, or administrative overhead, are eligible for this grant.

Pre-Application Information
For 2023 awards, applications to the Performing Arts Internships will be accepted on or before:
- 2:00 pm ET, April 4, 2023 (notification by June 23)
- 2:00 pm ET, October 3, 2023 (notification by December 22)

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Performing Arts Program Director to discuss their proposals in advance. Due to the very competitive nature of this program, new applicants or those who last applied more than two years ago are strongly encouraged to arrange a meeting with the Director, the mentor, and the intern.

For pointers on creating the video portion of your application:

Additional information:

Click here to watch a recording of the information session held on March 1, 2022:

Estimated Size of Grant
Internship grants are for the intern’s complete salary and statutory benefits to a maximum of $36,000.

For internships that are part-time or of shorter duration, this maximum grant amount must be pro-rated based on the following maxima: $3,600/month, $837/week, or $22/hour. Please note that full-time is considered to be a minimum of 37.5 hours per week.

Term of Contract
Full-time, 10-month-long internship. Internships funded in Round 1 must be completed by December 31, 2024, and in Round 2, by March 31, 2025.

Contact Information
Please email one pdf file with all written materials, as well as the video, to

Direct questions to Heather Dunford, Grants Manager, at the email address above or call 416-926-0366 x 233,

Michael Trent, Performing Arts Program Director
416-926-0366 x 225

Metcalf Foundation
38 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S1

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