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Media Arts Grant

Grants to Manitoba Professional Artists
for Media-Based Expressive Art Projects

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Manitoba Arts Council (MAC)

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Grants of up to $7,500 and grants of up to $20,000 to Manitoba professional artists for support in media-related projects such as video, film, sound or audio art, and new media that are used for the artist's individual expression. Funding is divided into two categories: for emerging artists, the maximum award given is $7,500; for established artists, the maximum award given is $20,000.

Eligible categories of work include forms of artistic expression such as documentary, drama, experimental, animation, audio artworks, radio art, installation, performance, web art, VJing, sound sculpture, and soundscape.

The artist must be the driving creative force (e.g., director) of the proposed project and must maintain complete creative and editorial control over the work.

Eligible projects

- New work or work in progress: This includes the creation and/or production of new work or the completion of works in progress.
- Collaborations: Only one applicant is to complete the application form and will be held solely responsible for the completion of the project. The nature of the collaboration must be fully described, including documentation of the collaborators - name, bio, previous collaborations, and contribution to the project.

Eligible costs are living costs and direct project costs such as:

- Research
- Travel
- Supplies and materials
- Purchase or rental of equipment, facilities, and space
- Documentation
- Technical and other assistance
- Mentorship
- Rental of equipment, facilities, and space.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178696

Estimated Size of Grant:

Emerging artists: maximum $7,500
Established artists: maximum $20,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Emerging and established artists may apply to this program if they have been paid artist fees in accordance with CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation Le Front Des Artistes Canadiens) and/or the IMAA/AAMI (Independent Media Arts Alliance/ l’Alliance des arts médiatiques indépendants) Fee Schedule.

Emerging artists are in the early stages of their professional career. Artists in this category must have basic training as a media artist, and have completed at least one project that has been professionally programmed in public. This may include graduating projects, but not works created for specific competitions. Generally, emerging artists have had between two and five years of professional arts practice.

Established artists are past the early stages of their career. They have produced a body of work and have received recognition, screenings, exhibitions, and public presentation of work outside the local community. Generally, established artists have had at least five years of professional arts practice.

In the case of professional filmmakers and video artists, only directors may apply.

Scriptwriters are eligible to apply if they have already worked with an established filmmaker, and at least one of their scripts has been used in an independent production by an established filmmaker.

Individuals / Groups / Collectives / Ensembles must be:
- Professional artists
- Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
- Residents of Manitoba

Applicants must have lived in Manitoba for at least one full year immediately preceding application to the Manitoba Arts Council. Applicants who live in Manitoba may be absent from the province for a period of up to one year if:
- The absence is temporary (due to an artistic or educational opportunity)
- They do not apply for support from the jurisdiction of their temporary residence.

Professional artists
- Have specialized training in at least one art form
- Are recognized by their peers as professional artists
- Can commit a significant amount of time to their artistic practice
- Have a history of professional public presentation or publication.

Ineligible applicants
- Students
- Producers
- Production companies
- Programmers, technicians, coordinators, assistants and other resource persons working on media arts projects.

Ineligible projects
- Work created for commercial film and television, commercial new media, or commercial radio or television broadcasting (includes websites)
- Projects using film, video, or new media as a tool to record, document, or sell existing artworks
- Pilots for commercial or educational television
- Industrial or corporate projects
- Instructional, sponsored, or commissioned works
- Music recording projects
- Screenplays
- Projects that transfer a film or video project finished in one format to another, without modification of the original.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: January 25

Artists are eligible for a maximum of two Manitoba Arts Council Media Arts Grants every 48 months.

Costs incurred prior to the announcement date of the grant requested are not eligible.

Support material is an important part of the application. Emphasis on recent work is recommended. The applicant must hold a directorial credit in all support material submitted. If you are applying for post-production or completion funds, at least one example must be an excerpt from the work in progress.

Project applicants are informed of funding decisions six to twelve weeks after the deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants may submit their project for a subsequent deadline. Generally, applicants may hold only one Manitoba Arts Council grant at a time.

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

Hard copies of applications and funding agreements must be dropped off or sent by mail:

Manitoba Arts Council
525-93 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3B1

Office Hours
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Closed for lunch (12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)

Marian Butler
204-945-0399 or 1-866-994-2787

(204) 945-2237

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