Research and creation

Application deadline: Anytime

Support for research, writing, the creation of works and the realization of projects that nurture the evolution of an artistic or literary approach.

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      • Grants for artists and writers
      • Research, creation, exploration and production
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  • Disciplines concerned
    • Architectural research
    • Arts and crafts
    • Circus arts
    • Dance
    • Digital arts
    • Film and video art
    • Literature and storytelling
    • Multidisciplinary arts
    • Music
    • Popular song
    • Theatre
    • Visual arts
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  • Artist or Writer
  • Development or Mid-career
  • Popular song
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  • Introduction

    Go to  Mon Dossier CALQ and complete your grant application online.

    Before submitting an application, artists are advised to read the program over carefully. If you have any questions after reading the program or if there is anything else you would like to clarify, please email or phone the program manager. The manager can also provide information and advice on how to present your project and what to include in your application.


    This program of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Conseil) is intended to support the research and creation of works by allowing artists to realize projects that nurture the evolution of their artistic approach.

    Target applicants

    This grant category is intended for professional artists in popular song, including writers, composers and performers. Applicants must have at least two years of professional artistic practice in Québec or elsewhere and must comply with the general conditions and criteria for eligibility.

    This support is also intended for Inuit artists and artists belonging to the First Nations of Canada who conform to the program’s definition of an Inuit and First Nations artist.

    This section is intended to support artists whose research and creation project falls outside of the bounds of the usual production process.

    Artists' groups (collectives)
    Processing of applications

    An application from a group of artists or writers to undertake a common project must be submitted by a single artist applicant. The artist applicant must satisfy the program’s conditions for eligibility.

    If the application is successful, the grant will be disbursed to the artist applicant who, as the grant recipient and the group representative, will be responsible for project management and budget oversight.

    Maximum amount


    News flash! Financial support is available for artists with disabilities with a view to ensuring access to CALQ’s services. Please complete the relevant section of your official form if you would like to submit an application.
  • Eligibility

    General criteria

    To be eligible, the applicant in popular song  must:

    • Have participated in at least one production outside of his training or subsequent to it, in a professional context recognized by his peers.

    If an applicant submits a project in a discipline other than the one in which he normally pursues his career, his project must satisfy the eligibility criteria for the new discipline in which he is applying for a grant.

    The artist must ensure that his agent or producer has not submitted the project to the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec (SODEC), in which case the Conseil will not deem this project to be eligible.


    Popular song

    Popular song encompasses songs in all genres, musical theatre and any other related form of artistic expression.



    Artists must have at least two years of professional artistic practice in Québec or elsewhere.

    The number of years of professional artistic practice is determined taking into account the applicant’s overall career and includes the number of years of practice in another discipline.

    Professional artist

    For the purposes of Conseil’s program, the term “artist” is defined as follows:

    • They declare themselves to be professional artists.
    • They create work or practise an art on their own account or offer their services for remuneration, as creators or performers, especially in the fields under the responsibility of the Conseil.
    • They have gained the recognition of their peers.
    • They disseminate or publicly interpret their works in places and/or contexts recognized by their peers.


    The applicant must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant as contemplated in section 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In both instances they must normally reside in Québec and have resided there for at least the preceding 12 months.

    Applicants who have resided outside Québec for two or more years are considered ineligible for the Conseil’s programs, unless they have maintained their status as a Québec resident.

    In this instance, it is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate his eligibility by submitting proof of participation in Québec’s health insurance plan, as administered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.


    The following conditions apply to all of the Conseil’s grant programs, regardless of which section or category of the grant program is concerned.

