Heritage minister unveils COVID-19 events fund for arts and cultural sector

Heritage minister unveils COVID-19 events fund for arts and cultural sector
TORONTO -- The Heritage department is committing $40 million to a "COVID-safe events fund" designed to encourage arts and culture plans to move forward in the pandemic.

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault s office says the fund will "help absorb the risk" of holding in-person or virtual events at such an unpredictable time when local health guidelines can change with little notice, forcing postponements or cancellations.

The new fund was outlined as part of $181.5 million in support for the arts and culture sector first mentioned in the Liberal government s fall economic statement.

The Heritage department says financial support tops out at $100,000 per eligible applicant and can cover up to 100 per cent of a project s costs.

At least 50 per cent of the project s budget must be dedicated to paying artists, art workers and support staff.

Other support measures unveiled include $116.5 million going towards the Canada Council for the Arts, with $50.5 million dedicated to a one-time digital innovation program for virtual works.

The Department of Canadian Heritage will receive $65 million, with the majority for promoting short-term contracting of workers for live arts and music events.
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