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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

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Last update : April 16, 15:28 pm

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.

Details concerning the extension of the Soutien à la diffusion de spectacles québécois

The CALQ will make the application form for financial assistance under this measure available as soon as possible. At this time, we can advise applicants that, to allow for developments in the public health situation and changes in government health restrictions, the following rules will apply:

• Performances that could not be rescheduled during the prescribed times and had to be cancelled are eligible;

• In cases where it is uncertain whether it will be possible to present a performance, a grace period to make up for any cancellations will be granted. The grace period will be four weeks before the planned date of the performance and four weeks after the announcement of changes to health restrictions by public health authorities.

As a reminder, on March 18, 2021, the ministre de la Culture et des Communications, Nathalie Roy, announced an additional amount of $ 18 million to continue to support the measure Soutien pour la diffusion de spectacles québécois. More than 4,700 performances of Quebec shows have so far benefited from financial assistance thanks to this measure.

Support for travel outside Québec suspended

From now on, and until further notice, all CALQ programs supporting individual travel outside Québec are temporarily suspended. Only the transport of artworks is supported.

  • For organizations, this means the Diffusion d’œuvres à l’extérieur du Québec program is suspended for the performing arts, literature and multidisciplinary arts. In the case of the Prospection program, only applications for digital arts, visual arts, film and video, arts and crafts, architectural research, literature and storytelling projects that will take place in Québec can be accepted.
  • For artists, this means the Circulation of Works Outside Québec section of the general grant program is suspended for the performing arts, literature and multidisciplinary arts. It is in effect only for projects involving the transportation of works in the digital arts, visual arts, film and video, arts and crafts and architectural research. The Travel section remains open only for projects in Québec.

We encourage you to consult the tables below for information about the management of regular programs.

Program management – Artists Program management – Organizations (French only)

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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