Project Assistance: Professional Performing Arts Organizations supports initiatives in the development, creation, production, realization, dissemination or live performance of classical, experimental, original, traditional and contemporary performing art forms from all world cultures. Performing Arts includes dance, music, theatre, multidisciplinary or other performing arts practices such as circus and comedy.

The program supports organizations and collectives and has two categories:

  • Development and Creation supports the initial stages of the creative process including research, creation and project development.
  • Production and Realization supports latter stages of project development, production, remounts, post-production and presentation and those projects intended for presentation.

For projects with a full range of activity you may apply for both categories in the same application.

Who Can Apply

Submissions from applicants who do not meet eligibility criteria will not be forwarded for assessment. To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Provide arts and cultural programming or service to the arts and culture sector in B.C. and have done so for a minimum of one year.
  • Engage professionals in artistic, curatorial, administrative or project leadership.
  • Fairly compensate artists, arts and cultural practitioners, technicians, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers. Compensation must align with project and community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice, including adhering to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
  • Adhere to the Criminal Records Review Act which requires that people who work with or may have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program.
  • Not currently receive Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council.
  • Have completed and submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline for this program.

A Professional Performing Arts Organization must also:

  • Be a professional performing arts and culture organization based in B.C. and registered and in good standing as a non-profit society or community service co-op in B.C. for at least one year.

Organizational applicants must also:

  • Be registered and in good standing as a non-profit society or community service co-op in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application with a dedicated arts and cultural purpose.


  • Be an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) community organization or Indigenous government in B.C., offering dedicated arts and culture activities.


  • Be operated by a local government or public post-secondary institution in B.C. for at least one fiscal year prior to application, with a community-based board of management that sets policy for the organization’s programs and services, and that offers public programming by professional arts and cultural practitioners.

Arts or Curatorial Collective applicants must also:

  • Be established and readily identified as a collective of independent B.C. artists, curators, museum or cultural practitioners, consisting of three or more individuals who are professionally active in their field of practice, each of whom must:
    • have a minimum of two years of professional practice in their field, following basic training.
    • have a demonstrated body of previous work as an individual practitioner.
    • be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
    • have been a resident of B.C. for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline, and ordinarily reside in B.C. See Determining B.C. Residency page.
  • Have a demonstrated history of creating or presenting work as a collective and have a clear commitment to a current practice.
    • Apply under the name of an individual member of the collective who acts as the key contact person and be listed as the submitting representative within the online grant system. If the application is successful, this person receives payment of the award on behalf of the group, be issued a T4A, and be responsible for submitting the final report.
    • Note: Collectives are encouraged to confirm their eligibility with program staff prior to submitting an application.

NOTE: Professional choral organizations must contact the Program Advisor to discuss eligibility.

How to Apply

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2022, no later than 11:59 p.m. The BC Arts Council office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Applications must be submitted via the online grant system. Applicants must ensure that all information (including address verification) and documentation in their online profile is up to date before submitting an application.

New applicants must register and create a profile in the online system. Once the registration request is submitted, it may take up to four business days to process your request. New registrants will be notified once their registration is processed and they are able to access grant applications.

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Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually. Please ensure that you download and review the most recent version, which is posted below.

Program Guidelines (PDF)

Application Preview (PDF)

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