“To advance education by providing scholarships, bursaries, and awards to Canadian residents for demonstrated excellence in the arts.”


was established in 2014 as a registered charity to assist youth in the arts.


2021 Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights open for submission until May 5

The Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights is open for submissions until May 5.  Funded and presented by The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation, this award is granted to a full-time secondary or post-secondary student within the GTA for the creation of a one-act play script.

Playwrights must be under the age of 30 at time of submission, and residing within the Greater Toronto Area. The winner is awarded a monetary prize of $500 and a one-year membership to The Arts and Letters Club.

Applicants for this award do not need to be members of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.  Playwrights applying for this award who are not PGC members will receive a PGC Student Membership once their submission has been received.

A shortlist of the best three entries will be announced in September 2021. The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2021.

Click here for information on how to apply.

New Award

The Al Gilbert Photography Award of $500 each year will go to a Canadian professional or amateur photographer who shows excellence and creativity in environmental portraiture.  Toronto photographer Al Gilbert (1922-2019) C.M., M.P.A., F.R.P.S, F.l.l.P, M. Photo. Cr., was the older brother of Jack Gilbert who is sponsoring this award.  This new award will be granted for the first time in 2021.

Contact Us

    Find Us

    Our Partners

    RCM logo
    PGC logo