July 16, 2012 - Access Copyright Foundation Awards $54,000 in Professional Development Grants

Toronto, July 16, 2012  – The  Access  Copyright  Foundation  is pleased  to announce  the  recipients  of the  2012 Access Copyright  Foundation  Professional  Development  Grants. Eleven organizations  and 16 creators have been awarded grants by the Foundation on the basis of peer adjudication.

“We  know  how  hard  it  is  for  Canadian  writers,  visual  artists  and  publishers  to  maintain  and  enhance  their professional    skills,”   says   Access   Copyright    Foundation    Chairperson    Michael    O’Reilly.    “Our   Professional Development Grants are here to make this part of the job just a little bit easier.”

The Access Copyright Foundation Professional Development Grants Program provides access to specialized training and continuing education for writers and visual artists and for arts professionals employed or contracted by Canadian publishers, writing and visual arts organizations.

Professional development may be undertaken through formal or informal means such as:

  • Workshops, courses, conferences or seminars
  • Online or correspondence courses
  • Internships or professional exchanges
  • Mentorship or apprenticeships
  • Residencies, colonies or studio programs for professional artists
  • Career development events or consultation

The  Access   Copyright   Foundation   Professional   Development   Program   and   juries   are  administered   by  the Saskatchewan  Arts Board.  The 2012 events grants recipients were selected by a jury composed of author, editor, and bookseller Peter Oliva, writer and librarian Ian Colford and writer Marsha Skrypuch. 

The Access Copyright Foundation was created to promote and support Canadian culture by providing grants to encourage the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works.   The Foundation provides grants to publishers,  individual  creators  and  publishing,  writing  and  visual  arts  organizations  through  Research  Grants, Professional Development Grants, and Events Grants.

To  learn  more  about  the   Access Copyright  Foundation  Grants  Program  and  the  Saskatchewan  Arts  Board,  please visit:  www.artsboard.sk.ca/grants/grant-­-programs/2131-­-access-­-copyright-­-foundation-­-grants.

For media inquiries please contact:

Access Copyright Foundation Michael O’Reilly, Chairperson (807) 474-­‐5343


For information on the Access Copyright Grants Programs please contact:

Saskatchewan Arts Board Joanne Gerber, Program Consultant – Literary and Multidisciplinary Arts (306)964-­‐1163