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Indigenous Presenters in the North: Music Projects

Grants to Northern Ontario Indigenous Artists,
Nonprofits, Groups, and Bands for Music Events

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

11/29/18 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Northern Ontario Indigenous artists, ad hoc groups, and collectives, nonprofits, and First Nations bands or councils for the production of music events. The purpose of this program is to support Indigenous music presenters in implementing music events in and around their communities.

The priorities of this program are to:
-Strengthen and develop a northern network of Indigenous presenters.
-Create opportunities for northern audiences to engage in music events.
-Support opportunities for musicians from all regions to present in the north.

What this program funds:
-Artists’ fees
-Artists’ travel costs, i.e. transportation, hotel, meals
-Venue costs
-Equipment rental
-Technicians’ fees
-Promotional costs, e.g. posters, flyers, etc.
-Presenter fees, for coordinating, consulting and organizing the event
-Administrative costs, e.g. phone, mail, etc.
Note: Contracted artists can be from anywhere and of any cultural background. They may be local talent, professional touring musicians or a combination of both.

Program-specific definitions:

Indigenous: Individuals who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit

Music Presenter: For the purposes of this program, music presenters are defined as individuals, collectives or organizations that:
-Plan and organize public music events.
-Select and contract artists/groups for a music event or concert.
-Pay a guaranteed fee to hired artists/groups.
-Develop and articulate a rationale for programming choices.
-Book the venue and supply the technical support for the event.
-Get the community to come out to the event.

Northern Ontario: includes the Far North, Northwest, and Northeast regions of the province. This includes the Manitoulin, Parry Sound and Nipissing districts and all regions north of these districts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153168

Estimated Size of Grant:

Indigenous Presenters in the North: Music Projects - maximum $5,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is eligible:
-Individuals and artists of any genre who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, who are Ontario residents with a permanent physical address in northern Ontario.
-Ad hoc group/collectives comprised of individuals, of whom at least 50 per cent identify as Indigenous. In addition, at least 50% of the members of the group must be located in northern Ontario.
-Northern Ontario-based not-for profit organizations, centres and First Nations band councils, with at least 50% of their staff/membership identifying as Indigenous.

General OAC Eligibility:

The OAC defines a professional artist/arts professional as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for her or his work and actively practices his or her art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.

Individuals must:
-Be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada, or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
-Be a resident of Ontario who has lived in Ontario for a minimum of one year prior to making a grant application, and
-Live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.

Absences from Ontario: In some circumstances, you may be eligible to apply to OAC while you are temporarily absent from Ontario (e.g. for employment or artistic opportunity). Your absence must be no more than one year and not recurring. You must maintain your permanent physical address in Ontario, and you cannot apply for support from the jurisdiction of your temporary residence.

Ad hoc groups/collectives:
-Must have 50% of its members residing in Ontario;
-Must be comprised of at least two members who are Ontario-based professional artists, artistic leaders or arts professionals, and who will be responsible for the administration of the grant on behalf of the ad hoc group/collective;
-Cannot be a corporation, and
-Can deposit a grant cheque in the name of the ad hoc group/collective.

Note: Ad hoc groups/collectives come together for a one-time project (ad hoc group) or have ongoing activity (collective).

Organizations must:
-Be incorporated in Ontario or federally;
-Have a head office in Ontario;
-Be governed by a volunteer board of directors or an advisory board;
-Have a designated staff member responsible for the applicant’s arts programming, and
-Present/produce/publish professional Ontario artists, arts professionals and/or arts groups/ collectives and/or arts organizations.

The OAC supports incorporated not-for-profit organizations.

Who is not eligible:
-Municipalities, colleges and/or universities
-For-profit presenters

What this program does not fund:
-Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario
-Capital expenses
-Youth talent shows

If you have an overdue report for a previous grant at an application deadline, your application is ineligible and will be withdrawn.

Pre-Application Information:

Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

The deadline is November 29, 2018, 1:00 PM ET.

Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.

Grant results will be available approximately four months after the application deadline.

More information about eligibility for OAC’s project programs may be found here:

Application Questions:

Applicants must provide artistic examples in video form. The "Preparing Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter-Arts" video will help you:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Maya Bedward
Information Services Coordinator
416-969-7429 | 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7429 (toll-free in Ontario)

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

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