A compilation of funding opportunities for Alberta Arts Presenting Organizations collected on a single page:

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Alberta Community Facility Enhancement Program
  • Alberta Community Initiatives Program
  • Alberta Culture Days
  • The Royal Bank of Canada
  • TD Sponsorships
  • BMO Community Giving
  • TELUS Community Funds
  • Edmonton Art Council – Arts and Festival Organizations
  • Calgary Arts Development – Grant Investment Programs
  • Rozsa Foundation
  • The McLean Foundation
  • Birks Family Foundation


The Young Audience Directory is a free directory comprised of Performing Artists and Artists in Residency. If you are a school, community presenter, festival or library looking for Artists suitable for young audiences, you’ll want to check out this directory.

In the spirit of maintaining this directory, you can also find listings from artists that are not members of the Arts Touring Alliance. We do not guarantee the accuracy of non-member listings, but we do welcome any input to help us improve the quality and accuracy of the listings.

However, the Young Audience Directory isn’t the definitive source for young audience and family friendly artists, so if none of the artists meet what you are looking for please have a look at some of our provincial arts partners listed below.


Ontario Presents and Atlantic Presenters Association launched their “Webinar Series for Arts Presenting” in November 2014, with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage. The series was designed to provide performing arts presenters with quality professional development.

Who should participate?

The series is designed to help volunteer to mid-size presenters access quality professional development. There is no fee to participate. The series is customized to presenters’ needs and interests and is meant to be interactive. Participants are able to provide input and ask questions by email or survey in advance as well as in real time via chat in a friendly, non-intimidating learning environment.


Conference Showcasing Applications Made Easy

The paper forms are gone! The I Want To Showcase partner conferences present an easier way to apply for showcasing opportunities. Performing artists can apply to over a dozen major Performing Arts conferences across North America.

All in one place. All online.

Wow Our Audience

Our partners are seeking applicants demonstrating artistic excellence and proven ability to tour. Tell them what makes your work stand out. They look forward to reviewing your application for their conferences’ juried showcases.


Government Organizations

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

A crown agency of the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) was established in 1991 with a mandate to support and contribute to the development of the arts in Alberta. It replaced the Alberta Art Foundation, the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts, and the arts and cultural industries grant programs of Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism. Reporting to Alberta’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, and guided by the objectives found in the 1991 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Act (AFA Act), available from the Queen’s Printer, the AFA provides grant funding to artists and art organizations to encourage the growth and development of the arts sector. It also promotes the arts and manages an extensive art collection, valued at nearly $14 million, featuring work from artists all over the province. Read More: http://www.affta.ab.ca/

Government of Alberta: Community Initiatives Program

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) provides funding to support initiatives that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta.

Read More: https://www.alberta.ca/community-initiatives-program.aspx

Government of Canada: Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage and its portfolio organizations play a vital role in the cultural, civic and economic life of Canadians. Arts, culture and heritage represent $54.6 billion in the Canadian economy and more than 630,000 jobs in sectors such as film and video, broadcasting, music, publishing, archives, performing arts, heritage institutions, festivals and celebrations. Read More: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage.html

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Canada Council reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. It submits regular reports to several other government departments in line with schedules and regulations set by legislation and the departments. Read More: http://canadacouncil.ca/

National Arts Service Organizations

Atlantic Presenters Association

The Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) is the regional arts presenter’s organization for the four Atlantic Provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It is a leader in the presentation of the performing arts and promotes the development of performing arts touring in the Atlantic region. The APA’s mission is to enable our members to enhance, promote, and facilitate diverse, quality live performances, and to provide an exchange of best practices and ideas.

Read More: http://www.atlanticpresenters.ca/

BC Touring Council

THE BC TOURING COUNCIL (BCTC) was established as a non-profit organization in 1976 to serve presenters and touring professional artists in British Columbia. Its goals are to expand touring opportunities, promote audience development and be an advocate for artists and presenters.

The BC Touring Council has a membership that includes about 60% artists, agents and managers and 40% presenters and theatre venues. Its board of directors is made up of members and is elected at an annual general meeting held at Pacific Contact in March / April.

Read More: http://bctouring.org/

Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA)

The Canadian Arts Presenting Association/l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA) serves the performing arts touring and presenting community through its commitment to integrate the performing arts into the lives of all Canadians. CAPACOA takes initiative in providing leadership, knowledge, communications, skills development and advocacy on behalf of its members and within the arts presenting community.

