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Touring Artist Fund (TAF)

Grants to Yukon Artists, Ensembles, and
Companies for National and International Tours

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Government of Yukon - Department of Tourism and Culture

Deadline Date:

12/15/18 4:30 PM Receipt or Postmark


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Yukon artists, ensembles, and companies for tours to present a broad range of artistic disciplines, including theater, music, dance, visual arts, film, multidisciplinary, and storytelling. This program funds tour engagements that take place outside of Yukon only.

The intended results and outcomes of the Touring Artist Fund are increased opportunities for Yukon artists of all disciplines to showcase their work outside of Yukon for their own professional development, to increase their viability as professional artists, and to place Yukon performing, visual, and literary arts in the context of the contemporary arts in Canada.

Eligible activities or projects:

- Take place outside of Yukon
- Include more than one activity or project to be presented to the public
- Include an activity where a presenter or host has selected the applicant through a professional selection process (e.g., jury, curator, artistic criteria)
- Priority will be given to projects where the presenter or host contributes some percentage of the costs towards the touring of the activity or project (e.g., travel, accommodation, per diem, artist’s fees, other relevant expenses)

For visual artists:

- For visual artists whose work will be exhibited in public or artist-run galleries there needs to be more than one confirmed activity in addition to the exhibition (e.g., artist talk, workshop, demonstration, other activities on the tour)
- Exhibitions and/or activities in commercial galleries are eligible but it is preferred that these are secondary activities on the tour
- Opportunities other than those related to an exhibition may be eligible.

Eligible costs include travel, accommodation, per diem, artists’ fees other than the applicant’s, shipping publicity, production expenses directly related to the tour.

There is no set percentage of total project costs that are eligible for funding from the Touring Artist Fund because the scale, range, and potential impact of touring opportunities can vary significantly. Applicants may apply for up to a maximum of $10,000 per tour. This maximum amount may be adjusted in exceptional circumstances, such as for sector-wide initiatives that have a significant number of beneficiaries with potentially major impacts to their careers. Funding will be approved once only for each project.

Great Northern Arts Festival Applicants must submit an application as per the guidelines, but will only be awarded up to $1,000 based on eligible expenses ($100 for meals, $100 for accommodation, and up to $800 for travel and shipping.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173808

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000 per tour

- For Great Northern Arts Festival Applicants, the maximum award is $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include Yukon artists (must have lived in the Yukon for one continuous year prior to fund deadline), ensembles, or companies who create, produce or interpret art in theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film, storytelling, or a combination of art forms.

The public presentation of the applicant’s work must be important to his or her artistic career and development.

A practicing professional artist is defined as an individual who has specialized training in his or her artistic field, who is recognized as such by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), who have a serious commitment to their arts practice and consider it a major aspect of their working life, regardless of their income or other employment status.

The term professional is intended to indicate a degree of training, experience or talent and a manner of working that qualify artists to have their work judged against the highest professional standards of the relevant occupation.

Taken into account are factors such as:
- Artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose artistic knowledge has been developed through oral traditions
- Professional artists may be self-taught
- Artists of professional calibre who must work outside the arts to generate income

Activities and projects not eligible for funding are:
- Attendance at conferences, meetings, and panel discussions where the applicant’s art is not performed, exhibited or presented
- Attendance at trade shows, showcases, or commercial events that receive support from the Yukon Government Enterprise Trade Fund
- Self-presented activity or activity that does not follow a competitive, artistic selection process
- Projects that begin before the deadline date
- In-Yukon activity
- Normally, only one tour per applicant is eligible in any one fiscal year
- Applicants may not reapply until any previously awarded funding is accounted for

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to contact a Fund Administrator to discuss applications prior to the deadline.

The deadlines for the Touring Artist Fund are March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15.

Applications must be received or postmarked by 4:30 PM on the deadline date. If a deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend, the deadline will be extended until 4:30 PM on the next working day.

Faxed or e-mailed applications are acceptable on the deadline, but the original, signed application must be mailed or delivered. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified in writing of the results within 8 weeks of the deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Office Location:
100 Hanson Street
Whitehorse, Yukon

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2703 (L-3)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6

Phone: 1-867-667-8789
Toll Free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8789
Fax: 1-867-393-6456

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Canada: Yukon