Artists Can Now Apply in Inuktitut


The Canada Council for the Arts has released a new app in order to make their funding programs more accessbile to Inuktitut-speaking artists.

The app - the first-ever downloadable program in the Inuktitut language - helps users write proposals to the many Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) grant programs.

Apparently, the CCA noticed they were receiving a low number of applications from Inuit artists and recognized the lack of language accessibility as a barrier.

From CBC News' Inuktitut iPhone app to help Inuit artists:

Myna Ishulutaq teaches Inuktitut at the Pirurvik Centre in Iqaluit. She says it could really help artists who are writing in a second language, or who only speak Inuktitut. “This will really help Inuit, to artists who apply, not just needing a translator all the time but now they'll be able to read and understand on their own,” said Ishulutaq.

Mathew Nuqingaq is an artist and he has done some consulting for the council over the past twenty years. He was one of the first to see the app.

“There are so many artists that are here in Nunavut, I think we have the most artists, and we are the least that get the funding,” said Nuqingaq... “It’s great because when the artist gets the funding, it's a living allowance,” he said. “They get to live without having to think about having to sell their pieces for a while and then they get a collection. That way, when they get a collection, they'll get a showing in a gallery,”

The only concern Nuqingaq takes is the Council's lack of an Inuktitut-speaking employee to further help Inuit artists to apply for funding.

Hopefully, the app is the first step in the right direction at the CCA for equal access by Inuktitut speakers.

The app is free and available on iTunes and the Android market. It’s also available in English and French.

How to Apply for a CIRAA Groundbreaker Grant


In April, the CIRAA (Canadian Independent Recording Artists Association) announced their new Groundbreaker Grant program to assist performing artists by awarding $100 micro-grants per live gig played.  When you're a working musician every bit counts, so I decided to throw my name in the hat.

I've heard it said that the every Canadian musician's dream is to break even. True, it can be hard to make a living as an artist, but it's not impossible. When you're performing and touring, you're counting on ticket and merch sales to cover your costs, on the road and back home. You're also submitting your setlist to SOCAN - but that process, though completely worth it, has such a long time delay, it doesn't help you when you just need gas money to get you to the next town.

The CIRAA started the Groundbreaker Grant program to help bridge this gap. Twenty $100 micro-grants are awarded monthly to artists who have played a live show during the previous month (to a $1200 yearly max). The recipients are chosen by lottery draw from all eligible applications. Applications are open from the 1st-10th of each month for gigs played in the previous month - so during this August window, only gigs played in July are eligible.

The application process is remarkably simple and quick.

Become a member - it's free and easy - at

From your account, click My Grant Application.

Enter the gig details - venue, type of performance (local, tour, album release) and date. Choose a gig image to upload - gig poster, newsclipping - and hit submit.


The names of the 20 artists drawn from the lottery selection are announced via Twitter at 4pm on the next business day after the 10th of each month. You know I'll be keeping my eye on @theciraa next week.

If you're a performing musician in Canada be sure to apply - as they say, you've got to be in it to win it!