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Arts Programs

Since 1996, the First Peoples' Cultural Council’s Arts Program has delivered the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards (AADA) through a strong partnership with the BC Arts Council. Combined with investments from the New Relationship Trust and Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, this longstanding program is a primary source of support for the unique expressions of Indigenous artists in B.C.
In 2017 we launched the Indigenous Music Initiative (IMI) with CreativeBC to fund emerging managers, promoters and recording/producing professionals in the Indigenous music industry.

Click here to view our Arts Grants.

Click here to view our Grant Writing Handbook.  

Staff contacts for the Arts Program:
  • Indigenous Music Initiative Grants contact: Sarah Pocklington sarah@fpcc.ca
  • Individual Artists and Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts: Nikki Thomas nikki@fpcc.ca
  • Arts Organizations & Collectives, Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations and Arts Administrator Internships: Angela Marston angela@fpcc.ca
We are very proud to report that our Aboriginal Arts Development Awards program awarded 87 grants totaling $1,006,110 to Indigenous and First Nations artists and organizations across the Province during our last fiscal year.

Applications are accepted annually from First Nations and Indigenous artists, organizations and collectives that have a demonstrated commitment to their practice in any artistic discipline—visual, music, dance, theatre, literary or media. The AADA and IMI programs supports both traditionally-based and contemporary experimental approaches.

The deadline for applications for the Indigenous Music Initiative has been extended to December 1, 2018.
The next deadline for Aboriginal Arts Development Awards and  will be Wednesday, October 31, 2019.

The Awards assist Indigenous artists to:
  • advance their work and artistic skills through mentorship and training
  • gain the recognition of their peers
  • develop a history of public presentation or performance (not necessarily in publicly-funded venues)
  • devote more time to the creation of new work
  • strengthen professional relationships and recognition within their field of interest
The Awards assist Indigenous organizations to:
  • enhance their activities as an arts and culture organization or collective
  • advance the capacity and sustainability of their organization for the benefit of the artists and audiences they serve
  • enhance their connections to other arts organizations or networks
Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to their artistic practice and development in any artistic discipline—visual, performing, literary, media, including the contemporary practice of traditionally based forms.

For more information please contact:
Angela Marston: angela@fpcc.ca

*For the purpose of this program, “Aboriginal" and "Indigenous" artists include status, non-status, Métis and Inuit practitioners.

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