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A new CALQ international coproduction assistance measure for arts and letters

On September 29, 2011, Québec Minister of Culture, Communications and of the Status of Women Christine St-Pierre announced the implementation of a new international coproduction assistance measure from CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) for artistic and literary organizations in Québec.

“This measure will give [Québec organizations] financial leverage that will spur investment in coproductions outside Québec, as CALQ will award grants matching coproducers’ investments,” declared St-Pierre.

The terms of this measure have been adapted to the needs of two major artist groups: Mesure d'aide à la coproduction en arts de la scène et en arts multidisciplinaires is aimed at organizations creating and producing theater, dance, music, the circus arts, or multidisciplinary arts wishing to develop an original Québec work in collaboration with one or more partners outside Québec. Mesure d'aide à la coproduction en arts médiatiques, en arts visuels, en littérature, en métiers d'art et en recherche architecturale is for organizations wishing to carry out an original production, performance, or exhibition in collaboration with one or more partners outside Québec.

While this is a national measure aimed at Québec organizations, it constitutes a good practice in international cooperation according to Article 12 of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, since it promotes international coproduction. This measure will in fact facilitate reciprocal exchanges between Québec, the rest of Canada, and foreign countries.

Full details are available on the CALQ website.

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