Breakthrough Artist Award

Toronto Arts Foundation

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2023 Deadline TBA, check website for updates




Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

Contact Information

Christy DiFelice

Award Program Manager


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All funds are available in English and French.

Grant Description

The Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award is a $10,000 cash prize, with finalists receiving $2,000. The award celebrates the accomplishments and future potential of an emerging Toronto artist working in any discipline. Established in 2006, the award is sponsored by Susan Crocker and John Hunkin and is intended to support the development or completion of new work. The finalist awards were established in 2014 and are supported by the Bulmash-Siegel Fund.

    Additional Information

    • must have demonstrated an ongoing association with Toronto
    • must have contributed significantly to the arts and culture of Toronto
    • must be living at time of selection
    • must be a professional artist 35 years of age or younger
    • must have completed training (not necessarily at a formal educational institution) in their discipline
    • may not nominate themselves for the award
    • may only receive this award once
    • are not eligible to nominate or receive Toronto Arts Foundation awards while serving as an executive board member or staff of Toronto Arts Foundation or Toronto Arts Council
    • Undergraduate & College students are not eligible to apply

    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicant Type
    Artistic Discipline
    Any or All Disciplines
    Funding Type
    Professional Development | Prizes
    Priority Community
    New Generation Artists
    Career Type

    Emerging/New Career

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