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Grants to Ontario Musicians, Composers, and Nonprofit Music Organizations to Record Albums, EPs, and Demos

Music Recording Projects

Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #153157

Grant Description

Grants of up to $4,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario musicians, composers, ad hoc groups and collectives, and nonprofit music organizations, orchestras, and choirs for the recording of full-length albums, demos, and EPs. The purpose of this program is to support music works by Ontario-based songwriters and composers, as well as works by other Canadians.

The program supports the recording of music by Ontario-based musicians including composers, songwriters and beat producers. The program has two categories:

  • Demo/EP recordings:
    • EP recording of a series of songs that may be released individually or as a short album, 25 minutes maximum, intended for public release
    • Demo recordings for the purpose of demonstrating newly developed work for labels, funders, presenters, promoters, festivals, etc. These recordings may or may not also be intended for public release
  • Full-length album: a single work or collection of compositions, 26 minutes minimum, recorded for public release in physical format or an online platform. The album is only considered complete after it has been publicly released.

Note: Projects are only considered complete once the recording is publicly available (except for demos not intended for release).

The program’s priorities are to support:

  • Music created by Ontario composers/songwriters as well as works by other Canadians. If your project features non-Ontario composers, a compelling case should be made for how the project will add to what is currently available to the public (for example, currently unrecorded, rare music, or a foremost performer of the music of a specific composer)
  • Projects that enhance the range of recorded music available to the public (locally, nationally and internationally)
  • Projects that are ready or nearly ready to begin recording

This program funds:

  • Recording, mixing, mastering
  • Artist and producer fees, including fees to the applicant. For live recordings, additional artist fees for recording (step-up fees) are eligible, but not the fee for live performance itself
  • Studio and venue rental
  • Recording media, such as tapes and hard drives
  • Packaging artwork and design
  • A contribution towards marketing or promotional costs specific to the recording, including the hiring of an Ontario-based marketing manager or publicist
  • Manufacturing, up to the first 1,000 units
  • Equipment rental
  • Purchase of small-scale equipment, software, electronics and similar materials required to carry out the project
  • Childcare and other dependant care fees enabling individuals to take part in the project (this does not include regular, ongoing expenses)
  • Expenses related to making the project accessible to audience members and project participants (other than the applicant) who are Deaf or have a disability

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Professional musicians and composers who are Ontario residents
- Professional music ad hoc groups, collectives and organizations based in Ontario
- Ontario-based, professionally led community orchestras and choirs, as well as choral training groups whose project includes fees to professional musicians or composers

Individual applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Recording studios
- Record companies, record labels, managers, agents and lawyers
- Municipalities, colleges, and universities
- Schools
- Religious institutions
- Organizations that receive a grant in the Music Organizations: Operating program
- Organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of the OAC priority groups.

This program does not fund:
- Expenses for activities that take place outside of Ontario
- School projects
- Compilation projects (that is, albums that are exclusively re-releases of previously recorded material that has been made public)
- Video production, including of promotional and music videos
- Recordings produced as part of projects in other media, such as television and radio shows, commercials, films, videos, installations and video games
- Recordings of incidental music for dance or theatre productions
- Composition or songwriting
- Rehearsal
- Live concert production costs
- Touring and travel related to promotion or marketing
- Major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment
- Fundraising activities
- Administrative costs (except for marketing of the recording)

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline dates: May 17 and November 9, 2022, 1 p.m. ET

The application form will be available in Nova about two months before the deadline. You will find out whether you got a grant about four and a half months after each deadline.

Guide to OAC Project Programs:

Guide to OAC Assessment:

Application questions:

Evaluation rubric - Activity Projects:

Nova User Guide:

Music Definitions:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Demo/EP recordings: Maximum $4,000
- Full-length album: Maximum $10,000

Term of Contract:

The activities for which you are requesting funding:
- Cannot start before the deadline
- Cannot finish before you receive your grant results
- Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

Contact Information:

Apply online:

David Parsons, Officer

Dwayne Dixon, Officer

Jenny Knox, Program Administrator

Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5

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