Job Opportunities September 21, 2020

Funding Opportunities for Artists

By Jackie Black

This blog post has been put together to offer support for SKETCH young artists seeking funding and learning opportunities within the arts. While none of these opportunities are SKETCH-affiliated, we hope to provide you with some valuable resources to sustain your arts practice. 

Funding Opportunities 

RBC Newcomer Arts Award | Neighbourhood Arts Network

Deadline: September 30th, 2020 (opens August 31s, 2020)

Amount: $2,000

Overview: This micro-award program is designed to support the future potential of newcomer artists across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) working in a range of disciplines, and supports artists with costs associated with artist fees, art supplies, equipment rental, space rental and food costs for a workshop or event. Additionally, awards may also support professional development, training and mentorship requests for newcomer artists looking to improve their skills.

Eligibility: Applicants must have lived in Canada for 7 years or less, and be a member of the Neighbourhood Arts Network (joining for non-members is free!).

Submission Process: Applicants must nominate themselves through the Toronto Arts Foundation’s online portal.

For more information visit the Neighbourhood Arts Network’s website.

Charity Pot | Lush

Deadline: Rolling deadline

Amount: $3,000 – $25,000

Overview: Lush’s charity pot provides funding for small, grassroots organizations that are working on the root cause of issues and creating long-term sustainable change. 

Eligibility: This grant is eligible to both registered and unregistered small organizations, non-profits, indigenous and community organizations.

Submission Process: Applications are submitted through Lush’s online granting software system. Applicants must provide information about their organization’s mission, purpose, main activities, governance structure and annual revenue. Additionally, a description of the project that they’re seeking funding for is requested along with an itemized budget, timeline and how the project’s success will be measured.

For more information visit Lush’s website.

Artist Development (Musicians) | FACTOR

Deadline: November 12th, 2020 at 5PM

Amount: $2,000

Overview: The Artist Development Program offers a $2,000 subsidy toward one year of artist development activities including sound recording, touring & showcasing, video production, marketing and promotion.

Eligibility: Anyone who falls under FACTOR’s “general artist” or “Artist 2” rating. See more about this here.

Submission Process: Applicants must submit grant applications through FACTOR’s online portal. 

For more information visit FACTOR’s website.

Learning and Workshops

Grant Writing Fundamentals Workshop | Write Choice Consulting Firm

Date + Time: October 28th, 2020 from 10-11am online

Overview: This workshop covers the basics of foundation grant research and grant writing. You’ll learn how to find your best prospects and write your own grant proposals. If you’ve never written a grant before, or if you’ve written a few without much success, then this workshop is for you. 

Registration: Register for free through Eventbrite.

Submission Opportunities

Call for Submissions | the8fest

Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2020

Overview: the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival is a little festival for small films, and is seeking submissions for their 14th festival being held on January 22nd to 24th, 2021.  the8fest is a unique Toronto-based festival that screens films solely on celluloid: 8mm, Super 8 and 9.5mm. They welcome installation, loops, performance/film, music/film and ‘proto-cinema devices’ like zoetropes. Programming ranges from personal, handmade, experimental, animations, diaries, essays, collage, cut-ups, and more.

Eligibility: DIY filmmakers, experimental artists, established filmmakers, and everyone who has an interest in small gauge film should apply! the8fest encourages and will be explicitly prioritizing submissions from Black and Indigenous artists of colour, Queer, POC and Disabled artists, as well as artists of Trans and Non-Binary experience.

Submission Guidelines: Submissions are accepted through Google Forms, with no submission fee.

For more information, visit the original posting on Akimbo

SKETCH COMMUNITY UPDATE (as of August 14, 2020)

Thanks to all who participated in Creating Against the Odds! Our online experiments offered May, June and July. Thanks to everyone who made those experiments during these challenging times.

SKETCH studios at 180 Shaw Street will remain closed to public access until further notice. We are forced in this time of pandemic to rework and consider our sustainability given public health priorities and resources. We will keep you posted on new designs in September.

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Black activists and communities everywhere are working hard to lead all society to call out and authentically address the violent impacts of White Supremacy in policing, justice, education, health, community and in all systems and infrastructures across Turtle Island (North America). Anti-Black racism is deeply embedded in every fabric of our society. This, as well as our violent colonial legacy of Indigenous erasure, constant gender discrimination and violence, and the violence and mistreatment of those in the disability community, are pervasive pressing truths that we need to face and address, daily, to make change in real ways. We need boldness, energy, honesty, deep listening and accountability, to generate sustained action and inversions of power in the immediate, medium and long term.

What can a community-engaged arts organization in Toronto like us do, to take up its role in this critical renaissance of justice? Join us in learning together with us, what this means.

SKETCH is deeply committed to supporting, learning from and amplifying the brave and creative leadership of young Black Artists and Activists. Check out Art in Pandemic and be inspired by the incredible work of young artists creating during this time.

We call on the Arts Councils to create a Black Artists Fund to support Black Artists and Black Arts and Culture Organizations, recognizing and investing in their leadership in arts and culture, and in building fair and inclusive communities.

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