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Music Individual Project Funding

This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific music project.

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

Deadline: 03/21/2021

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Performing Arts

One scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded annually by the Government of Alberta to a young Albertan performing artist who shows extraordinary talent and potential and who demonstrates clear educational or training goals.

NOTE: One scholarship will be awarded to one of the performing arts eligible for this program in a three-year annual rotation: music, theatre, and dance. The 2021 deadline is for music applicants.

Deadline: 03/21/2021

Artist Manager Program Funding

This funding supports the development of individual Alberta artist-managers and/or self-managed artists by providing up to $7,500 for one eight-week professional development program per deadline, delivered by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) in Toronto or Calgary.

To be eligible for individual project funding you must be a resident(s) of Alberta. This means you:

  • are  legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying. 
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

Ensembles and collectives are eligible if they are made up of members who meet the individual criteria:

  • applicants, including ensembles, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting requirements to apply.

Applicants can only receive this grant once during their career.

Deadline: 03/01/2021

Sandbox Fund

The Sandbox Fund offers grants, engagement events, and other opportunities for independent artists seeking to explore the intrinsic link between science and culture through innovative storytelling. The program is administered by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, in collaboration with Sandbox Films, a documentary studio that illuminates the art and beauty of scientific inquiry.

Grants are offered to independent artists who are working at the intersection of science and nonfiction storytelling. The partnership identifies and supports nonfiction projects that inspire a deeper interest in science, especially among those who don’t think of themselves as science enthusiasts.

U.S. and international nonfiction projects are eligible, with a focus on feature-length documentary projects.

Deadline: March 8, 2021

Deadline: 03/08/2021

Open Call for Travelling Exhibition Submissions

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Travelling Exhibitions Program Northwest (TREX NW) is currently accepting submissions from artists based in Treaty 8.

The deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2021.

The Traveling Exhibitions Program Northwest (TREX NW) welcomes proposals from artists based in Treaty 8. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has supported a provincial travelling exhibition program since 1981. The mandate of the AFA Travelling Exhibition Program is to provide every Albertan with the opportunity to enjoy visual art exhibitions in their community. Each year, more than 600,000 Albertans enjoy many exhibitions in communities ranging from High Level in the north to Milk River in the south and virtually everywhere in between.

The exhibition schedule for TREX NW is programmed roughly 1 year in advance. Each exhibition shows between 15-20 artworks and tours for 2 years throughout the province. All participating artists in TREX exhibitions are paid an artist fee. Selections will be made in accordance with the submission guidelines listed below, the TREX NW curatorial mandate, and in consultation with the selection committee.

Deadline: 03/15/2021

Innovative Grant for Artists and Photographers

Our grant application is straight forward so that you can spend your valuable hours making new work rather than on time consuming requirements like writing statements, proposals, and obtaining letters of recommendation.

All that we require is your:
— Name
— Email
— Grant Category (Art or Photography)
— 3-5 Images of Your Work
— Application Fee of $25 USD

We accept and encourage submissions from applicants 18 years or older, from around the world within the following two categories:


Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Sculpture, Film / Video, Mixed Media, Installation, New Media


Portrait, Conceptual, Still Life, Black + White, Documentary, Street, Composite, Collage

Deadline: March 18, 2021

Deadline: 03/18/2021


Please join Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo in celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our amazing region. The Multicultural EXPO 2021 will be taking place virtually on our Facebook page for the entire month of February and we’re looking for video submissions to feature in our online programming. Opportunities to get involved are listed below.

If you would like to participate in the Multicultural EXPO 2021 Youth Talent Show, click here. Deadline to apply: January 8, 2021.

If you would like to perform for the Multicultural EXPO 2021, click here. Deadline to apply: January 15, 2021.

If you would like to take part in the Multicultural EXPO 2021
Cultural Attire Showcase, click here. Deadline to apply: January 8, 2021.

If you would typically host a Cultural Booth and would like to promote your Cultural Group at the Multicultural EXPO 2021, click here. Deadline to apply: January 15, 2021.

