How will the funds be used?

Funds raised will offer relief to artists in the form of a $500 emergency relief grant. Artists will have to use the money to create a new work of art that will then be auctioned to raise more money to support more artists.
Any individual artist in any discipline is eligible to receive the grant, with the only limitation being how much money we can raise.
As on-ground events may continue to be cancelled or postponed for several weeks ahead, a portion of the funds will be used to support artists in need to transition to more long-term economic solutions. Our hope is that we will help artists develop more economically sustainable sources of income to support their livelihood currently in crisis.

Who is eligible to apply for SOCA?

Any individual pursuing the arts as a career (any discipline, any level of experience) who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance. Grants and support will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the only limitation being how much money we are able to raise.
The only requirements are:
(1) you demonstrate you’re an artist by sharing your resume and website, where applicable, and
(2) you share this fundraiser with your own networks and provide a screenshot.
There are currently no geographic limitations.
Currently, support from this initiative is not available to groups or organizations.

How do I apply?

Apply by filling out the Support A Canadian Artist (SOCA) Application Form.
The application asks some basic questions, such as how you’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and for some basic documentation, such as a resume/ website to demonstrate you are a practicing artist and a screenshot that you have shared the fundraiser with your networks.
Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email copy of your form responses. As long as you receive the email copy of your responses, your request has been received and you have been placed in line to receive assistance. Please note this is a first-come, first-serve opportunity dependent on available funding. We are collecting donations indefinitely and trying to help as many people as possible as quickly as possible, but please do not rely on this as an immediate source of relief.

Why should I share it with my network?

This initiative depends on donations from the greater community. By sharing with your networks and inviting your connections to the fundraiser, you are helping to raise awareness about the campaign and potentially soliciting more donations. The number of people we can help is directly dependent on the amount of funding we can raise. We want to help as many people in need as possible, and we appreciate your continued support.
Please share and invite your friends, family, and network:  SOCA – A COVID-19 Fundraiser to Support Canadian Artists

Who can I contact if I have questions?

If you cannot find the answer you’re looking for here, you can reach out to us at soca.canada@gmail.com with questions or concerns.

How do I know if I have been selected to receive support?

At the end of each distribution cycle, we will send out a courtesy email to applicants who will receive support. If you receive an email from us, then you are a recipient of that cycle. If you do not receive an email from us, then you are further down on the list and may receive assistance at a later date. For privacy reasons, we will not publicly disclose the names of recipients, but we will announce how much funding has been re-distributed and how many requests for support will be fulfilled.
Please note this is a first-come, first-serve opportunity dependent on available funding. We are collecting donations indefinitely and trying to help as many people as possible as quickly as possible, but please do not rely on this as an immediate source of relief.

When and how will the funds be distributed?

We will distribute stipends and support every other week on an ongoing, as long as funding continues. The first round of payouts is will begin to be distributed and may take several business days due to daily transaction limits. The number of recipients depends on how much funding is available for each distribution cycle. We are accepting donations for the initiative indefinitely and hope to help as many artists as possible during these difficult and uncertain times.
Each distribution cycle, we will announce how much funding will be distributed and send out a courtesy email to applicants who will be receiving funds. Funds will be transferred to applicants via e-transfer.
Please see the Funds Distribution Schedule for more information.

How can I help?

Donate. Even if it’s a small amount. Every dollar helps.
Share/ post the link to the fundraiser with a personal message about why this campaign matters to you.
Invite people in your network to donate.
Join the Support A Canadian Artist Facebook Group for more information and updates.
Like & Follow Canin Cultural Council and Artists and Artisans Development Network Facebook pages.
Email us with feedback/ suggestions on how we can do better to support artists: soca.canada@gmail.com

Who is behind this project?

SOCA – Support A Canadian Artist is a joint initiative by Canin Cultural Council and Artists and Artisans Development Network, federally registered Canadian not-for-profit organizations. Both Canin Cultural Council and Artists and Artisans Development Network work tirelessly to promote new and emerging artists from all backgrounds and ethnicities by provides free arts and music programs to underserved communities and beneficial resources and opportunities to artists, musicians, and performers to share their work with a broader audience.

After seeing the devastating impact of COVID19-related cancellations and closures on people working in the arts industry, Canin Cultural Council and Artists and Artisans Development Network set up a fundraiser to collect funds that would directly benefit affected artists, musicians, and performers.

What percentage of funds will go to the artist?

A majority of the funds, from the fundraiser, will directly benefit artists and fulfill requests for support.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

No. Currently, Canin Cultural Council and Artists and Artisans Development Network do not hold charitable status in Canada and therefore are unable to issue tax receipts.