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Music: Multi-Year Operating Funding

Grants to Ontario Music Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions for Ongoing Programming and Operations

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

03/09/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Ontario established music nonprofits in eligible regions to support programming and general organizational operations. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Applications will be considered from choral and opera organizations, ensembles, bands, orchestras, festivals, presenters, and producers in Toronto.

The program supports a diverse range of musical forms with a high priority given to organizations that demonstrate a consistent commitment to the development and performance of original works by Canadian composers.

The Music Program provides Multi-Year Operating support to professional nonprofit music organizations engaged in the creation, production and presentation of music, and other activities that contribute to the development of music, music artists, and music audiences in Toronto. The program aims to encourage long-term vision and planning and to provide stability for music organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153931

Term of Contract:

Multi-year grants will be paid in three, annual installments. Release of the first installment is contingent upon receipt of the signed Letter of Understanding and fulfillment of any conditions specified in the Letter of Understanding. Release of the second and third-year payments will be contingent on the organization fulfilling the interim reporting requirements that will be outlined in the grant notification letter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Multi-Year Operating funding, an applicant must:
-Be nonprofit
-Be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of its activities occurring within the City
-Have been in operation for at least four years
-Have received Annual Operating funding through TAC’s Music program for at least the two years prior to the application
-Have a demonstrated record of regular, ongoing programming
-Have professional artistic leadership
-Have a viable administrative structure
-Be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization
-Have stable artistic, organizational and board leadership with plans in place for any transition
-Have sound financial management and balanced budgets over time
-Submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year (for additional information, see:
-Receive significant support on an annual basis from other levels of government and/or the public and/or the private sector

Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Music program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and operating grant recipients may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities. Operating grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and must submit a final report on that project before applying to another program in the Strategic Initiatives envelope.

In addition to the General Eligibility Requirements listed above, in order to apply for Multi-Year Operating support:
- Choral Organizations must produce a minimum of three self-presented concerts with different repertoire in each season (self-presented means that the choral organization takes responsibility for planning, production and ticket selling)
- Opera organization must: produce a minimum of two operas per season, for companies mandated to present standard repertoire, or undertake workshops, for companies dedicated to new work development.
- Orchestras, Bands, Ensembles must have a minimum of three self-presented concerts in each season (self-presented means that the orchestra takes responsibility for planning, production and ticket selling).
- Presenter/Producers and Festivals must present professional, curated music programming that reflects a defined artistic mandate. Series presenters must demonstrate a track record of self-presented, ongoing performances (self-presented means the organization takes responsibility for planning, production and ticket selling).

TAC does not provide funding for capital projects (e.g. equipment, renovations, purchase of buildings), fundraising events/projects or deficit reduction.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is March 9, 2020. Online applications remain available until 11:59 PM of the published deadline date.

First-time applicants to the Multi-Year Operating program (i.e. organizations that did not receive multi-year funding last year) must speak to Music Officer Christy DiFelice (see contact details below) prior to completing an application form to confirm that they are eligible to apply.

TAC does not fund 100% of an applicant’s budget. Applicants must show a range of revenue sources, including earned, government and private sector revenues. Applicants may receive less than the full amount requested.

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

Online Application:

Christy DiFelice, Music Officer
416-392-6802 x 202

Toronto Arts Council
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent
Toronto, ON M5J 3A9

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario: City of Toronto;


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