Deadline: 01/15/2021

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FilmWatch grants support curated screening programs at North America-based film festivals, film societies and other film-related organizations. Targeted programs include those that create culturally diverse viewing experiences, promote motion pictures as an art form, provide a platform for underrepresented artists, and cultivate new and dedicated audiences for theatrical film.

Proposals must be submitted through the Academy’s online application system byJanuary 15, 2021

Grants awarded during this funding cycle are for programs that will be initiated and completed between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022. All applicants will be notified (via e-mail) of their proposal status in March 2021. Funds will be distributed in March 2021.

All application requirements are contained within the online application.

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Deadline: 01/15/2021

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Chromatic Theatre IBPOC Playwrights’ Unit

After the success of its first year, Chromatic Theatre is looking for IBPOC writers for their second annual Playwrights Unit.

Chromatic Theatre are dedicated to developing and supporting work by and for the wide breadth of cultural diversity that exists in our province. They are excited for the second iteration of our Playwrights Unit that will bring together IBPOC playwrights from across the province of Alberta, with the aim of strengthening our community, and investing in new Canadian plays.

They are looking for IBPOC playwrights of all levels of experience.

As a part of the Chromatic Theatre Playwrights Unit, you will:

  • Attend one digital group meet and greet in January 2021
  • Attend a total of six group workshops between February – August 2021
  • Receive up to five one-on-one dramaturgical sessions with Kodie Rollan
  • Receive a workshop of your script with an ensemble of actors in September 2021
  • Build community with other IBPOC writers
  • Attend optional monthly cohort meetings
  • Receive a one-on-one meeting with an artistic mentor of your choice
  • Receive a public, online reading of your script, performed by an ensemble of professional actors. Artistic Directors from the Calgary community will be invited to this showcase.
  • Receive an honorarium of $500.

Applications must include:

  • A statement of interest, up to one-page in length, describing why you would like to participate, and the project you’re currently working on (or envisioning)
  • Your CV
  • A writing sample that is a maximum of 20 pages. If you are new to playwriting, a writing sample from other mediums (essays, short stories, poetry, etc.) is acceptable

Deadline: December 4, 2020

Please send applications to Kristen Padayas, Associate Producer: [email protected]

Deadline: 12/04/2020

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Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal expenses. Past recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants acknowledge their critical impact in allowing concentrated time for studio work, and in preparing for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as accepting a residency.


Artists can apply to The Pollock-Krasner Foundation by submitting an online application. Requirements for consideration are the application form, a cover letter, a current resume including an exhibition record, and ten digital images of current work with a corresponding identification list. All applications will be promptly acknowledged and considered. Please do not send application forms by mail, fax or e-mail.

Deadline: ongoing

Deadline: 04/30/2021

Arquetopia Foundation & International Artist Residencies

Puebla, Mexico – Oaxaca, Mexico – Cusco, Peru

All Residency Programs for Artists, Designers, Writers, Curators & Art Historians
(Instructional & Non-Instructional)
All Dates in 2021

Apply Now through Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Spaces are limited. Residency applications are evaluated for selection as they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.

Website: www.arquetopia.org/open-calls-deadlines

E-mail [email protected] for more information.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our comprehensive, customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs  www.arquetopia.org/residencies-general-info  are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. Our residency programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, and cultural researchers age 20 and over.

Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. Our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and personalized project support.

Deadline: 12/13/2020

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STORYHIVE Podcast Edition

You’re the host. STORYHIVE is awarding 10 grants of $10,000 to aspiring podcasters across BC and Alberta. Pitch an original, non-fiction concept starting November 4 for a chance at funding, mentorship and more.

  1. Pitch + Plan, Nov 4 – Dec 2
    Submit your podcast idea and plan for your production. Before applying to the Podcast Edition, please be sure to also read the Submission Rules.
  2. Award, Mar 11
    The jury will select 10 podcast projects to receive production funding, training, mentorship and distribution support. Each awarded project receives a $10,000 production grant.
  3. Learn + Create, Mar 29 – Jul 27
    Each successful applicant will work with mentors to produce and deliver three podcast episodes with accompanying visual components, each episode 15+ minutes in duration. Projects will be featured on select TELUS platforms in 2021.

Deadline: 12/02/2020

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