Canada’s Access Copyright Foundation Announces Grants

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The Access Copyright Foundation program announces its grants in literature to writers as well as awards to organizations and publishers.

On Yonge Street in Toronto, where restaurants find outdoor dining more popular than indoor amid coronavirus conditions. A shot from July 14. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Peter Spiro

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Grants Total 50,000 Canadian Dollars
APublishing Perspectives readers will remember, Canada’s Access Copyright Foundation calls itself “an arm’s length foundation” of Access Copyright, the English-language Canadian copyright management agency.

The foundation’s stated purpose is to “provide support to creators and organizations engaged in the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works in the literary and visual arts.”

In its new announcement of 2021 Professional Development Grants, the organization has awarded a total 50,000 Canadian dollars (US$39,630) to 27 people, publishers, and cultural organizations.

It’s hoped that after the months in which the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has limited opportunities for the recipients to connect and network, these grants will facilitate new chances for the recipients “to come together and learn from each other through mentorships, courses, residencies, workshops, and book fairs, including Frankfurter Buchmesse,” where Guest  of Honor Canada will present its full program at the Forum, October 20 to 24.

Access Copyright Foundation 2021 Grant Recipients

In Jasper, Alberta, June 25. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Cheng Feng Chiang

Each of these are grants provided to people for literary projects:

  • Bombardier, Cooper Lee, Halifax
  • Brar, Moni, Calgary
  • Cole, Jessica, Smithers
  • Fischer Guy, Christine, Toronto
  • Fisher, Kathleen, Edmonton
  • Fitzpatrick, Samantha, St. John’s
  • Fowles, Stacey May, Toronto
  • Hamazaki, Terrie, Vancouver
  • Ho, Wiley Wei-Chiun, North Vancouver
  • House, Yolande, Toronto
  • Hughes, Susan, Toronto
  • Macpherson, Margaret, Edmonton
  • McMullin, Karen, Halifax
  • Metcalfe-Chenail, Danielle, Whites Lake
  • Moghaddam, Maria Sabaye, Kanata
  • Moore, Jessica, Toronto
  • Rafi, Zarmina, Mississauga
  • Taschereau Mamers, Danielle, Toronto
  • Wingate, Shoshanna, Sackville
  • Wong, Jack, Halifax
  • Zarankin, Julia, Toronto
Organization and Publisher Grants

The first of these grants, to Ottawa’s Canadian Artists’ Representation, is for a visual project. The others are for literary project support.

  • Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens, Ottawa,
  • Eschia Books Inc., Stony Plain
  • Freehand Books, Calgary
  • Partners Publishing Ltd., Vancouver
  • Royal BC Museum, Victoria
  • SaskBooks (Saskatchewan Publishers Group), Regina

Deadlines for the next rounds of Access Copyright Foundation grants include February 15 for the Marian Hebb Research Grants, and April 1 for the 2022 edition of these Professional Development Grants. More information is at the foundation’s site.

The Coronavirus in Canada

More street dining in Toronto, in this instance on King Street, July 11. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Peter Spiro

At this writing, the 2:21 p.m. ET (1821 GMT) update of the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center sees Canada with 1,429,858 cases in a population of 37.59 million, with 26,442 fatalities.

Despite the growing problem of the delta variant’s advances in the American population, the Canadian government is talking about reopening its border with the United States this summer—for fully vaccinated travelers only.

Bailey Schulz reports for USA Today that “Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has indicated that fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents could gain access to entry in mid-August for nonessential travel, according to a statement from his office.

Trudeau, Schulz writes, “also noted that the country would be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September if vaccination efforts continue on a ‘positive path.'”

Ottawa says on its informational page that 68.8 percent of the total Canadian population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 43.7 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

A Canadian Press story from Mia Rabson from Thursday (July 15) says that Canada is beginning to reach a point of having more vaccine than demand. Like the United States, the country–which had a slow start on vaccinations–is beginning to reach the end of the part of its population that’s eager to be vaccinated.


More from Publishing Perspectives on Canada is here, our coverage of the work of Access Copyright is here.

More from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As as an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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