Mayor urges Council to support new independent artists fund

December 14, 2015 | Arts and Culture

A new fund to support emerging artists in Vancouver is an important way to grow Vancouver's cultural scene, and should be supported by City Council, says Mayor Gregor Robertson.
“Establishing an Independent Arts and Culture Fund will be an effective way to invest directly in Vancouver artists, supporting their careers and helping them put down roots in the city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver already has the highest per capita funding for artists in the country, and this new program will build on that.”
A report coming to City Council on Tuesday recommends investing $50,000 to create a new Independent Arts and Culture Fund in Vancouver. The fund will be run in partnership with ArtStarts in Schools, a Vancouver-based nonprofit that supports art and creativity among young people in British Columbia.
The new fund will allow the City to help invest directly in artists, rather than just organizations, and will target emerging artists without a track record of receiving grants. The fund is intended to support emerging artists in hosting new events and performances, starting festivals, or securing performance space by providing grants up to $1,000.
“Whether it's film festivals, art exhibits, concerts, or pop-up shops -- if it's local arts and culture, we want to see more of it," added the Mayor.
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