Cultural Relaunch
(COVID-19)

Measures to help artists, writers and organizations weather the crisis

With the release of the Cultural Sector Economic Recovery Plan, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) is announcing the implementation of new measures for artists, writers and cultural organizations.

1. Soutien à la diffusion de spectacles québécois (french only)

Devant les difficultés financières du secteur des arts de la scène engendrées par les restrictions de la capacité d’accueil des salles de spectacles, et par l’annonce de la fermeture des lieux de diffusion pour les régions situées en zone rouge, le gouvernement du Québec annonçait, dans le cadre du Plan de relance économique pour la culture, une aide financière additionnelle de 50 M$ pour soutenir la diffusion de spectacles québécois.

Ce soutien offre une aide financière couvrant la période du 1er octobre 2020 au 31 mars 2021, adaptée à la situation réelle du demandeur : palier d’alerte (zone verte-jaune-orange-rouge) en vigueur dans la région où se déroulent les activités.

À noter que les productions québécoises faisant l’objet des demandes doivent être prévues ou présentées entre le 1er octobre 2020 et le 31 mars 2021. Seuls les spectacles professionnels correspondant à la définition d’une production québécoise sont considérés dans le cadre de cette mesure : une production québécoise est réalisée par un organisme québécois auquel on attribue les crédits de la création et la maîtrise d’œuvre de la production.

Pour qui
Organismes professionnels qui présentent des spectacles québécois en arts de la scène (arts du cirque, chanson, danse, humour, musique, théâtre, variétés), en arts multidisciplinaires, en littérature et/ou en conte, notamment les diffuseurs pluridisciplinaires et spécialisés, les organismes de création et de production qui autodiffusent leurs œuvres et les événements nationaux et internationaux.

Date limite
20 novembre 2020, 10 h.

Exemples de soutien admissible
  • Compensation pour pertes de revenus (spectacle annulé)
    Une subvention sera accordée aux clientèles admissibles pour compenser les pertes de revenus de billetterie liées à des spectacles québécois qui devaient être présentés et qui doivent être annulés en raison des mesures prescrites par la Santé publique faisant passer une région en zone rouge.
  • Soutien à la diffusion de spectacles québécois (spectacle présenté)
    Une subvention sera accordée aux clientèles admissibles pour assurer la viabilité des spectacles québécois payants, favoriser une programmation diversifiée ainsi que stimuler les emplois dans toute la chaîne du spectacle.

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2. Call for projects: Recherche, creation et préproduction

To help maintain artistic productions of high quality when cultural activities return to normal, the CALQ is issuing a call for projects to creation and production organizations in the performing arts and multidisciplinary arts.

The ad hoc financial support will enable organizations to work intensively on their projects and carry out all the steps leading up to the presentation of a show, from research to rehearsals.

With this assistance, the CALQ aims to give organizations that are not receiving mission support the means to pursue their creative endeavours and advance their projects.

For whom
Creation and production organizations that create, produce and present performances on an ad hoc basis in circus arts, multidisciplinary arts, dance, music and theatre.

Deadline
An application may be submitted at any point before the start of the project.

Examples of projects
  • Research and writing.
  • Creation of a mise en scène, choreography, etc.
  • Design and fabrication (set design, sound design, lighting design, costumes, set construction, etc.)
  • Workshopping and rehearsals.
  • Creation of a musical work.
  • Creation residencies.

SUBMIT A PROJECT (French only)

3. Enhancement of the grant program and temporary expansion of eligibility criteria

Funding for artists, writers and independent curators has also been increased. These amounts will make it possible to support more grant recipients.

On February, the CALQ announced a review of its grant program for artists to better contribute to the development of careers in the arts, particularly those of artist-entrepreneurs. Relaxed eligibility conditions, expansion of the types of activities supported and adjustment of the maximum amounts were among the changes made. CALQ grants, structured into nine sections, can therefore fund professional development, post-production, composition and writing activities.

New

Temporary eligibility of final-year students in post-secondary institutions offering specialized art programs who can submit an application without having participated in a professional production outside of their training.

Emerging humorists are also eligible for certain components (pilot project) : Research and Exploration, Creation and Professional Development.

For whom
Professional artists, writers and independent curators (recognized in the fields of visual arts, arts and crafts, architectural research and digital arts as well as film and video art), final-year student in post-secondary institutions specializing in art and emerging humorists.

Deadline
An application may be submitted at any point before the start of the project.

Examples of projects
  • Research and exploration prior to the realization of a new work.
  • Adaptation of works to a new medium.
  • Creation and recording of scenic music.
  • Writing a work of fiction, literary performances, essays or screenplays.

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4. Support to performing arts presentation organizations (CLOSED)

To enable organizations to explore different methods of disseminating works to the public against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CALQ is introducing temporary financial support for ad hoc initiatives to present live shows that respect social distancing measures. Submitted projects must respect the limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings set by the Direction générale de la santé publique.

In a context that is particularly difficult for the performing arts, this measure is designed to offer flexible support that reflects the current reality of organizations. Whether for creating an artistic circuit or presenting an outdoor show or public reading, non-traditional forms of showcasing performing arts are to be explored, and the CALQ would like organizations to receive appropriate financial support.

*Please note that this specific measure is no longer available since August 3, 2020. It was closed in order to stay within the allocated budgets.

For whom
Organizations (creation and production organizations, presenters, events and service organizations) in performing arts, multidisciplinary arts, literature and storytelling.

Deadline
An application is no longer possible.

Examples of projects
  • Presentation of shows to limited audiences, in parks, facing balconies of residential buildings, co-properties or seniors’ homes, in alleys, in streets transformed into terraces, in a location that accommodates cars, or shopping centre parking lots.
  • Shows that make their way through the streets.

SUBMIT A PROJECT (French only)

4. Digital exploration and deployment (CLOSED)

We would like to help provide more support for digital initiatives by making the Digital Exploration and Deployment program available at any time. Projects selected could receive funding of up to $100,000.

Projects submitted may make it possible, in part, to increase the amount of Québec content online and its dissemination, optimize the discoverability of this content, and accelerate the appropriation of digital technology by artistic organizations and artists.

The purpose of this change to the program is to encourage artists, writers and arts and literary organizations to use digital technology to its full potential and to ensure they receive fair compensation for their artistic performances.

*Please note that the submission of projects for the Digital exploration and deployment measure is no longer available.

For whom
Artists, writers and organizations in all disciplines.

Deadline
Submission of projects for artists will remain possible until 5 p.m. on September 14, 2020. Submission of projects for organizations ended last August 3.

Examples of projects
  • Adaptation of existing works for digital dissemination according to good practices.
  • Production of podcasts.
  • Innovative, lasting digital dissemination projects.

ARTISTS: SUBMIT A PROJECT

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