COVID-19 support available for arts and culture sectors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize the Yukon arts community faces many challenges. Find support and program announcements for arts and culture.

Apply for arts funding to tour outside Yukon

The Touring Artist Fund (TAF) is for professional Yukon artists and performers. Every year we have $100,000 for touring outside Yukon. This fund is open to all artistic practices.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants

  • Yukon artists, ensembles, or artistic companies who create, produce or interpret art in theatre, dance, music, visual art, film, storytelling or a combination of art forms.
  • You must have lived in Yukon for 1 continuous year before applying.
  • Ensembles must have a history of performing together.

Eligible projects

Due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the eligibility criteria have been temporarily modified. This change will support artists while travel and health restrictions are in place. As of June 15, 2020, eligible projects include: 

  • touring within Yukon; and
  • online (digital) "tours". 

You must:

  • Have a firm invitation from a venue, resulting from a professional selection process. This can be things like merit-based selection by jury, curator or artistic committee;
  • tour outside of Yukon, within Yukon, or by digital means;
  • have more than 1 event on the tour; and
  • present your art to the public.

We expect this change to remain in place until we reach Phase IV of Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

If you have questions, email artsfund@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-667-8789 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8789.

Application deadlines

The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. PST on: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15.

Applications must be postmarked on or before the day of the deadline. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it moves to the next business day.

Apply to the Touring Artist Fund

We recommend you contact an arts advisor to discuss your proposed tour well before you apply. Email artsfund@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-8789 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8789.

  1. Download the application and guidelines.
  2. Submit your completed application and supporting documents.
    In person: 100 Hanson Street, Whitehorse. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On the day of the deadline, there will be a drop box for applications inside our doors.
    Email: artsfund@gov.yk.ca
    Mail:
    Government of Yukon
    Arts Fund (L-3)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
  3. The Yukon Arts Advisory Council reviews applications and makes funding recommendations to the Minister of Tourism and Culture for approval. Applicants are notified of the results within 8 weeks of the application deadline.

Funding availability and eligible expenses

Applicants may receive up to $10,000 towards eligible expenses. This includes:

  • Travel, accommodation and per diems;
  • fees for other artists (but not the applicant);
  • insurance;
  • visas and permits;
  • cargo and crating;
  • equipment rental;
  • tour promotion and marketing; and
  • expenses related to preparing for the tour. This can include things like framing, video transfers, music copying and rehearsing.

Past recipients

See who received the Touring Artist Fund from 2008 to present.