Read More: http://www.capacoa.ca/

Contact East

Each year, Contact East brings together the very best of North American talent, in music, theatre and dance, to showcase and pitch their work to regional, national and international presenters.

Contact East is a meeting place for artists and presenters to facilitate numerous and diverse performing arts activities in Canada and on international stages. It involves formal showcase events, primarily music, dance and theatre; the Contact Room where artists, agents and presenters can interact to discuss availability, venues and other performing arts issues; and a variety of workshops, clinics and round table discussions, which are relevant to the industry’s affairs.

Read More: http://www.contacteast.ca/

Manitoba Arts Council

The Manitoba Arts Council is an arm’s-length agency of the Province of Manitoba, established in 1965 “to promote the study, enjoyment, production and performance of works in the arts.” The Council makes awards to professional arts organizations and individuals in all art forms including arts education, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. The Council uses a peer assessment process in making awards. The main criterion used to assess application is artistic excellence.

The Council is funded through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage. Council reports annually through the Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage to the Provincial Legislature in its Annual Report, and Council operations are audited annually through the Provincial Auditor.

Read More: http://artscouncil.mb.ca/

Manitoba Arts Network

Manitoba Arts Network is a non-profit, charitable arts programming organization, showcasing and advancing arts and culture in all regions of Manitoba. The Network is dedicated to connecting Manitoba’s communities by celebrating and sharing the arts.

Read More: http://www.manitobaartsnetwork.ca/

Ontario Presents

Ontario Presents is a province-wide network of performing arts touring and presenting organizations that work collaboratively to facilitate the distribution of live, performing arts shows – and their engagement with citizens – into communities across Ontario. The organization was incorporated as a not-for-profit network of performing arts venues in 1988 and has grown over the years to be an effective champion for the practice of performing arts presentation and community engagement. Its members include municipal performing  arts centres; not-for-profit, volunteer, community presenters; touring artists/arts organizations, artists’ agents, and industry service consultants.

Ontario Presents operates a number of participatory programs and services that help members build capacity, develop leadership and create opportunities to grow and diversify their audiences.

Read More: https://ontariopresents.ca/

Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC)

The Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC), acts as an umbrella for community arts councils and schools across the province. OSAC is a non-profit charitable organization.#10780 3389 RR0001

Across Saskatchewan, we bring people and the arts together. In more than 80 towns and cities, local arts councils and schools are keeping the arts alive. Thanks to their efforts, those communities enjoy live musical and theatre performances, visual art exhibitions, workshops and special events.

Read More: http://osac.ca/


RIDEAU, the Réseau indépendant des diffuseurs d’événements artistiques unis is an independent network of presenters of artistic events. RIDEAU has 169 members, 160 organisations mainly from the province of Quebec and nine regional networks of arts presenters.   Founded in 1978, the association’s mission is to foster the performing arts by supporting its members’ productions. To realise its mandate, RIDEAU lobbies on behalf of its membership to all levels of government and participates in arts industry activities that involve some or all of its members. RIDEAU is also actively involved in documenting developments important to the performing arts industry, primarily in Quebec, and strives to promote and provide structure to the milieu both in Quebec, in other parts of French Canada and internationally. Over the years, RIDEAU has offered presenters, agents, concert promoters and their counterparts valuable information and communication tools: RIDEAU’s computer network, its website and Catalogue du spectacle. RIDEAU is also the organiser of the Bourse RIDEAU, an annual event held in Quebec City in February of each year.

Read More: http://www.rideau-inc.qc.ca/

Provincial Arts Service Organizations

Alberta Craft Council

The Alberta Craft Council is the Provincial Arts Service Organization that develops, promotes and advocates for fine craft in Alberta. Since 1980, the ACC has promoted craft in Alberta through exhibitions, publications, marketing ventures, education, awareness projects and information services to its membership and to the general public. The ACC has a dual role: to support contemporary and heritage crafts as significant art forms that contribute to Alberta’s culture; and to develop a craft sector of creative, skilled, viable and sustainable craftspeople, studio, businesses and networks.

Read More: http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca/

Alberta Dance Alliance

The Alberta Dance Alliance (ADA) is a provincial service organization that exists to foster and promote the appreciation and practice of dance in Alberta. Created in 1984, ADA provides education, awareness and advocacy though programs, events and services.

In 1996, Alberta Community Development and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts officially named ADA as the provincial arts service organization (PASO) for the dance communities across Alberta.
ADA is a registered non-profit organization, incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta.

Alberta Media Arts Alliance

Alberta Media Arts Alliance exists to advocate, educate, and celebrate the media arts in Alberta. The media arts in Alberta is advanced through the generation of awareness, strengthening of connections, and continuous advocacy. AMAAS builds a sustainable and vibrant future for media arts in Alberta. AMAAS defines media art as independent artist initiated and controlled use of film, video, new media, audio/sound art and related media.

Read More: http://www.amaas.ca/

Alberta Magazine Publishers Association

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) sustains a healthy and thriving magazine industry by serving the people who publish, create, print and distribute an uniquely Albertan view of the world. We’re a classroom, a forum, a newsletter, an advocate and a united voice for magazine publishers in the province. Since 1997, we’ve supported Alberta magazines through promotion, advancement, and practical programs that foster professional development and industry growth.

Read More: http://albertamagazines.com/

Alberta Media Production Industries Association

Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is a non-profit professional association incorporated in 1973. At its inception, its mandate was to support the independent motion picture industry as a viable economic and cultural force within the Province of Alberta. Since that time, the media industry in Canada and the world has changed dramatically and AMPIA continues to play an important role in the media production industry in Alberta.

Read More: http://ampia.org/

Alberta Music

The Alberta Music Industry Association is a non-profit, service-based association dedicated to helping professionals in the music industry to succeed in their careers. We are here to build, connect and inspire a dynamic Alberta music industry.

Read More: https://www.albertamusic.org/

Book Publishers Association of Alberta

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) was founded in 1975 to support the development of a thriving provincial publishing industry, away from Canada’s traditional book publishing centres. Today one of the strongest communities of regional publishers in North America, the BPAA counts more than 25 member companies, many of which are owned and operated in Alberta. Our members publish books by local, national and international authors and provide significant cultural and economic benefits to this province. They work with writers, printers, artists and other creative people to produce high quality books that are sold in Alberta and throughout the world.

Read More: http://bookpublishers.ab.ca/


The Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta (RAFA) is a provincial arts service organization and the official voice of Alberta’s francophone arts and culture community. Its mission is to bring together French-speaking artists and arts and culture organizations to ensure the development and vitality of all forms of artistic expression in Alberta. Read More: http://www.rafa-alberta.ca/

Theatre Alberta

Theatre Alberta is a non-profit society and registered Canadian charity dedicated to the growth and development of the Alberta theatre community. Join more than 1,000 individuals and organizations that champion theatre arts in our province. Read More: http://www.theatrealberta.com/

Visual Arts Alberta

Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC is a non-profit, Provincial Arts Service Organization (PASO) and the provincial affiliate for CARFAC National. Our mission is to promote the visual arts in Alberta and assist Alberta artists, providing a communication hub between members of the visual arts community and the general public.  Additionally, it is the goal of Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC to provide Alberta artists with current, vital information on arts opportunities locally, regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally to ensure that they are able to actively and knowledgeably participate in the broader visual arts world. Read More: http://visualartsalberta.com/

Writers' Guild of Alberta

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is a provincial arts service organization that represents both professional and emerging writers in Alberta. Our mission is to support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers. We plan events and programs catered to Alberta’s writers and provide services to benefit our members. Read More: https://writersguild.ca/

Municipal Arts Service Organizations

Edmonton Arts Council

The Edmonton Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life through activities that:

  • Invest in Edmonton festivals, arts organizations and individual artists through municipal, corporate and private funding.
  • Represent Edmonton’s arts community to government and other agencies and provide expert advice on issues that affect the arts.
  • Build partnerships and initiate projects that strengthen our community.
  • Create awareness of the quality, variety and value of artistic work produced in Edmonton.

Read More: http://www.edmontonarts.ca/

Calgary Arts Development

As the city’s designated arts development authority, Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. We invest and allocate municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary and leverage these funds to provide additional resources to the arts sector. Our programs support hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists, artist collectives and ad hoc groups in Calgary. Calgary Arts Development strives to increase and use our resources wisely, foster collaborative relationships and make the arts integral to the lives of Calgarians. Read More: http://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/