National Creation Fund

Paving the way for a new model of creation in Canada's performing arts.

“We’re so used to ‘making do’ in Canada that the concept of a fund to fully develop ideas would take creation in our country to a whole new level.

Robert Chafe, Playwright

Artists and arts organizations across the country have told us that too often, they lack the extensive resources and time that is required to develop compelling work – work that is ambitious, innovative and fully realized.

We call this the creation gap.

The National Arts Centre is determined to fill that gap. That’s why we are launching the National Creation Fund.

Now accepting proposals

The National Creation Fund is now open for business. It will invest up to $3 million a year in the development of 15 to 20 compelling and ambitious new Canadian works in theatre, dance and music – works that have strong artistic teams and strong producing partners, and that are likely to have national and international impact.

These works will come from artists and arts organizations across the country. The National Creation Fund will invest in the development of new work – the research, residencies and workshopping that ideally take place long before a show opens. The Fund will also invest in promising productions that need additional development after their first runs to produce stronger, more polished work that will be remounted and toured.

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