Ever wonder why some festivals or events
are awarded government funding, while others are not! Gary and I
visited a festival in eastern Ontario
and this topic was discussed. Many festival organizers, who have not received
funding, may feel that it is not about what you have but who you know in the
government. Having talked to a number of people about this subject, I just
don’t believe that this is true. Too many festival and event organizers feel
that they deserve funding just because of who they are or where they are located.
This attitude just doesn’t cut it! Both the federal and Ontario provincial governments have
developed great programs to help both new and established festivals
financially. All that they ask is that organizers submit detailed business-like
applications. After all, isn’t an organized professional plan what you need to
hold a well-run successful event! If you were to apply for a business loan from
a bank, they wouldn’t give you a loan just because you’re a nice person or you
know the manager! They give loans based on the probability of success! So, why
shouldn’t governments do the same! Festival and event funds are not unlimited.
This being said, it stands to reason that the monies being given out need to be
awarded to festivals and events with the best chance of success. My advice to
any festivals or events looking for government funding, “don’t fight the system”!
It is a losing battle! Instead, embrace the process and use it to plan and
produce the best event possible! And, who knows, you’ll likely increase your
chances of receiving government funding! Good Luck!
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