Visiting Foreign Artists Program: Inter-Arts, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing and Publishing
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.
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Your completed application form and all required support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.
Please refer to the program guidelines for detailed information.
The Visiting Foreign Artists Program provides grants to Canadian professional arts organizations to encourage visits by individual professional foreign artists of outstanding achievement. Organizations may invite an individual artist from any foreign country.
While in Canada, the visiting foreign artist is to direct workshops, teach master classes for professional artists and/or, for Inter-Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts, Theatre, Writing and Publishing, give artist talks.
Organizations in Dance may apply to the Support Services to the Dance Milieu: Project Funding program, for projects concerning master classes and workshops led by foreign dance artists.
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria allows your organization to apply to the program. This does not, however, guarantee that you will receive a grant.
Professional Canadian arts organizations must have received at least one grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in the last three years to be eligible to apply to this program.
Eligible organizations may submit up to three applications to each competition. Only one foreign artist may be invited per application.
All invited artists must be recognized as professionals in their discipline. The Canada Council defines a professional artist as someone who:
has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in an academic institution)
is recognized as such by her or his peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
has a history of public presentation or publication in a professional, arts-related context.
Grants are available in fixed amounts of $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000, $2,500 or $3,000.
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Program Officers listed below can be reached on our toll-free number 1-800-263-5588
or local number 613-566-4414:
Inter-Arts Office: Sue-Ellen Gerritsen, ext. 4679
Media Arts Section: Michèle Stanley, ext. 5251
Music Section: Jeff Morton, ext. 5111
Theatre Section: Nancy Guertin, ext. 5484
Visual Arts Section: Jim Logan, ext. 5266
Writing and Publishing Section: Chris Toner, ext. 4569