Arts grant applications now being accepted
Prince Edward Island artists are invited to apply for funding during the spring 2018 round of arts grants.
Applications for funding can be submitted online at https://princeedwardisland.ca/artsgrants for three types of grants: creation, dissemination and professional development. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 8 at 4 p.m.
“Over the past year since we introduced the arts grants, it’s been very rewarding to see how the grants have directly impacted the cultural experience of Prince Edward Island,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown. “Our vibrant and unique culture – especially for our small size – is one of the things that make Prince Edward Island mighty, and government is pleased to continue supporting the work of our artists as they contribute to our Island communities.”
“Support for artists is crucial to the development of cultural industries in our province,” said Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer. “These grants allow artists to make their vision a reality and share it with the world. They also help artists professionalize and contribute to their capacity to have sustainable careers in the arts".
Successful applicants are selected by a six-member jury of their arts community peers, which is modeled on the practice followed by the Canada Council of the Arts. $50,000 is available in this round of funding, with another round of $50,000 in the fall.
Matt Putnam (Nudie) and his album, Love & Money was one of the 17 projects that received funding in the previous round of arts grants in the fall of 2017.
“Receiving the arts grant allowed me to explore writing the songs for my soon-to-be-released album in a fashion that I had not executed before, and would not have been able to otherwise,” said Nudie. “With the writing nearing completion, all of my goals were met.”
A key item from the provincial government’s Culture Action Plan is to support Island artists in creating and disseminating their work. The action plan will see more than $1.45 million invested to support culture in government’s balanced 2018-2019 operating budget.