August 2, 2013 – Access Copyright Foundation Awards $50,000 in Professional Development Grants

Toronto, August 2, 2013 – The Access Copyright Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Access Copyright Foundation Professional Development Grants. The Foundation’s juries have selected twelve organizations and 17 creators to receive grants, on the basis of peer adjudication.

“Our professional development grants promote excellence in Canadian content by supporting artistic and professional skills development,” says ACF Chairperson Penney. “We’re pleased we can help writers and artists learn new skills and perfect their crafts.”

The Access Copyright Foundation Professional Development Grants help independent writers and visual artists gain access to specialized training and continuing education; so can arts professionals employed or contracted by Canadian publishers, writing and visual arts organizations. In this way, Access Copyright Foundation PD grants promote excellence in Canadian publishing.

The Access Copyright Foundation Grants Program and juries are administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. The 2013 research grants recipients were selected by a jury composed of author and illustrator Dianna Bonder and poet and author Helen Humphreys, and author and editor Paul Vermeersch.

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:

For media inquiries please contact:
Access Copyright Foundation
Penney Kome, Chairperson

For information on the Access Copyright Grants Programs please contact:
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Joanne Gerber, Program Consultant – Literary and Multidisciplinary Arts