ONTARIO PLEDGES $25M TO GIVE ARTS SECTOR ‘A FIGHTING CHANCE’

Goal to support sectors that 'will take the longest to recover, and were hit first' by COVID-19, says minister

Ontario’s cultural heritage minister announced a $25 million investment in the arts sector on Tuesday, with $24 million going toward 140 arts organizations and communities.

The remaining $1 million will go directly toward individual artists, said Ontario Heritage Minister Lisa MacLeod. This funding will be distributed as grants, with details on eligibility to be listed on the Ontario Arts Council’s website.

The funding comes amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic “to support the sectors that have been the hardest hit, will take the longest to recover, and were hit first,” MacLeod said.

“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.”

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