Announcing The 2021 Hnatyshyn Foundation $10,000 Developing Artist Grants


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Announcing The 2021 Hnatyshyn Foundation $10,000 Developing Artist Grants
Nominations: February 2nd – April, 28th, 2021

The Hnatyshyn Foundation is a private charity established as a legacy by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Canada’s twenty-fourth Governor General. In light of the vital role artists play in expressing our national identity, our founder believed deeply in the importance of assisting emerging and established artists with their schooling, training and career development.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation’s Developing Artists Grants program is designed to bridge funding gaps in existing programs and provide assistance to the most promising young Canadian performing artists enrolled in a qualified Canadian post-secondary educational or training institution that offers programs in performing arts.

The institution must nominate the candidate and may submit one nominee per artistic discipline.  Nominees will be identified by the institution on the basis of exceptional promise for a distinguished career in performance and may be nominated by only one institution. Once the student is nominated, he/she will be invited to fill out an online application.

A panel of arts advisors, appointed by the Foundation, will then adjudicate the performance work of the nominees. Candidates who have previously received the grant are not eligible.

Seven grants of $10,000 each will be awarded in 2021, in the fields of

  • classical music (orchestral instrument),
  • classical music (piano),
  • classical voice,
  • jazz,
  • contemporary dance,
  • acting (English theatre), and
  • acting (French theatre).

Please find the Nomination process and more information about past laureates on our website:

Process FOR NOMINATIONS/Candidates

Developing Artist Grants in the Performing Arts

The Foundation is now accepting nominations from schools, training centres and teachers in the performing arts for young Canadian artists enrolled in qualified performing arts training programs for the 2021-2022 school year.

Submissions are completed online in two steps:

  1. Nomination by qualifying institutions and teachers. Once we receive your nomination, we will give your candidate access to the online system to complete the application forms. (Please ask that they check their Junk mail).
  2. Candidate’s/nominee application, including audition materials. You may work with your candidate to complete the online forms and upload audition videos.


  • Nominations: February 2nd – April, 28th, 2021 – dates for nominations by qualifying institutions and teachers.
  • Candidates / nominees Applications: Opens when Nominated & Ends on May 16th – For the candidate/nominee application and audition materials.
    For French theatre, the deadline is June 6th.

We encourage you to complete your nomination as soon as possible. This will allow the candidate sufficient time to prepare audition videos and complete the application process (We regret that there can be no grace period).

Nominate your candidates
Your nominations must be completed online at

Complete guidelines can be found at

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