This program supports professional Ontario artists, arts professionals, ad hoc groups/collectives and arts organizations to travel to promote the artistic work of Ontario artists to presenters, in order to build future opportunities for the work to reach new audiences. Grants support travel to a single recognized arts marketplace/event or to meet with arts presenters.
Note: Presenters are intermediaries between artists and their potential audiences; they may include (but are not limited to):
Important: If you have not received an OAC project or operating grant in the past five years and/or for further market development grant opportunities, see the Market Development Projects program.
See Program-specific definitions, below, for examples of recognized arts marketplaces.
Due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program has been suspended until further notice.
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.
Ineligible activity:Travel for the purpose of:
Presenters travelling for purpose of:
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.
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 internally evaluated by OAC granting officers, a process which allows granting decisions to be made much faster than in most other OAC programs.Applications are evaluated based on the program’s purpose and priorities, including the degree of impact that the activity is likely to have on the development of the applicant’s market for their artistic work. The following evaluation criteria are used:
Market development: promoting artistic work to presenters, in order to expand the work’s geographic and/or demographic reach and build new audiences. Arts professionals: arts administrators, community animators, curators, programmers, 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 with presenters, rather than the general public, in order to build future opportunities for their work to reach new audiences. These may include:
The following are examples of recognized market development events (but not a comprehensive list):