Access Copyright Foundation awarding $100,000 in grant funding for Canadian literary events

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Toronto; February 9, 2021 – Access Copyright Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce the 18 organizations that have been awarded an Events Grant from the ACF. These grants will support online and socially-distanced festivals, workshops and other events that will celebrate Canadian literary and visual arts, and connect Canadians from coast-to-coast.

The following organizations will receive an Events Grant:

  • Ânskohk Aboriginal Writers' Circle Inc.
  • BEING Studio
  • Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers
  • Diaspora Dialogues
  • Eden Mills Writers' Festival
  • Frye Festival
  • Lethbridge Public Library
  • Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples Inc.
  • Literary Translators' Association of Canada
  • Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre
  • Saskatchewan Festival of Words Inc.
  • Shuswap Association of Writers
  • The FOLD Foundation
  • The Writers' Guild of Alberta
  • The Writers' Union of Canada
  • Whistler Writing Society
  • Winnipeg International Writers Festival
  • Writers' Federation of New Brunswick

Literary events and other initiatives receiving funding from ACF include I Write Canadian, a virtual reading festival featuring Canadian children’s authors as part of I Read Canadian Day on February 17, a series of workshops run by BEING Studio for writers and authors with developmental disabilities, and Ânskohk Aboriginal Writers' Circle Inc.’s professional-development opportunities for Indigenous writers.

“I am inspired by the ingenuity and creativity that the organizations receiving Events Grants from the Foundation have shown in reimagining their events for virtual audiences that, in many cases, will reach more Canadians and others around the world than ever before,” said Margaret Reynolds, co-chair of Access Copyright Foundation. “I am certain that this drive to increase the audience for our literary works will continue in future years.”  

The Foundation’s Events Grant program promotes the development and public appreciation of Canadian publishing, literary and visual arts. Events Grants provide funding to organizations and artists groups in order to showcase publishable works to the public or to host professional development events for writers, visual artists, publishers and related arts professionals either in-person or virtually.

The 2020 Events Grant recipients were selected by a jury composed of Jillian Bell, executive director of SaskBooks, Chelene Knight, an award-winning author and Meredith Tutching, director of the Forest of Reading. Grants are administered on behalf of the Foundation by SK Arts (formerly the Saskatchewan Arts Board).

About the Access Copyright Foundation

Access Copyright Foundation provides support to creators and organizations engaged in the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works in the literary and visual arts. We are an arm’s length foundation of Access Copyright, the collective voice of creators and publishers in Canada.

To learn more about Access Copyright Foundation and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, please visit:  https://sk-arts.ca/menu/grants/grant-programs/access-copyright-foundation-grants.html.

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For media inquiries:
Brian Henderson, Co-Chair, ACF
brihen1@gmail.com

Margaret Reynolds, Co-Chair, ACF
megjreynolds@gmail.com

For information on Access Copyright Foundation Grants Programs:
Joanne Gerber, Program Consultant
SK Arts
306-964-1163
jgerber@sk-arts.ca