Digital Originals Initiative

  • Call for submissions
  • National

Website Canada Council for the Arts

deadline: June 15, 2020

Looking to share your creations online?

The Canada Council for the Arts and CBC/Radio-Canada are teaming up once again, this time to launch Digital Originals, a new fast forward initiative to help artists, arts groups and organizations pivot their work for online sharing.

Countless artistic activities have been cancelled or delayed due to COVID-19, but countless creations have also reached an impressive online audience.

The Digital Originals initiative supports and amplifies this new, strong and innovative online relationship between audiences and artists from Canada.

What is Digital Originals?
Artists, groups or organizations can either adapt their existing work or create a new work for digital dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Originals offers a $5,000 micro innovation grant from the Canada Council.

Applications will only be accepted through the Canada Council portal beginning in mid-May and accepted on a rolling basis until June 15, 2020, or until the budget has been allocated.

Funded projects will be housed on a dedicated CBC/Radio-Canada website. In addition, CBC/Radio-Canada will feature selected projects for showcase on at least one of its digital CBC/Radio-Canada platforms.

Selected projects for the curated CBC-Radio/Canada showcase will receive a supplemental amount of $1000.

Preview guidelines and forms will be published in late April on this page.

Create an account and applicant profile now if you do not have one.

Looking for more digital opportunities? Check out The Digital Strategy Fund.

Partner Contributions

The Canada Council for the Arts will fund and administer the competition, and provide successful applicants with micro innovation grants of up to

each. The Canada Council is investing $1M in Digital Originals.

CBC/Radio-Canada will house funded projects on a dedicated website and will also curate and feature approximately 20 selected projects on at least one of its digital platforms. These platforms may include, CBC Gem,,, and CBC or Radio-Canada branded YouTube.

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