A new chapter for Access Copyright Foundation

Thursday, May 26, 2022

We are excited to announce that Access Copyright Foundation has launched its new website and brand identity.

Both initiatives are critical milestones in the Foundation’s efforts over the past few years to simplify its granting programs and provide the widest opportunity for those engaged in the world of Canadian literary and visual arts to apply to receive financial support for their critical work as part of Canada’s creative economy.

The Foundation exists at arm’s length from Access Copyright. Its mission is to support creators and organizations dedicated to the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works in the literary and visual arts through the awarding of grants to support research, professional development and events.

Since its first grants were awarded in 2010, the Foundation has provided over $2.5 million in granting support for over 600 research projects, festivals, reading series, workshops and professional development opportunities. Several of the projects the Foundation has recently awarded grant funding for are spotlighted on its new website.

The Foundation was initially created by Access Copyright’s Board of Directors with a one-time contribution of $3 million from royalties accumulated from Access Copyright for the use of works whose owners could not be identified. This contribution was sustained by an annual allocation of 1.5% of copyright licensing royalties which has been suspended since 2013. This action is one of the countless impacts to Canada’s creative sector resulting from the addition of education in 2012 as an allowable purpose under fair dealing in Canada’s Copyright Act. Creators have not been paid for the use of their works in educational institutions outside of Quebec for over a decade now. To restore this annual contribution is among the reasons why we call on the federal government to address the urgent need to fix Canada’s Copyright Act.

The Foundation is supported in its work by the dedicated professionals at SK Arts who ensure the Foundation’s three granting programs run smoothly, fairly and efficiently.

As well, the Foundation is well-served by a committed Board led by Chair Margaret Reynolds, a stalwart in the British Columbia publishing community for decades. Joining Margaret on the Board are Carle Steel, a writer, journalist and arts administrator, and new to the Board is writer and journalist Paul Seesequasis.

Paul recently replaced Elle Andra-Warner, an award-winning journalist, columnist, and best-selling author based out of Thunder Bay, ON, who served on the Foundation Board for almost a decade and who made an invaluable contribution to the Foundation’s ongoing viability and contributions to Canadian culture.

We encourage a visit to the Foundation’s new website to learn more about its many contributions to the literary and visual arts in Canada.