Long-Term Dance Projects
Application deadline: March 16, 2020
For questions about this program, contact Catalina Fellay-Dunbar, Dance Program Manager.
Toronto Arts Council’s Long-Term Dance Projects program provides mid-career and established professional choreographers, organizations and collectives with the opportunity to take an extended period of time to develop and present a dance work or program of works. The three-year funding period will take the project from its initial concept, through the creative process, to the presentation to a paying audience. The program aims to encourage artists to venture beyond the current scope of their work, and to provide dance artists with committed resources that will facilitate the thorough development of their work. The City of Toronto provides the funding for this program through its Community Partnership and Investment Program.
Applicants should contact the Dance Program Manager prior to applying to determine the eligibility of their project.
To be eligible to apply to Long-Term Dance Projects, applicants must be mid-career or established professional choreographers, or professional not-for-profit dance organizations or collectives. A mid-career or established professional artist is someone who has developed their skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic tradition; has actively practiced his or her art professionally for many years; seeks payment for her/his work; and has a consistent history of public presentation, including at least one full-length work or program. The applicant group or lead artist must have received at least two TAC Dance Projects grants. The project for which funding is requested must take place in the City of Toronto, including rehearsals and a presentation of the work.
TAC recognizes that due to systemic barriers within the broader arts community (e.g. limited mainstream presentation opportunities for artists from equity-seeking communities) that some flexibility may be required in interpreting eligibility criteria to take into account equivalent professional experience and contexts. Potential applicants from equity-seeking communities are encouraged to discuss their eligibility with the program manager in advance of submitting an application.
Eligibility criteria specific to Individuals
- Applicants must be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants), or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status, or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant) and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
- Individuals must have been a resident of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline, and live and work in Toronto for at least eight months a year. A Post Office Box address cannot be used. Note: Temporary absences of up to one year may be considered, subject to written explanation and special permission. Please contact TAC’s Dance Program Manager.
- Choreographers must have a minimum of one full-length publicly presented work or program, excluding student presentations, and must have received at least two TAC Dance Projects grants.
- Professional artists who are pursuing a graduate degree may not apply for work related to their thesis. Note: A letter from the graduate program director confirming that the project is not related to the graduate student’s thesis may be required. Please contact TAC’s Dance Program Manager.
- Individuals may receive only one grant per calendar year through the dance program. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and project grant recipients may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities. Dance project grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional TAC grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any time.
Eligibility criteria specific to Organizations and Collectives:
- Organizations and collectives must be incorporated non-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives which operate on a non-profit basis. A collective is defined as two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project (ad hoc) or on an ongoing basis. For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents.
- Either the organization, collective, or lead artist must have presented at least one full-length work or program, excluding student work, and must have received at least two TAC Dance Projects grants.
- Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement.
- Organizations and collectives may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Dance program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and project grant recipients may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities. Dance project grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional TAC grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any time.
- This program is not intended to support an organization or collective’s ongoing activities. For information about Annual Operating funding, please contact TAC’s Dance Program Manager.
The following are not eligible to apply to this program:
- Choreographers who direct dance organizations that receive Operating funding from TAC;
- Organizations or collectives that receive Operating funding from TAC;
- Dance schools, and schools that are part of Ontario’s public or private education system;
- Educational and religious institutions;
- Undergraduate students.
Applicants may not apply to both the general February Dance Projects program and the March Long-Term Dance Projects program deadlines for the same or unrelated projects. Those who are not successful at the March Long-Term deadline may apply to the August Projects deadline for the first phase(s) of the same project, or for an unrelated project.
TAC ACCESSIBILITY GRANT
Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget. A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, communications assistants, attendant care (including helpers for Elders), support workers and equipment rentals or other supports required to meet artists' accessibility needs).
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