Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council Grants to Professional Festivals Announced

May 31, 2010

May 25, 2010, St. John’s, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) has awarded $89,195 to 10 professional festivals from across the province through its Professional Festivals Program (PFP).

The Professional Festivals Program supports festivals representing all artistic disciplines and is available to professional not-for-profit arts festivals or series that exclusively run during a concentrated period of time. Applicants can apply for costs related to artist fees, technical costs, venue rental, administration costs, workshop sessions and travel expenses. Some of the festivals that have received funding this session include the Random Passage Sunday Series and Family Festival in New Bonaventure, Trinity Bay; the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series in Cape St. Mary’s; and the World’s End Theatre Festival 2010 on Fogo Island.

“The many festivals that take place throughout the province play a crucial role in promoting the creation and enjoyment of the arts,” says NLAC executive director Reg Winsor. “Local audiences and visitors alike benefit from these events that celebrate our arts and culture. This program encourages professionalism and high artistic standards.”

To be eligible for a grant, the festival or organization must remunerate performers and staff at accepted national rates of pay for services, and typically employ a paid administrator and/or an artistic director. Their primary mandate must be the development or promotion of the arts, and they must operate in a not-for-profit capacity or be registered as a not-for-profit organization in the province. The maximum grant is $10,000 and the minimum grant is $1,000 (or the total amount requested if less than $1,000). Applications are reviewed by a multidisciplinary peer assessment committee.

The next application deadline for the Professional Festivals Program is February 15, 2011 for festivals or series starting after April 15, 2011.

To see a List of Recipients Click here

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