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The Adjudication Process

Fair and equitable treatment – that’s the promise the Council makes to every artist or organization applying for support. To ensure the decision-making process continues to maintain the highest standards, the BC Arts Council uses a peer adjudication system.

It’s a simple system, but one that has proven effective by arts organizations around the world. An advisory committee or jury of up to five members is selected to review all applications in a funding competition. Each competition gets its own, unique review.

For each competition, assessors are identified from artistic discipline(s) giving particular consideration to the diversity of artistic practice (representation of different artistic styles and philosophies) and a range of professional specialization (representation of different professional roles within the arts, such as creators, interpreters, administrators, directors, etc.). For example: a jury for dance funding could include professional dancers, dance organization representatives or respected experts in the field.

A committee meets and carefully evaluates every application. In the event of a conflict (for example, if a jury member has a professional working relationship with an applicant), that member is required to leave the room and does not participate in the final funding decision for that applicant.

It’s a careful, detailed and documented process that ensures BC Arts Council funds are distributed fairly and effectively across the province, and that B.C. artists and arts organizations are treated with the respect and attention they deserve. You can learn more about the BC Arts Coucil’s adjudication process in Welcome to the BC Arts Council, a guide for advisors and jurors.