Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who can apply to the Professional Project Grant Program?

Definition of a professional artist: A person shall be considered to be a professional artist if that person satisfies four of the following criteria, including at least one of the criteria referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c):

  1. the person receives or has received compensation which can be included in professional or business income;
  2. the person has a record of income or loss relevant to the history of his or her work and appropriate to the span of their artistic career;
  3. the person has received public or peer recognition by publicly disseminated critical reviews or appraisals or by similar means;
  4. the person has presented his or her work to the public by means of exhibitions, publications, screenings, performances, readings, or by other means appropriate to the nature of his or her work;
  5. the person is represented by a dealer, publisher, agent or similar professional representative appropriate to the nature of his or her work;
  6. the person devotes a reasonable proportion of this or her professional time to promoting or marketing his or her work;
  7. the person

(i) has received professional training in an educational institution from a practitioner recognized in his or her profession, or

(ii) is self-taught within the established practices of the person’s cultural traditions;

(h)  the person has membership in a professional association appropriate to their artistic activity,

(i) whose membership is or categories of membership are limited under standards
of the association, or

(ii) which is a trade union or equivalent appropriate to his or her artistic activity; and

(i) the person holds copyright in his or her own work and has received royalty or residual payment based on that copyright.

Definition of a professional arts group: A group of individual artists who work in one or more of the artistic disciplines supported by ArtsNL:

  • that has the creation and/or presentation of works of art as its primary activity
  • that is composed of at least two individuals
  • that has all members meeting ArtsNL’s definition of a professional artist
  • that charges artist fees at established national standards for the artistic discipline(s) and practice in which it operates
  • that pays individual members artist fees at established national standards for the artistic discipline(s) and practice in which it operates
  • that has internal oversight of the group’s finances and can produce an annual financial statement

Residency, age, and activity requirements:

Professional individual artist:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident Status
  • Must be a current resident of  Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of twelve consecutive months at the time of submitting an application
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or hold post-secondary standing

Professional arts group:

    • Must have been active in Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of one year at the time of submitting an application
    • Must have actively engaged in professional arts activities within the last year
  • Must have at least half its members residing in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Must have at least half its members who are at least 18 years of age, or have post-secondary standing
How are applications assessed?

Applications are reviewed by discipline-specific peer assessment committees typically consisting of three artists including one current member of Council. At least one peer assessor may be from outside the province. All decisions are reviewed and ratified by Council. Government members of Council and ArtsNL staff do not vote on funding decisions.

Can I apply if I owe a final report on a past grant?

A final report on all grants awarded by ArtsNL is typically required within three months of the project end date listed on the application form. A final report form is available on ArtsNL’s online application system.

When applying for new funding from ArtsNL, an applicant is permitted to have one final report owing across all ArtsNL programs. In this instance, a final report is considered owing on any past grant awarded by ArtsNL that is past the end date listed on the application or extended on approval of ArtsNL staff before the current application deadline. Applicants owing more than one final report across all ArtsNL programs will not be permitted to apply for further funding from ArtsNL.

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