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$50 Million in Direct Funding for Artists in the Live Performing Arts Sector
May 3 – At last night’s opening reception for the 2022 National Culture Summit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, announced that the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund will provide more than $50 million in direct funding to independent, self-employed workers in the live performing arts sector who are experiencing financial hardship, up to a maximum of $2,500 per individual. The funding will be provided to arts workers through four independent organizations, including The AFC.

“People who work in the performing arts had a really difficult time over the past couple of years. As the pandemic continues into its third year, the performing arts still face uncertainty,” said Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “We promised more direct support during the election campaign and now we’re following through on that commitment. We’ll continue to support cultural workers whose amazing skills and many talents bring our stories to life on stage.”

La Fondation des artistes, The AFC, The Canadian Dance Assembly and The Unison Benevolent Fund will begin to deliver the funds to individuals in need, providing national coverage for all types of arts workers over the next few weeks.

Equity and its Live Performance Coalition partners await news of their applications to the secondary stream of Resilience Fund, but details on how the remaining $10 million in the fund will be distributed for professional development, support programs, career counselling and mentorships will only be shared later this spring.

Equity Exectuive Director, Arden R. Ryshpan, will be speaking as a panelist at today’s plenary session: Supporting Workers in the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Sectors.

Artists in need of emergency financial support should visit The AFC’s website and join the mailing list to receive further details on eligibility, the application process, and when the application portal will be open.
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