Record Number of Applications Submitted and Grants Awarded

Thanks to the $500,000 increase in funding announced by the New Brunswick government earlier this year, the number of grants and total dollar amount awarded in the latest Creation and Documentation competition by the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) has far exceeded all-time figures. Furthermore, increased efforts in promoting the grant programs during the COVID crisis contributed to doubling the previous record for the number of applications submitted to the Creation program (226 vs. 113).

For more information and to read the full press release, click here.

The “Atlantic Bubble” and artsnb

Given that the Government of New Brunswick has announced on June 24th, 2020, that “interprovincial travel without the requirement to self-isolate will be permitted in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, for residents of Atlantic Canada as of July 3,” grant applications (projects) submitted to artsnb in all programs are allowed with the following caveats:

  • travel is allowed only within the Atlantic provinces (NB, NS, PE, NL), effective as of July 3rd, 2020 and subject to change, as per provincial guidelines;
  • grant recipients must respect guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 restrictions issued by provincial authorities, both in their home region and province and at their destination;
  • recipients must contact the Program Officer if their event is suspended, postponed or cancelled.

For more information and to read the full press release, click here.

New Brunswick Arts Board Announces Partial Reopening of Career Development Components and Grant Maximum Increases

The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) is pleased to announce a partial reopening of the Arts-by-Invitation and Artist-in-Residence components of the Career Development program (with some limitations).

Additionally, grant maximums for the Professional Development and Promotion & Professionalization components of the Career Development program are increased from $1,000 to $1,500, effective for the July deadline, which is extended to July 10th, 2020. The relaxed criteria previously announced for these two components will be allowed for the July deadline.

For more information, see their website here.

A $25,000 Salute to Creativity

The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation is dedicating $25,000 in Signature Grants to salute and support the creative spirit of New Brunswick visual arts organizations dealing with the challenges of the 2020 pandemic. Social distancing necessitated the closure of traditional venues for exhibition, art education and celebration; yet art is bubbling through, thanks to the hard work and innovation of many New Brunswick art centres. SHMF 2020 Signature Technology Grants have been offered to the following organizations who have exhibited leadership in developing electronic outreach to enrich the arts community:

  • Ax: Sussex Arts and Culture Centre
  • Canadian Art Magazine
  • Connexion ARC
  • Fredericton Arts Alliance
  • Galerie D’Art Louise et Reuben Cohen
  • Jones Gallery Art History Lecture Series
  • Owens Art Gallery
  • Saint John Arts Centre
  • Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre
  • Third Space Gallery
  • UNB Arts Centre

To see the original article, click here.

New Special Projects Program

A new Special Projects program has been established to fund online artistic and cultural performances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, launched today by the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, aims to address some of the challenges social isolation has caused for professional artists and for people who enjoy art and culture.

Artists who have had their exhibition, project, showcase or performance cancelled due to the pandemic can receive up to $2,000 for an artistic presentation on social media. Cultural businesses or entrepreneurs who use digital means to promote themselves or their products in a new way are also eligible to apply.

Arts organizations and similar associations may also apply. All proposals must respect any physical distancing and self-isolation directives issued by the provincial government.

Information on the Special Projects program is available online here:



We also continue to encourage you to visit the following website to get updated information on available Federal/National Organizations Funds and Programs:




Open letter regarding artist eligibility to access EI during COVID-19

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC), the national association for professional visual artists, calls upon the Federal Government to review and remove barriers to artists who require access to key Emergency Relief programs that have recently been created during this unprecedented time of need…


Read full letter from CARFAC here

Recommended Best Practice Protocols for Institutions and Funders

April 13, 2020

Recommended Best Practice Protocols for Institutions and Funders

With cultural institutions across the country struggling to maintain programming activity without access to their physical sites, many are moving content online, and some are doing so while simultaneously laying off and furloughing workers whose labor has become unnecessary to their daily operations.

After these critical staffing decisions have already been made by institutions, but before emergency funding flows downstream to buoy their organizational capacity, a window of opportunity is opening to adopt some simple protocols that build worker solidarity, increase transparency, and secure a more equitable distribution of resources across the institutional spectrum.

Building on Guidelines for the Postponement or Cancellation of Work, this message introduces a set of suggested best practice protocols.

1) Compensation for Online Content
Content transferred online or commissioned exclusively going forward for web-based platforms should be paid for at the same or greater rate as prior to the pandemic. Artists shouldn’t be asked to provide free content in order to maintain the perception of continued institutional productivity.

2) Layoff and Furlough Transparency
In addition to updating audiences about programming changes and support for artists, institutions should consider including in their public announcements the layoff and furlough of workers, what measures they may be taking to support their staff, as well as any reduction in the compensation of their highest paid employees. The nonprofit sector’s public-facing messaging should mirror internal policy changes that directly impact the livelihood of workers.

3) Distribution of Emergency Funding
Pledges of support from private foundations along with relief aid from the federal government should be distributed in ways that do not replicate existing unequal divisions of wealth among cultural institutions, but should instead be made with an awareness of the greater vulnerability to closure of non-endowed institutions, and in particular small-scale, local and community-based cultural organizations. Relief funding for institutions should be contingent on fair labor practices including the rehiring and equitable compensation of staff negotiated in good faith with unions.

W.A.G.E. has limited organizational capacity but will continue to add new guidelines as conditions evolve. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions: info@wageforwork.com.

COVID-19- Supporting the arts

Mar. 17, 2020


ArtsLink NB fully supports the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick’s (AAAPNB) call for the provincial government to establish an emergency assistance fund for artists and cultural workers, to offset the loss of income from cancelled shows and other events.

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 is important, but we must also think of the repercussions that the measures taken have on the cultural workforce. Not only will small businesses and atypical workers in all fields feel the effect of this situation, but artists, arts organizations, and creative practices are being adversely impacted as well.

With events, gatherings, and activities being cancelled in response to preventing the spread of COVID-19, it is important to think about people in the creative workforce who largely make their income from gigs and freelance work. They will be losing critical opportunities to support themselves. We know that their incomes are already precarious and that artists do not have access to the same social protections as traditional workers.

We have seen many jurisdictions across the world put measures in place to address the financial losses felt by artists, and we ask the New Brunswick government to work with the arts associations to develop an emergency fund to help artists through this situation.

Julie Whitenect

Executive Director, ArtsLink NB