Apply now for professional arts project assistance from B.C. Arts Council

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VICTORIA - Applications are now being accepted for several project-assistance funding programs offered by the BC Arts Council.

* Arts Periodicals - assists arts periodicals not currently receiving operating assistance from the BC Arts Council that are devoted primarily to the first publication of any form of artistic expression, or social, cultural or intellectual commentary or inquiry.

* Professional Arts Training - supports training activities and the development of recognized arts and cultural training programs and organizations in British Columbia. Eligible activities may include specialized training for professional artists and cultural workers or providing specialized training for those committed to pursuing professional careers in the arts.

* Professional Performing Arts (Music, Dance or Theatre) - supports the development, creation, production and/or live performance of classical, experimental, original, traditional and contemporary art forms from all world cultures. Grants are intended to contribute to the successful realization of a single event or activity.

* Professional Literary - supports activities in literary arts in British Columbia. Grants are intended to contribute to the successful realization of a single activity or event, or the artistic programming activities of a literary organization.

Application deadline is April 15, 2016. Guidelines and program details, including eligibility, can be found at:

The BC Arts Council is the Government of British Columbia's lead agency for arts funding and development. All BC Arts Council grants are awarded through a peer assessment process that relies on the knowledge and expertise of the province's talented arts and culture community.

In 2015-16, the Province is investing about $60 million in British Columbia's artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions. This includes $24 million to the BC Arts Council - the highest level of funding in the council's history.

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