Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée (Touring Program)

The Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée program is carried out in collaboration with the Maisons de la culture de Montréal and the Association des diffuseurs culturels de l’Île de Montréal (ADICÎM). Its aim is to circulate artistic works throughout the island of Montréal. It provides the opportunity to reach new audiences and all residents through art close to home in their neighbourhood.

Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée (Touring Program)


Please note that you have until 5:00 p.m. to submit your application on the deadline date.

Who is eligible to apply?
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  • individual artists and professional visual arts curators
  • individual artists sponsored by a service organization
  • artists’ collectives
  • non-profit professional arts organizations
What are the program’s objectives?

This program aims to: 

  • encourage the presence of Montréal artists in all disciplines
  • offer artistic services to residents throughout the island of Montréal
  • foster the consolidation of Montréal’s arts organizations and collectives by giving them the opportunity to reach a variety of audiences
  • promote the longevity of creations by allowing works to be revived
  • encourage proposals from Indigenous artists
  • support art projects that promote the representation of cultural diversity and foster inclusion and intergenerational and intercultural relationships
  • support cultural host structures (maisons de la culture and municipal disseminators) and contribute to enriching municipal cultural programming
What are the specifics of this program?

This program focuses on circulating works that have already been created and are ready for touring. The selected works will be integrated into the programming of a minimum of three and a maximum of eight municipal disseminators.

Works can be presented in: 

  • spaces dedicated to the arts, such as a performance halls, exhibition halls or outdoor settings specifically intended for artistic presentations


  • spaces not dedicated to the arts, requiring minimal technical and logistical support from the host structure.

for example: 

→ private outdoor sites: balconies, yards of private residences or public institutions (schools, hospitals, CHSLDs, etc.), community centres, rooftops of private residences, business parking lots, and storefronts; or

→ public spaces: riverfronts, metro station esplanades, public markets and solidarity markets, municipal and government parks, and public places


There will be two calls for applications in 2022

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February 17, 2022, for the July 2022 to June 2023 presentation period
Submission deadline: March 24, 2022, at 5 p.m.

 Fall 2022, for the summer 2023 to spring 2024 presentation period
Submission deadline: TBD


What type of assistance is provided?

A grant to support dissemination based on the cost of the work and the number of performances during the tour. 

What is the duration of the support?

The grant is one-time and non-recurrent. 

The work must be disseminated between July 2022 and June 30, 2023.

What do the partners contribute?

CAM acts as an intermediary between Montréal artists, collectives, and organizations and the host structures of the two dissemination networks. It provides financial support and a coaching service to those doing the tour.

The partner structures will be responsible for disseminating the works, namely providing technical support at the venues, welcoming the public and promoting the selected works.


What are the general eligibility criteria?

For individual artists and professional visual arts curators

Status and conditions

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • have resided on the island of Montréal for at least one year
  • have presented at least one artistic work in a professional context


  • for visual arts curators, be recognized as a professional artist in their field

For individual artists sponsored by a service organization

Status and conditions

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • have resided on the island of Montréal for at least one year
  • have presented at least one artistic work in a professional context
  • be sponsored by an organization with a mandate for coaching, and have expertise in the dissemination of artistic works, headquartered on the island of Montréal


  • be recognized as a professional artist

Artists’ collectives

Status and conditions

  • collectives must designate a representative who is responsible for the application
  • be a group of artists, regardless of the number in the group (minimum of two)
  • two thirds of its members must be artists with Canadian citizenship or permanent residence
  • the proportion of members of the collective residing outside Canada may not exceed one third
  • the majority of the collective’s members (50% +1) must reside on the island of Montréal, including the person responsible for the application


  • the collective must consist of professional artists 

Non-profit organizations incorporated on the island of Montréal

Status and conditions

  • be a non-profit organization or an artists’ cooperative that pays no dividends
  • be headquartered on the island of Montréal
  • have a board of directors whose members are mainly Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • have as their principal mandate to create, produce, and disseminate artistic works, or to bring together and represent artists or cultural workers in a specific multidisciplinary discipline or sector


  • possess a level of recognized and demonstrable competence
  • be managed by qualified individuals
  • have stable artistic direction
  • have presented activities of recognized artistic quality
  • bring together, represent or employ professional artists and/or cultural workers
What works are eligible?

This programme aims to revive works. To be eligible, the proposed work must have already been submitted in a professional context prior to the application submission date.

What is the timing of the tour for this call?

The 2022-2023 CAM en tournée season will run from July 2022 to June 30, 2023.

How many applications will be accepted?

The number of applications accepted is reviewed annually by the CAM review committees based on the particularities of the disciplines, the volume of applications and the Board’s strategic priorities.

What works, clients, industries or applications are not eligible?

Ineligible works

  • works not yet produced by the time of submission
  • works that were never publicly presented in a professional context by the time of submission.

Ineligible applicants

  • artists, collectives and organizations that do not meet the eligibility status and conditions
  • collectives wishing to act as disseminators or to organize a festival or events
  • artists’ collectives that are incorporated as a for-profit or non-profit company, or as a general or limited partnership
  • public or para-public organizations representing governments or municipal corporations
  • organizations dedicated to teaching, education, and professional training
  • individual businesses 

Ineligible activity sectors

  • organizations working exclusively in variety arts or comedy
  • organizations or cooperatives working exclusively in cultural mediation

Ineligible applications

  • incomplete applications
  • applications received after the deadline
  • same proposal submitted in two different disciplines

Ineligible applications will not be considered by the evaluation committee.

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary


Can specific populations receive additional financial support to submit their application or complete their project (accessibility costs)?

