Mission and actions

Founded in 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence in the professional creation, production and dissemination of the arts.

To remain in tune with the organizations and collectives it serves, the Conseil relies on its knowledge of the communities, its innovative skills, and its ability to bring the city’s artists and financial partners together.


Equity: parity, representativeness, balance
Audacity: openness to difference and risk-taking
Agility: propensity for the development of original initiatives, ability to measure and adjust in real time
Proximity: accessibility, presence in the field, priority on listening, identifying talent
Ethic: clarity and objectivity of evaluation criteria, rigour of decision-making processes, free flow of information and decisions, sound governance

We also invite you to consult the Governance and Regulations section of our website.





The Conseil helps to fund and promote near 500 artistic companies and collectives. In so doing, it relies on the expertise and experience of some 60 artists, cultural workers and administrators who sit on its Evaluation Committees. Organizations and collectives may receive project grants or biennial/quadrennial operating grants.

The Conseil’s Touring Program, which schedules more than 600 performances at over 150 venues, encourages greater risk-taking on the part of presenters. It allows artistic companies to increase their visibility by restaging previously produced works, thereby retaining their audiences and reaching new ones.

In collaboration with the various communities, the Conseil organizes research and creation residencies, which spark encounters between artists and the public. Over twenty residencies take place throughout the Island of Montreal.

Cultural diversity and emerging artists are central to the initiatives of the Conseil. For emerging artists, the Artère website provides tools and information. Various programs offer work experience, networking and training sessions, as well as funding to emerging or culturally diverse artists and cultural workers.

The Conseil recognizes artistic excellence, offering organizations nearly $100,000 in prizes and grants each year. In addition, it opens up its studios to artists at a minimal cost for purposes of creation and rehearsal. Finally, in its role as advisor, the Conseil offers the various communities some thirty workshops, networking events and training sessions every year.

Read about the history of the Conseil des arts de Montréal