MARCH 7-17, 2019

The Sketch Comedy Project Fund

Sketch Comedy Project Fund

Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts

The 2019 Sketch Comedy Project Fund will begin accepting applications on February 1st, 2019. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 PM April 1st, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by May 31st, 2019.

The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is proud to continue our partnership with the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts to 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 amount awarded through The Sketch Comedy Project Fund can represent 100% of the expenses related to a project, but projects with other sources of revenues are welcome and encouraged.

Criteria:

  • The application must come from an existing sketch troupe or a collection of comedians who want to collaborate for the project.
  • The majority of the project participants must be Canadian citizens, or have permanent resident status.
  • 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, and one-person shows are not eligible. Productions of plays/scripts are only eligible if the applicant can describe how the piece will be developed by an ensemble in the sketch comedy tradition. Traditional theatre productions of a comedic script are not eligible.

Submissions for the 2018 Sketch Comedy Project Fund are now closed. 2019 entries will be open February 1st, 2019.

If you have any questions while completing your application, please reach out to us. We are here to help you put together the best application you can. All questions, concerns, technical difficulties can be directed to Paul Snepsts, Executive Director and Festival Producer: paul@torontosketchfest.com

About 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.

 


 

2018 Recipients

  • The Lusty Mannequins – funding to produce a 2-week run of their latest sketch comedy revue
  • Tita Jokes – funding to produce a two week run of an all-female, Filipina-focused musical comedy revue
  • Wildcats – funding to support the development of the web series “It’s Over” written by and starring Jon Blair and Alice Moran
  • A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza – a queer-forward original sketch comedy revue produced in Toronto’s gay village written and performed by an ensemble of LGBTQ+ artists

2017 Recipients

  • The Adventures of Tom Shadow – funding to produce a 2-week run of “The Adventures of Tom Shadow” at Factory Theatre
  • Utilidors – funding to produce the web series “Time Slicers.”
  • Fusion Comedy – funding to support work with a series of directors, coaching them through their writing process.

2016 Recipients

  • Peter N’ Chris – funding to produce a web series called “Sidekicks”
  • Uncalled for – funding to embark on their debut Toronto theatrical run of their revue “Playday Mayday
  • Panacea! – funding supported the creation of their first web short “Uber
  • Of Mud and Mirth – funding supported work with a director in preparation for their Montreal Fringe appearance.

2015 Recipients

  • The Templeton Philharmonic – funding supported their 5-date New York showcase tour in November 2015
  • The Junkyard Dukes – funding supported the production of their debut, self-titled sketch comedy album The Junkyard Dukes