Montreal QC - The 2011-2012 budget tabled on March 17 by the Quebec government included good news for Quebec cultural entities operating on the international scene. It first announced the creation of a 100 million dollar fund over the next eight years to support international cultural projects. Managed by SODEC, this fund will finance major projects for the international market which have a strong potential for generating significant economic benefits to Quebec. All artistic disciplines are affected by this new budgetary envelope from which private companies and non-profit organizations can also benefit.
The budget also announced an additional payment of 1 million dollars a year over 3 years to support the distribution of works of art outside Quebec. This sum is in addition to the 3 million dollars provided annually by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition feminine to support the exposure of Quebec artists on the international stage.
Alain Pare, CEO of CINAR sees the new budget as good news for the international exposure of the performing arts: “These two decisions provide relief for Quebec touring organizations hit hard by the Harper government’s cuts since 2008. In addition, the creation of a supplementary fund will relieve the Quebec Conseil des arts et des lettres which saw grant applications surge ahead by 60% last year for projects outside Quebec due to lack of funding at the federal level.”
CINARS would like to congratulate the Quebec government, particularly Christine St-Pierre, the Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women for promoting the influence of Quebec culture abroad.