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We are aware that artists and organizations are being hit hard by the pandemic. Our teams, like those of the entire government, are working hard to find the best ways to support you. In these exceptional circumstances, please be assured that we continue to be there for you and that our hearts go out in solidarity.

– Anne-Marie Jean, présidente-directrice générale du Conseil

Latest news

Last update : June, 06, 11:04 am

Support for travel outside Québec reopens

In view of the relaxation of travel rules introduced because of the pandemic, the CALQ today announced the reopening of some programs and sections involving international travel. It should be noted, however, that all applicants (arts organizations and artists) must demonstrate their project’s feasibility and ensure that their project or program of activities, as submitted, can be carried out while observing the health rules in effect at the presentation location.

Main changes

Organizations :

Artists :

Other important points:

New rules and restrictions, such as those applicable to travel to another Canadian province or another country, must be taken into consideration before submitting your grant application. Please consult the tables below for all the relevant information on the various programs.

Programs for artists Programs for organizations

We have also updated our FAQ to reflect the latest changes.

Extension of the Mesure particulière à la diffusion de spectacles

With the extension of the Mesure particulière à la diffusion de spectacles, the CALQ continues supporting organizations that want to present Québec shows in performance venues by compensating them for a portion of the box-office receipts lost as a result of Government of Québec measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. The application form for financial assistance under the current phase of the Mesure particulière à la diffusion de spectacles is available as of May 10, 2021.
The main changes between the first iteration of the measure (October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) and the current one (April 1 to August 31, 2021) are:

  • Some rules regarding the admissibility of canceled performances have been changed.
  • Multiple performances resulting from the rescheduling of a show that was sold to the public before the pandemic broke out are eligible.
  • There will be no update of the programming during the designated period.

If your organization is preparing to submit an application for financial assistance under the Mesure particulière à la diffusion de spectacles for the period of April 1 to August 31, 2021, please note the following details.

All other details of this measure and project submission instructions are now available.

The list of organizations supported in 2020-2021 is now available.

The Exploration and Digital Deployment measure is back

The CALQ today announced the reactivation of the Exploration and Digital Deployment measure, which aims to encourage artists, writers and arts and literary organizations to exploit the full potential of digital technologies and to enable the completion projects that develop expertise in digital research, creation, production, dissemination and outreach.

The Exploration and Digital Deployment measure was established in 2016 as part of the implementation of Québec’s Digital Culture Plan. The cultural sector has been hard hit by the COVID-19 health crisis and this support will help arts organizations and professional artists make the shift to digital.

Registration for the program will be open from April 27, 2021 until funds are exhausted. Selected projects will be eligible to receive up to $100,000 in funding.

Details of this measure and project submission instructions are now available.

Reactivation of the Physically Distanced Performances measure

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) has introduced ad hoc measures to support artists, writers and cultural organizations.

Today, the CALQ is announcing that the Physically Distanced Performances measure is being reactivated. It enables organizations – and now artists – to explore different ways to present works to the public during the pandemic. Applications are now open. Details of the measure are available here.

Important reminder for organizations that work in visual arts, digital arts, film and video art, arts and crafts, or architectural research :

Note that eligible professional organizations that work in visual arts, digital arts, film and video art, arts and crafts, or architectural research can also apply to the Manifestation et présentation publique program.

It is a program that supports exhibitions, symposiums, colloquiums, performance programs and programming in digital arts and film and video art, as well as conferences, public experimentation workshops, themed meetings, “art and the community” projects, audience development projects or any other activity of a similar nature, which may or may not involve travel inside or outside Québec.

Reminder: It is still possible to submit projects for the Recherche, création et préproduction measure. Details about the update of the Soutien à la diffusion de spectacles québécois measure will be announced in the coming weeks.

A number of regular programs also remain active and it is possible to submit projects at any time.

Response time and Processing applications

Because of the changing nature of the current situation, the CALQ cannot guarantee response times indicated in the program information will be respected. To facilitate the decision-making process, please submit your application only when you are certain that the project or program of activities as submitted is feasible. Factors that may allow their implementation include, for example:

  • the official re-opening of the sector (as decreed by the authorities);
  • permission from authorities regarding travel and gatherings;
  • the re-opening of borders;
  • the signing of contracts.

The CALQ will review the project and reserves the right to deem it ineligible if its integrity is compromised, for example, by the cancellation of a festival or the closing of a venue that is part of the program.

The CALQ wishes to reiterate that its decisions are final and without appeal. No form of verbal abuse, harassment or intimidation towards its team after a decision is rendered, nor at any point in the application process, is tolerated.

Other important details

  • If you cannot register for Mon dossier CALQ or use it to submit an application for a program, please use WeTransfer to submit applications or grant use reports, using the instructions provided
  • From now on, grant or funding use reports normally due must be received and approved before a new application is submitted.
  • From now on, grant payments will be made according to the project start date. You will receive the payment for your grant on the 1st of the month if your project starts between the 1st and the 14th of the month. You will receive the payment for your grant on the 15th of the month if your project starts between the 15th and the last day of the month.
  • If you are an artist and the dates for a supported project have had to change because of the pandemic, please complete this form and return it to the person responsible for your file at the CALQ. The changes will appear in your online file.
  • Since the CALQ team is working remotely, applications will not be accepted by mail until further notice, nor will the CALQ mail letters, including those that explain the reasons for the ineligibility of an application.
  • Under the exceptional circumstances we currently face, we are devoting all our energies to reducing the time it takes to process your applications. Our priority is to give you prompt access to any financial support you are granted. Unfortunately, given these new working conditions, combined with a very high volume of emails, we cannot respond to requests for information within the usual timeframe or provide you with the evaluation scores.We realize this situation is not ideal but we are doing all we can to offer you the best possible service. In the meantime, we encourage you to consult the FAQ for applicants.

Working with the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and other government corporations, we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of clienteles and sustainable, equitable cultural development.

Comprehensive evaluation postponed and Specific Programming Support extended

In view of the exceptional conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the demand from the arts community, the CALQ is postponing the comprehensive evaluation of Mission Support applications until 2023. Organizations that received support for the 2017-2021 cycle will receive information about the renewal of their grant in the coming weeks.

Specific Programming Support for performing arts and literary organizations, for which the program has been suspended, will be extended until December 31, 2021. If circumstances permit, the program will be opened again in the fall of 2021.

The CALQ is doing everything possible to maintain the continuity of its programs, while observing public health restrictions. For full information on our regular programs and any new calls for projects, please check our COVID-19 page regularly.

Communicating with our team

In keeping with government directives about COVID-19, CALQ offices are closed until further notice. However, we continue to offer our services online.

It is more important than ever to register for Mon Dossier CALQ to submit your applications or track the progress of your file. Documents sent by mail cannot be processed until our offices reopen, and responses for financial aid applications currently in process will be sent via our online service delivery only. No paper letters will be sent.

Finally, given the exceptional circumstances, the CALQ cannot guarantee that response times announced as part of the programs will be respected.

Thank you for your understanding, and please rest assured we will continue to be here for you, albeit virtually.

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