COVID-19: May 14 Update


TORONTO, May 14, 2021 - Toronto Arts Council is committed to providing accurate and up to date information for the arts community throughout the COVID-19 emergency response period. See here for updated COVID-19 web pages and all prior TAC releases and assembled resources.


Yesterday, May 13, the provincial government announced that it is maintaining the emergency declaration and stay-at-home order until at least June 2. This morning, the City of Toronto cancelled all major festivals and events until September 1.


Toronto Arts Council Open Door 2021 is a $1 million+ grants program to support arts organizations as they transition, transform and thrive in response to the on-going global pandemic. Applications from arts organizations and collectives will be accepted until July 15, 2021 and funding will reach successful applicants in the fall. See detailed application guidelines and information here.
Musical Moments is a new initiative of The Musical Stage Company that brings musical experiences to local communities by harnessing the imagination and creativity of artists. After a year of isolation, disconnection, and shuttered performing arts centres, they dream of a summer where artists bring joy, magic and togetherness back into people’s lives through musical acts of creativity. Through a simple application process, we will award $25,000 in grants to artists so they can develop, produce and execute dynamic ideas across Toronto neighbourhoods. Read the Application Guidelines here for more information. Applications are due Friday, May 28 at 5pm.
Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund, is a Department of Canadian Heritage program which funds arts organizations to hire artists and cultural workers. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis for projects to be carried out by March 31, 2022. 


Community Consultation for the Future of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts: TO Live and CreateTO are launching public consultation process for the reimagining of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. As our City emerges from the pandemic, a new vision for the St. Lawrence Centre 'STLC Next' has the potential to become a galvanizing force for the community and cultural sector by delivering an inclusive and accessible community hub. Click to take survey and find out more.

Canadian Artists and Content Creators: Canadian Heritage is inviting all artists and content creators to participate in the Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey. The purpose of this survey is to help create an updated portrait of the artistic and creative community in Canada. Survey and more information here.


Are you worried about losing CRB if you apply for a TAC individual artist grant? Keep these things in mind:  

  • Only the net income from the grant affects CRB eligibility. The net income amount is the total grant minus project costs, including any amounts paid for materials or to other artists or partners.
  • The net grant amount may be divided over the number of months the project requires, to arrive at a net monthly grant amount.
  • For CRB, you are able to earn a total of $38,000 in the calendar year before any amount is taxed back. 

For more information please see the following sites:

Upcoming TAC grant deadlines:

Contact TAC: Please note that TAC staff will remain available to answer your questions and provide updated information throughout the outbreak. Please contact us any time.
Other resources:

For information, please contact Susan Wright, Deputy Director:  416-392-6802 x 211 | susan[at]torontoartscouncil[dot]org