Dance company Kidd Pivot rehearses for their production of Revisor. An art relief fund has been started to help out artists put out of work by the COVID-19-related shutdown of shows across the world. Photo by Michael Slobodian

Dance company Kidd Pivot rehearses for their production of Revisor. An art relief fund has been started to help out artists put out of work by the COVID-19-related shutdown of shows across the world. Photo by Michael Slobodian

Relief fund for Canadian performing artists gets $100,000 boost from foundation

Facebook started the fund with a first $100,000 donation last week

A relief fund in support of Canadian performing artists is worth $200,000 after a donation on Saturday.

The Slaight Music Foundation donated $100,000 to #CanadaPerforms.

The fund was created by the National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada.

Facebook started the fund with a $100,000 donation Thursday.

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The NAC says the latest donation will allow it to select more live online performances and possibly extend the length of the program beyond the current closing date of March 31.

The NAC added it had more than 1,400 applications for the program in the 24 hours after it was announced.

“This is an unprecedented time for our artists, our country and our world,” Christopher Deacon, president and CEO of the NAC, said in a statement.

“Those of us who love the performing arts know how they can provide comfort and inspiration, particularly during times of trouble.”

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