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ArtsNL provides sustaining grants to professional arts organizations


May 26, 2016 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $575,000 to 19 professional arts organizations through the Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations (SPPAO). This program supports the administrative and production costs associated with operating a professional arts organization.

The SPPAO operates on a three-year cycle. Organizations funded in year one are guaranteed at least 75% of their grant for the next two years, as long as they maintain the same level of activity, and funding for the program does not change. The program is currently in year three of its granting cycle. New applicants can apply only in the first year of the cycle; the next application deadline will be February 1, 2017.

The successful applicants for 2016-17 (Year Three) are:

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland
Eastern Edge Gallery $42,000
Gros Morne Summer Music $22,000
Neighbourhood Dance Presents Inc.
(Neighbourhood Dance Works)
Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society $22,000
Newfoundland Independent Filmmaker’s Cooperative $39,000
Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra $49,000
Opera on the Avalon $22,000
Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company $44,000
Rising Tide Association $57,000
Sound Arts Initiatives $18,500
Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation $20,000
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival $18,500
St. Michael’s Artists-Printmakers Association $25,000
Stephenville Theatre Festival $22,500
Theatre Newfoundland  Labrador $41,500
Tuckamore Festival $20,000
Wonderbolt Productions $27,500
Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues $24,500

“Each of these arts organizations develop and create artistic experiences that preserve and continue to build on the cultural identity that Newfoundland and Labrador is known for. Their professional work in the arts and cultural sector enlightens and entertains those who are welcomed to the province as tourists, as well as its own residents,” says Reg Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “As this current three year cycle ends, we look forward to receiving applications from eligible professional arts organizations province-wide for the next funding cycle.”

ArtsNL receives an annual contribution of $1.9 million from the Provincial Government for granting programs, program delivery, operations, and communications.

Media Contact:

Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Mobile: (709) 746-6531
Toll Free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

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 Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant 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.