Audience and Market Development Travel Grants



Anytime before your departure date until 28 February 2017

Grant Amount

Up to $10,000

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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 247.9 KB].

Program Description

Audience and Market Development Travel Grants assist Canadian professional artists to develop their careers and reach new audiences and markets in Canada and internationally. Audience and Market Development is a cross-disciplinary program; it provides Travel Grants to promote knowledge and appreciation of Canadian arts and to give Canadian and foreign audiences ongoing access to professional Canadian artists and their works.

Audience and Market Development Travel Grants support the following types of applicants (see details in “Eligibility”, below):

  • artists’ representatives, which include managers, agents, tour directors, distributors and gallery dealers
  • professional Canadian performing artists officially selected to showcase their works at a key contact event, trade fair, international festival or event
  • professional presenters, which include curators, promoters, producers, programmers and festival artistic directors
  • artists’ associations, arts organizations and presenter networks.

The Canada Council defines a professional artist as someone who has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions), who is recognized as such by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), and who has a history of public presentation or publication.


Anytime before your departure date until 28 February 2017

There are no deadlines for these grants, but requests have to be postmarked before the departure date. Applicants who wish to have the results before their departure should apply at least 6 weeks in advance.

Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting 1 April, 2017. 

Grant Amount

Grant amounts vary according to individual requests and the availability of funds. You may or may not receive the full amount that you request. The maximum available per project is usually $10,000.

These grants cannot be used for travel that occurs before the date that the application is submitted.


You must refer to this program's guidelines in the application form for the specific eligibility criteria of these four sections:

I–Media and Visual Arts

Media arts includes independent film, video, new media and audio. Visual arts includes architecture, contemporary fine craft, photography, and performance art.

II–Writing and Publishing

Support is available for the promotion of Canadian literature in these fields: novel, short story, poetry, children’s literature, graphic novel, literary non-fiction, storytelling, spoken word and electronic literature.

III–Performing Arts

The performing arts include theatre, dance, music, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary performance.

IV–For All Disciplines

  • Travel Assistance for International Buyers
  • Special Audience and Market Development Initiatives

Further Information

Koba Johnson
Program Officer
Audience and Market Development Office

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4216

TTY: 1-866-585-5559