Funding Opportunities




FACTOR a private non-profit dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. The foundation administers contributions from private radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund.

Support is provided to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels, publishers, event producers and distributors through various programs. 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. FACTOR supports many facets of the infrastructure which must be in place in order for artists and music entrepreneurs to progress into the international arena.

For more information on FACTOR and their various programs visit,

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Arts Presenting Project Funding
This funding supports the public presentation of professional artists by reimbursing a portion of professional artists’ fees for the preceding year.
Community Performing Arts Organizations Operating Funding
This grant provides annual funding to eligible not-for-profit community organizations that self-create and self-produce performing art productions.
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.
Professional Performing Arts Organizations Operating Funding
This grant provides funding in three-year cycles to eligible professional organizations that self-create and self-produce performing art productions. 
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Scholarship for Performing Arts
One scholarship of $7,000 will be awarded annually by the Government of Alberta to a young Albertan performing artist who shows extraordinary talent and potential and who demonstrates clear educational or training goals.
Summer School Project Funding
This funding supports organizations in delivering residence-based art summer schools that offer:
  • an arts intensive training experience in any discipline through technical skills workshops with professional artists and instructors
  • opportunities for young people from across the province to engage in the creative process


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.



Assists with travel/accommodation costs to showcase at foreign festivals. The Foundation contacts artists who are invited by the conferences.

– 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.



The Edmonton Arts Council offers a broad range of grants and services to Edmonton artists and arts and festival organizations.

Grants for Individuals & Collectives
Equity and Access in the Arts
The Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund (EATF) Arts & Festivals
Invent & Adapt
Operating Investments
Annual Programming Grant
Connections & Exchanges Initiatives

For more information on deadlines and eligibility visit their website.


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.

Orion Program

he Board of Directors of the Radio Starmaker Fund announces the creation of a new program dedicated to supporting music creation by members of the Canadian music industry who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. Effective immediately, this funding stream is available to eligible musicians who have not yet met Starmaker sales criteria. This will be a “stepping stone” program that recognizes the systemic barriers that prevent otherwise eligible applicants from qualifying for the established Starmaker programs. The program will fund a broad range of activities to help sustain racialized artists as they continue to develop and increase the audience and industry reach needed to apply to other Starmaker programs.

This is a ‘living program’, made to be able to adapt to and reflect the Board’s collective learning, community feedback and industry change.



RBC Emerging Arts Project Grants

Supporting the arts is a long-standing priority of RBC®. Funding plays an important role in building vibrant communities and strong economies. The struggle many artists go through to gain the recognition they need to become successful in their practice.

Support results-driven programming to help artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, in the early stages of their career, by providing exposure to new/diverse audiences, access to networks/connections and mentorship.

Calgary arts development (CADA)

Calgary Arts Development is responsible for establishing grants investment programs for capital projects, organizations’ annual operations, individual artists, and other purposes that strengthen Calgary’s arts sector.

Arts Organizations
Operating Grant New Client Intake Program

Operating Grant Program


The Music Video Production Project

The MVP Project, with support from the RBC Foundation, was established to promote the intersection of emerging Canadian Recording Artists and Filmmakers through Music Video Production Grants valued between $5,000 and $15,000. The Music Video Production Project, a joint RBCxMusic & Prism Prize initiative, is committed to supporting emerging artists. The MVP Project is administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Visit The Music Video Production Project for more information, deadlines, and application forms.