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THE SCOOP | Ontario Posts Surprise $25M In Extra Funding For Arts Organizations

By Michael Vincent on March 2, 2021

Koerner Hall
Koerner Hall (Photo courtesy of the Royal Conservatory of Music)

Ontario has announced $25M in additional funding for the arts to be administered through the Ontario Arts Council (OAC).

A total of $14M will be given to arts organizations with a minimum of $1M in revenue, and another 10$M for those designated as major organizations. The remaining $1M will be designated for individual artists.

“Today I’m committed to ensuring that our artists, our creators, our dancers, our writers, our musicians, our painters, our visual artists have a fighting chance to be global leaders when this pandemic is over,” Ontario Heritage Minister Lisa MacLeod said in a statement.

A total of 140 arts organizations will receive the funds, including:

  • The Canadian Opera Company: $1,868,109
  • Opera Atelier: $224,085
  • Royal Conservatory of Music: $278,239
  • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir: $373,849
  • Tapestry Opera: $116,828
  • Toronto Summer Music Festival: $52,273
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra: $1,646,998
  • Shaw Festival: $999,593
  • Harbourfront Centre: $534,477

“The impact of this critical investment cannot be overstated — it will allow arts organizations like the TSO to serve Ontarians through music and arts programs that help sustain and strengthen communities, said Matthew Loden CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

“Arts organizations, and the thousands of people who are employed by them, were among the first to be impacted by the pandemic and will be among the last to recover, said National Ballet of Canada’s Barry Hughson. “We still have a long road ahead of us, but today’s funding announcement provides a much-needed boost to our efforts.”

Funding amounts will be determined based on a percentage of an organization’s last Ontario Arts Council operating grant.

While it’s possible there may be additional funding made available in the future, it should be noted that small and mid-size arts groups (arguably the worst hit) were not included in the new funding.

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