Emerging Artist Opportunities – Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is making it easier for artists to apply for their first grant—we’ve launched a profile for new and early career artists. It’s part of a two-year pilot project to reach the next wave of artists in Canada and renew our support to the arts sector.

For more information click the link HERE

With a validated new and early career artist profile, artists at the start of their careers—including those who are new to Canada—can access grants they weren’t previously eligible for. In particular, they’re now eligible to apply for grants from one of three components in the Explore and Create program:

  • Professional Development for Artists – Project grants to support career advancement activities for artists and artistic groups—including mentorships, internships, apprenticeships, specialized training and workshops.
  • Research and Creation – Project grants to support creative research, development and the creation of new works, including residencies.
  • Concept to Realization – Project grants to support activities that will result in completed works that are shown to the public—including public presentations, exhibitions, media arts and digital arts production ready for dissemination.

Am I eligible for Council funding?

To be considered a new or early career artist, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • not have an approved applicant profile with the Canada Council
  • not have previously received a grant from the Canada Council
  • have some training, experience or accomplishment in one or more recognized fields of practice.
    Past training could include mentorship, self-study, workshops, etc.  Training in an institutional setting is not mandatory.  Training, experience or accomplishments that took place outside of Canada are recognized.
  • be committed to the ongoing development of your skills and practice