Audience and Market Development Travel Grants
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.
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.
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed information.
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.
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.
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
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.
Koba Johnson, Program Officer
Audience and Market Development Office
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4216