This program supports professional Ontario artists, arts professionals, ad hoc groups/collectives and arts organizations to travel to promote their work to arts presenters, in order to expand their market and build networks for future opportunities for their art work. Grants support an individual to travel to a recognized arts marketplace/event or undertake self-directed travel to connect with arts presenters. The program provides a travel subsidy with a quick turnaround time to allow applicants to generate or respond to new market development opportunities.
Note: Arts presenters are intermediaries between artists and their potential audiences and markets; they may include (but are not limited to) programmers, curators, artistic directors, distributors, broadcasters, publishers, booksellers and gallerists.
See Program-specific definitions, below, for examples of recognized arts marketplaces.
This program has no specified deadlines.
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.
Grants support applicants to:
Travel must be at least 100 kilometres from the applicant’s permanent physical address.
The activity for which you are requesting funding:
If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions — receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations. Complete and submit the report in Nova.
Note: OAC may contact you after the submission of your final report to gather additional information on the long-term impact of the grant.
Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:
Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. It is recommended that you apply at least six weeks before your scheduled travel date.
Before applying, you must:
Your application includes:
Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.
For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.
Applications to this program are reviewed by an internal committee of OAC staff. Applications are prioritized based on the program’s purpose and priorities and with consideration to the potential impact of the activity to develop the applicant’s market for their work.
Market development: strategy to expand an artist’s or arts organization’s market for their artistic work by connecting with new arts presenters. Arts professionals: artists, arts administrators, community animators, curators, programmers, technicians and arts educators who are engaged in creating, producing, promoting, performing, presenting, distributing and/or programming artistic work. Northern Ontario: includes the Far North, Northwest, and Northeast regions of the province. This includes the Manitoulin, Parry Sound and Nipissing districts and all regions north of these districts. Remote, isolated and fly-in communities: northern Ontario communities that have infrequent flights, have no roads leading in or out, or have restricted road access.
Arts marketplace: event that connects artists and arts organizations with arts presenters and programmers, rather than the general public, in order to expand their market and build networks for future opportunities for their artwork.
Arts marketplaces may include: performing arts markets, art fairs, biennales, conferences, showcases, trade shows or fairs, festivals (that include an industry component or program that presenters attend), and Indigenous festivals or powwows that feature a marketplace or trade show.
The following are representative examples of recognized market development events (but not a comprehensive list):