Travel Grants to Media Arts Professionals

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Deadline(s)

Any time before your departure date until 31 January 2017
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Grant Amount

$500 - $2,500

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Eligibility

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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, including people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete program guidelines [PDF, 402.2 KB].

Program Description

Travel Grants to Media Artists

Travel grants assist Canadian professional independent media artists to travel for events or activities important to the development of their artistic practice or career. This component covers presentation and professional development travel.

Travel Grants to Independent Media Arts Curators and Critics

This component of the program assists Canadian, professional, independent media arts curators and critics to travel outside their home region. It covers research, professional development and presentation travel.

This program also offers an International Residencies pilot component.

Deadline(s)

Any time before your departure date until 31 January 2017.

The program will no longer be available through GO! after 30 November. You must send in your application by mail. Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting 1 April, 2017. 

Applicants who wish to have the results before their departure should apply at least ten weeks in advance.

The Canada Council for the Arts will not accept applications postmarked after the departure date of your travel, incomplete applications or those submitted by fax or email.

Grant Amount

Grants are available in fixed amounts of $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 and $2,500). Note: The fixed amounts of $2,000 and $2,500 are available only to applicants who are travelling to or from northern Canada or to international destinations other than the United States and Europe.

Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility

Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

General eligibility criteria

To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.

Applicants must be professional artists, curators or critics working in media arts (new media, audio, film and video) and must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, defined as someone who:

  • has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional artist by her or his peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition),
  • is committed to devoting more time to their artistic career if possible financially, and
  • has a history of public presentation of their work in a professional context.
Travel Grants to Media Artists

To be eligible under this component of the program applicants must also:

  • have completed at least one independent film, video, new media or audio artwork that has been presented in a professional context.

In the case of professional film and video artists, only directors may apply; producers are not eligible to this program. Scriptwriters are eligible to apply if they have already worked with established or mid-career film or video artists and at least one of their scripts has been used in an independent production by an established or mid-career film or video artist.

For new media or audio productions, only artists who initiated and maintained complete creative and editorial control over the work are eligible. Programmers, technicians, coordinators, assistants and other resource persons are not eligible.

Travel Grants to Independent Media Arts Curators and Critics

Applicants must be established independent media arts curators or critics and meet the general eligibility criteria under this component.

An established curator is someone who has completed at least three programs of independent Canadian media artwork that have been presented in a professional context. An established critic is someone who has published a minimum of three articles or papers for an exhibition about independent Canadian media artists and their artworks.

Project Eligibility

Travel Grants to Media Artists

This component covers the following types of travel:

  • Presentation travel, which allows media artists to present their independent artwork at recognized Canadian or international festivals or exhibition venues
  • Professional development travel, which allows media artists to attend exhibitions, festivals, workshops, residencies, symposia, conferences, or to participate in mentorship or other professional development opportunities.
Travel Grants to Independent Media Arts Curators and Critics

This component covers the following types of travel:

  • Research travel, which allows media arts curators and critics to undertake a research program, visit a studio or visit a presentation centre
  • Professional development travel, which allows media arts curators and critics to participate in workshops, residencies, symposia, conferences or other professional development activities
  • Presentation travel, which allows media arts curators to attend the presentation of an exhibition or program of independent artworks by Canadian media artists that they have curated.

Further Information

Media Arts Section

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