Conseil québécois du théâtre
Terms and conditions for the implementation of the support measures for our theater community
9 octobre 2020 | PARTAGER :        
On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, CQT President Anne Trudel, and Paul Langlois, CQT’s interim executive director, attended a conference call with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec which outlined the terms and conditions for the implementation of the support measures for our community concerning the $50M which announced last Friday by the Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications.

These are the general outlines of the support measures of this program:
  • The program should be online on the CALQ website as of October 13, 2020, and organizations will have until Monday, November 16, 2020, to submit their applications.
  • Distribution of this money between the two government authorities:
    • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ): $37.5M
    • Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC): $12.5M
    • There are no sectoral envelopes;
  • The calculations for the cost of these measures were based on data collected from recent years of live performances registered with the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec (OCCQ);
  • Eligible organizations:
    • Specialized presenters
    • Multidisciplinary presenters
    • Producers/broadcasters (self-broadcasting)
    • Festivals
  • The program has been implemented to offset the loss of ticketing revenues from alternative programming announced when venues are able to operate and during periods of closure imposed by public health;
  • The program is intended to bridge the gap between average ticketing revenues (average based on a comparison year chosen by the applicant) and current ticketing revenues for performances related to programming between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021;
  • Performances that were cancelled prior to October 1, 2020 and performances that are part of regular pre-COVID planned programming that do not comply with health measures are not eligible;
  • Any performance cancelled for reasons other than public health reasons will not be compensated; (ie., no shows in red zones, withdrawal of a participant for health reasons related to COVID)
  • The program is open to all zones regardless of the alert level (green, yellow, orange, red);
  • The measure applies only to performances during this period and for one or more shows presented in compliance with the health standards in force.
Calculation of average ticketing revenue:
  • Reference year of the applicant's choice: between 16/17 - 17/18 - 18/19
  • Total box office revenue for the chosen reference year (all shows combined) to arrive at an average price per ticket;
  • The percentage of attendance at the venue over the reference year;
  • The ticket price used for the purposes of the grant will be the lower of the average price/ticket cost in the reference year and the price charged for the performance presented in the COVID context and for which the grant is requested;
  • In the case of an organization managing several venues, the average price/ticket cost will be calculated separately for each venue;
  • There will also be a separate average price/ticket for children's shows and a separate average price/ticket for general public shows;
  • The grant will cover the difference between 75% of the box office revenue for a show in the chosen reference year and the number of tickets available (as per public health requirements); All available tickets will be presumed to have been sold out and therefore generated some revenue.
  • Example :
500-seat hall
Average attendance (base year) : 80%
Average ticket price (reference year) : $40*
Ticket price for the COVID show : $40*
75% of ticket revenues (based on base year) : $12,000
Allowable capacity of the show presented 125 people
Eligible grant ($12,000 minus $5,000) $7,000
* The ticket price used to calculate ticketing revenue will be  
   the lower of the two prices.
Maximum amount awarded per performance is $75,000;
No fixed limit on the amount awarded per institution; CALQ would like to be able to give responses before Christmas;
  • 50% of the amount will be paid upon signature of the agreement, 35% upon presentation of the contracts signed with the artists and artisans of the show and 15% upon submission of the final report;
  • Any organization eligible for CALQ support, even those that are not supported, may apply;
  • Mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that a producer receiving a fee from a presenter complies with the contracts that bind him or her to the artists and artisans of the show for which he or she received the fee.  A written commitment from the producer will be required;
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