CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Market Development Travel: Dance

Dance artists and companies, looking to promote your work and build relationships with arts presenters in Ontario, Canada or abroad? Here's a new pilot program




This program supports Ontario’s professional dance artists and dance companies to travel to promote their work, build their profile, and develop relationships with arts presenters in Ontario, Canada and abroad.


  • A higher priority will be given to applications from those who have not traveled to and/or performed in a region for similar activities.

Deadline Dates

This program has an open deadline.

  • This means that applications are accepted at any time until the program budget is spent.
  • You must apply a minimum of four weeks before your departure date or the date of the event.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four weeks after an application has been submitted.

Grant amount(s)

  • Ontario and Quebec: $500
  • Canada (all other provinces and territories): $1,000
  • United States: $1,500
  • Europe, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean: $2,000
  • Africa, Asia/South Asia, Pacific/Oceania, and Middle East: $2,500


  • Partial grants are not awarded.
  • OAC will not accept requests for changes to your funded activity. If you are unable to complete the activity as proposed, you will be required to return the grant.

What’s changed this year

  • This is a pilot program administered and assessed by OAC staff in the Dance, and Touring and Audience Development sections.

Who is eligible

Professional dance artists who are Ontario residents.

  • Ad hoc groups/collectives of professional dance artists or arts professionals with expertise in dance.
  • Incorporated not-for-profit Ontario-based dance organizations.
  • All applicants must have a permanent physical address in Ontario.


  • You can receive one Market Development Travel: Dance grant per year.

Who is not eligible

  • Artistic directors or the equivalent leader(s) of an ad hoc group/collective or organization. In this case, the ad hoc group/collective or organization must be the applicant.
  • Arts presenters and representatives of presenter networks.
  • Arts agents.
  • Non-arts organizations.
  • Students currently enrolled in post-secondary studies. A student is an individual enrolled in a full-time (two or more courses) undergraduate program at a college or university, dance school, or studying dance at a private studio or training organization/conservatory.
  • Dance schools, colleges and universities.

Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.