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Project Assistance - Touring Initiatives

Grants to British Columbia Arts Nonprofits, Artists,
and Ensembles for Tours Outside the Province

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British Columbia Arts Council

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12/01/17 4:00 PM Delivery or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit arts organizations, individual artists, and artist groups, collectives and ensembles for tours outside the province that will result in improved artistic and professional opportunities. Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.

Funding is provided for projects that are scheduled as part of significant national or international cultural events or that take advantage of significant market and audience development and touring opportunities. Priority will be given to professionally organized tours for which artists are receiving fees.

There are two categories of Touring Initiatives grants:

Category A: Representation at a Significant National or International Exhibition or Event

Intended to support representation at or participation in an exhibition or event that is a significant opportunity, providing long-term benefits for the organization or artist(s) and for the development of arts and culture in British Columbia.

Applicants must be able to articulate the significance of the exhibition or event within the context of their own artistic discipline and practice.

Category B: Market and Audience Development or Touring Opportunity

Intended to support:
-The development of a significant national or international market, proven or potential, for the work of the organization or artist(s);
-Touring activity that provides a significant opportunity to increase knowledge, appreciation and awareness of the applicant’s work or to impact the applicant’s own practice and artistic development.

Applicants must be able to articulate the significance of the opportunity within the context of their own artistic discipline and practice.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180743

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility – General Criteria:

Assistance through this program is available to readily identified professional B.C. arts organizations; independent artists; collectives, groups, or ensembles.

An eligible applicant must:
-Be based in British Columbia and conduct ongoing public programming activity in B.C.
-Engage competent and appropriate artistic/curatorial and management leadership as demonstrated by previous achievements, collaborations, partnerships, relationships, etc.
-Compensate artists and other professional practitioners by paying fees at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.
-Not have received an award through this program in the current government fiscal year (April 1- March 31). Applicants cannot submit more than one application per intake.

Applicant Eligibility – Specific Criteria:

In addition to the General Eligibility criteria, a professional arts organization must:
-Be an organization registered and in good standing as a nonprofit society in the Province of British Columbia for at least one year.
-Demonstrate the need for financial assistance, as defined by Council policy.
-Provide financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year.
-Have operated and offered public programming for a minimum of one year as a nonprofit society.

In addition to the General Eligibility criteria, a professional independent artist must:
-Have worked in their discipline as a professional practitioner for at least two years following completion of basic studies and have a demonstrated body of previous work.
-Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have lived in British Columbia for at least twelve months immediately prior to application.

In addition to the General Eligibility criteria, under normal circumstances, a collective, group or ensemble must:
-Be readily identified as a professional B.C. collective, group or ensemble.
-Apply under the name of an individual member of the collective, acting as a key contact person and listed as the submitting officer, who meets the eligibility criteria for Professional Independent Artists. The key contact person will be held responsible for the application and subsequent report. If the application is successful, this person will receive payment of the award on behalf of the group.

Eligible Activity:

Only activity taking place after the application is submitted will be eligible for support.

Direct touring costs will receive priority. Costs associated with tour planning, pre-production or remount expenses will receive lower priority.

In addition to the applicant eligibility criteria above, activity funded by the Touring Initiatives program will meet the following criteria:

A. Representation at a Significant National or International Exhibition or Event:
-The exhibition or event must take place outside of British Columbia.
-The exhibition or event must be professionally curated or programmed, with a clearly articulated process or rationale for the selection of work.
-An invitation to participate, including a written offer of exhibition or performance fee, must be provided.

B. Market and Audience Development or Touring Opportunity:
-The touring activity to be funded must take place outside British Columbia.
-The tour must have a minimum of three distinct venues in three different population areas outside B.C. Written confirmations from the hosting organizations, including venues, dates and fees to be paid, are required. Payment of any award may be conditional upon receiving all three written confirmations.

Note: Applications may be submitted for tours with fewer than three confirmed engagements but will be assessed as a lower priority for support. Applications with less than two confirmed engagements will be disqualified at the time of adjudication.

General Exclusions
-Operating costs
-Project phases that have begun prior to the date the application is submitted
-Conferences or competitions
-Travel to international symposia
-Subsistence to artists or curators
-The creation or preparation of performances for competitions
-Projects that are secondary to other purposes (e.g. fundraising events, conventions, or family, religious or community celebrations or anniversaries)
-Cost of producing recordings or publications
-International travel costs of foreign artists visiting B.C.
-Capital expenses

Pre-Application Information:

Grant amounts for Project Assistance – Touring Initiatives will not exceed 50% of eligible project costs.

All applicants, especially new applicants to this program, are urged to discuss their request with their program officer prior to submission.

Applicants with anticipated requests of $25,000 or greater must inform the program officer as soon as possible (preferably 18 months in advance of the project start date).

The deadlines for Project Assistance – Touring Initiatives applications are:
-April 1, 2017
-August 1, 2017
-December 1, 2017

Activity taking place after the date of submission, not necessarily the deadline date, is eligible for support in this program.

Applications are accepted by mail and must be postmarked no later than the deadline date. Applications may be hand delivered up to 4:00 PM on the deadline day.

Note: if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day.

Decisions will be made within sixteen weeks of the application deadline. All applicants will be notified by letter. Results will not be released by telephone or email.

Contact Information:

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

Mailing Address:
Box 9819, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W3

Location Address:
800 Johnson Street, 2nd Floor
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N3

250 356-1718

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Canada: British Columbia