Government of Yukon



FOR RELEASE
May 23, 2012

Arts Operating Funds support local groups

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon government’s Arts Operating Funds will provide $665,990 to support Yukon’s music, theatre, dance, visual art and film sectors as well as community festival productions.

"Arts and culture is an important economic generator for Yukon, particularly when the public embraces and supports a new idea or concept,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “The funding provided by Arts Operating Funds will go toward sustaining and enhancing artistic programming and community participation that will engage Yukoners from many walks of life.”

Last year’s reporting period showed that groups supported by the Arts Operating Funds earned revenue of more than $1.3 million and leveraged more than $1.7 million in other government funding. There were 2,215 people who volunteered more than 45,000 hours to help present 740 events that delighted 54,907 audience attendees.

“Attracting a new audience is a challenge, no matter the art form,” Jazz Yukon president Duncan Sinclair said. “Along with creative ideas and good strategy, we need dependable financial support that allows for risk taking. The Yukon Arts Operating Funds have been instrumental in Jazz Yukon’s ability to develop the new Jazz in the Hall series at the Old Fire Hall heritage venue. These ‘learn, listen and jam’ events are engaging a new and diverse audience of all ages, including some as young as nine, along with a host of musicians for the jazz jams.”

There are two components to the Yukon government’s Arts Operating Funds: the Annual Operating Component provides core funding to non-profit societies with ongoing year-round activities engaged in the literary, visual and/or performing arts; the Annual Project Component provides artistic, production and administration cost support to groups with established annual projects.

For more information about the Arts Operating Funds, go to Funding Programs at www.tc.gov.yk.ca or call 867-667-3535. The annual deadline is February 15.

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Contact:

Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications
867-633-7961
elaine.schiman@gov.yk.ca

 

Karen Keeley
Communications, Tourism & Culture
867-667-8304
karen.keeley@gov.yk.ca

   

 
List of Recipients for 2012-13 Arts Operating Funds

Annual Operating Component

Organization 

Award

Guild Society

 $92,000

Nakai Theatre Ensemble

 70,000

Yukon Art Society

 53,000

Dawson City Music Festival Association

 45,000

Yukon Film Society

 45,000

Whitehorse Concerts

 35,000

Junction Arts and Music Society (JAM) 

  30,000

Gwaandak Theatre Society

 28,000

Extremely Moving Youth Society 

 27,500

Northern Lights School of Dance  

 27,500

Breakdancing Yukon Society  

 25,000

Community Choir of Whitehorse

 25,000

Jazz Yukon

 24,500

All-City Band Society

 20,000

Northern Fibres Guild

4,990

Sub-total

 $552,490
    

Annual Project Component

 

Organization 

Award 

Frostbite Music Society: Frostbite Music Festival

$32,000

Yukon Bluegrass Music Society: Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival and Music Camp

30,000

Blue Feather Music Society: Blue Feather Music Festival

20,000

Association franco-yukonnaise: Arts Presentation Season  

15,000

Rotary Club of Whitehorse: Yukon Rotary Music Festival

10,000

Village of Mayo: Mayo Arts Festival

6,500

Sub-total  $113,500

Grand total $665,990


News Release #12-097