National Media Arts Prize

The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) launched the inaugural National Media Arts Prize last June 2014, in Halifax to recognize Canadian independent media artists.

Have a look at the official prize website 2014: http://www.national-media-arts-prize.ca/

C$5000 raised of C$20,000 Goal

We were looking to establish a prize similar to those existing in other arts sectors.  Arts prizes national in scope exist for litterature, visual arts, music, theatre, but there are no prizes that honour the independent media arts exclusively. These cash awards are valued anywhere from 10K – 50K.

What We Need & What You Get

Our objective was to raise a minimum of 20 000$ to launch the next national prize in 2016.

The ultimate goal was to award a mid-career artist with a significant cash prize to acknowledge their contributions to the sector and to the cultural community.  Funds raised through this initiative were also used to promote the artist and the prize by creating a video, purchasing ad space, publishing press releases, and covering travel expenses for the winning artist to attend the National Media Arts Conference that took place in June 2014 in Halifax presented at an award ceremony.

In exchange for your support, we offered some perks to KiloByte Sponsors, MegaByte Sponsors, GigaByte Sponsors, TeraByte Sponsors, PetaByte Sponsors, ExaByte Sponsors and ZettaByte Sponsors.

C$25 KiloByte Sponsors Score KiloByte points by helping us get this prize off the ground. We will eternally be grateful for your support – every dollar counts!
C$100 MegaByte Sponsors You will be listed as a “MegaByte Sponsor” on our website. Your contribution will help raise the profile of the sector! You will receive a charitable donation tax receipt.
C$200 GigaByte Sponsors You will be listed as a “GigaByte Sponsor” on both our website and on our sponsors page in our 2014 Tidal Force Conference program guide. Your contribution will go a long way to acknowledging the important work of a media artist! You will receive a charitable donation tax receipt.
C$500 TeraByte Sponsors You will be listed as a “TeraByte Sponsor” on both our website and our sponsors page in our 2016 National Conference program guide. Your contribution will go a long way to acknowledging the important work of a media artist! You will receive an autographed photo of the prize winner holding their award. You will receive a charitable donation tax receipt.
C$1,000 PetaByte Sponsors You will be listed as a “PetaByte Sponsor” on both our website and our sponsors page in our 2016 National Conference program guide.  You will also be featured on a ¼ page ad in our program guide.  Your donation will significantly increase the value of the prize, go a long way to raising the profile of the sector, and boosting an individual artist’s career! You will receive a framed, autographed photo of the prize winner holding their award. You will receive a charitable donation tax receipt.
C$2,500 ExaByte Sponsors You will be listed as a “ExaByte Sponsor” on both our website, sponsors page in our 2016 National Conference guide and be featured on an ad. You will receive a framed, autographed picture of the prize winner holding their award. Your donation will have direct impact on the ability of the winning media artist to create new work, boost their career, and raise the profile of the sector! You will receive two free tickets to attend our gala in Quebec and a charitable donation tax receipt.
C$5,000 ZettaByte Sponsors You will be listed as a “ZettaByte Sponsor” on our website, receive a full-page ad in our 2016 National Conference program, be mentioned and thanked in all press releases and social media, and will receive four free tickets to attend our gala in Quebec. You will embody everything that is good as your support will allow a media artist to make new work, boost their career, raise the profile of the sector and make the world a better place. You will receive a charitable donation tax receipt.

If you, or your company wishes to fund the full prize and in an ongoing way, then we could even name the prize after you! In that case, it is best to contact the IMAA directly to develop the prize and the benefits together: (514) 522-8240.

The Impact

By establishing a prize like this, we put the spotlight on media artists and their contribution to Canadian society and culture. This prize will encourage many young artists to enter into this dynamic field and empower individuals and communities. We hope to introduce this art form to a larger audience and engage people in this exciting field. Ultimately, we hope to increase visibility of media artists in Canada and abroad, put Canada on the international map for the amazing media art that is being produced here.  Our goal is to strengthen the media arts in Canada and everywhere in the world!

With your help, we want to continue supporting the talented and integral media artists of our nation, but we need the support of the larger community to get this project off the ground!

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can’t contribute financially, there are other ways you can help:

Help us get the word out! Share our campaign with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or any other social media platform you have access too – your friends just might just have the means to donate towards our cause.

Send us words of support! We will share your testimonials on our page as well as on our social networks.

Donate your artwork! We can add them to our perks and build incentive for funders to contribute to our cause.