NAC to get an extra $18.2 million in emergency federal funding

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The National Arts Centre will receive an extra $18.2 million in emergency federal funding to help it manage the loss of revenue caused by this year’s pandemic-induced shutdown. 

The NAC, which is the only multi-disciplinary, bilingual arts centre in North America, closed its doors on March 13 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a Crown corporation, it is not eligible for the government’s emergency wage subsidy, nor any other federal support measures. 

“This funding will enable us to maintain our financial viability during these very challenging times, and allow us to stay open and get through the coming months,” said NAC spokesperson Annabelle Cloutier in a statement, emphasizing the institution’s national role as a “generous” partner and collaborator for artists and arts organizations across the country. 

“We will continue to work hard and support the recovery of Canada’s performing arts sector, with an outward-looking focus … We will focus on presenting scaled-down but innovative and meaningful digital, hybrid and live artistic experiences, aligned with reopening phases and public health guidelines,” Cloutier wrote. 

The investment will also help pay for additional safety protocols, such as Plexiglas barriers, in preparation for reopening. As for when that will happen, it depends on public health advice, Cloutier added. 

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