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Access Copyright Foundation awarding $100,000 in Marian Hebb Research Grant funding

TORONTO: July 14, 2020 – Access Copyright Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of Marian Hebb Research Grants.

In total, the Foundation has awarded $100,000 in funding to 28 creators and four organizations in Canada. Please join us in congratulating:

  • Mark Abley; Pointe Claire, QC
  • Leah Bobet; Toronto, ON
  • Brick, A Literary Journal; Toronto, ON
  • Kathryn Bridge; Victoria, BC
  • Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens; Ottawa, ON
  • Culturally Modified; Smithers, BC
  • Marcello Di Cintio; Calgary, AB
  • Sue Goyette; Halifax, NS
  • Taras Grescoe; Outremont, QC
  • Elizabeth Howard; Toronto, ON
  • Doretta Lau; Burnaby, BC
  • Anne Lazurko; Weyburn, SK
  • Literary Press Group of Canada; Toronto, ON
  • Ashley Little; Kelowna, BC
  • James Little; Toronto, ON
  • April Liu; Vancouver, BC
  • Ethan Lou; Toronto, ON
  • Kirsteen MacLeod; Kingston, ON
  • Sean Michaels; Montreal, QC
  • Anita Miettunen; Vancouver, BC
  • Chelsea Murray; Halifax, NS
  • Alison Pick; Toronto, ON
  • Karen Press; Winnipeg, MB
  • Pirjo Raits; Sooke, BC
  • Eliza Robertson; Montreal, QC
  • Ian Roy; Ottawa, ON
  • Candace Savage; Saskatoon, SK
  • Suzannah Showler; Halifax, NS
  • Merilyn Simonds; Kingston, ON
  • Diana Tegenkamp; Saskatoon, SK
  • Simon Thibault; Halifax, NS
  • Mark Zuehlke; Victoria, BC

ACF’s research grants provide valuable opportunities to Canadian creators to conduct in-depth inquiry and to bring added dimension to stories that might not otherwise be told. Organizations serving our creative communities will use their grants to investigate ways to expand and enhance the services they offer.

This year’s ACF grants will support efforts, among others, to shine a light on British Columbia’s Indigenous communities, highlight the contributions of female astronauts and learn how to expand the capacity of Canada’s visual-artists ecosystem.

“Being able to tell our stories is important and in order to be able to do so, creators and organizations need to be empowered to have the opportunity and financial means to conduct the research to help bring them to life,” said ACF Co-Chair Margaret Reynolds. “On behalf of the ACF’s Board of Directors, I am proud that the Marian Hebb Research Grants program continues to make a small but vital contribution to this critical work.”

ACF has been flexible throughout the pandemic accommodating and assisting grant applicants and recipients who have had to shift their plans. More information on how the Foundation is responding to COVID-19 can be found here:

ACF grants are awarded through a peer adjudication process administered on behalf of the Foundation by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Jurors for the 2020 Marian Hebb Research Grant program were: Don Gillmor, novelist, journalist and children’s book author; Gerald Hill, poet, and retired English and creative-writing professor; and Heidi Waechtler, Executive Director of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia.

About the Marian Hebb Research Grant

The ACF Marian Hebb Research Grant program annually provides grants for research projects designed to facilitate the creation of a publishable work, an innovative program, strategic initiative, study paper or report.

The grants program is named in honour of Marian Hebb to celebrate her contributions as an outstanding copyright lawyer and champion of Canadian culture.

About the Access Copyright Foundation

Access Copyright Foundation provides support to creators and organizations engaged in the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works in the literary and visual arts.  We are an arm’s length foundation of Access Copyright, the collective voice of creators and publishers in Canada.

Learn more about Access Copyright Foundation and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

For media inquiries:

Brian Henderson, Co-Chair, ACF

Margaret Reynolds, Co-Chair, ACF

For information on Access Copyright Foundation Grants Programs:

Joanne Gerber, Program Consultant
Saskatchewan Arts Board