Yes. Accessibility costs refer to costs that certain individuals, particularly those who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability, must pay to take advantage, in the same way as others do, of the services and programs offered by an institution to create, produce or disseminate their art. Reimbursement of part of these costs by the Conseil des arts de Montréal may offset the financial disadvantage.

The Support Fund for Accessibility Costs is a financial assistance measure that complements the Conseil’s other programs. The deadline to apply for support for accessibility costs is the same as that for the program being applied to.

Artists, collectives or organizations that have obtained financial assistance from the Conseil to carry out a project can also file an application for accessibility cost support up to three months after the decisions related to the successful project have been sent out, provided the project is not completed before the deadline to send out decisions for accessibility cost support applications.

Support is divided into three components:

  • financial support to submit a grant application
  • financial support for accessibility costs for a funded project
  • financial support for presenting organizations to welcome audience members who are D/deaf and/or living with disabilities


Can I submit more than one application in the same year?

Only one work may be submitted annually to the CAMl en tournée program, except in the following cases 

  • film industry organizations may submit a maximum of five films or documentaries annually
  • service organizations with a coaching mandate (in addition to having expertise in the circulation of artistic works) may sponsor up to two works by individual artists annually


  • a given person may represent more than one collective provided that the collectives do not have the same mandate and the majority of members (50% +1) are different
  • each new application by a collective must be submitted by the same representative
Who should submit the application?

For individual artists and professional visual arts curators 

The individual artist or professional visual arts curator is the person in charge of the application. 

Please note that at the end of the year, the person responsible for applications will receive the tax slips (T4A and Relevé 1) for the grant amount.

For individual artists sponsored by a service organization

The person responsible for the service organization (administration, direction) is the person responsible for the application. 

For artists’ collectives 

The collective’s representative is the person in charge of the application

Please note that at the end of the year, the person responsible for applications will receive the tax slips (T4A and Relevé 1) for the grant amount.

Non-profit arts organizations 

The organization’s or cooperative’s designated representative (administration, management) is the person responsible for the application.

What information and documents must I include in my application?

For all applications

  • completed application form
  • a budget using the Excel form provided
  • a technical data sheet for the work
  • internet links (three maximum) that present excerpts or complete works
  • if there have been any amendments, amended letters patent and by-laws of the organization

Organizations that are applying to the Conseil des arts de Montréal for any program for the first time will need to provide:

  • the letters patent and by-laws of the organization and the latest financial statements


How are applications evaluated?

Applications are evaluated by members of the sectoral evaluation committees and representatives of the municipal dissemination networks (Maisons de la culture and ADICÎM). All works are evaluated on merit, taking into account the dissemination potential and the comparative value of the works.

What are the evaluation criteria?

The evaluation committee will take into account the program objectives and the following criteria: 

Artistic quality: 40% 

  • professionalism, originality and innovativeness of the work
  • authenticity of the artistic approach

Impact of the work: 30%

  • the project’s ability to forge ties with the community – different generations and cultural and ethnocultural origins, underrepresented and/or marginalized groups – in various socio economic contexts
  • the impact of the work on audiences and the cultural community
  • the ability of the artistic work to reach residents of the island of Montréal

Feasibility: 25% 

  • technical feasibility for municipal dissemination networks
  • realistic budget forecasts and financial balance
  • autonomy of the works
  • efforts made to compensate artists

Sustainability: Supporting environmentally responsible initiatives 5%

  • integration of eco-responsibility concepts into their actions (for example: sustainable creation, production, promotion, dissemination and/or tour models, human resource, transportation or supply policies, eco-design, etc.)
What is the response time?

It will take 12 to 14 weeks from the deadline for CAM to process the application and reach a decision.

The decision-making process involves 4 steps: 

  1. The territorial initiatives team receives and checks the eligibility of the application.
  2. CAM’s sectoral evaluation committee submit their artistic evaluations and recommendations based on evaluation criteria.
  3. Review of the works recommended by the two networks’ cultural officers in order to establish a selection of works that will be part of the 2022-2023 CAM en tournée season. 
  4. The CAM Board of Directors meets to make a final decision and award the funding. A commitment contract for the dissemination of the works must be signed by each municipal cultural officer and each participant in this program
How will I be informed of the decision?

The collective’s representative will receive an email invitation to view the results on the ORORA platform. No decisions will be communicated by phone.

Can I appeal the decision?

CAM decisions are final and not subject to appeal. However, CAM staff are available to answer any questions regarding decisions.

Applicants agree not to communicate with members of the evaluation committee or CAM’s Board of Directors about the management or evaluation of their application, or about decisions related to their application.



Accepting payment of the grant constitutes, for the artist, collective or organization, an undertaking to complete the activities covered by the grant and to comply with the accompanying conditions.

The artist, artists’ collective or arts organization agrees to: 

  • present the work as planned
  • notify CAM as soon as possible if unable to carry out the project in the fiscal year for which the grant was awarded; depending on the situation, a full or partial refund may be requested
  • if requested, submit activity reports and financial statements when required
  • if applicable, include in the report photographs, videos or any other relevant, royalty-free visuals that CAM may use for promotional or archival purposes


Do you have any questions about the program?
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Sign up for an online information session:

This information session is specifically for individuals, collectives or organizations submitting their first CAM en tournée application

March 8, 2022 from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

This information session is for artists’ collectives

March 10, 2022, from 2 to 3 p.m. 

This information session is for non-profit professional arts organizations

Need more information?
Touring Program Team
Taïs Fleury-Berthiaume, Karine Gariépy, Gaëlle Gerbe-Raynaud et Lynn St-Germain

514 280-3724