Canada Council For The Arts Revamps Its Funding Model



Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national, arms-length arts funding agency – providing grants and prizes – in addition to conducting research, communications and arts promotion activities to support, promote and celebrate the arts. Music is one of the many arts disciplines that they provide grants for – and you can view the upcoming deadlines for music-related grant programs by clicking here. 

Last January, the Council announced that they would be revamping their funding model, which would be rolled out in time for their 60th anniversary celebrations in 2017.

While you can read the remarks of Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, Simon Brault, at the Canadian Arts Summit on April 10 by clicking here, we have a quick summary of the main changes afoot for the Council.

  • The first major change is a reduction in funding programs from 142 to less than 10 national programs. The argument is that their focus will be shifting towards fewer, clearer and simplified program processes. These new national programs will cover all fields of professional arts practice and everyone currently eligible for Canada Council programs will remain eligible for these new programs.
  • The existing dedicated Aboriginal Arts Program will take a unique, self-determined approach.
  • They will be launching a program with an international focus – helping artists get represented in global networks, collaborations and exchanges. As of now, the Council has just completed a 3-year investment into international market access, and has doubled its international investments from $5 million to $10 million.

The public can expect announcements about the new programs and key information in June 2015, with the intention of delivering the new funding model by the end 2016.

For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts, please click here.

To check out key funding deadlines from the Canada Council for the Arts and others, click here.