With event cancellation after event cancellation, Canadian performing artists have seen their finances tested. The National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada have partnered to create a $100,000 fund to pay artists $1000 for online performances that will be shared on NAC’s Facebook page. The livestreams are scheduled to run for 45 to 60 minutes until March 31st.
Christopher Dean, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre says: “As Canadians make profound and rapid shifts in how we live our lives, we recognize the challenges that come with distancing and isolation. Music, dance and theatre have an enduring power to comfort, to inspire, to lift our spirits. Equally, performers thrive on their relationship with audiences. In this challenging time, artist and audience, indeed all of us, need each other more than ever.”
To see the #CanadaPerforms artists at work, head to the NAC’s Facebook page.
Artists – individual to ensembles of less than 10 people – can learn more about the application process at the link below.