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Canada Council for the Arts
Being an artist, whether one is a writer, musician or a painter requires
more than just talent in one's area of specialization. In order to thrive
in the arts world, one must be knowledgeable in the areas of financial
management, marketing and audience development. For many Canadian
artists, the Canada Council for the Arts is an essential resource
providing organizations and individuals with assistance in many areas.
Created in 1957, the Canada Council for the Arts is
dedicated to enabling Canadians to enjoy and create art. Through a diverse
selection of grants, services, prizes, fellowships and events, the
organization provides artists with assistance and promotes their art
internationally. In their first year of operation, the Canada Council for
the Arts provided 28 organizations with funding. The number of
organizations that received funding rose in 1977 to 488 and by 2003, more
than 2,000 artists and organizations received support from the Council.
Throughout its history, the Canada Council has
organized a number of events that help to promote Canadian arts
internationally. 'Exposed Roots' is an event where Canadian aboriginal and
world music acts are presented to managers, agents, record company
representatives and the media. 'Sonic Weave' is another event promoting world
music. In June of 2003, six Canadian groups and artists performed at
European festivals thereby generating media and audience interest
The Canada Council for the Arts offers grants to
Canadian artists and organizations in many areas including dance, performance art, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, writing
and publishing. The Council also administers awards such as the
General's Literary Awards, the Governor General's Awards in Visual and
Media Arts, and the Killam Program of Scholarly Awards. These awards help
to give artists recognition for their talent and creativity.
The largest collection of contemporary Canadian art is
housed within the Canada Council Art Bank. The Art Bank boasts 18,000
artworks that government and corporate clients may rent.