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Grants to Canada Schools to Increase Access to Music Education

MusiCounts Band Aid Program

MusiCounts


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #141298

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Canada schools to increase access to music education. Eligible uses of funds include instruments, equipment, and resources for new or existing music programs. Eligible applicants include public, separate, and First Nations schools. Applications received prior to the Early Bird Deadline will be entered for a chance to receive additional funding.

This grant program is open to all schools in Canada. In particular, this program is geared towards schools that do not have the instruments, equipment, and resources needed to offer an inclusive and sustainable music program for students. The MusiCounts Band Aid Program aims to ensure that the most in-need youth in Canada have access to the benefits of music education.

In an effort to promote equal access to music education, and to foster a more diverse and inclusive music education landscape in Canada, MusiCounts is committed to investing in music education programs that empower young people to celebrate their cultural identity, as well as music programs that support BIPOC youth and other underrepresented communities.

The music program may be curricular or extracurricular, but the instruments and equipment received through this program must be owned by the recipient school and must be used by the school’s students on a regular basis.

Eligible Uses of the MusiCounts Band Aid Program 

The Band Aid Program celebrates diversity in music education. Funds from the MusiCounts Band Aid Program may be used to support any approach to music education and purchase any kind of musical instruments.


  • At least 50% of your grant funds must be used to purchase any kind of musical instruments and equipment. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Music production and recording equipment, including software, tablets, microphones, etc.
    • Traditional instruments that belong to a particular culture and/or raw materials to build these traditional instruments
    • Standard band and orchestra instruments
    • Adaptive musical instruments, and instruments for use in a music therapy context
    • Orff instruments
    • Guitars and ukuleles
    • Amps and speakers
    • Whatever instruments are needed by your school
  • Up to 25% of your requested funds may be allocated to repair instruments currently in your school’s inventory.
  • For schools that are requesting Indigenous musical instruments: up to 40% of your grant may be used for costs associated with having a community member, Elder, Knowledge-Keeper or clinician introduce and/or build these instruments with your students.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All public, separate and First Nations schools in Canada are welcome to apply.

Any school in Canada is welcome to apply to support an existing music program, or a music program that doesn’t exist yet.

Teachers, administrators and/or school support staff may prepare a grant application on behalf of their school.

Schools that charge tuition are not eligible to apply.

Ineligible Applicants
- Community music programs
- Schools that have received a grant from MusiCounts in the last five years.
- School music programs outside of Canada.
- Individuals
- Other groups or organizations including private music studios, private music instructors, social groups, research organizations, universities, scholarship organizations.
- Schools that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, disability or religion.

Please note, funds through this program CANNOT be used towards the purchase or replace of PA or other school sound systems.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Open: September 15, 2022
- Early Bird Deadline: October 21, 2022
- Application Deadline: 11:59PM EST, November 24, 2022

Schools that submit their completed application prior to the Early Bird Deadline will be entered for a chance to receive 1 of 3 $1,000 mini MusiCounts Band Aid Program grants to support music education at their school.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000 worth of musical instruments, equipment, and resources.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5914?SA=SNA&FID=35050

Please reach out to Evelyn at applications@musicounts.ca with any questions.

If you have any questions, experience issues with the grant portal, or if you would like to request accommodations, please reach out to the MusiCounts Programs team by email at applications@musicounts.ca.

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