FOUNDATION

Mission

The Artists Foundation provides one-time financial assistance to professional artists who are going through a difficult period.

  • The organization supports artists from all disciplines, whether they work in performing arts, theatre, television, film, circus, music, dance or visual arts.
  • The Foundation’s assistance comes in the form of donations or loans. Your support helps artists with approved applications, and provides for their basic needs with housing, groceries or health care.
  • To claim assistance from the Foundation, applicants must meet certain mandatory criteria, such as being a professional artist, being active in the world of the arts for several years, leading an established artistic career and having encountered difficulties.

$2M

Amount paid to artists over the past 35 years

$256,117

Amount in donations and loans granted in 2018–2019

208

Number of artists assisted in 2018–2019

473

Number of donors in 2018–2019

$107,000

Net amount raised during the Défi Impro 2019 fundraising event

$303,158

Donations collected in 2018–2019

$2,740

Average donation granted to artists in need

History

Fondation des artistes de chez nous was created in 1984 by a group of artists whose goal was to finance a performance hall adjoining Chez-nous des artistes, a residence intended for its seniors.

In 1988, the Foundation’s board of directors cancelled plans to build the performance hall and decided to instead use the funds to help artists in need.

In 1995, the Fondation des artistes de chez nous became the Fondation des artistes du Québec (the Artists Foundation) as we know it today. The latter provides one-time financial assistance to artists who are going through a difficult period.

Over the years, several professional groups from the artistic community have joined the Foundation to raise funds and help their own members.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michel Laperrière; Chair
Sophie Prégent; Vice-Chair
Ghyslain Dufresne; Tresurer
Diane de Champlain; Secretary
Antoine Azar; Member
Micheline Bernard; Administratrice
Normand Brais; Administrateur
Daniel Charron; Administrateur
Mylène Cyr; Administratrice
Gabriel Groulx; Administrateur
Stéphanie Hénault; Administratrice
Marcel Leboeuf; Administrateur
François Morin; Administrateur
Gisèle Trépanier; Administratrice

ÉQUIPE

Patsy Joncas; Directrice générale
Evelyne Boisvert; Coordonnatrice

PUBLICATIONS

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Patsy Joncas, directrice générale

« Évoluer dans ce milieu stimulant est pour moi un grand privilège et je m’engage activement à ce que les artistes puissent vivre honorablement de leur art, même lorsqu’ils sont confrontés aux aléas de la vie. »

Ghyslain Dufresne, trésorier

« C’est avec beaucoup de fierté que je vois la Fondation se développer d’année en année, et le meilleur est encore à venir ! Depuis maintenant 35 ans, la Fondation soutient des centaines d’artistes vivant des problèmes ponctuels afin de les aider à continuer à vivre de leur art. »

Diane de Champlain, secrétaire

« En aidant les artistes à passer à travers des moments difficiles, ceux-ci ou celles-ci se sentiront appuyés à poursuivre leur carrière selon la forme d’art qui les anime, et ce, pour le bien-être et le plaisir de toute la collectivité. »

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