Canada Arts Presentation Fund
Supporting Arts and Live Events Workers in Response to COVID-19
The Government of Canada is putting measures in place to support the sectors that have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including live arts and music sectors.
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series (arts presenters) and organizations that offer support to arts presenters.
Through the CAPF, Canadians have access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities. Each year, the CAPF supports approximately 600 professional arts festivals and performing arts series, as well as other activities related to art presentation, in more than 250 cities or communities across Canada.
The CAPF has two main components – Programming and Development. The CAPF Programming component has two streams: Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters; and Presenter Support Organizations.
Budget 2019 Supplemental Funding in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
As announced in the Federal Budget 2019, the CAPF received an additional $8 million in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, to support the delivery of more arts events across the country. This investment provided additional support for professional arts festivals, performing arts series presenters, and presenter support organizations, as well as new arts presenters in under-served regions. This additional funding enabled more Canadians to see, hear and celebrate the talents of Canadian artists and have access to artistic experiences that reflect Canada’s diversity. It also helped promote the talents of Canadian artists in more communities across the country.
Extension of Supplemental Funding in 2021-2022
On November 30, 2020, as part of the Fall Economic Statement, the Government announced that it will provide a one-year non-recurring extension of the $8 million additional funding to the CAPF in 2021-2022.
Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters
This stream provides support to existing professional arts festivals and performing arts series presenters, to offer a variety of professional artistic experiences to Canadians.
Read more about who can apply for funding through Programming: Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters.
Presenter Support Organizations
This stream provides support to existing presenter support organizations, to assist with activities and services that help arts presenters to evolve professionally in their field.
Read more about who can apply for funding through Programming: Presenter Support Organizations.
This component provides support for the emergence of arts presenters and presenter support organizations for under-served communities or artistic practices.
NEW: Recognizing the uniqueness and value of Indigenous cultural expression and the richness that cultural diversity brings to the quality of life, we have expanded the eligibility criteria for this component to include unincorporated organizations, as well as, ad hoc groups from racialized and Indigenous communities.
Note: An organization cannot apply to the "Programming" component and the "Development" component in the same year for its regular programming activities.
Read more about who can apply for funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund's Development component.
Funding opportunity with the Creative Export Envelope
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) is offering supplemental support to existing CAPF recipients that contribute to a favourable environment for Canadian cultural export by promoting Canadian artists to international markets.
Read more about this funding opportunity at Creative Export Envelope funding opportunity
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