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An Update from ArtsNL

ArtsNL is providing a further update on matters relating to certain grant applicants, to the Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations (SPPAO) and the Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations (AOPPAO), that have been made public.

Organizations selected to receive funding through the SPPAO and AOPPAO are held to the highest standard of compliance given both programs are for professional arts organizations, which employ a professional artistic director/executive director, or equivalent.

Making exceptions to these standards would be unfair to applicants who did meet all of either program’s professional guidelines and eligibility criteria. 

ArtsNL is tasked with the management of publicly funded grant programs. Responsible stewardship of these funds, transparency, and accountability are of utmost importance. ArtsNL is scrupulously held to annual compliance audits by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Council deeply respects the position it has been entrusted with. For these reasons, program guidelines and policy must be strictly adhered to.

ArtsNL has retained legal representation, and continues to receive guidance and counsel.

Should it become possible or be prudent to comment further, ArtsNL will do so.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $1.9 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.