Image courtesy of the City of Montreal, via Support Program 2020 guidebook.

This January, the City of Montreal and le Conseil des arts de Montréal announced new subsidies that are available for artists working in the visual arts and craft arts. This announcement is part of a global municipal action plan for the development and sustainability of artists’ studios in Montreal.

The amount allocated for research-creation spaces is more than doubled, and with the new funding of storage spaces, more uses and surfaces are eligible. The subsidy is described as:

“This program provides financial support for occupation of an artist’s studio for creation of original artistic expression or research. Professional artists in visual arts and crafts arts who rent or own a studio space (a building or part of a building) in a NON-residential property are eligible to apply.”

Applications for the 2020 program are now open (deadline is March 31, 2020 for 2019 leases). These changes were made possible thanks to a partnership between the Service de la culture of the City of Montreal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. For more information, visit the City of Montreal website (English version and French version).

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