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School Touring Program

The School Touring Program (STP) is available to professional artists, groups, and not-for-profit arts organizations to support significant touring productions to schools throughout the province. Offered in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development through its Cultural Connections Strategy, the program provides students with direct access to high quality artistic experiences. The program covers touring costs only (i.e. travel, accommodation, per diems, artist and technician fees, tour administration, royalties, and limited rehearsal).


This program is open to all artistic disciplines served by ArtsNL (dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual arts, writing)

Definition of a professional artist:
A person shall be considered to be a professional artist if that person satisfies 4 of the following criteria, including at least one of the criteria referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c):

  1. the person receives or has received compensation which can be included in professional or
    business income;
  2. the person has a record of income or loss relevant to the history of his or her work and appropriate to the span of his or her artistic career;
  3. the person has received public or peer recognition by publicly disseminated critical reviews or appraisals or by similar means;
  4. the person has presented his or her work to the public by means of exhibitions, publications, screenings, performances, readings, or by other means appropriate to the nature of his or her work;
  5. the person is represented by a dealer, publisher, agent or similar professional representative appropriate to the nature of his or her work;
  6. the person devotes a reasonable proportion of his or her professional time to promoting or marketing his or her work;
  7. the person
    (i) has received professional training in an educational institution from a practitioner recognized in his or her profession, or
    (ii) is self-taught within the established practices of the person’s cultural traditions;
  8. the person has membership in a professional association, appropriate to his or her artistic activity,
    (i) whose membership is or categories of membership are limited under standards of the association, or
    (ii) which is a trade union or equivalent appropriate to his or her artistic activity; and
  9. the person holds copyright in his or her own work and has received royalty or residual payment based on that copyright.

Definition of a professional arts group:
 A group of individual artists who work in one or more of the artistic disciplines supported by ArtsNL:

  • that has the creation and/or presentation of works of art as its primary activity
  • that is composed of at least two individuals
  • that has all members meeting ArtsNL’s definition of a professional artist
  • that charges artist fees at established national standards for the artistic discipline(s) and practice in which it operates
  • that pays individual members artist fees at established national standards for the artistic discipline(s) and practice in which it operates
  • that has internal oversight of the group’s finances and can produce an annual financial statement

Definition of a professional not-for-profit arts organization:
A formal organization operating in one or more of the artistic disciplines supported by ArtsNL

  • that has the creation and/or presentation of works of art as its primary activity
  • that is registered, or operates as a non-profit arts entity
  • that has a board of directors overseeing the operations of the organization
  • that has a paid artistic director, general manager, or equivalent
  • that pays artist fees at established national standards for the artistic discipline(s) and practice in which
    it operates
  • that has internal or external oversight of the organization’s finances and produces an annual
    financial statement

Residency, age and activity requirements:

Professional individual artist:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident Status
  • Must be a current resident of  Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of twelve consecutive months at the time of application
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or hold post-secondary standing

Professional arts groups and not-for-profit arts organizations:

  • Must have been active in Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of one year at the time of submitting an application
  • Must have actively engaged in professional arts activities within the last year
  • Must have at least half its members (for groups) or board members (for organizations) residing in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Must have at least half its members (for groups) or member artists and board members (for organizations)  who are at least 18 years of age, or have post-secondary standing

Application deadline:

June 15 for projects in the upcoming school year (September to June).
If an application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be moved to the next business day. Seven Copies of a complete application must be received at the ArtsNL office by 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline, or postmarked by the deadline date (registered mail is recommended for tracking purposes).

Maximum grant:

The maximum grant is $20,000.

Program guidelines:

  • All applications must be submitted on the official STP application form. Ensure you have the latest version.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.
  • Applicants are encouraged to book a meeting with program staff to discuss their application well before the application deadline.
  • Applications must be typed or hand printed.
  • Only one application per artist, group or organization will be accepted per application deadline.
  • Applicants may explore other sources of revenue. Applicants may not always be awarded the full amount requested.
  • Applicants must submit seven copies of a complete application on/before the application deadline consisting of: a completed STP application form, a detailed project description of the tour and workshops, a budget, a list of potential schools for the tour, and resumes/bios of key participants that confirm a professional arts practice.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include support material (reviews, media clippings, etc.) with the application. A script, video, or other document of the planned presentation or performance for students should also be included. Seven copies of each item must be submitted by the application deadline. ArtsNL will not copy support materials.
  • Groups or organizations must submit seven copies of a list of board or group members including province of residency for each individual, and one copy of a financial statement for their last completed fiscal year listing revenue, expenses, surplus/deficit for the last year, and accumulated surplus/deficit.
  • Retroactive applications cannot be considered. The project, as described in your application, cannot start before you have been notified it has been funded by ArtsNL.
  • Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt within two weeks of application submission by email or telephone.
  • ArtsNL funding will only support travel based on the most economical route possible (i.e. the cheaper overall travel cost for driving versus flying).
  • Artist fees or travel costs must be for people 18 years of age or older.
  • A full grant of $20,000 requires at least 10 presentations/ performances, or 7 if the tour includes one or more stops in Labrador or communities on the south coast of the island that are not accessible by road. At least two thirds of the presentations/ performances must be in rural schools.
  • Applicants are required to include workshops and/or enrichment activities that allow students to actively explore an art form as part of their visit to a school.
  • All projects are artist led, but a teacher is required to be in the classroom at all times. Teachers are encouraged to participate in the project as fully as possible. 
  • Presentations/performances must be for students only. They must be designed for school audiences, and must be age-appropriate in presentation and subject.
  • Schools and individual students must not be charged a fee for the presentation/performance.
  • Presentations/performances should enhance or support aspects of the school curriculum and explore Newfoundland and Labrador culture past or present.
  • Capital costs (purchase of vehicles, equipment, instruments etc.) are not eligible for funding.
  • Successful applicants must submit written confirmation from the schools they will visit before a grant cheque will be released.
  • Final reports on all past ArtsNL grants must be submitted before ArtsNL will release funding for a new project.
  • When applying for new funding from ArtsNL, an applicant is permitted to have one final report owing across all ArtsNL programs. In this instance, a final report is considered owing on any past project funded by ArtsNL that is past the project end date listed on the application, or extended on approval of ArtsNL staff before the current application deadline. Applicants owing more than one final report across all ArtsNL programs will not be permitted to apply for further funding from ArtsNL.


Applications are reviewed by a multidiscipline peer assessment committee typically consisting of five to seven professional artists and experienced educators.  All decisions are reviewed and ratified by Council. Government members of Council and ArtsNL staff do not vote.

Final report:

A final report on all projects funded by ArtsNL is typically required within three months of the project end date listed on the application form.  However, if an artist, group, or not-for profit arts organization seeks new funding from ArtsNL, the final report requirements listed above will apply. A final report form is available from the ArtsNL office or website.

Forward Questions and/or completed applications to:

Katrina Rice, Program Officer
1 Springdale Street (The Newman Building)
P.O. Box 98
St. John’s, NL, A1C 5H5

Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 204
Toll Free (in NL only): 1 (866) 726-2212 ext. 204
Fax: (709) 726-0619