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Announcment (Alberta): Inside Out Theatre Introduces Artistic Basic Income Program

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Announcment (Alberta): Inside Out Theatre Introduces Artistic Basic Income Program

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Inside Out Theatre announces the Artistic Basic Income program, providing direct, unrestricted cash support to artists with disabilities, d/Deaf artists, or MAD artists/artists living with mental illness. Launched on September 1st, 2020, submissions of applications for this program will be accepted until September 30th, 2020.

What is the Artistic Basic Income program?

Two artists will be chosen via a lottery draw to receive $6,000 to be used in whatever way the artist chooses, all in an effort to support their artmaking by covering their basic expenses.

Open to self-identifying artists with a disability, d/Deaf artists, MAD artists, and/or artists living with mental illness residing in Alberta. Because we know that Black, Indigenous, and Artists of Colour may face additional barriers and marginalization, Inside Out will guarantee that at least one of the artists will identify as coming from one of these communities.

Inside Out will celebrate and promote any work created by these artists, but will not expect any work to “come back” to Inside Out. By which we mean, this isn’t a commission or artist residency, it’s not a gig. It’s a guaranteed basic income.

How to Apply:

Applications for entry will be accepted starting September 1st, 2020 and will close on September 30th, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Selected artists will be notified and announced the following week. Applications can be found at

Entries can be submitted through a typed online form, video ASL submission, mailed paper application, or by phone.

Folks will be asked if they:

● Identify as an artist
● Identify as having a disability
● Identify as d/Deaf
● Identify as MAD or living with mental illness
● And if they identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour.

Applicants will also be asked to tell us about an artistic or creative goal they have for the coming year. This could include making something new, continuing or finishing a work in progress, artistic training or learning. Inside Out believes that plenty of rest and creative recharging are an important part of healthy artmaking.

Upon completion of the short application, artists will be invited to fill out an optional, anonymous survey about their financial lives. We’re hoping to grow this program in the future, so having a better understanding of the financial needs of our community will help guide the future of the Artistic Basic Income program.


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