RELEASE: ArtsNL announces changes to the Professional Artists’ Travel Fund
Jun 24, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ArtsNL announces changes to the Professional Artist Travel Fund
June 24, 2022 (St. John’s, NL) – PATF funding caps have been temporarily relaxed to assist artists with rising travel costs.
The Professional Artists’ Travel Fund (PATF) supports travel costs for Individual Professional Artists, Collaborations of Individual Professional Artists, and Professional Arts Groups who have been invited to take part in unexpected career-enhancing activities.
ArtsNL has temporarily relaxed PATF funding caps, allowing eligible individuals and groups to apply based on the true cost of their eligible expenses. All funding requests will be internally reviewed, and due to high demand on PATF, full funding requests may not be awarded.
“Artists have faced significant challenges over the last two years,” says Executive Director, Melanie Martin. “Just as they were trying to resume some scale of normal professional activity, they were hit with steep increases in travel costs related to global economic volatility. Export has always been costly due to our geography, and ArtsNL can help right now by showing some flexibility in PATF to assist our artists with these increased costs associated with travel.”
The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; two community representatives (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual allocation of $5 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.