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ArtsNL provides sustaining grants to professional arts organizations


May 3, 2017 (St. John’s, NL) –ArtsNL has awarded $575,000 to 20 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 this year are guaranteed at least 75% of their grant for the next two years, provided they maintain the same level of activity, and funding for the program is not reduced. New applicants can apply only in the first year of the cycle; 2017 is the first year of a new granting cycle.

The successful applicants for 2017-18 (Year One) are:
Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland $30,000
Eastern Edge Gallery $42,000
Gros Morne Summer Music $27,000
Newfoundland Dance Presents Inc. (Neighbourhood Dance Works) $31,000
Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society $22,000
Newfoundland Independent Filmmaker’s Cooperative $40,000
Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Association $50,000
New World Theatre Project (Perchance Theatre at Cupids) $15,000
Nickel Independent Film Festival $15,000
Opera on the Avalon $22,000
Resource Centre for the Arts (RCA Theatre) $40,000
Riddle Fence Publishing $15,000
Rising Tide Association $50,000
Sound Arts Initiatives (Sound Symposium) $18,500
Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation $21,000
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival $22,000
St. Michael’s Artists-Printmakers Association $25,000
Theatre Newfoundland Labrador $40,000
Tuckamore Festival $22,000
Wonderbolt Productions $27,500

“We received some excellent applications to the program for the new three-year cycle this year,” said Reg Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “The funding awarded through this program allows organizations the opportunity to explore an artistic vision, and implement a three-year plan for the integral professional work they do. Their efforts continue to play a defining role in the arts and cultural sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Applications were evaluated by a committee of artistic peers based on artistic vision, production activity, and administrative management. 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 Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation (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.