B.C. government ups funding for artists' International Presence Program

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      The B.C. government is adding $100,000 to its funding for a program to boost international exposure for this province's artists.

      Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare has just announced an increase of $100,000 to $350,000 for the International Presence Program.

      “We want to share B.C.’s amazing artistic talent with the world and attract top industry executives to our province,” said Beare in a press statement today. “The International Presence Program gives us that opportunity, enabling B.C. artists to step onto the world stage and make important connections with industry representatives who can help them succeed.”

      The program aims at building relationships between B.C.’s arts and culture sector and its international counterparts via three means of funding: arts promotion, representation, and exposure to new markets; bringing in presenters and curators to see B.C. artists; and artistic and cultural-exchange projects.

      The Arts Legacy Fund administers the program, which was launched as a pilot program in 2016-17. During that time, the government says it supported international exposure for more than 70 artists and arts groups; it brought in more than 60 international curators and presenters to B.C.; and its sent B.C. representatives to 15 international industry trade shows.

      Applications are now open to March 5.