Funding Agencies / Opportunities

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Funding Agencies / Opportunities

A new permanent section in our Newsletter and on our website will list upcoming deadlines, providing you with information about what funding is available and when you need to submit your application.

However, most agencies have a fiscal year which ends March 31st. Currently, most are in the process of setting their deadlines for the upcoming year. In the meantime, we have gathered some information that describes where you can apply to receive funding. We have also provided some information about their mandates.


The Canada Council for the Arts provides support for the development of individuals, groups, small ensembles, orchestras and other professionals working in the Canadian music community. In addition to tours, concert production and festival programming, the Music Section funds a variety of related activities such as residencies and the commissioning of Canadian compositions. Of particular interest are the programs which support touring, festival travel, and audience and market development.

Visit The Canada Council Music Section for more information, deadlines, and application forms.

Visit The Canada Council Audience and Market Development Section for more information on the Audience and market Development Travel Grant.

CMT: VAP (Video Assistance Program)

Country Music Television (CMT) is the only 24-hour music and entertainment network serving Canada’s country audience. CMT is seen in over 7.8 million Canadian homes and is featured on the Internet at

CMT’s Video Advantage Program has two distinct funding streams: CMT will continue to invest millions annually to support the production of Canadian music videos. There is also a separate allocation of funds for the production of programs highlighting the talents of Canadian artists. CMT also promotes, sponsors and presents concert tours of major Country artists with particular emphasis on Candian acts. Artists who have benefited from CMT investment include: Terri Clark, Paul Brandt, Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea, Michelle Wright, The Rankins and The Wilkinsons.

“CMT continues to be the engine that drives the Canadian country music industry. VAP takes the next step in the development of a strong Canadian music scene, ensuring the highest quality music videos and feature programs are produced to support Canadian artists and songwriters.”

CMT has moved! Our new address is:

Corus Entertainment
Corus Quay
25 Dockside Drive
Toronto, ON
M5A 0B5

Visit the following Links:


for further information.


As a private non-profit organization, FACTOR, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings, is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. The foundation administers contributions from sponsoring radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund to support the Canadian music industry.

Support is provided to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels and distributors through various programs which all aid in the development of the industry. Whether an artist is looking to record a demo, full length sound recording, market and promote an already existing album or showcase and tour domestically and internationally, funding is available.

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A “Foundation To Assist Canadian Talent” was created in 1984, concurrent with the launch of MuchMusic, committing a percentage of its gross annual revenues to stimulate the production of new Canadian music videos. Two years later, when MusiquePlus went on the air, it also became a sponsor, as did MuchMoreMusic when it launched in 1998. The launch of MuchMore (formerly known as MuchMoreMusic) also marked the creation of PromoFACT, an Electronic Press Kit and website production fund for Canadian artists, independent record labels and artist management companies.
MuchFACT is now funded entirely by MuchMusic and MuchMore. Originally named VideoFACT, the company changed its name to MuchFACT in September, 2009. Along with the name change, MuchFACT expanded its program to include viral videos, which are defined as small-budget music videos and other innovative music-related content intended for online distribution.

MuchFACT considers applications requesting co-financing for music videos, viral videos, websites and EPKs six times a year. Applications are judged by a board of directors, and successful applicants receive non-recoupable awards of up to 50% of the total production costs to a maximum of $25,000 for music videos and a maximum of $3,500 for viral videos, websites and EPKs.

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The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is guided by the far-seeing mandate it was given in 1963 – to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians.

Although the priorities have evolved over the years, the OAC has always played a leading role in developing and sustaining Ontario’s arts sector and in initiating opportunities so all Ontarians have access to the arts.

Although many programs are organized primarily by artistic discipline – craft, dance, literature, music, theatre, media and visual arts – others are organized by sectors – Franco-Ontarian arts and Aboriginal arts. Some programs focus on particular kinds of arts activity – arts education, community and multidisciplinary arts, touring, and the distribution/exhibition of artistic work. Still other programs have a particular goal, such as: Access and Career Development, for artists who face systemic barriers; Compass, for arts organizations that want to increase their capacity-building and sustainability; or Northern Arts, which is specifically for artists and arts organizations based in Northern Ontario. OAC also administers the selection process for several privately funded awards, scholarships, grants and prizes.

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The Radio Starmaker Fund supports emerging artists with star potential from every region of Canada. The aim is to allocate funding in such a way that it has a direct impact on artists and supports their marketing and touring initiatives both in Canada and abroad in a way that will make a difference. The Fund supports a variety of marketing and promotional initiatives related to eligible Canadian music recordings, including radio advertising, that are key to developing the star status of Canadian artists.

Artists must meet eligibility requirements including sales minimums.

Visit Radio Starmaker Fund for more information, deadlines, and application forms.


The SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society. The Foundation is an independent organization guided by its own board of directors, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers. Artists might be especially interested in the International Showcasing program, which assists Canadian artists with a portion of travel and accommodation costs to perform at some foreign music conferences.

Visit The SOCAN Foundation for more information, deadlines, and application forms.


Toronto Arts Council provides grants to outstanding artists and arts organizations that contribute to the cultural life of the City of Toronto. TAC is committed to artistic excellence, innovation, and accessibility, and supports a wide spectrum of artistic endeavour and a range of activity that makes the City of Toronto one of the leading cultural centres in Canada. Through its support, TAC cultivates a richer engagement between artists and audiences and reflects the City of Toronto through the diversity of artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. The City of Toronto provides the funding for TAC grant programs through its Community Partnership and Investment Program.

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