The British Columbia government is again providing $16,831,000 to the BC Arts Council (BCAC) to support arts and culture in communities throughout the province during the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Artists and cultural organizations apply for grants from BCAC, a publicly funded, independent agency of the B.C. government. Council enlists the input of the B.C. arts community to evaluate funding applications through an independent peer review process.

Last year, BCAC approved 1,027 grants to applicants from more than 200 communities throughout British Columbia. Funding recipients represent a great diversity of B.C. artists, such as writers, painters, playwrights, actors, musicians, composers, dancers and sculptors. A variety of cultural organizations receive BCAC grants annually, including community arts councils, art galleries, museums, historical societies, orchestras, film societies, theatres and publishing companies.

BCAC grants enable key arts organizations, including ArtsBC, BC Touring Council and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, to provide funding for many individual artists and cultural activities.

Young British Columbians enjoy opportunities to experience the arts through BCAC support for groups such as ArtStarts in Schools and Arts Umbrella. The council provides scholarships for B.C. students to excel in the arts by studying at prestigious schools and universities in the province, across Canada and internationally.

Several of British Columbia’s largest annual cultural events receive BCAC funding, including the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival.