Type of Program:



The Media Artists Program provides support to media artists for the creation/production of new work or the completion of works in progress. Funds are intended to cover direct costs of creation/production, including subsistence and materials.

Applicants may apply for production and/or post-production. Media Arts includes independent film, video and new media artworks. New media refers to works that use multi-media, computers or communications or information technologies for creative expression, including installation and performance art works that integrate such technologies.

The program provides two levels of support: Level one for emerging artists in the early stages of their professional career and Level two for mid-career and established artists.

Comments on Funding:

Funding for Level one is up to $6,000.
Funding for Level two is up to $12,000.

A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project. 

When It Ends:

Intake opens two to three months before the submission deadline


October 13, 2022


Applicant must

  • be professional artists,
  • be the director, the only eligible applicant for a film or video project. Producers may not apply as co-applicants.
  • be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants), or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status, or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant) and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
  • be residents of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the application deadline. Temporary absences of up to 12 months may be considered, subject to written explanation and special permission.
  • have completed basic training (not necessarily in a formal educational institution).
  • have spent a minimum of one year working on and developing an independent art practice after completing full-time studies.
  • retain full copyright, financial, editorial and creative control.

Applicants to the 2021 Visual Artists program may not apply to the 2021 Media Artists program. Collaborative proposals are eligible. Co-applicants are subject to the same eligibility criteria as primary applicants. If the application is successful, the grant cheque will be payable to the principal applicant, as listed in the application. Similarly, a T4A slip will be issued to the principal applicant.

Applications Steps:


Applicants must register to Toronto Arts Council's online grant application system and submit their applications during the intake period.
Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline. Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.

Documentation Needed:

Program guidelines will be added approximately 3 months before the deadline date.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Emerging artists in the early stages of their professional careers: Artists in this category have produced a small body of work and achieved some local recognition and/or have limited public screening and/or exhibition experience. Generally they have had between 2 and 7 years of professional arts practice.
  2. 2
    Mid-career artists are past the early stages of their careers and have produced a reasonable body of work and received recognition, exhibitions or screenings outside the local community. Generally they have had from 8 to 14 years of professional arts practice.
  3. 3
    Established artists have produced an extensive body of work and have achieved national or international recognition, exhibitions or screenings. Generally, they have had at least 15 years of professional arts practice.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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