Quebec will inject more than $225 million into the struggling cultural sector

Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy announced a new $225.8 million plan on Sunday to support the province’s cultural community, which has been hard hit by the pandemic.

The plan, which uses funds allocated in the recent 2022 budget, will span three years.

The minister explained that a first component of $123.3 million will be used to “implement safety nets, develop new clienteles” and combat the labor shortage affecting the sector.

In addition to improving measures already in place, such as the Emergency Fund for performing arts artists and cultural workers, the money will also “support a clientele that was not historically funded”, such as “small venues and alternative venues”.

A second component of $79.5 million will aim to encourage cultural renewal, in particular by financing “more shows with more artists and performers, more tours and more promotion,” the minister said.

She said she wanted to help up-and-coming creators in particular, by allocating funds for their artistic projects and making the first parties eligible for representation assistance from the Société de développement culturel du Québec (SODEC).

A third and final component of $23 million will aim to promote international influence, but also innovation.

Accordingly, the Minister announced funding for “all types of digital production, such as virtual reality, immersive installations, podcasts”.

— This report from The Canadian Press was first published in French on April 10, 2022.

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