The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is proud to announce a partnership with the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts which will deliver project funding to sketch comedy troupes.
The Sketch Comedy Project Fund will award grants of up to $4000 to comedy troupes who are embarking on a project that represents the “next step” in their comedy career. Projects could include hiring a director or designer for a live show, embarking on a tour, showcasing at a festival, creating a promotional video or web series pilot… anything really, as long as you can justify why this is an important next step in the development of your comedy career.
At least two projects will be funded each year. Grants will be delivered in increments of $500, to a maximum amount of $4000. The Sketch Comedy Project Fund can provide 100% of the expenses related to a project, if required.
- The applicants must be Canadian citizens, or have permanent resident status.
- The application must come from an existing sketch troupe or a collection of comedians who want to collaborate for the project.
- The applicants must be actively creating and performing sketch comedy in Toronto.
- The applicants must be able to justify why this project is important to their sketch comedy career – why this? why now?
- Both emerging and established comedians are encouraged to apply.
The Fund will not support tuition fees for training centres or accredited schools, nor will it support projects that benefit only a single comedian. Stand up projects, improv projects, one-person shows, or the production of comedic plays are not eligible.
Application forms and details will be available on the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival website on March 18th. The first application deadline will be April 30th for projects that begin after May 31st.
Pat & Tony Adams
Pat and Tony Adams shared a deep love for the arts. In particular, they were devoted fans of jazz music, theatre, improv and comedy, and had great respect and affection for those who dedicated their lives to pursuing these passions professionally.
The Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts continues their tradition of encouraging such artists, giving them the opportunity to develop their skills and share their talents with audiences everywhere.