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The Art of Applying to the Touring Artist Fund

  • The Touring Artist Fund(TAF) supports artists who showcase their work outside of Yukon for their own professional development, to increase their viability as professional artists, and to place Yukon performing, visual, and literary arts in the context of the contemporary arts in Canada (and the world). 
  • Read the guidelines to determine your eligibility. Make sure that you are eligible and that your project is also eligible. Funding recommendations are made by the Yukon Arts Advisory Council. Contact a Fund Administrator if you would like to discuss your project or application prior to the intake date.
  • Eligible tours must include one anchor venue where the applicant is selected to present work as a result of a professional selection process. This is where an artist’s work is chosen for its merit by a professional jury, committee, curator, artistic director, or other similar process.
  • The touring activity must involve presentation of an artist's work to the public. 
  • The application should include the written invitation from the anchor venue to the applicant. In addition, information from the venue in the application should describe the nature of the engagement, any contributions by the host venue towards the applicant's tour, and the criteria or confirmation of the selection process.
  • A tour is more than one event (typically successive dates at different events) or it can be more than one public artistic activity at one venue (For instance, a band can play two stages at one festival). The supplied invitation only has to come from one venue on the tour. There is some flexibility with timing of successive events. Consult a Fund Administrator if you have confirmed successive events where the same work will be presented, even if they are not very close together in time.
  • It is not necessary to include a portfolio or samples of work. The invitation from the host venue reflects the relative merit of the opportunity.  
  • However, it is necessary to include an artistic résumé. Your résumé should be clear and concise and contain only arts-related references. (i.e., do not submit your employment résumé). List your education, exposure, and successes including relevant details. If you are touring with other artists, include their résumés.
  • Explain how the proposed activities meet your personal artistic and career objectives and the objectives of the TAF.
  • Applications must be physically received or postmarked on the intake day. If mailing the application, contact a Fund Administrator to advise that it is en route.
  • The proposed project start date can be any time after the intake date. It typically takes 8 weeks to notify applicants of the outcome of the adjudication. If successful, the project will be able to claim any expenses which occurred on or after the relevant intake date.
  • Budget:
    • Prepare the budget to show expenses for the tour balanced by the sources of revenue that will cover the costs (including the TAF request). Expense total = Revenue total.
    • TAF is shortfall funding. The amount granted is a maximum, subject to actual eligible expenses. If the granted amount is not needed in full, the balance must be returned. 
    • Artist fees for the applicant can be included in the budget but they are not eligible for TAF funding. However, artist fees for other people that the applicant must hire on tour are eligible TAF expenses. 
    • The TAF supports the artist being on tour; therefore, any income the artist receives from being physically present is expected to finance part of the tour expenses (artist fees for talks, workshops, demonstrations; performance fees; teaching fee, etc.). In most cases it is not necessary, but only optional if your budget requires it, to declare income from other revenue related to your practice (CD/book/online sales; CARFAC exhibition fees, SOCAN fees, or other licenses; sales of original works or merchandise sales, etc.). These fees are deemed to derive from the artist's work before the tour and so are not compulsory to be declared in the tour budget. 
    • There is one exception to the above. It is where the nature of the venue is intended to provide a market environment for customers. In this case, sales income should be declared in the project. 
  • Sign the Cover sheet declaration and submit this in hard copy. Applications may be faxed, or emailed (as ONE attachment - not a series of files) with the exception of the signed Cover sheet, which should follow immediately in the mail. Applications may also be dropped off.

Notes about the Touring Artist Fund adjudication process: 

  • Funding is for professional Yukon artists in performing, literary, and visual arts. 
  • The Touring Artist Fund has a budget of $100,000 per year, allocated to applicants quarterly.

 In assessment, the Council considers these criteria:

  • The degree to which the proposed activity or project meets the objectives of the Touring Artist Fund
  • Significance, size, and number of venues on the tour
  • The degree of contribution from the host
  • An assessment of the extent to which the tour might possibly be funded by estimated revenues
  • The performance history of the applicant and the exposure that the tour will provide
  • The degree to which the tour will meet the artistic development objectives of the applicant
  • The existence of a realistic and feasible budget and itinerary
  • Available funds in the Touring Artist Fund program

 To apply, follow the instructions in the Application & Guidelines. [1.73MB ]
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Arts Section, Cultural Services Branch
Department of Tourism and Culture
Government of Yukon
Tel: 1-867-667-8789
Toll Free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8789 
Fax: 1-867-393-6456
Email: artsfund@gov.yk.ca

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