Artist Opportunity Grant Program

Applications currently closed

This program invests in professional development opportunities for individual professional artists in Calgary, allowing them to take advantage of short-term opportunities that will develop their careers.

Please read the full program guidelines before starting your application, as the guidelines and criteria have been updated for 2017.

Deadlines: February 6, May 1, August 8, November 6, 2017 at 4:30pm MST
Applications Open: January 9, April 3, July 4, October 2, 2017 at 9:00am MST

The budget for each intake will be $30,000, with any unexpended funds rolling over to the following period.

Training Session

Join Community Investment staff for an informal training session on the updated Artist Opportunity Grant guidelines and application.

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 10:00 – 12:00 pm or 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: Basement Meeting Room 1, Central Library (616 Macleod Trail SE)

Space is limited. RSVP below.

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Artist Opportunity Grant Training Session (select one)

If you cannot attend this session, please contact grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com with any questions, and a member of the team will be happy to discuss your application.

Who can Apply?

We consider a professional artist (adapted from the Canada Council for the Arts) to be one who:

  • Has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions).
  • Is recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition).
  • Is committed to devoting time to artistic activity.
  • Has had at least one presentation or publication within a professional context.

What defines a professional context can be different for all disciplines; generally speaking this does not include:

  • Work within a degree-granting program.
  • Presentations or publications of a university or post-secondary institution.

We welcome applications from those working in all artistic disciplines and their various cultural forms, including: Indigenous arts; circus arts; curation; dance; deaf and disability arts; digital arts; literature; film and media arts; multidisciplinary practice; music and sound; theatre; and visual arts.

Artists may apply to participate in opportunities to which their groups or collectives have been invited, but must focus on the impact to their own distinct practices and careers.

If you are seeking an opportunity directly related to your ongoing work with an arts organization, please show that the organization has also invested in your opportunity to an appropriate level.

Any single applicant may only receive one Artist Opportunity Grant per calendar year.

If you have any questions about eligibility and your practice, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Forms and Downloads

Budget template
Download the guidelines as a PDF

Questions

Consult the Investment Program FAQ for answers to common questions about the program.

Our team is here to support you! If you have any questions about the program contact the Community Investment team at grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or 403.476.2031.

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