Musicians perform during a Surrey City Orchestra “mixer” at board member Erin Anne Beirne’s home in South Surrey in 2017. (File photo: Tom Zillich)
Province announces $3M in funding for arts groups hit by COVID-19 crisis
BC Arts Council to administer support for both organizations and individual artists
Alex Browne Mar. 27, 2020 3:00 p.m.Entertainment
The provincial government has announced a new $3-million fund for artists and arts and cultural organizations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The bail-out, the Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement, was announced Friday by tourism arts and culture minister Lisa Beare.
Beare said the supplement, to be administered by the BC Arts Council, will provide “operating and eligible project clients” up to $15,000 in early April “to help them pay their bills.”
“Starting in April 2020, the BC Arts Council will provide operating clients a 50% advance on 2020-21 funding to help with their cash flow,” Beare said.