Call for applications – Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) is inviting applications for funding under Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators Program with the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). Individual artists and ad hoc groups are invited to apply for funding online at Please note that applicants must have an active online profile with the OAC and fulfill all application requirements.

Under its program allocation, TIFT is interested in supporting emerging book writers of musicals. 

TIFT has established the following priorities for funding allocations:

  • Regional artists
  • Artists from culturally diverse backgrounds

Minimum grant request is $1,000 and maximum is $5,000.  However, due to budgetary constraints, awarded amounts may be smaller than requested.

Deadline for submissions is October 11, 2019 at 1pm. Please note that other recommenders in this program have each set their own deadlines.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Arkady Spivak, Artistic Producer before submission for any help with the application, at or (705) 792-1949 ext. 122.

Childcare Subsidy Information

TIFT will now accept childcare subsidy requests from eligible contractors and employees. Applicants must be financially responsible for the child, who must be under 15 years of age.

Payments can be requested through one of the following two eligibility options:

Contractors and employees with a minimum of 3 productions or 15 weeks of work over the last 5 years at the time of request can request payment of up to $1,500 per child per year.

Each revival, transfer or tour is eligible to be counted as a separate production.

Applicants under this option do not need to be engaged in the current season to qualify for support, as long as the 5-year benchmark is met.

All other contractors and employees may request childcare support for up to $500 per child per contract while working at TIFT.

Requests can be made as of October 1, 2019 to Arkady Spivak, Artistic Producer by email:

Please indicate the full name of the child, their age, full mailing address and the amount requested.

Please note that the amount approved may be less than requested, based on anticipated demand.

Questions can also be directed to Arkady Spivak at any time.

Talk Is Free Theatre is a member of following organizations:

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)