The foundation administers the voluntary contributions from sponsoring radio broadcasters, as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s newly formed Canada Music Fund Council’s programs, to support the Canadian music industry.
The funds assist Canadian recording artists and songwriters in having their material produced, their videos created, and support for domestic and international touring and showcasing opportunities. It also provides support for Canadian record labels, distributors, recording studios, video production companies, producers, engineers and directors.
For more information on FACTOR and their various programs visit, https://www.factor.ca
ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (AFA) MUSIC PROJECT GRANT
Music Individual Project Funding
This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific music project.
Art Production: demo and commercial recording
Training/Career Development: full-time study, course, workshop or mentorship opportunity
Travel/Marketing: promote your CD, create a website or promo package, showcase your band.
Commissioning: The composer applies once details have been worked out with the commissioning body.
AFA application forms are now in a “smart” PDF format. Individuals intending to apply for AFA grants would greatly benefit from the brief step-by-step tutorial available. If you intend to apply for an AFA grant, visit for tips on how to complete your application.
ACIA LOAN OPPORTUNITY (ALBERTA CULTURAL INDUSTRIES)
Is your company ready to grow, but challenged by finances? Are you ready to borrow to put a strong business plan into action, but would rather not sign away your first-born to do it? Would you like to develop a good working relationship with a banker?
The Alberta Cultural Industries Fund (ACIA) may be a solution to boosting your bottom line. The Fund offers direct small loans up to $25,000, or guarantees your company to a financial institution for loans and lines of credit up to $250,000. The Fund is operated in part by Alberta Music, and so is designed as a “music industry friendly” process.
Alberta Cultural Industries Association
Box 20021-10405 Jasper Ave.Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3S2
For information call: 780-498-5536
CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
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, sound recordings and festival programming, the Music Section funds a variety of related activities such as residencies and the commissioning of Canadian compositions.
For further information visit their website or call 1–800-263–5588.
THE SOCAN FOUNDATION
Assists with travel/accommodation costs to showcase at foreign festivals. The Foundation contacts artists who are invited by the conferences.
GRANTS FOR CREATORS, MUSIC PUBLISHERS AND INDIVIDUALS
- Travel Assistance
- Professional Development Assistance
- Work Commissioning Assistance Grant
GRANTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS
- Grants for Canadian Music Presentation, Education, Publication, and Dissemination
- Work Commissioning Assistance Grant
For further information visit our website or call 1–800-557–6226.
EDMONTON ARTS COUNCIL
The Edmonton Arts Council supports artists and arts and festival organizations in Edmonton with a variety of grant programs
They offer Grants & Awards that support individual artists in the creation of work and artistic development. There are also programs to support collaborations between professional artists and communities, and others that support festivals and arts organizations.
For the project grants, applications will be considered 3 times per year:
“Small grants” of up to $5000 twice a year (February 15 and September 15)
“Large grants” of between $5001 and $25,000 once a year (June 15)
For more info, visit their website.
CLASSICAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS
The Edmonton Community Foundation is pleased to offer two opportunities for classical music students to receive scholarships: the Ranald and Vera Shean Memorial Scholarships and the Alexandra Munn Scholarships.
More information on these awards is available at our website.
CANADIAN INDEPENDENT RECORDING ARTISTS’ ASSOCIATION (CIRAA)
NEW GRANT FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES
Submission Deadline: 10th of each month
The Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association (CIRAA) has just launched a new micro-grant program for Canadian Independent Artists. The program will distribute $2,000 each month to Canadian independent artists in the form of twenty $100 “micro-grants”, rewarding them specifically for live performances in new venues.
For details visit our website.
For further queries, contact Dave Cool, Director of Member Services at 416–203-1011.
RADIO STARMAKER FUND – (CANADIAN RADIO BROADCASTER FUND)
This 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.
Who can apply?
Canadian artists/acts with a sales track record
Canadian independent record labels
Canadian artist management
The Manager of Programs & Applications, Jerry Leibowitz, will be happy to help you with your questions should you need assistance. For further information visit our website.
Calgary arts development (CADA)
Individual Artist Program
Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce a new investment program for individual artists. We believe that investing in individual artists’ practices is fundamental to ensuring that the city of Calgary is home to a vibrant arts community and for Calgarians to have access to meaningful artistic experiences. This program is intended to support all aspects of an artist’s practice and artistic goals by removing financial barriers.
Funds from this program may go towards almost any combination of activities related to an artist’s practice, including development and creation of work, professional development and learning, and innovation or risk-taking.
Artists may apply for a set grant of either $5,000 or $10,000. The total pool of funding for this program is $300,000.
Questions? Contact Calgary Arts Development’s Community Investment team at 403.476.203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HARVARD BROADCASTING EXPOSURE TRAVEL GRANT
Alberta Music is no longer accepting new applications to the Harvard Travel Broadcast Grant, as this program has now come to an end. We thank Harvard Broadcasting for their contribution to support artists and industry professionals in Alberta over the years. Please note, that we will still process final reports of previously accepted applicants until each file is closed.
Assists with travel/accommodation costs for Tours and Showcases/ Conferences, Domestic and International.
You must be a resident of Alberta as well as a Individual, Band, or Company member of Alberta Music. (Student members are not eligible for this grant.)
Travel Support Maximum:
Domestic Tours: $2,000
International Tours: $3,000
Showcase & Conference: $750
The Conference grant is available for industry members as well as artists. (i.e. managers, record labels, concert promoters, etc.)
Please Note: Contests that result in compensation of any type (product, services, performance opportunities, money, etc.) are NOT eligible for funding.
Download Applications Below: (revised August 2016)
For more information on our grant program please contact Alberta Music at 780-428-3372 or 800-465-3117