You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) using Archive-It. This page was captured on 06:04:14 Oct 06, 2020, and is part of the UNESCO collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page.
Loading media information hide

Montreal, Creative City of Design, strengthens its support to artists facing COVID-19


Montreal, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, is the largest metropolis in the Province of Quebec, Canada. With over 25,000 professionals working in the design sector, Montreal emphasizes the role design plays in ensuring the development of the city, which is ecologically sustainable, economically viable, socially equitable and culturally diverse.

Given the significant impact on the COVID-19 pandemic on the creative and cultural economy, the city of Montreal recently launched new support measures for artists and culture practitioners. These initiatives are being implemented in line with the ongoing strategy to emphasize Montreal’s creative potential, and ensure better recognition for designers; raising awareness of the talents of Montreal designers and architects; and developing their creative markets.

In light of the exceptional circumstances, the Conseil des arts de Montréal (Arts Council of Montreal), which funds and promote nearly 500 artistic companies and collectives, announced its intention to maintain its financial commitments and accelerate the payment of grants under several of its programs..

Recognizing the significant pressures faced by the arts and culture sector, the Council has advanced funds for 13 million CAD (approximately10 million USD), representing 76% of the grants planned for the year 2020. This is providing support to the entire value chain from creation, to production and dissemination.

The Council thus provides financial assistance to cultural professionals who are beneficiaries of its various support programs, such as the tax sponsorship, grant program for visual arts and fine crafts artists in the city.

In addition, the Council encourage organizations and collectives under the program to meet the commitments signed with artists.

For more information kindly visit: