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The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has announced the launch of the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund. This new temporary funding program will provide $60 million to help workers in the live performance sector. It will finance initiatives led and delivered by organizations in the sector to directly support independent and self-employed workers (gig workers) in the live performance sector.
The Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund will fund initiatives that:
- provide short-term financial assistance to those experiencing economic hardship and requiring emergency support; and/or
- provide workers with guidance, information, and professional development opportunities in areas such as financial management, mental health and well-being, and career transition.
This funding opportunity is available to eligible applicants such as artist unions, guilds, associations, service organizations, benevolent foundations, or Indigenous organizations that are mandated to represent the interests of cultural workers in live performance occupations, including musicians, actors, directors, choreographers, designers and technicians.
Organizations receiving funding will be responsible for designing their own initiatives, which may include enhancements to existing programs and activities, as well as new initiatives that align with the funding program’s policy objective of directly supporting individuals.
Funding eligibility requirements are available on the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund webpage. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2022.
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