    • An applicant can submit no more than five separate applications and can receive a maximum of five grants in any given fiscal year for the Conseil (April 1st to March 31st). All applications submitted, including those deemed ineligible, count towards the annual maximum.
      • Travel grants: All applications filed between March 1st and 31st, 2020 inclusively will be treated in the 2020-2021 fiscal year for accounting purposes.
      • Acquisition and marketing, Commissioned works, Commissioned works and residencies, Professional development, Promotion, Research and creation projects and Literary or storytelling performances and hypermedia literary works: All applications filed between January 21 and March 31st inclusively will be treated in the 2020-2021 fiscal year for accounting purposes.
      • Studios and studio-apartments: The applicable fiscal year for a grant application is specified under the application date for each studio. An applicant can only submit one application to this Studios and studio-apartments residency program in a given registration period.
      • Territorial partnership: The applicable fiscal year for a grant application is specified under the application date for each program. An applicant can only submit one application to this section in a given registration period.
    • An applicant who has already received financial support under a Conseil grant program, regardless of the section, is obliged to produce a Report on the use of the grant, which must be submitted within a maximum of three months from the project’s completion date indicated on the application form. The Conseil must have approved this report before any new application can be made.
    • For open applications with no set deadlines, an application must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the project start date to be deemed eligible. In the case of a Travel Grant program, the applicant’s departure date is considered the project start date, whereas for all other financial support programs this corresponds to the date project activities commenced.
    • An applicant cannot have more than three concurrent projects either under evaluation, supported or in the process of completion.


    • Projects carried out under the supervision of an educational program are ineligible.
    • A project that has already been rejected by the Conseil is ineligible for this program.
    • A group legally constituted as a not-for-profit or profit-making company or general partnership is ineligible for this program.
    • Incomplete applications.

    Types of projects

    Eligible projects
    • The writing and composition of songs, musical theatre or any other form of artistic expression related to popular song
    • Musical arrangements
    • Exploratory research in performance, directing, set design or sound design
    • Recording of a non-commercial demo (maximum of four pieces)
    Ineligible projects
    • The recording of a demo for commercial purposes, recording and production of a record
    • Promotion projects such as the planning and production of advertising or promotional materials
    • The series production or dissemination of a work
    • Projects submitted to the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) by the artist’s agent or producer
    • Projects carried out under the supervision of an educational program
    • Projects related to conducting research and the writing of articles of a journalistic nature, criticism, and didactic or pedagogical writing
    • Essays on popular song (Such projects are however eligible for literary grants.)


    • Candidate’s remuneration
    • Research and experimentation expenses
    • Fees for participant artists (excluding the artist applicant)
    • Costs related to the development of a show or recoding concept
    • Studio time and the sound technician’s fee for the recording of a demo, up to a maximum of $1500
    • Rental of a rehearsal studio, up to a maximum of $350 per month
    • Equipment rental
    • Expenses for materials and copyist’s fees
    • Certain travel expenses
    • Promotion expenses
    • Living expenses (hotel and meals) to a maximum of $125 per day in Canada and $200 per day outside Canada for up to 15 days

    The purchase of specialized equipment is eligible solely with regard to equipment required to carry out the project that cannot be rented or whose purchase price is lower than the rental price. Supporting documents must be submitted.

    • Expenses related to production, dissemination or administration
    • Fees over and above living expenses
  • Evaluation of applications

    Evaluation criteria

    • Artistic quality of the work
    • Interest and relevance of the project
    • Feasibility of the project


    All applications are assessed on their merit, in light of the objectives and evaluation criteria specific to the different sections of the program. Project selection takes into account both the comparative value of the project and funds available.

    Grant applications are evaluated by juries formed in accordance with the Conseil’s Policy governing juries, committees and assessors. Members are persons recognized for their proficiency in the artistic fields concerned.

    Upon completion of the review process, jury members make recommendations to the Board of Directors, which then ratifies them. All decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.

    Three months after the announcement of the results, the Conseil makes available the names of the members of a jury.


    Board members, employees and members of juries and committees of the Conseil are subject to Codes of ethics and professional conduct. All must act in good faith in performing their duties and refrain from taking part in any discussion concerning a grant application that risks creating a conflict of interest. Confidential or privileged information transmitted to them may not be used for personal reasons.


