The Canada Council for the Arts released details on March 16, 2016 of an $88.5 million "Arts in a Digital World Fund", to be launched in Fall 2017. The fund, set to run until March 31, 2021, will be used to support short-term, small-scale projects for under $10,000, and large-scale initiatives with funding up to $500,000.
The fund's purpose is to serve three main goals related to the union of technology with the arts:
- Digital literacy and intelligence: projects that foster digital knowledge and competencies in the sector
- Citizen access to the arts and cultural engagement: digital approaches to increasing access and public engagement
- Transformation of organizations: support for arts organizations to transform the way they work so that they are in a better position to address challenges and seize opportunities: structure, governance, and processes
The announcement of the fund comes as the Canada Council and 300 arts leaders from across the country kick off the Arts in a Digital World Summit in Montreal, from March 16-17. Both the event and the fund are part of the Canada Council's digital strategy, which aims to help Canada’s arts sector scale up its capacities to innovate, connect and share work with citizens in an increasingly digital world.
"It is undeniable that the world we live in – and our future – is a digital one. For artistic creation and organizations to remain relevant, they must be able to face the challenges and seize the opportunities of the digital age," said Simon Brault, director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Select sessions from the summit will be broadcast live. Details can be found on the Arts in a Digital World website.