Thursday, June 16, 2022

Grants & Funding for emerging and professional artists

The Talent Trust is committed to supporting emerging artists in any way we can through funding, mentorship, collaboration, and promotion.  Each year, we provide scholarships and special awards to emerging artists to help support the cost of their studies.  We know this is a big help to each recipient, but we also recognize that there are other expenses or projects that may need support.  Have a look at the funding opportunities below, you or an artist you know may be eligible!

Arts Equity Funding Initiative

This program helps emerging and established professional artists from designated communities who have historically faced barriers to accessing funding support. Designed to support artistic growth, development, production and dissemination, the initiative is available to the following designated communities of artists:

  • Indigenous (Mi’kmaq as well as other First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit)
  • African Nova Scotian
  • Black
  • Racialized people of Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or mixed racial descents
  • Artists who are deaf, partially deaf, or hard of hearing
  • Artists who have disabilities
  • Artists who have mental illness or are mad-identifying

Create - up to $15,000: supports projects to develop or create new work

Present - up to $12,000: supports the public presentation of artists’ work.

Professional Development - up to $12,000: provides funding to strengthen artistic or administrative capacity through formal study programs, mentorship, workshops, apprenticeship, conference, and other professional development activity.

The deadline to apply for this grant is September 15, 2022. 

Mi'kmaq Arts Program

The Mi’kmaq Arts Program supports the development and continuation of Mi’kmaq art forms in the territory of Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia). Arts Nova Scotia recognizes the specific needs and practices of the Mi’kmaq arts community and acknowledges a new funding program is required. 

Arts Nova Scotia aspires for all Nova Scotians to have opportunities to engage with the art forms that derive from Mi’kmaq language, world views, practices, and protocols.  Nova Scotia-based Mi’kmaq artists, groups (including ad-hoc groups) or organizations are eligible to apply. It is important to be recognized as an artist in the Mi’kmaq community as Peer Assessment Committees consider community connections. 

Creation Grant - $500 - $15,000: Assists with projects that involve the creation of a new work of art in any form including cross-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary work(s).

Presentation Grant - $500 - $12,000: Assists with projects that involve public presentation of artistic work(s).  

Professional Development Grant - $500 - $12,000: Assists with projects that involve activities intended to strengthen artistic or administrative capacity through formal study programs, mentorship, workshops, apprenticeship, conferences and other professional development activities.

In addition, applicants can be awarded in the same 12-month period as a Creation, Presentation or Professional Development grant a Visual Arts Materials Grants:

Visual Arts Materials Grant - up to $750: Assists artists working in the visual arts, crafts or traditional/customary art forms to create artwork. Grants of up to $750 are to help cover the cost of buying art materials and supplies.  This grant is intended for artists who in need material support only. 

The application deadline is September 15, 2022. 

Music Performance Trust Fund Scholarship Initiative

Music Futures Scholarship, open to students who do not have a family member affiliated with a musician’s union but who are pursuing degrees in music. This is the revitalization of a scholarship originally offered by the MPTF beginning in 1996.  There will be 30 scholarships of $2500 each awarded this year.

Scholarship applications are open June 1, 2022 to July 15, 2022.

Hot Docs: Film Funds

Hot Docs is dedicated to advancing and celebrating the art of documentary. Through its Film Funds, Hot Docs provides documentary makers with development, production, and completion grants, as well as professional development opportunities. Applications are currently being accepted through the following programs: The Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund supports filmmakers telling engaging, high-quality stories that embrace music artists in all their forms and that demonstrate Canadian music's role in the world. The Fund also welcomes international music stories told through the lens of Canadian filmmakers. Grants ranging from $15,000 to $60,000 are provided, along with creative and professional development support. The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund provides production grants of up to $20,000 to Canadian documentary filmmakers. In order to be eligible, applicants must be a corporation unaffiliated with any licensed network or programming undertaking. The deadline to apply for both of these programs is July 27, 2022.

Bloomberg Philanthropies: Asphalt Art Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies' Asphalt Art Initiative seeks to help cities use art and community engagement to improve street safety and revitalize public space. The Asphalt Art Initiative grant program funds visual art, typically painted murals, on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure in cities, with the following primary goals: improving street and pedestrian safety, revitalizing and activating underutilized public space, and promoting collaboration and civic engagement in local communities. The Initiative is currently accepting applications in Europe, and will provide up to 20 European cities with grants of up to $25,000 each, as well as on-call technical assistance. Eligible sites should be on or adjacent to active roadways, and may include crosswalks, intersections, vehicle/parking lanes, plazas, sidewalks, or transportation infrastructure such as traffic barriers, highway underpasses, or utility boxes. All cities in the continent of Europe with at least 100,000 residents within the administrative division of the city are eligible to apply. The application deadline is July 11, 2022.

Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarships will be open in January 2023.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Welcome Susan Hanrahan and Michelle Lahey to the Talent Trust Board of Directors

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust Annual General Meeting was held on May 30, 2022.  It was wonderful to come together to reflect on the 2021-22 fiscal year, and NSTT's 77th year serving the arts community! 

The successes, growth, and support the Talent Trust offers to Nova Scotia's emerging artists wouldn't happen without the support of our Board of Directors.  They volunteer their time and expertise each year to ensure the Talent Trust meets its mission and goals.  We warmly welcome Susan Hanrahan and Michelle Lahey to our Board of Directors.

Susan Hanrahan recently retired after working 33 years with Craft Nova Scotia, 26 of them as the organization’s Executive Director. In that role, Susan worked to provide Nova Scotian craftspeople opportunities to participate in exhibitions, art fairs, trade shows, educational and best-practices missions, conferences, and partnerships with craft organizations and events both here and across Canada, the USA, and Europe. Susan was a founding member of Craft Alliance Atlantic Association, and was heavily involved with the Canadian Crafts Federation, Arts Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Cultural Network, and the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia. 

“The right support at the right time can make a huge difference to an artist’s career. Not only does the Nova Scotia Talent Trust contribute financial assistance through scholarships and awards, it also provides the critical validation and encouragement so necessary to the growth and development of all artists. For more than 75 years, the NSTT has made significant contributions to the well-being of our provincial cultural community. I am honoured to serve on the NSTT Board as it continues this vital work.” - Susan Hanrahan

Michelle Lahey is an instructor in Cape Breton University's School of Arts and Social Science. She also serves on a number of boards including: Talbot House and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. She regularly volunteers for the Free Legal Clinic located at the Sydney courthouse.  Michelle obtained her B.A. from Cape Breton University, and received her LL.B., and B.C.L. from McGill University in 2017. After graduating, Michelle articled with a regional firm in Nova Scotia, until she was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 2018. In April 2019, Michelle joined the Sydney law office of LaFosse MacLeod.

"The Nova Scotia Talent Trust's mission is integral in ensuring the continued vibrancy of Nova Scotia's arts community. By supporting emerging artists with important financial assistance, the Trust directly impacts the province's cultural landscape and fosters the growth of its creative industries. I am delighted to help advance this vital work as a board member." - Michelle Lahey

Once again, welcome to Susan and Michelle.  And a thank you to our returning Board members: Adrian Hoffman (Acting Chair), Victoria Hines (Vice Chair), Natalie Wells, (Treasurer), Breagh MacKinnon (Secretary), Pamela Ritchie (Development Committee Chair), and Wallace Smith Jr.  Your commitment and dedication to the Talent Trust is very appreciated by all.  

You can find the full roster of our NSTT board on our website. 

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Welcome Charlotte Wilson-Hammond as a Talent Trust Lifetime Honorary Director


Today, we acknowledge Charlotte Wilson-Hammond 
and her outstanding contribution to the Talent Trust.

Since moving to Nova Scotia in 1971 as an emerging visual artist, CharlotteWilson-Hammond has been an incredible support and advocated for the arts, both provincially and nationally.  She is a founding member of Visual ArtsNova Scotia, Eye Level Gallery and the Coalition For Arts and Culture.  

Charlotte has served on the Board of Governors of NSCAD University, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, and Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC). 

She also served on the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Board of Directors for over 20 years.  During this time, she served as Chair for several years and served on every committee at one time or another.  Charlotte's enthusiasm, energy, and passion for the arts have made a lasting impact on the Talent Trust for years to come.

In 2004 Charlotte won the Portia White Award in honour of her outstanding artistry.  Charlotte used this award to establish the The Charlotte Wilson Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award. This $1000 annual award is given to an emerging visual artist who shows exceptional commitment and potential each year.  This award has supported 17 emerging artists so far, with the latest recipient being Charles Bourne in 2021. 

It has been an absolute pleasure and honour to have had Charlotte serve on our Board of Directors for so many years.  We cannot express our gratitude enough for her commitment and dedication to the Talent Trust.  We look forward to seeing Charlotte at future events as our newest Honorary Lifetime Member.

Thank you, Charlotte!