    The Conseil will informs the applicant of its decision approximately three months after the application deadline or submission date.

    An applicant registered for Mon Dossier CALQ will receive an email inviting him to consult his online file to find out the result.

    If the application is successful, along with the announcement letter the applicant will receive a document describing the terms and conditions governing the use of the grant.

    If the application is unsuccessful and the applicant is not registered for Mon Dossier CALQ, the Conseil will communicate its decision in writing.

    After receiving the results, the applicant may request the jury’s or the evaluator’s general rankings of the project for each evaluation criterion.


  • Presentation of the application


    Apply anytime

    An application must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the project start date to be deemed eligible.

    The date of submission online or the postmark is deemed to be the date of receipt of the application.

    The Conseil sends an email acknowledgement of receipt. Applicants registered for Mon Dossier CALQ can track the progress of their grant application file’s processing directly in their online file.

    Contents of the application file

    The required file contents are detailed on the application form. Letters of recommendation are not submitted to the jury.

    Subject to the provisions of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, the Conseil respects the confidentiality of the documents and information in its possession and of those sent to it.

    Applicants must promptly notify the Conseil of a change of address so that mail can be sent to the new address.

  • Obligations and reports

    Awarding of grants

    • The Conseil determines the amounts awarded taking into consideration the funds available, budgets submitted and eligible expenses.
    • The grant will be disbursed in the month following the announcement. However, to proceed with a payment, the Conseil must be informed of the grant recipient’s social insurance number. In accordance with tax legislation, a grant recipient is bound to declare the amount of the grant awarded. The Conseil issues a tax slip to each grant recipient and submits the list of grant recipients to the ministère du Revenu.
    • For the studio and studio-apartment residency program, the grant will be disbursed two months prior to the beginning of the residency.
    • For the studio and studio-apartment residency program, the artist selected undertakes to comply with the applicable conditions and rules, whether communicated by the host organization or the institution overseeing the residency or posted on their website, as the case may be.
    For further information…

    • The Conseil cannot support the same project more than once. Moreover, the Conseil may not award a grant in respect of the same expenses related to a project already supported under another program of the Conseil or any other organization whatsoever.
    • By cashing a grant cheque, the artist enters into a commitment to carry out the project planned and comply with the conditions governing the use of the grant.
    • The grant recipient has three years from the application registration date to complete the project supported. The end of this period is the project expiry date. Should the artist fail to comply with this condition, the Conseil may demand repayment of the amount disbursed. Moreover, should the artist die or be disabled prior to completion of the anticipated activity, the Conseil may demand repayment of the grant prorated to the state of advancement of the activity.

    Report on the use of a grant

    • The grant recipient undertakes to submit a detailed report on the use of the grant or the results of the research and a summary of expenses incurred, using the Report on the use of the grant form provided by the Conseil. This report must be submitted no more than three months after the project’s expiry date and must be approved by the Conseil. To be eligible to present a new application, an applicant must have submitted all due reports on the use of a grant.
    • Research results, as well as any rights an artist may hold on any work, specification, drawing, document, plan, report, datum, invention, method or process produced in conjunction with the program remain the property of the artist. However, the Conseil may reproduce certain of these documents for the purposes of internal management and promotion.

    Visibility and use of the Conseil’s logo

    Standards governing visibility

    • When the project results in public activities such as exhibitions or publications, the Conseil’s logo or a mention of its contribution must appear on any documentation, promotion or advertising materials.
    • The grant recipient must comply with Standards governing the use of the Conseil’s logo.

    Further eligibility

    Failure to comply with any of the foregoing conditions may jeopardize an artist’s eligibility to submit a subsequent application.
  • Tools and references

Development or Mid-career

Artists : at least 2 years of professional artistic practice. Writers : at least 2 books or a minimum of 5 different texts. Storytellers and spoken word artists : at least one solo creation.