The program supports Ontario-based professional artists, ad hoc groups/collectives and arts organizations to tour performances, exhibitions, screenings and readings for public audiences within and outside the province.
Priorities outside the province include activities that enhance the profile of Ontario artists and take their work into new markets.
Tours that are primarily self-presentations are not a priority in this program.
March 6 and October 16, 2019, 1 p.m. ET (Categories 1 and 3)
June 27, 2019, 1 p.m. ET (Categories 1, 2 and 3)
Important: Applicants to Category 3 must contact the program officer to determine eligibility. Due to the number of applications we receive and the limited funds that are available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.
The program contributes to the travel, accommodation, per diem, insurance, shipping and other logistics costs of touring, if not covered by presenter(s).
Eligible tours must:
Eligible expenses include:
Ineligible expenses include:
The activities for which you are requesting funding:
Important: Any major changes to the itinerary or budget must be approved by the program officer.
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.
Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:
Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.
Before applying, you must:
Your application includes:
Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.
For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric – Activity Projects.
For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.
Presenter: an organization/collective that selects tour-ready work for presentation and pays a presentation fee to the professional artist or arts group. A presenter provides the venue, supplies technical support, promotes the event, and presents the work in a professional manner to a public audience (or to a student audience in the case of school touring). A presenter may show artistic work as part of a series or festival.
School tour: a minimum of three engagements in different schools, or community venues to which students are transported, where the primary activity is the performance, exhibition or reading by a professional artist or arts organization. Schools can be located in or outside of the professional artist’s or arts organization’s city, town or First Nation.
Significant public arts festival/event: a high profile festival or one-time only public event with a large audience and presenter reach, providing a platform for profile-building and market development. It should represent a unique and special opportunity for the applicant.
Self-presentation: presenting the applicant’s own work to a public audience without the support of a presenter. This typically involves renting a venue and relying largely on box office revenue.
Letter of intent: an invitation from the presenter, a presenting network or a school board. It must include a commitment to pay a guaranteed fee, the name of the work being presented, the venue and dates of the presentation. It can include a clause stating that the activity is conditional on the applicant receiving touring support for the activity. (A signed letter or itinerary from an agent is not an acceptable letter of intent).
Letter of agreement: a contract signed by the applicant and the presenter, a presenting network or a school board. It must include the guaranteed fee, the name of the work being presented, the venue and dates of the presentation. It can include a clause stating that the activity is conditional on the applicant receiving touring support for the activity. (A signed letter or itinerary from an agent is not an acceptable letter of agreement).
Letter from an expert: a reference from a third-party recognized in the arts sector, familiar with the applicant and knowledgeable about the public arts festival/event. The letter should provide context on the significance of the event to the art form and its market development potential for the applicant. (Only required if applying for a “Significant Public arts festival/event”).