Deadline: 15 June 2020
Digital Originals aims to:
- enable Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations to reach Canadians through digital channels and platforms while physical distancing measures are in place.
- provide the Canadian arts sector with grants that kickstart creativity and keep artists working.
- increase the discoverability of Canadian artists and provide Canadians with access to new Canadian artistic content.
- stimulate digital innovation and thinking.
Eligible applicants can request a micro innovation grant of $5000.
- Types of potential applicants to this initiative include:
- artists, curators and writers
- new and early career artists
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis aspiring artists (you are not required to work with a mentor for this initiative)
- artistic groups and collectives
- artistic organizations
- Your eligibility to apply is determined by the validated profile created in the Canada Council portal.
- Artistic organizations presently receiving core grants are not eligible to apply to this initiative.
- CBC/Radio-Canada and Canada Council employees are not eligible.
- you can apply for costs to develop, create and share a new or adapted work for digital dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic. These micro innovation grants allow you to work quickly to either adapt your existing work or create a new work for sharing online.
- As projects must respect public health guidelines, we strongly encourage inventive “do-it-yourself” solutions. Eligible projects must:
- respect all government public health restrictions put in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including recommendations for social distancing and limits on public gatherings
- ensure that you and other participating artists are properly remunerated based on relevant industry standards (which may vary by field of practice)
- ensure that you have appropriate written permission for any third-party content that was not created by you.
- Research, creation and production of digital content that is not arts and culture based in nature (e.g. communications and marketing material, educational content, investigative journalism, tools or software to modify artistic works, etc.)
- Projects that involve third party content or performances that are not cleared for the contemplated uses (e.g. music not created and owned by the applicants, etc.).
- Projects that don’t respect public health guidance and include activities, such as public events and travel, that have been suspended by the Canada Council as part of its response to COVID-19.
Applications will be assessed on the following global criteria:
- Potential of the project to develop, extend or innovate your artistic practice or digital knowledge
- Potential of the project to reach your target audience
- Overall capacity and experience to undertake the project (prior digital experience is not required)
- Preference will be given to
- projects with original artistic content created by the applicant(s), which can either be a new work or one adapted from your existing work
- projects that can be created and shared prior to September 1, 2020
For more information, visit https://canadacouncil.ca/initiatives/digital-originals