Emergency Funds for Artists and Cultural Workers
On May 2, at the National Summit on Culture in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, announced nearly $10.7 million in funding to the Fondation des artistes to support artists and cultural workers in need of financial assistance. This assistance will provide direct financial support to workers in the live performance sector across Quebec.
As the Foundation selects the applicants who will receive this support, the RQD has scheduled a meeting next week to ensure that the Foundation’s assessment process is equitable across disciplines and marginalized communities. The RQD also wants to ensure that the selection process is more transparent and that the funds are accessible to all artists and workers who may not be able to apply as quickly or efficiently as those who are accustomed to applying.
The RQD has already met twice with Canadian Heritage to express its concerns and priorities and has asked Canadian Heritage to follow up with the Foundation on this issue. The RQD will continue to pursue its mission of inclusion, integration and valorization of the dance community in Quebec.