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Media Arts

OAC offers several programs for individuals working in media arts. We also fund the organizations that help artists create, distribute, screen, exhibit and perform their work and otherwise engage with audiences and communities.

In fulfilling its mandate, the OAC serves one of the most diverse cultural, racial, linguistic and Aboriginal populations in Canada. Through its programs and services, the OAC supports artists, organizations and communities across Ontario, and welcomes all forms of artistic expression and practice.

Media Artists

The Ontario Arts Council funds audio/sound art, documentary, drama, experimental, animation, dance film/video, media art installation and new media, and any fusion thereof. The applicant must be the driving creative force, for example the director, of the project and must maintain complete creative and editorial control over the work. We do not fund work intended for commercial film and television.

  • Media Artists: Emerging funds artists who have completed at least one independent work.
  • Media Artists: Mid-Career and Established funds artists who have completed at least two independent works.
  • Exhibition Assistance provides grants so professional visual artists, craft artists and media artists can present their work at a public exhibition. The exhibition must be confirmed and upcoming. Artists apply to an OAC third-party recommender organization; these recommenders include public art galleries, artist-run centres and arts service organizations, and are located in all regions of the province.

Media Arts Organizations

OAC provides grants to assist not-for-profit arts organizations that provide opportunities for the creation, dissemination, and presentation of media art. 

There are two streams of support for media arts organizations:

  • Media Arts Organizations provides operating support to incorporated not-for-profit organizations, such as artist-run production and distribution centres and media arts festivals, that are involved in the creation, dissemination, and presentation of media arts in Ontario.
  • Media Arts Projects provides grants up to $10,000 to assist not-for-profit organizations and artists’ collectives for projects that present, document or disseminate the work of professional Ontario media artists, or that provide media artists with professional development opportunities. The program funds projects such as media arts festivals, screening series, workshops, symposia and sector-related publications.

You are not limited to the programs listed above. Click here to find out about other programs available to you.

The Ontario Arts Council does not fund:

    • projects done on contract for, or produced by, a government agency or private company
    • commissioned projects
    • industrial or corporate projects
    • instructional projects
    • producer-driven projects, such as “calling card” films
    • promotional projects
    • student projects
    • pilots for television
    • commercial television projects
    • music videos
    • public service announcements
    • documentation of existing artworks
    • journalistic or reporting-style documentary projects
    • police dramas
    • movies-of-the-week
    • news reports
    • transfers from one format to another
    • subtitling

For more information

  • Mark Haslam, Media Arts Officer, 416-969-7453, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7453, mhaslam@arts.on.ca
  • Anne Gardé Gravestock, Visual and Media Arts Program Assistant, 416-969-7461, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7461, agravestock@arts.on.ca

Other Programs Available to You

  • Avance médias provides support to francophone artists who pursue creative projects involving film, video and sound media.
  • Aboriginal Arts programs are designed specifically for Aboriginal artists, groups and arts organizations.
  • Arts Education and Community and Multidisciplinary Arts programs support artists, groups and arts organizations working collaboratively in schools and community settings.
  • The Northern Arts program is designed for artists, groups and arts organizations in Northern Ontario. See PDF FileOAC’s maps of geographic regions.
  • Organizational Development helps organizations build capacity through programs such as Compass.
  • There are programs that help individuals undertake residencies in Canada, and around the world.
  • Skills and Careers includes programs that support artists and arts professionals who want training or professional and career development.
  • Touring programs help artists, groups, arts organizations and performers interested in touring throughout Ontario, in Canada and around the world.