COVID-19 IMPACTS ON ARTSNB PROGRAMS, INITIATIVES AND ACTIVITIES
artsnb office and operations
Updated on November 30th, 2020 – artsnb is aware that grant applicants and recipients may be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Although the staff split their time between home and the office, our physical office remains closed to the general public. However, our operations continue as normal, given that they can be carried out online.
As always, we are available to answer any questions or inquiries you may have. Please contact us by phone or email.
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Updates regarding the partial reopening and relaxation of criteria of Career Development components
Updated on November 30th, 2020 – The Government of New Brunswick announced that, starting on November 27th, interprovincial travel without the requirement to self-isolate within the Atlantic provinces will no longer be permitted (read the news release here). Given that “people travelling into New Brunswick, including all of the Atlantic provinces, are required to self-isolate for 14 days unless exempt”, grant applications (projects) submitted to artsnb in all programs are allowed with the following caveats:
- Grant recipients must respect guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 restrictions issued by provincial authorities, both in their home region and province, and at their destination.
- Recipients must contact the Program Officer if their event is suspended, postponed or cancelled.
- Please note that in response to the current pandemic, the Arts by Invitation and Artist in Residence components of the Career Development are opened only partially; proposed projects must respect the restrictions mentioned above.
- Relaxation of the criteria for the other two components, Professional Development and Professionalization & Promotion, are still in effect. This is to make allowance for the current working conditions imposed by the pandemic and to take advantage of online training opportunities. Currently, eligible projects can include:
- Online training to help adapt one’s artistic practice to the new realities of self-isolation, social distancing and web-based communications.
- Online training and short-term studies: you may now apply before having been accepted by the institution or private instructor. Please contact artsnb Program Officer before submitting your application, some instructions will be provided.
- Web-related expenses for up to one year, including web hosting, domain name registration, subscription for videoconference services, etc.
Note that the upcoming Career Development deadline is officially January 1st, though it is reported to January 11th to account for the holidays. Applicants planning to apply to this program are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Officer with any questions they might have.
You may also read the full press release in PDF format below:
Updates regarding partial reopening and relaxation of criteria of Career Development components (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Q: I currently have an artsnb grant that is being affected by the pandemic. What should I do?
A: Grant recipients whose funded projects are currently being affected can contact our Program Officer to discuss project changes and ask any questions they may have.
- Q: I have submitted an application that has not yet been assessed and part of the project has been impacted by a cancellation or has been postponed. What should I do?
A: Recent applicants whose application has not been assessed yet are invited to contact our Program Officer if the project you have applied for has been postponed or cancelled, in case your application needs to be withdrawn.
- Q: I am thinking of applying to an upcoming artsnb program, can I contact a staff member to discuss my project beforehand?
A: Yes, you are welcome to contact our Program Officer if you have any questions regarding project timelines or other concerns. We also encourage applicants considering applying for upcoming deadlines to keep the current situation in mind. Moreover, we hold Speed Consulting sessions via zoom every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 2 to 4. In these virtual face-to-face consultations with our Program Officer, you can get the answer to all your questions. The dates are posted on our website and on our social media pages.
- Q: I have received a project grant from artsnb. What happens if my artsnb-funded travel, event or activity must be postponed, changed or cancelled due to COVID-19? Will I be required to repay the grant?
A: artsnb recognizes that with the extraordinary and unforeseen nature of COVID-19, some activities or events will have to be cancelled or will no longer be able to take place. Please email our Program Officer to inform us about a project’s cancellation, or to propose changes to the timing, location or format of your project. We may be able to approve extensions to your project timeline and/or modifications to your project plans.
artsnb will allow you to retain the funds to be applied to other eligible expenses related to the project, including costs related to modifying, postponing or cancelling activities. If you are not able to spend all the funds on eligible expenses, you will be required to repay those funds. artsnb cannot unfortunately allow you to spend those funds on activities unrelated to the approved project.
We invite you to document the impact of COVID-19 and how you propose to use those funds in your final report.
*More information will be published here as the present situation continues to evolve.
Other Relevant Information and Resources for NB Artists
Updated on October 13th, 2020
- The Government of Canada now offers the the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) to eligible individuals. The CRB gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Application are now open (since October 12): https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html
- The Canada Council for the Arts has published information regarding the potential impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 on grant applicants and recipients. Artists who have received a grant from CCA and wish to know more on this topic are invited to read this announcement as well as consult the FAQ section on the CCA’s web site.