Description

The Operating Assistance program for Professional Arts Festivals supports festivals organizations that produce a major recurring public festival, have a clear theme or vision, present professional artists and possess stable artistic and administrative management.

Who Can Apply

In order to be eligible for support through this program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a professional arts organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in theProvince of British Columbia.
  • Have operated as a professional arts festivals organization for two fiscal years prior to application.
  • Provide public programming and have done so during the immediately preceding two years.
  • Compensate artists and arts professionals by paying fees at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.
  • Have professional artistic/curatorial and administrative leadership.
  • For organizations that are not currently receiving Operating Assistance:
    • Applicants must have received at least two Professional Project Assistance awards from the British Columbia Arts Council within the past five years and within the same program discipline.
    • Applicants must establish eligibility with Council staff before making an application and are encouraged to do so at least four weeks before the application deadline.
  • For organizations that have previously received Operating Assistance, eligibility is reviewed annually.

All interested applicants should review the program guidelines for further information about what is eligible for funding.

How to Apply

The application intake opens approximately six weeks before the program deadline.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the program officer that corresponds to their area of practice prior to submission.

Please note that program staff are typically available during regular business hours Monday - Friday. If a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, staff will be unavailable on that day.

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually. Please ensure that you download and review the most recent version posted to the website.

Operating Assistance for Professional Arts Festivals Program Guidelines