The Conseil des arts et des lettres 2009-2010 grant program for artists and writers is now available

    MONTREAL, Feb. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conseil has made four major changes
to its 2009-2010 grant program for artists and writers to bring the program
into line with new contexts and challenges in respect of artistic and literary
    "The changes in the 2009-2010 grant program reflect requests from artists
and writers in the wake of the extensive consultations that the Conseil
conducted," noted Yvan Gauthier, Chairman and CEO of the CALQ. The Conseil is
thus gradually adapting to the new conditions in which artists work and
ensuring that its support is equitably distributed throughout Québec, as it
has done in recent years."

    New categories of grants

    This program will from now on include for all disciplines (except
literature) new categories of grants that will replace type A and type B
grants, i.e. those intended for Upcoming artists (with a maximum of five years
of artistic practice) and Development grants (over two years of artistic
practice). In the realms of literature and storytelling, the categories will
be Grants for upcoming writers and storytellers grants, Mid-career grants and
Development grants, depending on the number of published books or one-man

    An overall target of 25% of grants for artists in the regions

    An overall target of 25% of the total budget for this program has been
set to support projects submitted by artists from regions other than Montréal
and the Capitale-Nationale. This target applies to all categories of grants
and artistic disciplines.

    Increase in the maximum amounts per section according to the discipline
    and increase in the maximum amount over four years

    In the Development category, the Conseil is increasing the maximum
cumulative amounts admissible by section according to the discipline.

    New sections in some disciplines

    The Conseil is adding two new sections to the grant program for the
visual arts, the arts and crafts and the media arts, i.e. Promotion and
Commissioned works. The Commissioned works section will also be offered in the
realm of architecture.

    For more details about program's changes, please refer to : Revision of
the Grant Program for Professional Artists and Writers 2009-2010 at This program is available at
the Conseil's offices, and on its Web site at

    Since 1994, the CALQ has supported creation, experimentation and
production in the performing, visual and media arts, architectural research,
arts and crafts, and literature throughout Québec. It has increased the
influence of the arts in Québec, Canada and abroad. The Conseil also supports
the development of professional artists.
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For further information:

For further information: Carl Allen, Public Relations Director, (514)
864-2930, 1-800-608-3350

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