Province Invests $250,000 in International Presence Funding

BC artists and arts organizations pursuing international promotion or networking opportunities can submit proposals for International Presence funding as part of the provincial government's Creative Economy Strategy. 

International Presence funding began as a pilot project earlier this year and funded 18 projects in 2015-16. The Province announced on August 26, 2016 its investment of $250,000 toward projects that raise the global profile of BC's artists. 

The funding aims to develop relationships between the arts and culture sector and international counterparts, strengthen our sector's global presence, and support the Province's trade and investment objectives by investing in international promotion and networking opportunities. 

There are three main areas for support:

  • Arts promotion, representation and exposure: projects that expose the participants to new markets and relationship-building opportunities, or improve promotional capacity.
  • Incoming presenters and curators: projects that bring international presenters and curators to the province to increase their exposure to BC artists.
  • Artistic and cultural exchange: projects that are based in reciprocal, long-term relationships and result in cultural and artistic exchange, or unique collaborative or strategic opportunities.


Apply for funding early: proposals will be accepted on a continuous intake until the budget is either fully committed, or until Nov. 30, 2016. Read the call for grant proposals here. 

Priority will be given to projects that create links with British Columbia’s key export markets (China, Japan, Southeast Asia, South Korea, United States, India and Europe).

Further Information

Click here for full details and to apply for funding. 

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